UC Access April 19, 2012
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In Case You Missed It ...
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UCAOA is in Las Vegas this week for our 2012 National Urgent Care Convention! Earlier this week we shared a little bit of the meeting with everyone via a video of the Opening General Session, "National Perspectives on the Future of Urgent Care." Here's the link to the video in case you missed it!

Look for a recap of the meeting in an upcoming installment of Urgent Care Access.


Thanking Dr. Disraeli
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Typically, this is where we'd share our monthly "Clinical Consult" column from Dr. Phillip Disraeli. As of this month, Dr. Disraeli is retiring from his role as director of clinical programs for UCAOA and the Urgent Care College of Physicians. Since late 2007, Dr. Disraeli has shepherded all of the clinical program development and authored many articles — making significant contributions to the field of urgent care in the process. The board and staff of UCAOA and UCCOP salute Dr. Disraeli for all of his work on behalf of their organizations.

Starting this summer, the board of UCCOP will begin a search for a new director of clinical programs — details to be announced. Thanks, Phillip, for all you've given to urgent care!


Now Online in JUCM
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Looking for a way to attract consumers to your urgent care center who want medicine on demand? Ian Vasquez, MBA, has the answer for you in the April issue of JUCM. Vasquez's article on telemedicine will help you understand applications of the technology to urgent care and assess key risks and benefits that it can afford your practice. To learn more about this new growth opportunity in urgent care, turn to page 15 online — or in print — for "Telemedicine's Impact on Urgent Care: What You Need to Know."

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

Vital signs by phone, then, with a click, a doctor's appointment
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Entrepreneurs are starting healthcare technology companies that are changing the way we interact with the entire system. They are also responding to an evolving model of healthcare, which will ultimately be focused more on outcomes than on services, and to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Program, which, in an effort to improve the coordination of care, gives providers financial incentives to adopt electronic health records and report how they use them. More

Assessing interest in ACOs
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Accountable care organizations, heralded as the cornerstone of healthcare reform, remain something of an enigma in the healthcare industry. While ACOs hold the promise of retooling the industry into a leaner, meaner cost-cutting, care-improving machine, there's still doubt ACOs are the way to go, according to the HealthLeaders Media Accountable Care Organization Survey. While 11 percent of respondents say they are already part of an ACO, just 39 percent of the rest say their organization plans to become part of an ACO. More

5 steps to transform EHRs into modern patient collaboration tools
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With the rise of accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes, the spotlight has been put on IT to help make a smoother transition to those new care models. And although the partnership between patient and electronic health records plays a critical role in their success, at least one software analyst believes EHRs have a long way to go before they can take on the full responsibility of supporting these organizations. More

Medicare to settle hospital reimbursement dispute
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Medicare agreed to settle a dispute with about 2,200 hospitals nationwide over a decade-long error in reimbursement rates, offering what could amount to a $3-billion infusion to hospitals already bracing for funding cuts under the federal healthcare law. Hospital representatives welcomed the agreement, but they say it does little to resolve larger complaints that Medicare pays too little for patient care. More

Payers make moves toward remote health
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As remote health grows in popularity — and as organizations come to see the cost-savings it can produce — a number of insurers are launching telehealth and remote monitoring programs for their members. Pittsburgh-based Highmark, for example, has launched a virtual physician visit pilot program for about 10,000 of its members at three Western Pennsylvania companies and one company in West Virginia. More

Report: Healthcare industry should boost social media use
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U.S. healthcare organizations should take lessons from other countries and expand their use of social media tools beyond marketing purposes, according to a report from technology consultancy firm CSC, InformationWeek reports. The report found that across the globe, the healthcare industry is less proactive than other industries in embracing social media. Within the healthcare industry, hospitals are the furthest from using social media to engage with consumers, the report found. More

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