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Convention Chair Transitions
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Since our first meeting in 2005 at the Radisson Hotel in Orlando, Dr. John Koehler has served as the Chair of UCAOA's Conventions. There were 231 attendees at that meeting, and under his leadership we've grown to well over 700 attendees at our eighth meeting last month. In Las Vegas, Dr. Koehler passed the torch to a new leader. As thanks for his efforts of the past seven years, UCAOA made a donation in his name to the Circle of Love Foundation, an international medical mission organization that he has been involved with for many years. We'll also be honoring him with free tuition to the Convention for life. Thank you, Dr. Koehler, for making our Convention what it is today!

Our new Convention Chair is Dr. Robert Kimball. Dr. Kimball is Medical Director of Piedmont Healthcare Urgent Care centers in North Carolina, a member of our Board of Directors, and has been to every Convention since 2005. We are delighted to welcome him as our new Chair.

Locating the Cost Per Patient Worksheets
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The April JUCM article, "Understanding Your Cost Per Patient," authored by Jordan Todd Rice, MD, was prefaced by a paragraph that invited members to visit the UCAOA website to download Excel worksheets that will help determine the cost per patient. To access the worksheets, please visit UConnect, click on the Resources tab, and then on the JUCM folder. We hope these prove to be valuable tools for your center!

Members on the Move

More Centers Receive the CUC Designation
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Twenty-three more facilities just received the Certified Urgent Care (CUC) designation ... that puts the total number of Certified centers at 436! 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.

The Certified Urgent Care Center designation was awarded to centers in:
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin
Congratulations to these newly certified centers! For a list of all Certified Urgent Care Centers, visit www.ucaoa.org/certification.


New Discussions
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The Discussions tab in UConnect is your place to poll a large audience of urgent care professionals with your burning questions ... and to be a resource to your fellow members when they have something to ask. In April, we saw several interesting conversations take place in the following Discussion groups:
  • Billing & Coding
  • Hospital-Affiliated Urgent Care Centers
  • Starting a New Urgent Care Center
  • Urgent Care Owners
  • Urgent Care Practice Managers
Whew! That's a lot of dialogue ... and some of the questions are still in need of an answer or opinion. Login to be part of the Discussions — or to get informed on what your peers are talking about!

If you're a member of UCAOA and haven't checked out UConnect, what are you waiting for? There's no excuse for missing out, the site is part of your member benefits and logging in is easy. Take a look!


Now Online in JUCM
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With the U.S. population aging and dental services sometimes scarce — particularly on weekends and evenings, when few dentists have office hours — more patients are coming to urgent care centers with dental complaints. Management of dental emergencies is the subject of the cover story of the May issue of JUCM, now available online and in print. Authors Katherine Hurst, MSc, MD, and Richard E. Walton, DMD, MS, review typical presentations and options for diagnosis and management in the urgent care setting. Turn to page 9 online (or in print) for "An Urgent Care Provider's Guide to Managing Dental Emergencies."

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.

Industry News

MedExpress sells urgent care centers to Concentra
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MedExpress Urgent Care announced that it has sold six of its Denver-area centers to Concentra. Being sold are urgent care centers in Cherry Creek, Highlands Ranch, Lakewood, Northglenn, Parker and south Aurora. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. More

Urgent care centers need robust EMRs, too
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Although many urgent care centers have resisted adopting electronic medical records, their plans to increase in size or location during the next 12 months will drive these facilities to adopt the technology, a recently released report from researchers KLAS concludes. "Urgent Care 2012: A Host of EMR Options" relied on interviews with senior executives at 76 urgent care organizations to find out what types of EMR systems are best meeting their needs, and what options are available. More

Electronic-records goals aren't met by 80 percent of US hospitals
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More than 80 percent of hospitals have yet to achieve the requirements for the first stage of a $14.6 billion U.S. program to encourage doctors to adopt electronic medical records, the industry's largest trade group said. The program is too ambitious and goals may not be met, Rick Pollack, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association, said in a 68-page letter to the Health and Human Services Department. More

Community health centers under pressure to improve care
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Nearly 1,200 federally funded community health centers fall short on key quality of care measures, according to federal data analyzed by Kaiser Healthy News and USA Today. The centers' performance most often lagged national averages on helping diabetics keep their blood sugar under control and screening women for cervical cancer. More

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