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Last Chance to Register for the National Convention!
UCAOA
UCAOA Spring Convention
April 8-11 | Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
25 CME Credits Available


PreConvention | April 8 | Choose One
- Comprehensive Clinic Startup 2-day course (April 7-8)
- Growing Your Urgent Care: Sustainable Competitive Advantage
- Plain Film Radiology: An Expert Review
- Successful Reimbursement Strategies
- Taking Your Center from Good to Great

Main Convention | April 9-11 | Choose Sessions Onsite
Educational 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, Pediatric Emergencies ... and MANY more!

Go to the National Urgent Care Convention page for more information on registration, session topics and the overall agenda.

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UCONNECT


Medical Marijuana: An Urgent Care Issue?
UCAOA
California, Colorado and 16 other states have legalized cannabis for "medicinal use" and many other states have pondered doing likewise. Alan Ayers, UCAOA's Practice Management Content Advisor, describes how the impact of these laws on urgent care has proven minimal, although they do pose significant issues for occupational medicine. Click here to read more!
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BENCHMARKING


Benchmarking
UCAOA
The 2012 Urgent Care Benchmarking Survey Results are now available! There are more than 60 pages of graphs, statistics and comparisons to the 2010 and 2008 research.

New 2012 data includes:
  • Reporting on top ICD-9, CPT and E&M codes
  • Provider productivity data
  • Average charge vs. average reimbursement
  • Clinical staffing strategies
  • Average annual revenue, expense and marketing budgets ... and much more!
Click here to order the 2012 Urgent Care Benchmarking Survey Results today!
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JUCM


Now Online in JUCM
UCAOA
A new urgent care Images Challenge case is now available only on the JUCM website. Review the case of a 15-year-old male with complaints of chest 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 editor@jucm.com for information on our author guidelines.

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IDEA OF THE WEEK


Idea of the Week
UCAOA
An urgent care center bartered with a local pizza restaurant to place the center's magnet on every take-out and delivery pizza box. Think of local businesses that will agree to display or distribute your center's marketing materials.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


High-dose statins linked to acute kidney damage
HealthDay News
People who take high doses of popular cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins may be more likely to develop kidney problems, a new study suggests. Specifically, those participants who took higher doses of statins were 34 percent more likely to be hospitalized for acute kidney injury during the first 120 days of treatment, compared to their counterparts who were taking lower doses.
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5 things you need to know about sports concussions
ABC News
More than a million people are affected by concussions every year, according to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For the first time in nearly 15 years the American Academy of Neurology has changed their guidelines for management of sports concussions.

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Solving primary care physician shortage by turning PCPs into anesthesiologists
Forbes
Are there really too few primary care physicians? And if so, what can we do to solve the PCP shortage? The standard answer to the first question is "yes, we have too few PCPs."

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New heart warning for popular Z-Pak antibiotics
ABC News
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.

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AHIP: Hospital inpatient pricing up sharply
HealthLeaders Media
Prices for inpatient hospital care rose 8.2 percent between 2008 and 2010, with wide price and cost growth fluctuations recorded across states and localities over the timeframe, according to a study by America's Health Insurance Plans.
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New HIPAA rules pose challenges for healthcare industry
Thomson Reuters
As the healthcare industry gears up to comply with new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations, set to take effect March 26, providers are looking for guidance on how broader patient-privacy rules could affect their businesses, said Nixon Peabody healthcare partner Linn Freedman.
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Group doctor appointments: When 3 isn't a crowd
Kaiser Health News
When visiting the doctor, there may be strength in numbers. In recent years, a growing number of doctors have begun holding group appointments — seeing up to a dozen patients with similar medical concerns all at once. Advocates of the approach say such visits allow doctors to treat more patients, spend more time with them, increase appointment availability and improve health outcomes.
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Study: Emergency room symptoms may not predict healthcare needs
Reuters
The symptoms people come to the emergency room with may not predict the actual diagnosis they're given when they're released from the hospital, according to a new study. Researchers found about 6 percent of 35,000 patients who visited ERs in 2009 did not need immediate care, but that could not be predicted when they first got to the emergency department.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

New heart warning for popular Z-Pak antibiotics (ABC News)
6 tips for wage and hour compliance for medical practices (D. Albert Brannen)
JUCM Images Challenge (UCAOA)
More evidence whooping cough protection wanes (HealthDay News)

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5 things you need to know about sports concussions
ABC News
VideoBriefMore than a million people are affected by concussions every year, according to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For the first time in nearly 15 years the American Academy of Neurology has changed their guidelines for management of sports concussions. The new guidelines, published Monday in the online issue of the journal Neurology, have been endorsed by numerous advocacy groups including NFL Players Association, American Football Coaches Association, National Athletic Trainers Association and the National Association of Emergency Service Physicians.
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Interested in sharing your expertise?
MultiBriefs
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.
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