2014 Fall Conference registration now open
The UCAOA Urgent Care Fall Conference to be held Oct. 9-11, 2014, in Denver, brings together hundreds of urgent care professionals and clinicians for 2 ½ days of concentrated learning and peer networking in one inspiring, convenient location: the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.
The 2014 educational program has been completely revamped and reimagined to now offer NEW comprehensive content in an open format for the entire urgent care team. Create your own schedule by selecting from 44 practice management and clinical sessions presented in four diverse tracks or register to attend the special 2-day Hands-On Clinical Boot Camp. Additionally, expand your urgent care skills by registering to attend the DOT FMCSA Medical Examiner Training held as a pre-conference course on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 8am-5pm.
The Fall Conference registration is now open and when you act by Thursday, July 24, you not only save $100 on tuition, you'll be entered into a raffle for a chance to win UCAOA merchandise! While you are registering, be sure to book your hotel accommodations, as there are many large conventions in town creating a demand for rooms.
Live webinar: HIPAA for Urgent Care Centers: A Primer
Join UCAOA on Thursday, July 24, from 1-2pm Central for the informative one-hour webinar HIPAA for Urgent Care Centers: A Primer. Presenters Barton Walker, partner at McGuire Woods, and Meggan Bushee, associate at McGuire Woods, will discuss the key practices for reducing an urgent care center's risk of a HIPAA violation, how to handle an unauthorized use or disclosure of protected health information, and how to prepare for HITECH Act audits. CME and UCMC credit is available for this one-hour live event. Click here to learn more or to register.
Evaluation of Headaches in Urgent Care Part 2: Non-Emergent Headaches
Non-emergent headaches are the subject of this month's cover story, which concludes our two-part series on headaches. In it, author Jacqualine Dancy, PA-C, MPAS, provides a review of the signs and symptoms of headaches that are not life-threatening and have overlying components that make diagnosis a challenge in urgent care. To read "Evaluation of Headaches in Urgent Care Part 2: Non-Emergent Headaches," turn to page 8 JUCM 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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Number of CUC centers swells in 2014 Q2
During the second quarter of 2014, 82 more facilities were awarded the Certified Urgent Care designation (CUC), making the grand total of CUC centers more than 700. Certification helps patients and the public identify urgent care centers and promotes and advances the urgent care industry. Each certified center has met nationally standardized criteria specific to urgent care centers, which clearly describe the level of services provided. Click here to view the latest centers that were awarded the Certified Urgent Care Center designation.
If your facility is a current CUC center, you are already on the path to becoming a UCAOA Accredited organization. All CUC centers are eligible to receive 10 percent discount off the Accreditation application fee. Learn more now.
Decal window graphics can serve several functions for an urgent care center. First is privacy, particularly when exam rooms and other patient areas have windows, those inside the building can see outside but window graphics obscure the outside view in. Second is promotional, window graphics can function as a billboard, communicating services and hours as well as drawing further attention to the center by passing motorists. Third is to augment the center's signage, particularly when the permanent signage is above eye-level of passing cars, busses or sidewalk pedestrians. Lastly is aesthetic, window graphics can improve the exterior appearance of the facility, making it more inviting to prospective patients.
MedPost Urgent Care to open three new Atlanta locations
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Metro Atlanta is getting three new MedPost Urgent Care centers on July 7. The new centers in Stockbridge and Stone Mountain, Ga. will be affiliated with Atlanta Medical Center, and the third new location, which will be in Woodstock, Ga., will partner with North Fulton Hospital.
Doctors Express opens urgent care center in Stamford
Stamford Daily Voice
Doctors Express launched in June a new urgent care center in Stamford, Conn. Owner Brad Radulovacki will utilize his background in finance and alongside his medical field knowledge from many family members in the business – his father is a doctor, his mother is a dentist and his brother is a psychiatrist – to help fulfill the healthcare needs of the local community.
Tenant improvements - sifting through scenarios
The Ambulatory M&A Advisor
You have decided upon leasing space for your new ASC or urgent care center. Now you're ready to begin outfitting your new space. As you anticipated, herein lies the more expensive part of your venture. You're looking to get a certain allowance from your new landlord in the form of Tenant Improvements (TI), but this brings a new string of questions. There are multiple potential scenarios for financing your TI's. In this article, learn what the experts explain and decode regarding the more common arrangements.
Veterans gain Tenet system access in five states
Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corporation struck an agreement with TriWest Healthcare Alliance, in which veterans in Arizona, California, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas can receive specialty care, and potentially primary care. Officials estimate about 1.8 million veterans live in Tenet's service area in those five states, where the system operates 41 hospitals, employs 600 physicians and encompasses dozens of outpatient centers.
Drive-thru health care: How McDonald's inspired an urgent care gold rush
Hundreds of urgent care franchisee owners along with some of the biggest private equity and venture capital firms are betting that they can use the retail lessons of McDonald's to turn the healthcare world upside down. And in their quest to make physicians wielding stethoscopes as accessible as baristas at Starbucks, they just might rescue America from its looming healthcare catastrophe.
Urgent care opportunities getting scarce for private equity
Private Equity Beat
Urgent care may be a subsector within health care that is enjoying increasing demand for its services, but some private equity owners said it is probably too late for newcomers to join the party. Urgent care is still a nascent, not to mention highly fragmented, market. The lack of sizable chains makes it difficult for investors to delve into the industry, especially larger private equity funds, which have a minimum check size they write.
Urgent Care 2.0 to exhibit at UCAOA Fall Conference 2014
The UCAOA Urgent Care Fall Conference brings together hundreds of physicians, mid-level providers, urgent care center owners, operators, administrators, and managers as well as industry vendors from a plethora of urgent care companies. One of the companies who will be on site at the Fall Conference in Denver, showcasing their urgent care marketing services, is Urgent Care 2.0, booth 217.