Survey results: Are more patients presenting with life-threatening situations in UC?
In this recent article, some urgent care centers stated they are experiencing an uptick of patients presenting at their facilities with life-threatening conditions rather than seeking care at an emergency department. UCAOA conducted an informal survey on this topic in last week’s issue of UCAccess. Of those urgent care centers that participated, 76 percent indicated the need to transfer more than 10 patients to an ED in the past year. Click here to access the complete survey results as well as participant comments.
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Member networking-special interest groups
As a member of UCAOA, you're part of a growing, collaborative organization comprising more than 6,500 urgent care professionals from more than 2,600 clinics throughout the U.S. and abroad. We encourage you to tap into our diverse and multidisciplinary network of urgent care experts and professionals by getting involved in UCAOA's specialty networking groups. These groups provide a forum to share ideas with peers, solicit advice from experts and grow your professional connections. As a member, you can join any of these six open groups: Regional Networking (designated by states and regions); Coding and Billing; Clinic Startup; EHR Users; Hospital Owned; and Occupational Medicine. Learn more about the networking groups in UCAOA's members' community.
If you have an idea for a new group to start, please contact Jami Kral at email@example.com.
Fall Conference educational session 'sneak peek'
The 2014 Urgent Care Fall Conference to be held Oct. 9-11 in Denver, will feature ALL NEW content for your entire urgent care team. This year's 44 practice management- and clinical-focused sessions are being presented in four open tracks, so you can customize your schedule. Additionally, a DOT FMCSA Medical Examiner Training Course will be offered as a pre-conference activity and a special 2-day Hands-On Boot Camp will occur during the conference.
Take a sneak peek at this year's educational program designed to help you resolve the most challenging issues occurring in the urgent care industry. Attendee registration opens Tuesday, July 1, with early tuition rates in effect until Thursday, July 24. Hotel reservations are now open and can be easily made online; click here for details.
Health Law: The First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All The Lawyers
There is always a cost to receive professional advice and often the person giving it pays a price, too. That is the message of this month's Health Law column, by John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP, in which he offers tips to urgent care providers who are constantly being asked medical questions outside their practices. In such a situation, the "Good Samaritan" doctrine may not apply and the slope toward legal liability may be slippery if the clinician does not approach the encounter with care. To read "Health Law: The First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All The Lawyers," turn to page 28 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 e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for information on our author guidelines.
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Special early accreditation for pre-opening clinics
If you are currently opening, or planning to open an urgent care facility, set your center apart from the competition down the street. Let your community know that your center provides the highest quality of care and patient safety by achieving UCAOA Accreditation. Centers can apply for early accreditation up to six months prior to the facility's opening date and an on-site survey is required within 60 days. To learn more about UCAOA’s special category of early accreditation for pre-opening clinics, click here.
Campus health plans
FastMed Urgent Care in Tempe, Arizona, across the street from Arizona State University, advertises on its window graphics that it accepts the ASU Health Plan. If your urgent care center is located near a college or university, accepting its health insurance can increase accessibility to students and employees. Even when there is a student health service on campus, often hours and services are limited. Urgent care can augment on-campus capabilities for overflow, after-hours and higher acuity cases requiring x-ray or procedures.
Yubadocs receives quality improvement award
Grass Valley, Calif.-based Yubadocs Urgent Care has received the 2014 California Quality Improvement Recognition Award by the Health Services Advisory Group of California Inc., the Medicare quality improvement organization for California. HSAG of California reviewed the performance of California physician practices participating in quality improvement efforts during the past year, including Yubadocs Urgent Care. This review encompassed four elements: quality measured excellence, effective use of health information technology, care management excellence and participation in data reporting quality initiatives.
American CareSource acquires Florida urgent care clinics
Fort Mill Times
American CareSource Holdings, a national network of ancillary healthcare providers and operator of urgent care centers, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all the assets of Bay Walk-In Clinic in Panama City and Panama City Beach, Florida. The locations are the first sites acquired in Florida since American CareSource recently announced its move into the $14.5 billion Urgent Care market.
American Family Care celebrates major medical milestone
This month, American Family Care celebrates 32 years while expanding its footprint across the U.S. with the addition of two new clinics in central Alabama. Founded in 1982, AFC clinics offer primary, urgent and emergency care and occupational medicine. In 2013, AFC acquired Doctors Express, the largest national urgent care franchise creating AFC/Doctors Express brands across the country. By the end of this year, AFC/DRX will operate more than 160 facilities in 26 states and will serve more than 1 million patients.
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Adeptus Health IPO powered by revenue growth, Obamacare reforms
Lewisville, Texas-based Adeptus Health, an operator of free standing emergency rooms, raised this week $93 million in its initial IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. The CEO of Adeptus Health speculates there could be 5,000-to-10,000 free standing emergency rooms across the U.S. in coming years, as emergency room demand continues to grow while the total number of hospitals remains stagnant. The company entered 2014 with 26 facilities and said in its IPO prospectus it expects to operate 53 facilities by the end of the year.
Working parents resort to UC for doctor's note to get children back into child care
Substantial proportions of parents chose urgent care or emergency department visits when their sick children were excluded from attending child care, according to a new study by University of Michigan researchers. The study, published in Pediatrics, also found that use of the emergency department or urgent care was significantly higher among parents who are single or divorced, African American, have job concerns or needed a doctor's note for the child to return.