Are more patients presenting with life-threatening situations in UC?
A recent article stated that some urgent care centers are experiencing an uptick of patients presenting at their facilities with life-threatening conditions rather than seeking care at an emergency department. Is your center experiencing the same trend? Take our quick 3-question survey to let us know. Results will be published in next week's UCAccess.
Report injuries, deaths due to consumer products
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) strongly encourages medical professionals, especially urgent care physicians and nurses to report all injuries and deaths related to consumer products. The CPSC relies on consumer-product related injury and death data to formulate consumer product safety policy, identify potential recalls and injury trends, implement its agenda and execute appropriate public health awareness campaigns. For more information about reporting or to make a report, please visit www.SaferProducts.gov.
The importance of monitoring online patient comments
A successful urgent care center is one that captures repeat visits and positive word of mouth from satisfied patients. Long-term, a center with a bad reputation will struggle to attract the volume needed to be profitable. In this month's Practice Management feature, UCAOA Content Advisor and Board Member Alan Ayers describes how urgent care operators should be constantly aware of what's posted about their centers on websites like Google, Facebook, Yelp and others. Because in the Internet age, it's possible to know exactly what people think of the quality of medical care provided, the attitude and friendliness of staff, and other brand-defining attributes of the patient experience.
Hotel reservations now open for Fall Conference
Book your hotel accommodations now for the UCAOA Urgent Care Fall Conference to be held Oct. 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. The room block cut-off date is September 18; however, many conventions are going on simultaneous to the Fall Conference creating a high demand for hotel lodging in downtown Denver. UCAOA has negotiated a reduced room rate at the Hyatt Regency Denver for conference participants, so act today.
Additionally, conference registration for attendees will open on July 1. Mark your calendar, bookmark the conference website, and watch your mail box for more information about the all new content being offered at this year's Fall Conference.
Case Report: Nasal Polyps
The patient was a 5-year-old female. Her complaint: left-sided nasal congestion and dried blood in her nose for 1 week, following an injury from a playmate's elbow. The message of this month's case report, as presented by Mohammed Noman Mohiuddian, MD, is to pay particular attention to differential diagnosis and signs, symptoms, and history in patients with nasal inflammation. To read "Case Report: Nasal Polyps" by Dr. Mohiuddian, turn to page 25 online (or in print).
The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine (JUCM) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information on our author guidelines.
Teddy Bear Clinic
Usually held near Halloween, teddy bear clinics invite children to dress in costume and bring their favorite doll or stuffed animal to the urgent care center. Medical staff register the "patient" (doll or stuffed animal) and children follow along as the toy passes through examination, medication, suture, splint, and cast stations. As children are shown the equipment and the procedures are demonstrated, the children are encouraged to talk about their own experiences and ask questions. By taking their toys through a series of pretend medical treatments, children are familiarized with the roles of doctors and nurses, becoming more comfortable with the medical environment and less anxious should they ever need medical attention. Here are two examples of a teddy bear clinic from eMedical Offices and Sharp Coronado Hospital.
DocuTAP CEO wins Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Eric McDonald, founder and CEO of DocuTAP, has been awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award in the category Environmental and Health Technology. The award was presented to McDonald at a special gala event on Wednesday, June 11 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. McDonald was selected from 30 regional finalists by a panel of independent judges.
Lake After Hours participants in 'Cookin' in Central' event
Lake After Hours in Central recently participated in the annual non-profit event 'Cookin' in Central.' A triage tent was staffed by Lake After Hours nurses and physician assistants from the Central area, including Joseph Halphen, PA-C, and Ellen Rushin, RN, to evaluate and treat minor conditions during the two-day festival.
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Transition looms for thriving urgent care industry
Patients wanting on-demand care rather than a two-day wait for an appointment are increasingly turning to urgent care clinics. "Geographically, urgent care growth has mostly occurred in Midwest and Sun Belt states and largely in suburban areas," said Alan Ayers, MBA, MAcc, UCAOA board member and vice president of market development for Concentra. But there's room for additional growth if urgent care operators can find a way to turn a profit in underserved areas.
CMS releases three new MLN Connects™ videos
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has released three new videos regarding the value-based payment modifier; PQRS Program; and the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. These presentations educate practitioners on a variety of topics that are essential to health care. Click here to access these videos listed on the Health Reform section of the UCAOA members' portal.
Reform update: hospital visits rise for young adults on parents' plans
Young adults who gained coverage on their parents' health plans under Obamacare showed an uptick in non-emergency hospital visits by the newly insured, new research has discovered. Authors of a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research wrote: hospital visits were less likely to start with a trip to the emergency room with the under-26 coverage in place, suggesting that young adults sought more discretionary services.
California Public Health Department declares pertussis epidemic
Science World Report
Last Friday, the California Health Department declared pertussis, also known as whooping cough, a problem of epidemic proportions. The highly contagious respiratory disease infected over 800 people in the past two weeks. Already in 2014, California has documented nearly 3,500 whooping cough cases, which is already greater than all reported in 2013. The health department felt it was necessary to declare the respiratory disease an epidemic because 23 percent of the total cases this year were documented in the past two weeks.