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Board of Directors Candidates Announced
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UCAOA is pleased to announce the following candidates for the upcoming Board of Directors election on April 18 in Las Vegas:
  • Tom Charland
  • William Gluckman, DO, MBA, FACEP
  • Robert G. Graw, Jr., MD
  • Michael Kulczycki, MBA, CAE
  • John C. Kulin, DO, FACEP
  • Nathan "Nate" P. Newman, MD, FAAFP
  • Jason North
  • Michael P.M. Pond, MD
We thank them for their willingness to serve our association as Directors! Stay tuned — more information about UCAOA's Board election coming soon ...

Meetings & Education

Important Spring Convention Deadlines
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If you've been considering attending the National Urgent Care Convention April 16-19 in Las Vegas, NOW is the time to register! These next few days are critical to ensuring you avoid paying late fees, and have a room at the host hotel.

Regular Tuition
Next Friday (3/16) marks the deadline for registering for the Spring Convention at the regular tuition rate. Register now to avoid paying late tuition fees!

Hotel Reservation
March 16 is also the deadline for reserving a hotel room at Caesars Palace. There is already limited availability at Caesars, so be sure to book online today.

Click here to register, secure details about the courses being offered and learn more about the Convention. See you in Las Vegas!

New Corporate Support Partner

Saluting Doctors Express
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UCAOA is delighted to recognize Doctors Express as a new Platinum Corporate Support Partner!

As we strive to supply urgent care professionals with education, services and programs that improve the quality of care and raise the level of standards for this industry, their financial support and contributions are an integral part in enabling us to accomplish these goals.

Please join us in welcoming Doctors Express ... and thanking all our Corporate Support Partners for their ongoing support!

P.S. For more information about Doctors Express click here for their recent press release!

Practice Management

Management Implications of Tattoos, Piercings and Other 'Body Art'
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In his March article, Alan Ayers, UCAOA's Practice Management Content Advisor, provides the urgent care operator with a legal and operational perspective to devise and implement a fitting "body art" human resources policy. Once considered taboo, the popularity of "body art" has soared in recent years. For urgent care centers that rely on a pool of young, entry-level hires for front-office and medical assisting positions, appearance standards related to body art will eventually be encountered.

Click here to read about legal implications, tips for drafting the policy and more!

Exhibitor Highlight

Saluting our 8 Year Exhibitors
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During the next few weeks (leading up to the Spring Convention) we are recognizing our loyal exhibitors. This week, please join us in thanking one of our 8-plus year exhibitors for their participation in our meetings, general financial support and ongoing service to the urgent care industry.

UrgentCare Works
2012 National Urgent Care Convention exhibitor, Booth #1010

Click here to visit the 2012 National Urgent Care Convention floor plan ... and be sure to make plans to visit the UrgentCare Works booth in Las Vegas!


Now Online in JUCM
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Ureterolithiasis, or stones in the ureter, is a common cause of flank and abdominal pain that can be debilitating. And it's the subject of the cover story for the March issue of JUCM, which is now available. The review, by William Gluckman, DO, MBA, FACEP, and Kate Aberger, MD, looks at etiology of stone formation, options for imaging and ways to tailor treatment based on stone composition. Turn to page 9 online (or in print) for "Ureterolithiasis: Leaving No Stone Unturned."

The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine supports the evolution of urgent care medicine by creating content that addresses the clinical practice of urgent care medicine and the practice management challenges of keeping pace with an ever-changing healthcare marketplace. Are you an urgent care provider who would like to write for our journal? Send an e-mail to editor@jucm.com for information on our author guidelines.

Industry News

Study: Digital records may not cut health costs
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Computerized patient records are unlikely to cut healthcare costs and may actually encourage doctors to order expensive tests more often, a new study concludes. Industry experts have said that electronic health records could generate huge savings — as much as $80 billion a year, according to a RAND Corporation estimate. More

Health plans undergo major changes to cut costs
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The healthcare insurance industry is beginning to roll out private plans for the working-age population that incorporate most of the changes foreseen for Medicare in the Affordable Care Act. They include creation of accountable care organizations, coordinated care and medical homes on the delivery side and bundled payments, pay-for-performance and shared savings with providers on the payment side. More

4 steps to a successful ACO
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Medical practices, hospitals and other players in the health system have four issues to consider before deciding whether an accountable care organization will work for them, according to a Thomson Reuters report. The four keys to developing a successful ACO are: analyzing the number of potential patients; in- and out-of-network care used by those patients; the cost of establishing an ACO; and the potential savings opportunities. More

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