Award winners honored at UCAOA National Urgent Care Convention
During the 10th National Urgent Care Convention, UCAOA had the privilege of recognizing and presenting awards to its laureates for their significant achievements to our association or in the field of urgent care. Award nominees are nominated by members and selected via UCAOA Awards Committee recommendations to the Board of Directors. The UCAOA awards presentation is unique in that nominees are not informed of their selection in advance; rather, it is a well-choreographed surprise.
UCAOA would like to congratulate the following 2014 award recipients:
Laurel Stoimenoff, PT, CHC, vice president of the UCAOA Board of Directors, presented Robert G. Graw, Jr., MD, with the award for Outstanding Achievement. During her introduction, Ms. Stoimenoff remarked that members praised Dr. Graw for his incredible acumen for the discipline of urgent care as well as for being an incredible innovator and mentor; a forward thinker; a consummate gentleman; and generous with his time and resources.
- Outstanding Achievement: Robert G. Graw, Jr., MD
- Lifetime Membership: Marge Simat
- (New) Advocacy: Northeast Regional Urgent Care Association
On the 10th anniversary of UCAOA, founding member Marge Simat was presented with the Lifetime Membership Award for her years of selflessly devoting personal time to help grow the organization and mentor its members. Friend and peer Cindi Lang, RN, MS, introduced Ms. Simat, declaring that she too received personal guidance and advice from Ms. Simat when she first joined the association.
The new Advocacy Award is given to an individual or organization for legislative or regulatory advocacy on a state or national level. The Northeast Regional Urgent Care Association (NERUCA) was presented their Advocacy Award from UCAOA board member and New York state resident, Pamela C. Sullivan, MD, FACP, who praised NERUCA for their countless hours of dedication to address potentially devastating regulatory and legislative recommendations in New York State that have potential to negatively impact urgent care centers across the state. NERUCA Board members recognized included: Michael Pond, MD; Jonathan Halpert, MD; John Kulin, DO; Joel Stretch, RPA-C; and Marge Simat.
For a complete listing of past awards recipients, please click here.
Emerging business models: Telemedicine
Urgent care has experienced phenomenal growth in response to consumer demand for affordable, no appointment necessary care that is open nights and weekends. But for low-acuity conditions, urgent care may not necessarily be the cheapest or most convenient option available to consumers. As UCAOA Content Advisor and Board Member Alan Ayers, MBA, MAcc, points out in this article, telemedicine is an emerging healthcare delivery channel that stands to capture some patients who might otherwise be seen in urgent care centers. Urgent care operators should thus understand this emerging business model and determine the most appropriate response given their business objectives.
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Now online in JUCM
A new urgent care Images Challenge case is now available only on the JUCM website. Review an X-ray with an incidental finding in a patient's bone, consider what your diagnosis would be, then check the case resolution to see if you were right. Click here to take the 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 email@example.com for information on our author guidelines.
Sunday is National Doctors' Day
On March 30, 1933, the first Doctors' Day observance was held in Winder, Ga., to give people the opportunity to honor the physicians who have positively impacted their lives. On March 30, 1958, a resolution commemorating Doctors' Day was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1990, both houses of Congress overwhelmingly approved and President George Bush signed into law the legislation that permanently designated March 30 as National Doctors' Day. This Sunday, how will your center recognize the doctors whose compassion, sacrifice and willingness to go the extra mile for your patients, employees and the community?
If you have tips or advice to share with others, please send your submission along with any photos to Amanda Mannina at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your idea may be included in an upcoming issue of UCAccess.
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ASAP Urgent Care opens new center in Wisconsin
The business plan for ASAP Urgent Care's new Madison, Wis.-based center is being compared by CEO Traver Hutchins as bringing Starbucks to the medical world. The new facility has a high-end appearance that is the antithesis of sterile hospital waiting rooms. Patients are referred to as customers and the there is a private children's waiting area called a waiting lounge.
Cornerstone Health Care partners with urgent care provider FastMed
The Business Journal
Cornerstone Health Care recently announced a partnership with FastMed Urgent Care. Under the partnership, the details of which are still being worked out, Cornerstone will promote the use of FastMed urgent care centers to its patients, while FastMed will help refer patients seeking a primary care physician or a specialist to Cornerstone providers.
MedExpress offers tobacco cessation program
MedExpress Urgent Care is now offering a tobacco cessation program in all of its West Virginia locations. Individuals interested in quitting tobacco can visit MedExpress to receive counseling, quitting resources, support and medical advice from healthcare professionals. As part of the Affordable Care Act's emphasis on wellness and prevention, MedExpress' Tobacco Cessation Program is available, in most cases, with no out-of-pocket charges to patients from either MedExpress or their health insurance provider.
Loyola Opens immediate care center in Park Ridge, Ill.
Chicago-based Loyola University Health System is expanding care in Park Ridge, Ill., by opening an Immediate Care Center at the Loyola Center for Health at Park Ridge, located at 1030 W. Higgins Road. The center will open April 1 with residents having access to academic-based medicine and the expertise of Loyola's patient-care team on a walk-in basis, with no appointments necessary. Read more
If you find this article of interest, read: In shift, Illinois hospitals explore new ventures from urgent care to fitness centers, published by the Daily Reporter
Affordable Care Act may actually lead to fewer clinical visits
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
With an estimated 30 million people expected to gain insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, there has been much speculation about where those patients will go for care. Many physician offices are already filled to capacity, and a looming shortage of primary care physicians has been well-documented. While it may seem counterintuitive, a number of providers fear the ACA will actually lead to fewer visits in some cases, despite the growing patient population.
Marketing strategies for urgent care
What are the top five areas to concentrate on for a great urgent care marketing strategy? Click here to find out more on how mastering local search, social networking, search engine optimization, search engine marketing and mobile marketing can bolster your clinic's visits. Also check out UCAOA's conference recording Urgent Care Marketing — The Essentials for Growing Your Business from the 2013 Fall Urgent Care Conference.
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