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UCAOA Nominates Individuals for Joint Commission Board
UCAOA
UCAOA was invited to submit names for nomination to The Joint Commission's Board of Commissioners in two categories: Public Member Seat and an At-Large Nursing Representative Seat. A special Joint Commission Board Committee will review the nominees this coming fall and make its recommendations to the Board of Commissioners at its November 2013 meeting. Following a call to all UCAOA members, nominees sent forth from UCAOA included: Barbara McKee (Millennium Healthcare Management, Inc., Metairie, LA) for the Public Member Seat and Jill Tahmooressi, RN-BC, BSN, MBA, NCSN (Urgent Care Services at Miami Children's Hospital) for the Nursing Representative Seat. Best of luck to the candidates and thank you to all who submitted nominations.
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Summer Resource Sale
UCAOA
For a limited time, UCAOA is bundling two important resources — the 2012 Benchmarking Report and the Policy & Procedure Manual — for just $550 (a combined $600 savings). The next Benchmarking Report will be released in 2014. The Policy & Procedure Manual will be updated in late 2013 (current purchasers will be charged only for the update).
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MEMBERS ON THE MOVE


Rockbrook Urgent Care
UCAOA
UCAOA certified member center, Rockbrook Urgent Care, was recently featured in the Omaha World-Herald. The article, “Company offers flat rate for routine ailments,” examines Convenient Care Plus, a new Omaha company offering a monthly health care plan that allows unlimited urgent care visits. Click here for the article.
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UCONNECT


Upload your Urgent Care Center's Image
UCAOA
Have you uploaded a picture of your clinic to UConnect? If not, your clinic picture is currently a sad, grey stock-photography placeholder — like the image you see here. Proudly display your building(s) in your UConnect profile; it's easy to do:
  • Login to UConnect
  • Click on the "Profile Home" button on the right
  • Hover over the grey building image, and a download button will pop up
  • Click on the download button to upload your clinic picture to its record
If you're an individual member, the same process works for uploading a headshot to your record! If you need help uploading your picture, please email UCAOA's Membership Manager, Jami Kral, and she’ll assist you.

Urgent Care Center Directory — Please note: UCAOA is upgrading its Find A Center directory. Uploading your certified center's photo will enable it to be seen when patients or others search for you.

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IDEA OF THE WEEK




Documentation Training
UCAOA
Train your providers on documentation. In urgent care, if something isn't documented — it can't be considered as having occurred. To assure the center gets paid for its services and to protect providers from liability — charts must support the coding and all services reported, the extent of services must be medically appropriate, and written orders are essential.
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JUCM


Now Online in JUCM
UCAOA
Musculoskeletal complaints account for about 10 percent of all urgent care visits, and pain in the knee — the largest hinge joint in the body — is common. Younger, athletic individuals will present with pain because of overuse syndromes, high-energy injuries and relatively weak growth plates whereas chronic conditions are more likely the cause in seniors. In this month's cover story, Christopher Tangen, DO, offers a template for urgent care providers on how to evaluate knee pain, from aspects of a thorough history through key steps in physical examination and testing of the knee, to review of common injuries and causes, to appropriate steps for workup and management. To read "Evaluation of Knee Pain: An Urgent Care Approach," turn to page 9 JUCM online (or in print).

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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The $2.7 trillion medical bill
The New York Times
Whether directly from their wallets or through insurance policies, Americans pay more for almost every interaction with the medical system. They are typically prescribed more expensive procedures and tests than people in other countries, no matter if those nations operate a private or national health system. A list of drug, scan and procedure prices compiled by the International Federation of Health Plans, a global network of health insurers, found that the United States came out the most costly in all 21 categories — and often by a huge margin.

Check back next week to see UCAOA's response to this article!

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Physicians offer a bundle of opinions
HealthLeaders Media
Bundled payments are one of the financial models emerging from the evolving health care marketplace. But a survey of physicians and hospitals shows a significant divergence of opinions about bundling. Practice size is just one factor.
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New wireless electronics could heal wounds and then dissolve
Wired
Nestled inside a wound, a remote-controlled device perks up and begins releasing bacteria-killing heat, a form of thermal therapy that can fell even the most drug-resistant microbes. After it does its job, the electronic heater dissolves, and its biocompatible ingredients become part of the person it has helped to heal. Though not quite a reality yet, this scenario isn't too far off. In addition to dissolvable electronics, scientists have now built a biodegradable remote-controlled, power-harvesting circuit, described May 17 in Advanced Materials, and are already testing absorbable thermal electronics in rodents.
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Health plans in the new healthcare exchanges
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
If you've been keeping up with the healthcare debate, you'll notice Republicans are predicting the demise of "Obamacare" and Democrats are predicting the Affordable Care Act to be the "second coming." The debate is coming to a fever pitch again because the new healthcare exchanges are about to come to fruition. Starting Oct. 1, consumers will be able to go online and view these different plans. Now that the date is nearing, some state exchanges have released their plan options and their associated premiums from participating insurance companies on the exchange.

Watch for details about UCAOA's "Repositioning Your Urgent Care Center in the Environment of Healthcare Reform" 1-day course at the Urgent Care Fall Conference!

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Mental imagery may hasten recovery after surgery
Scientific American
Mental imagery might help you "find a happy place" in more ways than one: it can actually hasten recovery from surgery, according to two recent studies. The first study was conducted on people who had undergone surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee. The other experiment focused on patients scheduled for gallbladder removal.
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For new doctors, 8 minutes per patient
The New York Times
Pauline Chen writes: At a social gathering not long ago, a colleague and I exchanged stories about residency training, fondly remembering the patients who had helped us grow both as doctors and as people. A doctor-in-training we both knew listened intently to our conversation, but when we asked him about his experiences with patients, he looked lost and struggled for a response.
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Researchers: Operative death rates higher at weekend
Medical Xpress
Previous research has suggested a significantly higher risk of death if admitted as an emergency patient at the weekend compared with a weekday. Plus, other papers have described the "weekend effect." Researchers offer two potential explanations for this: poorer quality of care at the weekend — which can be attributed to staffing levels and/or less senior/experienced staff — and patients who are admitted or operated on at the weekend being more severely ill.
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Are US doctors paid too much?
Forbes
It's a perennial favorite for op-ed screeds and cocktail party chatter: are American doctors paid too much? While many might demur from weighing in on seemingly more complicated matters such as how quickly the Fed should inflate the money supply, there likely are few Americans unwilling to express at least some opinion on doctor pay. Moreover, this is a debate that assuredly will grow more heated as a growing share of the burden of health spending gets shifted onto the backs of taxpayers.
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