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UCAOA NEWS


UCAOA Member News
UCAOA
Once a month, Urgent Care Access will feature a short update about one or more members or member centers in the "Members on the Move" section. This is a recurring opportunity for you to share with our readership (11,000-plus people) big news from your center. The news will also be posted in the "Featured Members" section of UConnect, UCAOA's online member community.

We welcome your submissions of news and pictures for publication. Simply email Laura to secure a spot in an upcoming installment of Access!

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MEETINGS & EDUCATION


June Live Webinar
UCAOA
Strategies for Developing an Effective Compliance Program
Jon McCollum, Director of Corporate Compliance with Orion Healthcorp

Thursday, June 20 (1-2 p.m. Central)

Synopsis:
Jon McCollum will offer strategies and methods for developing a compliance plan, and provide a practical step-by-step course of action to follow in your practice. Attendees will also receive a checklist to help determine your current compliance level.

Objectives:
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
  • Define the elements of a compliance plan and explain their importance
  • Review common factors that could be putting your practice at risk
  • Learn how technology is used to measure and enforce effective compliance controls
Click here to register online!
Questions? Email: webinar@ucaoa.org
$50 each (members), $70 each (nonmembers)

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UCONNECT


New Resources
UCAOA
Two new documents were recently added to the member-only Resource Library in UConnect:
    1. Urgent Care Center Evaluation Grid
    2. Medicare Reimbursement for Physician Assistants

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!

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JUCM


Now Online in JUCM
UCAOA
Considering refurbishing your current practice space? JUCM's latest Web-exclusive article has all of the information you need to plan and implement build-out of an existing structure to turn it into an urgent care center that will meet your business objectives and also satisfy patients. To read "How to Successfully Build Out an Urgent Care Center," by Marisa Manley — available only online — click here.

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.

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IDEA OF THE WEEK


Idea of the Week — ICD-10
UCAOA
Don't be caught off-guard. ICD-10 will change the way that urgent care physicians document their encounters. To prepare for the coming transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, consider reviewing your center's most frequent diagnoses and develop documentation improvement templates for each. Conduct transition exercises to understand how those visits are coded today and how they'll be coded under ICD-10. And finally, develop a plan to educate staff on the changes well in advance of the transition.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Companies poised for growth under healthcare law
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
With key provisions of Obamacare set to be rolled out in 2014, questions remain about everything from the mechanics of the exchanges, where consumers will buy health insurance from private providers, to who will run them and what might be the unintended consequences of healthcare reform.
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One concussion may change the brain
By Dorothy L. Tengler
We all know concussions can have serious consequences, particularly if someone has more than one head injury. However, new research is suggesting even a single concussion may cause lasting brain damage. To those who study concussions, lasting brain damage or problems may not surprising.

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ECG worthwhile for pre-sports check-up
MedPage Today
Screening students before participation in sports with an electrocardiogram to pick up potentially deadly cardiac problems is worthwhile, two European studies argued.

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Practices predict losing money, staying independent
FiercePracticeManagement
More than a third of physicians predict their practices will be less profitable in the coming year rather than more, according to a new survey of 5,012 physicians from technology company CareCloud and physician-education platform QuantiaMD.

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For accurate heart attack detection, linked EHRs are key
FierceHealthIT
Failure to use patients' linked electronic health records may lead to biased estimates of heart attack incidence and outcome, a new study published in the British Medical Journal finds.
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Maine doctor stops accepting insurance, posts prices online
Bangor Daily News
VideoBriefDr. Michael Ciampi took a step this spring that many of his fellow physicians would describe as radical. The family physician stopped accepting all forms of health insurance. In early 2013, Ciampi sent a letter to his patients informing them that he would no longer accept any kind of health coverage, both private and government-sponsored. Given that he was now asking patients to pay for his services out of pocket, he posted his prices on the practice's website.
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FEATURED COMPANIES




Growing urgent care centers with electronic medical records
By Dorothy L. Tengler
More than 8,000 urgent and immediate care centers across the country have opened with growth estimated at 8-10 percent annually, according to the Urgent Care Association of America. And the strong growth in the urgent care sector is projected to continue. Regardless of their tentativeness to embrace electronic medical records, many urgent care centers will change their business models as they expand, and the demand for digitized medical records will increase.
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New vaccine protects kids against hand, foot and mouth disease
Reuters
Chinese scientists have developed the first vaccine to protect children against a virus called enterovirus 71, or EV71, that causes the common and sometimes deadly hand, foot and mouth disease.
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Less blood testing for some surgeries safe, cost effective
HealthLeaders Media
The ordering and testing of blood for surgery that rarely requires blood transfusions is expensive and "overutilized" by hospitals, researchers say. At Johns Hopkins alone, more appropriate blood ordering practices could save $200,000 a year.
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One concussion may change the brain
By Dorothy L. Tengler
We all know concussions can have serious consequences, particularly if someone has more than one head injury. However, new research is suggesting even a single concussion may cause lasting brain damage. To those who study concussions, lasting brain damage or problems may not surprising. What is interesting about the study, however, was the evidence of structural changes.
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