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UCAOA in Orlando
UCAOA
Please note, the UCAOA Board and Staff are in Orlando for the National Urgent Care Convention April 8-12. We will check messages intermittently, and will be back in the office on Monday, April 15.
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MEETINGS & EDUCATION


FREE Live Webinar — Taming Disruptive Behavior
UCAOA
Tuesday, April 23
12:00 PM CENTRAL

Online registration is available until: April 23
Register for this event.

Presenter: Marty Martin, PsyD, MPH, MA, MS
Length: one hour
In this session, you will learn how to stop and prevent disruptive behavior and how to handle disruptive behavior with more ease, confidence and competence. Tips and resources will be provided so you can steer clear of bad patterns. If you don't act, then don't expect others to act. Remember ... what you permit, you promote.

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


Nepotism in Urgent Care
UCAOA
The vast majority of the nation's urgent care centers are entrepreneurial-physician ventures — small- and mid-sized businesses — and commonplace is the hiring of direct relatives or the relatives of current employees.
A center's best employees are likely to come from families with strong values, a solid work ethic and a commitment to the center's success so it's only natural family members would make some of the best job candidates. But nepotism also brings potential negative consequences. What happens when malicious gossip by family members, accusations of unequal treatment by nonrelatives, or unethical behavior within family factions undermines a center's culture and cohesion? Management's best defense is a formal policy dealing with the pitfalls of nepotism.

Click here to read the rest of the article written by Alan Ayers, UCAOA Practice Management Advisor.

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NEWLY CERTIFIED CENTERS


Newly Certified Centers
UCAOA
Forty-two more facilities just received the Certified Urgent Care designation! The CUC program helps the public identify urgent care centers and promotes and advances the urgent care industry. Each certified center has met specific nationally standardized criteria which clearly describe the level of services provided.

For a list of all certified urgent care centers, visit www.ucaoa.org/certification.

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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 23-year-old male with a blow to his wrist. 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
UCAOA
If your center draws blood for an HIV test, the odds of a positive result may be remote, but before submitting the sample to the lab your center must have a clear plan as to who in your center would communicate a positive result to the patient and how the patient would be referred for follow-up. In many instances urgent care centers can engage the county health department in counseling the patient on a positive test result.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Update on medial tibial stress syndrome
By Heidi Mills
Medial tibial stress syndrome is a condition which has more commonly been known as "shin splints." However, shin splints is a fairly generic term for any pain which manifests in the general shin area, which could actually cover around 30 different conditions. There is plentiful research still going ahead regarding this condition, its causes and the most effective forms of treatment. Here is a round-up of the current thinking when it comes to MTSS from the recent Running 2013 conference.
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Industry Pulse: Which of the following is the biggest contributor to MTSS?
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New ways to make clinics more convenient
The Economist
In America's maddeningly complex health system, clinics hope to offer something new: ease. It used to be that patients, when ill, made an appointment with a doctor and then wasted ages waiting to be seen. If they had the bad sense to be sick at night or over the weekend, they had few options but a hospital emergency room. This has changed. Retail clinics are one of many models vying to offer convenient health services. So-called urgent-care centers, for example, treat acute and chronic ailments. Often located in malls, they open early and close late.
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Crashing down: Kevin Ware's horrific injury rare in basketball
By Denise A. Valenti
The images are graphic. Six minutes before halftime in the Louisville-Duke NCAA Tournament game, Kevin Ware landed from a jump with such momentum that it resulted in a horrific break of both his tibia and fibula.

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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.

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Perspectives
UCAOA
John Kulin, D.O., FACEP, provides an interesting perspective this month about defining urgent care as convenient care. Probably the toughest question about urgent care is, well, "What is urgent care?"

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Judge strikes restrictions on 'morning-after' pill
Reuters
A federal judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make "morning-after" emergency contraception pills available without a prescription to all girls of reproductive age. The ruling is a victory for reproductive-rights groups that had sought to remove age and other restrictions on emergency contraception.
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Stroke may trigger chronic pain
MedPage Today
Roughly one in every 10 patients who suffer an ischemic stroke will develop a new chronic pain syndrome, which might increase the risk of cognitive and functional decline, researchers found. In a large trial evaluating approaches for preventing recurrent stroke, 10.6 percent of patients said they developed chronic pain after their initial stroke, according to researchers.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

A bridge to health — And away from ER overuse (North Carolina Health News via Kaiser Health News)
Private equity funds rapid growth of walk-in clinics (Reuters)
EHRs rush in where doctors fear to tread (HealthLeaders Media)

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Could self-testing help overcome HIV/AIDS epidemic?
HealthDay News
Having people test themselves for HIV is effective and could help bring the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic under control, a new study contends. The researchers explained that self-testing, combined with counseling, could improve rates of early detection and treatment, thereby reducing transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
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Keeping the world's Kevin Wares injury-free
CNN
It didn't surprise many sports medicine experts when Louisville basketball guard Kevin Ware sustained a horrific leg injury during an Elite Eight game. In the game, Ware, 20, came down wrong on his right leg, causing a gruesome break. His right tibia, or shinbone, broke through the skin — what's called an open or compound fracture.
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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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