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June 18, 2015

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June 30 deadline approaches; 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 negative 2 percent payment adjustment in 2017.Read more

Additionally, UCAOA is making it even easier for you to do your reporting. Through an agreement with CECity's PQRSwizard, UCAOA has negotiated a $100 discount for UCAOA individual members.Read more

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Brief survey: How many hours do you sleep per night?
Patient care is demanding. Many times, healthcare clinicians find themselves functioning on very little sleep.In this article, written by Brian Goldman, MD, he advocates "We need to stop denying the effects of sleep deprivation," going so far as to say that a lack of sleep is killing patients. Arecent studyconducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and Sleep Research Society (SRS) recommends that adults obtain seven or more hours of sleep per night to avoid the health risks of chronic inadequate sleep. To better understand sleep habits of all those working in urgent care — clinicians and administrative staff —UCAOA is conducting a brief surveyto obtain your insight.
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Additional Resource:Look back at previous UCAOA mini survey data by accessingData Insights.


6 elements of a winning patient experience
Successful urgent care centers depend on repeat visits from loyal patients, but if patients do not like the experience provided, do not value it, or do not think it meets their needs, they will not come back.This article, written by UCAOA Board Director and Practice Management Advisor, Alan Ayers, MBA, MAcc, details how to cultivate a loyal following through understanding and building a service offering around the factors that attract patients and keep them coming back.
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Additional Resource:What Business Are You In? Spurring Word of Mouth and Repeat Visits in Urgent Care, posted on Alan Ayers' practice management blog (member log in required).

Urgent Care M&A Bolts 118%
2014 was a break-out year for urgent care M&A, with evidence as clear as the first line on an eye-chart.

Anyoneof these data points or developments is a sign of a vibrant M&A climate. Put them all together, vibrant quickly becomes voracious.

Our just released edition of marketWATCH:TBG Spring 2015 marketWATCH: Urgent Care

Center participation needed in UCAOA Benchmarking Survey
Each and every center that participates and every data point provided strengthens the results of the Benchmarking Survey making them that much more reflective of the industry. The Benchmarking platform, referenced consistently by national media as well as those in the industry, is the UCAOA online clinical and operational measurement program that produces valuable insights about your center so you can compare against national and regional performance statistics on center offerings, staff indicators, billing performance, and many others. Data shared through the survey is de-identified. Participants may see their own centers’ data, but only aggregate data is available to others. Complete 80 percent of the survey and receive the pdf report and platform results for FREE!Click herefor more information andwatch a short two-minute videoabout the program's easy-to-use features, data copying feature, in-depth reporting, and more.
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Recurrent cardiac events less likely in patients with sleep apnea
MedPage Today
Individuals in a long-running cohort study with coronary heart disease who also had sleep apnea showed lower rates of recurrent cardiac events than otherwise similar participants without sleep apnea. Researchers analyzed participant data and found that those with sleep apnea had a 21 percent lower risk of recurrence of cardiovascular events. During 4,000 days of follow-up, recurrent cardiac events were found to have occurred in about 20 percent of the participants with apnea/hypopnea index values greater than 30, compared with about 35 percent to 40 percent of those with lower values.
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    Fall Conference: Exhibit Hall sell out likely
    This year'sFall Conference (Sept. 24-26 in New Orleans)is the urgent care industry's best educational value offering 60+ insightful clinical and practice management sessions,several hands-on clinical workshops, countless one-on-one networking opportunities, and boundless solutions, ideas and inspiration to take back to your urgent care center. Just added by popular demand, UCAOA Comprehensive Clinic Startup! If you're not already registered,click hereto take advantage of early tuition, which has been extended until Wednesday, June 24.

    The exhibit floor is also a favorite attraction for attendees because the latest products, technology and services are showcased, demonstrated and discussed. The excitement among vendors to be a part of the industry's largest urgent care exhibition is quite evident as the2015 Fall Conference Exhibit Hallis nearly sold out. There are booth spaces still available; butact nowto ensure your place on the floor. UCAOA is also offering sponsorship and marketing opportunities for exhibiting and non-exhibiting companies, so take advantage of the many plans offered. To speak with a UCAOA representative, please call 877-698-2262 and we'll be glad to help you find the best fit for your needs and objectives!

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    VisualDx: What's the Diagnosis?
    A 28-year-old woman came into urgent care to ask about itchy blanching erythema that started on her trunk and spread to her legs. She mentioned that she had just started taking an antibiotic called amoxicillin that she had never been prescribed before. Use the VisualDx differential builder to make a diagnosis! For the quiz answer, visit:visualdx.com/ucqz/02
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    Free ICD-10 preparation videos
    Prepare for the transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2015 with free videos provided by CMS and MLN Connects. Videos are available on coding basics, testing with CMS, home health, and more. Use the links per video topic to access You Tube CMS videos:

    ICD-10 CodingBasics| Coding for ICD-10-CM:More of the Basics|Medicare's Testing Planfor ICD-10 Success | Converting theHome Health Prospective Payment SystemGrouper to ICD-10-CM |ICD-10: Implementationfor Physicians, Partial Code Freeze, and MS-DRG Conversion Project

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    T Sheets Digital for Urgent Care
    In the increasingly competitive urgent care market, the ability to document quickly and accurately while providing quality care is critical.

    T Sheets Digital is the most efficient, effective and affordable solution for urgent care.

    The ICD-10-ready and urgent care-specific content helps you streamline processes, improve throughput and increase patient satisfaction.


    Get involved in community events
    UCAOA via Woodlands Online
    Summer is a great time to get your center involved in community events to promote awareness of your services and offerings. Team up with other local entities such as the YMCA, Kiwanis Club or other local community members to offer a chance to bring your community together while promoting healthy lifestyles through better food choices and exercise.In this community triathlonfor kids held in The Woodlands, Texas, NextCare Urgent Care is an event sponsor. UCAOA members candownload the free UCAOA media toolkitfor ideas on how to hold a community event as well as press release templates and tips for working with media.
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    Additional Resource:Share your great ideas with UCAOA, emailamannina@ucaoa.orgorrreed@ucaoa.org.

    Urgent Care: Reviews And Perspectives

    Urgent Care: RAP is a monthly audio CME program! Each month we pack in 3.5 hours of amazing urgent care education. Whether we review changing practice patterns, cover new literature, reinforce core concepts, or interview the best and the brightest, you’ll always get a healthy dose of humor and fun.Learn More


    CVS expands retail health reach with purchase of Target's pharmacies, clinics
    CVS Health Corp. will expand its reach in the retail health business by acquiring Target Corp.'s clinics and pharmacies for $1.9 billion, according toThe Wall Street Journal. Regulator approval of the deal is still pending, and neither company is sure when it will close.
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    Study: Digital health solutions may save US health system $100 billion
    By Scott E. Rupp
    Accenture, in a new report, estimates that FDA-approved digital health solutions — an Internet-connected device or software created for detection or treatment of a medical indication — may have saved up to $6 billion in cost savings last year, primarily driven by medication adherence, behavior modifications and fewer emergency room visits. And digital health solutions are expected to save the U.S. healthcare system an additional $100 billion over the next four years.
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    4 tips for engaging physicians in ICD-10 training
    When it comes to ICD-10 preparation, a wise course would be to control what you can and prepare for what you can't, says Adam L. Myers, M.D., chief medical officer of Texas Health Physicians Group. Though many organizations have been waiting to prepare, thinking there would be yet another delay, that doesn't appear likely at this point, Myers writes in an article atHospitals & Health Networks.
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Forget that extra mile: Employees who only say no
    Urgent care centers drawn to shoppers
    Survey results: Patient visit increase due to ACA
    Using LinkedIn to bring in more business
    The link between patient satisfaction and nurse satisfaction

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