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The Changing Face of Urgent Care
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In case you missed it … click here to read the June installment of Merchant Medicine's ConvUrgentCare Report. It provides an excellent external view of what's happening in our industry!

Certification Renewals
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If your center earned the Certified Urgent Care designation in 2009 ... it's renewal time! The CUC designation lasts for three years upon approval. Once that period expires, the center must complete a new application, submit the required documentation and pay the fee to start the review process. This is necessary in order for the Certification Committee to verify that the center is still in good standing after three years.

If your center is up for renewal you'll receive a renewal application in the mail. Questions? Contact staff@ucaoa.org.

Meetings & Education

New Live Webinar next Thursday!
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Join us on Thursday, June 21, for this month's live webinar, "Privacy and Computer Network Security Risks" led by Alice Epstein of CNA Healthpro. This webinar is a great opportunity for someone in your center to get up-to-date on the latest in network security.

Register by Wednesday, June 20 to participate!

Practice Management

Mitigating the Risks of Business Email
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In his July article, Alan Ayers, UCAOA's Practice Management Content Advisor, addresses the legal and business risks associated with employee emails.

Given the ubiquity of email, many independent urgent care centers may not have evaluated the risks email poses to their organization, nor developed formal policies and procedures to mitigate those risks. This article lists what should be included in an electronic communication policy as well as practical suggestions for employee utilization of email in the workplace.


Now Online in JUCM
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Usually benign and self-limiting, lymphadenopathy is often seen in urgent care practice and the subject of the cover story in the June issue of JUCM, which is now available. Sometimes, lymphadenopathy is caused by malignancy, and authors Maria V. Gibson, MD, PhD, and Daniel A. Cherry, MD, look at how to determine its etiology. Also included are tips for urgent care providers on "red flags" for diagnosis, categories of diseases that present with lymphadenopathy, appropriate tests in the urgent care setting, and recommendations for management. To read "Lymphadenopathy in Urgent Care: Evaluation and Management," turn to page 9 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.

Industry News

Number of retail clinics dropped during June
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As of June 1, there were 1,357 retail clinics in operation in the United States, eight fewer clinics than were in operation on May 1, according to the June ConvUrgentCare Report by Merchant Medicine. More

Public comment period begins for FGI Guidelines
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An important public comment period has begun for the nationally accepted Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, a publication of the Facility Guidelines Institute. Among the changes proposed for the 2014 edition of the Guidelines are several new risk assessments, updated commissioning guidance, staff nap rooms in hospitals and medication safety zones. More

ACO development grows 38 percent nationally
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The accountable care organization trend still is rising with more than 200 identified ACOs in the nation, according to intelligence business firm Leavitt Partners. Located in 45 states and the District of Columbia, ACOs total 221 partnerships, up from 160 ACOs in 40 states in November 2011, showing a 38 percent increase in only six months, according to a new report. More

Doctors' EHR note-taking method affects quality of care
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Physicians who have electronic health record systems but dictate patient notes give a lower quality of care than do doctors who use structured documentation, says a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Researchers examined 188,554 patient visit notes from 18,569 primary care visits written by the physicians for their patients. Researchers found that quality of care was significantly worse on three outcome measures for doctors who dictated their notes compared with physicians who used two other documentation styles. More

Safety-net hospitals see more patients under threat of cut funding
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Safety-net hospitals saw almost three times as many patient admissions as other acute care hospitals, exceeding average admissions within their markets by 44 percent, the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems said. During the past decade, inpatient discharges have increased by 13 percent, and outpatient visits have grown by more than 28 percent, according to the report. More

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