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National Urgent Care Awareness Campaign: SUMMER Materials Now Available!
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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 June 1, the Urgent Care Association and its members are launching a year-long, nationwide awareness campaign — and the free materials are NOW AVAILABLE for everyone!

Visit ucaoa.org/rhyme to learn more and download all the resources so you can participate!

Meetings & Education

Spring Course Recordings Update
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Audio recordings of the new 2012 National Urgent Care Convention sessions were recently posted on our Online Education website! CME credit is available for these courses. Click here to check out the brand-new clinical sessions, practice management sessions, Plain Film Radiology course and Building a Better Front Office course — or to peruse the library for other topical recordings!

Note:If you registered for the Main Convention, you have FREE access to all of the 2012 National Urgent Care Convention sessions!

Accreditation Statement
The Urgent Care Association of America is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Members on the Move

MedExpress Donates $5K to Children's Program
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UCAOA member MedExpress recently made a generous donation of $5,000 to Cory's Kidz, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids in the Wheeling, W.V. community. The donation is being made as part of a company-wide "Random Acts of Kindness" contest. Click here to read the full press release!


Now Online in JUCM
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A new urgent care Images Challenge case is now available only online in JUCM. Review the case of a 17-year-old male who presented with a two-week history of chest pain and view the image taken. Consider what your diagnosis would be, then check the case resolution to see if you were right. To take the Images Challenge, go to http://jucm.com/iucc/?id=123.

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

Retail health clinics grow in popularity
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Some view them simply as a doctor office visit without the long wait. Some physicians contend the public may not understand the truly narrow scope of the services they offer. They may also be seen as a small island of opportunity for physician assistants or nurse practitioners. Regardless, retail health clinics are on the rise and could bring a good portion of the needed care to the roughly 30 million more insured patients that should come online once healthcare reform takes shape in 2014. More

AHA asks IRS to update private-use rules for healthcare facilities
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The American Hospital Association is calling on the Internal Revenue Service to update private-use rules for healthcare facilities financed with tax-exempt bonds, according to an AHA News Now report. Hospitals and physician arrangements are running into hurdles with accountable care organizations, bundled payments and other financial quality incentives because of a blending of private business and nonprofit and governmental hospitals. More

Financial forecast bleak for noncompliance with EHR
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A majority of clinicians still lack a qualified electronic health records system and are therefore ineligible for meaningful use incentive payments from the government. "As of November 2011, (EHR) penetration in office-based practices has reached about 50 percent. We're a far cry from what you need to have in order to comply with meaningful use," Dr. Paresh C. Shah said at the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. More

4 in 10 healthcare organizations seek locum tenens
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Three in four healthcare organizations had to find temporary physicians at some point in the last 12 months because they couldn't find permanent physicians, survey data shows. A survey of more than 100 healthcare organizations conducted by Irving, Texas-based Staff Care also found that 41 percent of healthcare organizations are currently looking for temporary physicians. More

Not retiring at 65: Physician goes from anti-EHR to pro-ACO
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Jeffrey Selwyn, an internist at New Pueblo Medicine in Tucson, Ariz., is 65, but he says he's nowhere near retiring. Unlike many doctors his age who are throwing in the towel due to the increased pressures on physicians to use EHRs, Selwyn is excited. He wasn't always a fan. Selwyn admits he was something of a spokesman for older physicians who didn't want to learn the time-consuming new way of keeping patient records. After practice, he learned the nuances of the EHR and began to see benefits. More

Report: For-profit hospitals pushing patients out too early
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Hospital patients, unready to go home, are being pushed out the door anyway. Pressure to meet financial obligations is pushing large hospitals to release patients too early, according to a pair of studies from University of Maryland Professor Bruce Golden. Patients that were discharged during hospitals' busiest periods were 50 percent more likely to come back to the hospital within three days, the study found. More

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