Results of DOT exam pricing survey
As of May 21, all medical examiners must be certified and listed on the National Registry in order to perform DOT exams. UCAOA asked urgent care owners and providers about the new requirements and if it would impact their DOT exam pricing. 13 percent of surveyed participants indicated they have already raised their prices, while 53 percent are planning on raising their prices. See the results of our informal survey, which includes a breakdown of DOT exam prices charged by urgent cares.
Additionally, UCAOA has partnered with Concentra Health Services, Inc. to provide online access to their 12-hour Certified Medical Examiner Training course. UCAOA members receive a $50 discount off the list price of $350. Click here to get started (log in and registration is required through UCAOA first.)
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CUC program growing steady
During the first quarter of 2014, 49 more facilities were awarded the Certified Urgent Care (CUC) designation, pushing the total of CUC centers to nearly 650. Certification helps patients and the public identify urgent care centers and promotes and advances the urgent care industry. Each certified center has met nationally standardized criteria specific to urgent care centers, which clearly describe the level of services provided.
Certified centers, and other urgent cares, can now also showcase that they are best in class for both certification and accreditation through participation in the new UCAOA Accreditation Program. This unique program recognizes traditional processes associated with quality and safety as well as scope of services provided. The Wood Insurance Group has agreed to extend a 2.5 – 5 percent discount on malpractice insurance for eligible urgent care centers that successfully complete the UCAOA Accreditation Program. Click here to learn more about the UCAOA CUC program and/or Accreditation Program.
New affordable subscription-based eLearning
UCAOA understands that attending an educational meeting isn't always possible whether it's due to timing – can't get away -— or funding — travel and lodging aren't budgeted, so we're bringing the education to your clinic! Now with one affordable subscription to UCAOA's self-paced eLearning, your entire team can access 57 hours of urgent care specific content as well as 53 hours of CME – very economical CME for your providers! Use your subscription for staff training, a refresher, or an education tool to support lifelong learning goals. A 12-month subscription includes 10 staff licenses for $750 (members) and $1,075 (non-members). Click here to see a list of available courses and to purchase now.
Take charge of your career: obtain an Urgent Care Management Certificate (UCMC)
The next step in urgent care management starts with earning your UCMC. Earning your certificate takes commitment, but our UCMC program is flexible to accommodate your busy schedule. Completing the UCMC program helps affirm and recognize the knowledge and confidence to lead an urgent care center to the next level of excellence. Nearly all practice management courses at UCAOA meetings, held as monthly live webinars, and listed on the Online Education portal count toward the UCMC. Learn more about or apply now for the UCMC program.
The Role of Ultrasound for Soft Tissue Infections in the Urgent Care Setting
Ultrasound has a variety of potential applications in urgent care practice — from differentiating between cellulitis and abscess to facilitating IV access to assessing first-trimester vaginal bleeding. JUCM's latest Web-exclusive article, by authors Staci Shepard, MS-4, and John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP, focuses on use of a handheld ultrasound device for diagnosis of soft-tissue infections. Also covered is information on the cost of equipment and the extent of training needed. Click here to read "The Role of Ultrasound for Soft Tissue Infections in the Urgent Care Setting," which is available only online.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information on our author guidelines.
Temporary banners and electric signage
If your urgent care center lacks strong street visibility — perhaps due to trees or set-back from the street — then consider temporary signage enhancements such as vinyl banners and portable electronic signs to call attention of your center to passing motorists. Custom banners can be made by most local sign and copy shops and portable electronic signs can be rented from local sign companies or equipment rental outfits. Most municipalities provide temporary sign permits ranging from 7 to 30 days, sometimes multiple times a year, for promotion of new businesses and seasonal services such as sports physicals and flu shots.
If you have tips or advice to share with others, please send your submission along with any photos to Amanda Mannina at email@example.com. Your idea may be included in an upcoming issue of UCAccess.
Are consumers ready for retail healthcare?
One key to reducing the cost of healthcare is to move as many services as possible out of the doctor's office and the emergency room and into high-quality but lower-cost venues and channels of care, including clinics in drug stores, grocery stores, and other retail establishments and online. But do consumers actually want care in new settings? According to a recent survey conducted by Oliver Wyman of more than 2,000 consumers, there is strong, broad interest in receiving care at alternative sites, but consumers, at least today, do not see all sites as equal.
Insurers to publish healthcare prices online
Three major health insurance companies have agreed to publish their healthcare prices in a free online portal starting next year. Advocates hope public prices will lower healthcare costs over time as consumers make more informed choices in obtaining medical care and experts study pricing trends with greater ease. The nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) will create and administer the online portal in partnership with Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealthcare.
Hospital-run retail clinics forging alliances with supermarkets
As Walgreens and CVS continue to add to their hospital rosters with 20 and 36 hospital affiliations, respectively, supermarket chains are beginning to test the retail clinic waters, offering healthcare organizations the opportunity to reach potential patients in a different setting. Will supermarket-housed retail clinics be as successful as their drugstore counterparts?
CMS proposes stretching Stage 1 in EHR incentive Program
Healthcare providers will have one extra year to use 2011 Edition software in their electronic health record systems under the federal incentive program for health IT under a proposed rule. Hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals trying to meet the program's Stage 1 meaningful-use criteria can continue to use 2011 Edition software under the proposal. The CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology cited the slow delivery and implementation of the upgraded 2014 Edition software as the reason for the delay.
Injuries from swallowed magnets on the rise in kids
As the number of new and stronger magnet toys being sold has increased, so has the number of kids who have suffered serious injuries after swallowing a magnet, according to new research scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers examined magnetic ingestion trends at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada's largest children's hospital. The investigators found that overall magnet ingestions tripled after the introduction of small, spherical magnetic sets in 2009. Moreover, the number of injuries involving multiple magnets was nearly 10 times greater after 2009.