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June 25, 2015

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Survey results: How many hours do you sleep per night?
Patient care is demanding. Many times, healthcare clinicians find themselves functioning on very little sleep. UCAOA conducted a brief survey to obtain insight into the sleep habits of urgent care clinicians and administrative staff. Of those that participated, 93 percent agree that there is a correlation between job performance quality and lack of sleep.Click hereto read the full results.
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Additional Resource:Look back at previous UCAOA mini survey data by accessingData Insights.


UCAOA details urgent care landscape to congressional agency
UCAOA requested and was granted a meeting on June 17 with Washington, D.C.-based MedPAC staff to discuss how urgent care centers fit into coordinated care networks. UCAOA was represented by UCAOA Immediate Past President Nathan Newman, MD, FAAFP, and UCAOA Health and Public Policy Committee Member Robert Graw, Jr., MD, both of Maryland-based Righttime Medical Care.
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Urgent care helping to fuel top-line growth
This articlepublished in the June 2015 edition ofHealthLeadersmagazine provides an overview on how hospitals and health systems are approaching top-line revenue growth. Specifically, hospitals and health systems must cope with reduced utilization and reimbursement for inpatient visits. Because payers are increasingly driving patients to lower cost outpatient venues, hospitals see a need to increase outpatient market share and bring more physicians on board. Urgent care is mentioned as a critical part of hospitals' revenue growth strategy, and the article highlights two health systems that have thrived in the urgent care and convenient care market, successfully connecting urgent care with the hospital and providers. The article also refers to other trends such as hospital/physician joint ventures (i.e. ambulatory surgery centers), physician partnerships with gain-sharing around cost savings, ownership/integration of a health plan, and risk-sharing for managed Medicare/Medicaid populations.
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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.

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High-fat, high-sugar diet can lead to cognitive function loss
United Press International
A diet high in both fat and sugar can cause changes in a person's microbiome, or the trillions of bacteria that live inside the body and help it function, which may affect cognitive flexibility, or the ability to change and adapt to the world around you, according to a study at Oregon State University.
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  • CDC to healthcare providers: MERS-CoV spreading
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreak which originated in South Korea has now led to more than 100 cases and at least 11 deaths, prompting the CDC to urge U.S. healthcare providers to be prepared to detect and manage cases of MERS-CoV by continuing to routinely ask patients about their travel history.
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    High school football players may be at doubled risk of migraine
    HealthDay News
    Two recent studies suggest that high-school football players are at a twofold increased likelihood of having migraines because of head injuries and concussions sustained during games. One-third of 74 high-school football players in Louisville, Kentucky, reported migraine-like symptoms, according to the first study. The second study found migraine headaches or migraine-like symptoms appear to be the most common symptom suffered by high school athletes following a concussion.
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    VisualDx: What's the Diagnosis?
    Parents of a 20-month-old boy brought him to urgent care after his fever lasted for longer than a week. At first they thought he had a bad diaper rash, but then they realized that the erythema on his perineum was actually skin peeling. They grew more concerned when they noticed their son’s hands and feet were swelling and he had a strawberry red tongue. Use the VisualDx differential builder to make a diagnosis! For the quiz answer, visit:visualdx.com/ucqz/03
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    Fall Conference poster presentations: Deadline July 1
    New this year at the Fall Conference, UCAOA is planning to showcase poster abstract presentations. If you're an urgent care clinician or business professional with important or novel information to share on such topics as technology, communications, medicine, center operation, or other areas, UCAOA is holding a call for abstracts. To submit your poster presentation and learn more about criteria,click here.Act fast; the deadline to respond is Wednesday, July 1.

    Registration for the 2015 Fall Conference (Sept. 24-26) is underway and trending high. If you have not already registered,act nowto secure your seat at this premier education and networking event. UCAOA is also advising all participants of the Fall Conference tosecure hotel accommodationsearly as New Orleans is a popular destination for meeting attendees and tourists.

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    T Sheets Digital for Urgent Care
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    Additional Resource:To placespecialized classifiedsto promote real estate for potential development or lease as well as for non-medical equipment sales, UCAOA offers a 30-day or 60-day posting. Pricing per posting: 30 days: $100 member | $150 non-member / 60 days: $150 member | $200 non-member.


    Fourth of July press release
    UCAOA recently launched for members a freemedia toolkitcontaining many resources and guides from how to hold a community event to how to reach out to media. Just added to thecustomizable media materialsis a press release template entitled "From Fireworks to BBQs: How to Handle Medical Issues this Fourth of July." Use this template to customize it to your urgent care center and send it to local media to educate consumers on the convenience and availability of medical care at urgent care centers during the upcoming holiday weekend. Not a member?Become one todayto access this free resource and otherkey benefits.
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    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


    20 things to know about urgent care, 2015
    Becker's Hospital Review
    Last published in 2013, Becker's Hospital Review has updated its "things to know about urgent care" for 2015, referencing data from the annual UCAOA Benchmarking Survey. UCAOA states that there are 6,400 urgent care centers in operation because those centers have been vetted by the association; the previous figure of 9,000 urgent care centers most likely included retail health centers and other anomalies. To read the updated listing,click here.

    Additionally, if your urgent care center would like to participate in the annual UCAOA Benchmarking Survey,click here for detailsor contact Jami Kral atjkral@ucaoa.org. As you can see, the results of this survey are referenced by many entities including media and it's imperative that UCAOA has accurate data to reflect the current urgent care landscape, so please participate!

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    Telemedicine growing fastest in primary care
    About 15 million people will receive healthcare via telemedicine this year, according to the American Telemedicine Association. Although most of these virtual visits will take place between patients and specialists, the nonprofit ATA expects 450,000 of them to be for primary care. Robert Wergin, M.D., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, told the AP that he expects to do more telemedicine visits in the future as more insurers begin to cover it.
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    Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies
    Obamacare has survived — again. In a major win for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court held in a 6-3 decision that the Affordable Care Act authorized federal tax credits for eligible Americans living not only in states with their own exchanges but also in the 34 states with federal exchanges. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for himself, Justice Anthony Kennedy and the four liberal justices. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the dissent, joined by Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
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    Sen. Lamar Alexander identifying strategies for better EHR program
    By Scott Rupp
    Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has been busy, and remains so. Earlier this month, he announced that he would conduct a series of hearings intended to solve problems with the federal government’s six-year-old, $30 billion program meant to encourage adoption of electronic health records at medical offices and hospitals. The hearings come after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services claimed in December 2014 that a quarter of a million physicians had not been able to comply with the program’s second phase and have begun losing 1 percent of their Medicare payments.
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