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UCAOA News


Board Candidate Webinars Coming Soon
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In the last issue of Urgent Care Access we announced the candidates for the 2012 Board election. Need a refresher? Here they are:
  • 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
In just a few days, you'll get the chance to hear from the candidates themselves via recorded webinars. This is your first opportunity to hear about their qualifications, including industry experience and reasons for wanting a spot on the Board. Stay tuned ... the webinar link will be sent out next week!


Vendor News


Congrats to 2 of our Corporate Support Partners
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Urgent care EMR and practice management solution vendor DocuTAP recently announced it has received a two-stage $12 million strategic investment from Bluff Point Associates. This financing will secure business development resources to accelerate sales and further strengthen the company's leadership position in the marketplace. Click here to read the full press release!

Electronic health records (EHR) software company Xpress Technologies — and electronic prescribing and medication reconciliation company DrFirst — announced the public launch of Xpress's "end-to-end" e-prescribing solution through its integration with DrFirst's GoldRx™ certified Rcopia™ e-prescribing technology. This integration allows XpressCharts EHR users to submit regulatory-compliant e-prescriptions to pharmacies through a real-time, fail-safe, clinical transaction network. Read the full release here.



Patient Resources

Current Multistate Outbreak: E. coli
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working with public health officials in multiple states and the FDA to investigate an outbreak of E. coli O26. A total of 25 infected persons were recently reported from the following states: Alabama (1), Iowa (5), Missouri (3), Kansas (2), Michigan (9), Arkansas (1), Ohio (3) and Wisconsin (1). Investigations indicate eating raw clover sprouts at Jimmy John's restaurants is the likely cause of this outbreak.

Check out the CDC website for E. coli resources, including: advice to consumers, signs and symptoms, a link to the FoodSafety.gov sprouts page 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.

Abaxis
2012 National Urgent Care Convention exhibitor, Booth #411

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







JUCM


Now Online in JUCM
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Hand injuries are common in urgent care and patient history can have a significant impact on direction of care in such cases. That's the point driven home by the case report in the March issue of JUCM, which is now available. Written by Frank Fannin, MD, EMT-P, the tale of a 62-year-old male who punctured his hand illustrates how one clinician averted a potentially devastating outcome by taking the time to build a complete picture of what happened to his patient. To read the details, turn to page 31 online (or in print) for "Case Report: When Serious Pathology Masquerades as a Minor Injury."

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

Small-picture approach flips medical economics
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Accountable care organizations are collections of medical providers who band together under one business umbrella. The ACO may strike some critics as a worrying repackaging of the HMO in its earliest incarnations, but there is little doubt more Americans will be enrolled in these provider groups in the coming years. More



How a major hospital got healthier with big data
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In most well-meaning organizations, once important information comes to light, it cannot be ignored, no matter what level of an organization is affected. Europe's largest university hospital found that as more and more information became available, it was not just caregivers and researchers who were affected, but senior management processes as well. More

Canadian, not US hospitals that spend more on patients get more
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Canadian hospitals that spent the most on patient care may be getting a bigger bang for their buck than their U.S. counterparts, researchers suggested. A study in Journal of the American Medical Association compared patient results between Canadian hospitals that spent more on care, and those that spent less. It found patients in the first category had lower death rates and were less likely to be admitted to intensive care. More















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