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Urgent Care Association of America and Members to Launch Industry Awareness Campaign in June
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It's hard to believe, but many people still don't know what urgent care is, or when to use it. That's about to change. Starting this summer, using a very simple message, the Urgent Care Association and its members are launching a year-long, nationwide campaign to make sure that people know that "urgent care is there." This year's campaign will cover the very basics of urgent care — that it's walk-in and no-appointment — and describe some of the common ailments that can be treated.

The goal of the 2012-2013 campaign is to get more patients in the door for centers, get patients to the most appropriate site for non-emergency episodic care and educate the larger payer/legislator/employer community on our industry.

Watch your email ... more information (including how to participate, even if you're not a member) is coming soon!

Practice Management

Protecting Patients and Assets: Pre-Employment Background Checks and Drug Screening
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In his April article, Alan Ayers, UCAOA's Practice Management Content Advisor, makes a compelling case for why background checks are essential for the urgent care center. Main takeaway: While conducting an extensive background check and drug screening may be time-consuming initially, the risks — including theft, fraud, increased liability and decreased productivity — aren't worth the gamble. Click here for the article.

P.S. If you're one of the two percent of employers that don't conduct any background checks at all, consider this a must-read!


Now Online in JUCM
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When an elderly patient presents with abdominal complaints, what conditions do you include in your differential? That's the key point to ponder as you read this month's JUCM Web-exclusive case report about a 72-year-old male seen at an urgent care clinic who thought he had food poisoning. Learn how prudent history-taking and physical examination may have been lifesaving for this patient, who had atypical appendicitis, by visiting JUCM, online only.

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.

Meetings & Education

Limited Seats Left for the Zappos Insights Tour
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If the field trip to Zappos Headquarters caught your eye, don't wait to register ... there are only 8 seats left! Experience the Zappos storied company culture firsthand during this tour and Q&A time with the Zappos Insights representatives. Registration will close for this PreConference course on Friday, April 13. That's tomorrow! You won't be able to register for the tour onsite.

See you next week in Las Vegas!

The Urgent Care Foundation Thanks its Walk Sponsors
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Presenting Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

  • MeMD
  • Doctors Express
  • Concentra Urgent Care
  • Physician Partner
  • Blue Ridge X-Ray Company
  • iTriage
  • PrimaCare Medical Centers
  • McKesson
It's not too late to register for the walk! On-site registration will be available at Caesars — look for the UCF info table near Attendee Registration.

For more information on the Urgent Care Foundation, please visit www.urgentcarefoundation.org.

Industry News

HHS proposes delaying ICD-10 deadline to Oct. 1, 2014
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A proposed rule from HHS pushes back by one year the compliance deadline for conversion to the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision of diagnostic and procedural codes to Oct. 1, 2014. The rollback of the ICD-10 deadline was telegraphed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in February. More

Defunct bookstores just what the doctor ordered
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When Borders closed all three of its Hillsborough County, Fla., bookstores, both locations were acquired for renovation as medical clinics. One is being renovated as a comprehensive extended-hours facility to include primary care physicians, family care internists, an array of specialists and an urgent care facility. More

ACOs multiply: Medicare announces 27 new groups
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Despite uncertainty over how the Supreme Court will rule on the health law, a key provision intended to help transform the delivery of care is moving ahead. The government announced 27 health systems have been selected to participate in Medicare's Shared Savings Program, which offers financial incentives for physicians, hospitals and other health care providers to team up in "accountable care organizations." More

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