Run-off election results
UCAOA held its first run-off election to determine the final director to join the UCAOA Board of Directors. Congratulations to Jeanne Zucker on being elected to the UCAOA Board, and thank you to Dr. Sharad Patel for running for a position on the board. Click here to meet the 2015-2016 UCAOA Board.
Survey results: OccMed and urgent care services
Many urgent care centers are expanding their service lines to include occupational medicine as a means to increase patient volume and revenue. Of those centers that participated in UCAOA's brief survey, 91 percent said they offer occupational medicine services at their urgent cares. Click here to see the full results of the survey.
Practices have until June 30 to register for PQRS GPRO
Time is running out for group practices to register to participate in the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO). PQRS GPRO is an option available to groups with two or more eligible professionals. Alternatively, eligible professionals can participate in PQRS as individuals. Eligible professionals, either individually or through the GPRO, must satisfactorily participate in PQRS to avoid a -2.0 percent payment adjustment in 2017.
10 Ways to Keep Your Staff Engaged At Work
Companies with engaged employees outperform unengaged companies by 202 percent! But here's the problem: More than 70 percent of U.S. employees are not engaged in their jobs. In this practice management article, guest blogger Ariella Gottlieb provides 10 tips on how to engage your urgent care center employees, resulting in a happier, more effective staff. While it can seem like a tough climb, creating a more engaging environment is easier than you might think. Please note, content for logged in members only. This article provides 1 UCMC credit in Human Resources.
Recognizing Employee Disengagement and Taking Steps to Re-engage
Journal of Urgent Care Medicine (JUCM)
Employee disengagement is pandemic in the American workplace. At urgent care centers, operators have to work especially hard to keep frontline staff members motivated. In this JUCM article, author Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc, explains how re-engaging employees starts with a strong management culture that's committed to establishing affinity with employees and ensuring that systems and processes support day-to-day operations.
Urgent care survey now annual process, 2014 data collection open
Completing the UCAOA Benchmarking Survey is easier than ever before with two methods for participating: Directly through the user-friendly platform or by completing an Excel template. Centers that completed last year's survey through the platform copy over data that has not changed such as demographic information. All data entered is de-identified so only your center or organization can see your own data. Complete at least 80 percent of the survey to receive the PDF report and interactive platform FREE — a $1,100 value! The PDF report contains more than 60 pages of charts and analysis as well as comparative data with year-over-year trends. The interactive platform features aggregated data only, filtering capabilities by region and setting type, and on-demand charting on more than 200 key performance metrics; click here to see an example. Get started on earning your free resources through participation in the annual benchmarking survey.
Online doctor visits redefining how people seek healthcare
In this story, news station CBS46 in Atlanta profiles a consumer's experience using telemedicine, focusing on the capabilities of online doctors. Blue Cross Blue Shield implements telemedicine in Georgia, which allows doctors from all over the country to visit with patients, as well as prescribe medications. Watch now
Fall Conference call for speakers, deadline Friday
Become a speaker at one of the fastest growing urgent care meetings, the UCAOA Urgent Care Fall Conference to be held September 24-26, 2015 in New Orleans. Since the first Fall Conference in 2006, attendance at this pivotal event has more than tripled, and the education program continues to expand, growing to meet the diverse, multidisciplinary needs of urgent care clinicians and business professionals. Last year's meeting attendees rated faculty 4.25 stars out of 5. If you're a dynamic speaker with industry expertise, join our faculty of esteemed pioneers, centers owners, business moguls, and marketing experts by submitting your proposal for the 2015 Fall Conference. Act soon because the proposals must be submitted by 4pm CT on Friday, May 29.
If you're an urgent care clinician or business professional, register today to join your peers in New Orleans for productive networking, high-quality education, genuine camaraderie, and fun in The Big Easy!
Earn UCMC credit by reading UCAccess articles
Obtain your Urgent Care Management Certificate (UCMC) more efficiently and economically through UCAOA credit-related articles in the Practice Management section of UCAccess. UCMC applicants who are UCAOA members can receive 1 credit for reading certain articles and passing a 5-question quiz. Upon passing, the credit will reside in your UCAOA profile under My Credits. Up to 5 UCMC credits can be obtained through participation in article-related quizzes. If you're not enrolled in UCMC, get started today.
Share Urgent Care Awareness Month activities
UCAOA via Lake After Hours & Lake Urgent Care
May marks National Urgent Care Awareness Month, and UCAOA members are celebrating and creating awareness of our growing industry. Lake After Hours and Lake Urgent Care located in Louisiana sent out a press release calling attention to the convenience, high-quality care and affordability offered at urgent care centers. CEO Steve Sellars said "Urgent care does not eliminate the need for primary care doctors who treat and manage chronic conditions, nor is it a replacement for the emergency room. It's all about knowing which level of treatment is the right care, in the right place, at the right time. At Lake After Hours and Lake Urgent Care, we support the Urgent Care Association of America in its efforts to increase awareness of the urgent care industry and the benefits urgent care centers offer healthcare consumers."
| Additional Resource: To place specialized classifieds to promote real estate for potential development or lease as well as for non-medical equipment sales, UCAOA offers a 30-day or 60-day posting. Pricing per posting: 30 days: $100 member | $150 non-member / 60 days: $150 member | $200 non-member.
Comvest Partners announces sale of FastMed Urgent Care
Comvest announced that it has entered into an agreement for the sale of FastMed Urgent Care, the second largest independent urgent care network in the U.S. The transaction is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.
Medicare's popularity brings increasing costs
American Academy of Family Physicians
Medicare is increasingly popular and has expanded benefits over the years, reducing the proportion of elderly patients without insurance from 48 percent before it was passed in 1965 to 2 percent currently. However, healthcare industry experts at an Alliance for Health Care Reform meeting said there is concern that Medicare is not addressing rising cost issues.
Medicaid rule targets swelling number of beneficiaries in private plans
The CMS has released a sweeping proposed rule intended to modernize the regulation of Medicaid managed-care plans. The population enrolled in the plans is growing rapidly, but the last regulation governing them was issued in 2002.
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Senators press for more interoperability
By Scott E. Rupp
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo recently told senators that health IT is "foundational" to President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine initiative and discussed ways to improve data sharing. In February, Obama asked Congress for $215 million in funding for a personalized medicine initiative that centers around the creation of a massive database containing the genetic data of at least 1 million volunteer participants. Sen. Lamar Alexander says the current state of EHRs frustrates providers and could inhibit such research.
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