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UCAOA News


Success in Urgent Care Survey
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We invite you to participate in a quick, 5-minute survey on how your center defines success in urgent care. Anyone is welcome to take the survey and share what you know about your center. The results will be shared at the National Urgent Care Convention in Las Vegas and then later in UConnect. Click here to take the survey and thanks for sharing your thoughts!



Members on the Move


MD Now Medical Centers
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UCAOA member MD Now Medical Centers, Inc. (MD Now Urgent Care) of West Palm Beach, Fla., recently announced a growth capital investment from a private equity partner, Brockway Moran & Partners, Inc., to position itself for continued growth. "This partnership represents an important milestone in MD Now's future growth plan toward the continued delivery of quality, accessible, friendly and affordable medical care to our patient community," said Peter Lamelas, MD, MBA, Founder and CEO, MD Now Medical Centers.



UConnect


Full 2010 Benchmarking Report Now in UConnect
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UCAOA just posted its entire 2010 Benchmarking Report in UConnect, making the results FREE to all members. The 2010 Benchmarking Study is a robust 40-page report that puts your finger on the pulse of the urgent care industry. Teeming with graphs, statistics and comparisons to the 2008 research, the study is composed of nine sections: Structure, Visits, Integration with the Health System, Quality and Patient Satisfaction, Technology, Staffing, Financials, Marketing and Future of the Industry. Click here for the report!



















Exhibitor Highlight


Saluting our 8 Year Exhibitors
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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.

Practice Velocity
2012 National Urgent Care Convention exhibitor, Booth #301 and #307

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







JUCM


Now Online in JUCM
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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in children and a major source of morbidity. Those involving the kidney are of particular concern because of the potential for permanent renal scarring. In the urgent care setting, diagnosing a UTI in a child is difficult. The cover story of the April issue of JUCM, now available online and in print, can help you rise to that challenge. Author Kim Gibson, MD, reviews methods of urinalysis, options for treatment, red flags for high-risk patients, indications for referral and considerations for special populations. Turn to page 9 online (or in print) for "Urinary Tract Infection in the Pediatric Patient."

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

Doctor panels recommend fewer tests for patients
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In a move likely to alter treatment standards in hospitals and doctors' offices nationwide, a group of nine medical specialty boards plans to recommend doctors perform 45 common tests and procedures less often, and to urge patients to question these services if they are offered. Eight other specialty boards are preparing to follow suit with additional lists of procedures their members should perform far less often. More



Patients' needs and electronic health data
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Healthcare organizations need to do more to help patients realize the full benefits of electronic data from emerging health information exchange systems, according to a new study commissioned by Consumers Union. The study examines how well five major California healthcare organizations are meeting the needs of patients and communities in the use of their electronic data and offers important lessons for the rest of the country. More

When more expensive medicine is better medicine
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The theory behind the health reform law is that you can deliver better care at lower cost. Support for that idea comes from a robust body of research which suggests that a decent amount of healthcare spending is unnecessary. Hospitals can get the same — if not better — outcomes, the thinking goes, if they focused on providing the most cost-effective treatments. More















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