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UCAOA NEWS


Congratulations to Our New Board Members
UCAOA
We are pleased to announce the newly elected members of the UCAOA Board of Directors, voted by the membership last week during the National Urgent Care Convention in Orlando. Nearly 700 urgent care professionals gathered at the Convention to sharpen their skills, network with new and old colleagues and visit more than 150 exhibit booths.

New UCAOA Board Officers include:
  • President: Nathan Newman, MD, FAAFP
  • Vice President: Laurel Stoimenoff
  • Secretary: Steven P. Sellars
  • Treasurer: Robert Kimball, MD, FCFP
UCAOA welcomes newly elected Board Members:
  • Pamela Sullivan, MD, FACP
  • Alan Ayers, MBA, MAcc
  • Incumbents Jimmy Hoppers, MD and Robert Kimball, MD, FCFP were re-elected to the Board for a second term. Directors are elected to three-year terms.

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MEETINGS & EDUCATION


Free April Webinar
UCAOA
Taming Disruptive Behavior
Tuesday, April 23 (Noon-1 p.m. Central)


Orion Healthcorp is sponsoring this free one-hour webinar on Taming Disruptive Behavior. Learn how to spot 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.

Objectives

Marty Martin
PsyD, MPH, MA, MS

At the conclusion of this webinar the learner should be able to:
  • Define, identify and classify disruptive behavior
  • Discover preventative methods to create a positive workplace that enhances patient care
  • Learn the best practices to avoid bad patterns
Click here to register online.

Questions: education@ucaoa.org

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PATIENT RESOURCES


Coping with Stress
UCAOA
In light of the recent horrific event at the Boston Marathon, the CDC has posted recommended tips to help cope with stress following a traumatic event. Strong emotions like fear, sadness, or other symptoms of depression are normal, as long as they are temporary and don't interfere with daily activities. If these emotions last too long or cause other problems, it's a different story. Click here to read more.
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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 76-year-old male with a blow to his shoulder. 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.

JUCM 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
Many centers put off payment posting as a weekly or monthly activity. Cash posting should occur on a daily basis. When a center gets behind in posting payments, its accounts receivable balance is overstated, patients may be hassled over balances they've already paid, and billers may pursue insurance claims that have already been adjudicated.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Boston bombing a lesson in prep for hospitals
MedPage Today
The Boston Marathon bombing serves as yet another tragic reminder that American healthcare must be prepared to deal with terrorist attacks that result in the injuries typical of the wide-ranging damage caused by explosive devices, experts said.
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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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Doctor-owned hospitals prosper under health law
Kaiser Health News
Doctor-owned hospitals are earning many of the largest bonuses from the federal health law's new quality programs, even as the law halts their growth. The hospitals, many of which specialize in heart or orthopedic surgeries, have long drawn the ire of federal lawmakers and competitors. They say physicians often direct the best-insured and more lucrative cases to their own facilities, while leaving the most severely ill patients to others.
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FEATURED COMPANIES




Are retail clinics competitors or potential partners?
HealthLeaders Media
When Walgreens announced that it will expand the services offered by its Take Care Clinics to include the diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, it may have seemed to some healthcare financial executives that their competition just got stiffer. Yet expanded retail clinics could be a potential revenue source — if you can establish a partnership quickly.
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A bridge to health — And away from ER overuse (North Carolina Health News via Kaiser Health News)
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When physicians see costs, they act like consumers
HealthLeaders Media
Healthcare consumers who are unaware of the varying costs of routine medical tests may take solace in knowing that many physicians don't either. "Doctors have been shielded from costs for generations," says Leonard S. Feldman, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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Hospitals lose to doc's offices in consumer satisfaction
FierceHealthcare
Patients are more satisfied with their healthcare than in the past, a new survey shows, but they're happier visiting their doctor than getting hospital-based care. The monthly American Customer Satisfaction Index measures customer satisfaction in a variety of business sectors, with scores based on a scale of 1 to 100, ACSI announced. Healthcare satisfaction rose 1.9 percent overall to a new benchmark of 80. ASCI credits improvements in the quality and delivery of care for the increase.
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Price transparency in healthcare — The latest buzzwords
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
Unless you're totally oblivious to all forms of media from TV, print or Internet, you've probably heard about the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare. One of the main goals of the legislation is to bring down healthcare costs by several means — cutting reimbursements, decreasing the amount insurance companies spend on salaries, etc. One hope of the new law is to decrease costs by increasing competition on healthcare plans. How do they plan to do this? Price transparency, my friend.
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More docs joining forces in ACOs
MedPage Today
The number of physician-led accountable care organizations has recently surpassed the number led by hospitals, becoming the largest backers of the payment and delivery model, an analysis showed.
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