Regular Registration Rate Ends TOMORROW, March 15!
UCAOA Spring Convention
April 8-11 | Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
25 CME Credits Available
34 Practice Management Sessions & 29 Clinical Sessions
Topics Include: Healthcare Reform, Front Desk Operations, Rash Treatment, Patient Flow, Dental Emergencies, Revenue Cycle Management, Abdominal Pain, Starting OccMed, Facial Anesthesia, Contracting with Payers, Growing Your Center ... and MANY more!
Go to the National Urgent Care Convention page for more information on registration, session topics and the overall agenda.
- PreConvention | April 8
Please note — Special Comprehensive Clinic Startup 2-day course runs April 7-8
- Main Convention | April 9-11
Kick-off reception in the exhibit hall the evening of April 8
March Live Webinar
Emerging Risks in Urgent Care — Taking a Look at the Next 10 Years
Thursday, March 21 (1-2 p.m. Central)
Jennifer Hurley CPHRM, CCMEP
Goodwin Consulting Group
One World Labs
Jennifer Hurley and Eddie Mize will share their knowledge on the subject of urgent care risk management and how healthcare information management could impact your practice risk.
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
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- List the common allegations in urgent care liability cases
- Enumerate emerging risks to providing quality healthcare
- Identify areas of vulnerability in health information management
- Understand the importance of having policies in place for handling emergencies/HR
- Communicate an awareness of tactics that can be used to mitigate identified risks
Questions email: email@example.com
$50 each (members), $70 each (nonmembers)
As spring and summer approach and people start to emerge from their winter hibernation, many communities will become abuzz with fairs, festivals, races and carnivals. While these events can be ideal venues to promote your urgent care center, to make a meaningful impact on consumers you need a plan to draw attendees to your booth or attraction. This month's practice management article, authored by Alan Ayers, UCAOA Practice Management Advisor, provides insight on what makes for an effective — as well as an ineffective — presence at community events.
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Now Online in JUCM
A new urgent care Images Challenge case is now available only on the JUCM website. Review the case of a 53-year-old woman with significant abdominal pain. Consider what your diagnosis would be, then check the case resolution to see if you were right. Click here to take the JUCM Images Challenge.
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 email to firstname.lastname@example.org for information on our author guidelines.
Idea of the Week
Commercial banks often provide courier services — in which they'll stop by your urgent care center and pick up lockbox items and other deposits. Utilizing a bank courier — which, depending on the bank may be free of charge or included in processing fees — saves staff time and mileage on personal vehicles.
More evidence whooping cough protection wanes
Despite high levels of vaccination, the rate of whooping cough in the United States is at its highest level in decades, and one reason may be that immunity from the vaccine diminishes each year after the fifth dose is given.
6 tips for wage and hour compliance for medical practices
By D. Albert Brannen
Even though many small medical practices may not be covered by federal employment laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination Act or even Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, most are covered by the federal wage and hour laws. Unfortunately, the past few years have brought an explosion in the number of lawsuits against employers of all sizes for wage and hour violations, and medical practices are no exception. This article offers practical tips to medical practices to help them comply with the federal wage and hour regulations and to minimize their exposure to lawsuits.
Industry Pulse: Does your practice keep extensive records of the staff's hours worked?
New heart warning for popular Z-Pak antibiotics
An antibiotic used to treat common infections may carry serious heart risks, according to a new warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The drug, called azithromycin but sold under the brand names Zithromax and Zmax as Z-Pak capsules, is prescribed for infections of the ears, lungs, sinuses, skin, throat and reproductive organs, according to the FDA. But the antibiotic can interfere with the heart's electrical activity, disturbing its rhythm with potentially fatal consequences.
US patients can choose better
The Boston Globe
You get a terrible headache. What do you do next? Take ibuprofen and try to sleep it off? Call your primary care physician for an appointment? Dial 911 for an ambulance to take you to the Emergency Department? What if that headache comes with a cough and shaking chills? Would an ad influence your decision? In the United States, we've found that access to primary care is a huge factor in Americans going to the emergency room for issues that could have been treated elsewhere. These important challenges demand solutions like more urgent care and after hours clinics as well as easier access to PCPs.
Study: Consumers don't see curbing costs as their job when picking treatment
Kaiser Health News
In recent years, consumers have increasingly been encouraged by employers and insurers to help control rising health care costs by avoiding unnecessary tests, buying generic drugs and reducing visits to the emergency room, among other things. The hope is that a patient better educated and more engaged in health decisions will choose options that will promote better health and decrease costs.
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Interested in sharing your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Urgent Care Access, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of UCAOA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
Healthcare cuts from vaccinations to research
Kaiser Health News
Sequestration spares Medicaid and almost all of Medicare, but automatic cuts to other federal healthcare programs will make it more difficult for low-income Americans to get maternal and infant care, vaccinate their children and receive treatment for mental illness.