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UCAOA NEWS

Urgent Care Fall Conference: Early registration extended!
UCAOA
This is your last chance to take advantage of Early Bird pricing for the Urgent Care Fall Conference, held Oct. 3-5 in Glendale, Ariz. Early Registration has been extended to July 15.
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from — and engage with — a bevy of your peers, other industry thought-leaders and vendors. Consider bringing one of your colleagues, and remember that a discount is available if you register four or more.Do you have a physician-extender that would benefit from hands-on splinting and casting training? What strategies have you put in place to position your center within the challenges of healthcare reform? How innovative are you and your team in improving your patients’ experience to assure repeat visits? These questions are just an example of why you must attend this year’s conference!
Two-day courses:
Clinical Masterclasses (offered as one- or two-day course)
Comprehensive Clinic Startup Newly Revised!
Tools for Improving Patient Experience — Capturing Repeat Visits and Spurring Word of Mouth — New!
Urgent Care Marketing — The Essentials for Growing Your Business
One-day courses:
Successful Reimbursement Strategies
Roundtable Urgent Care Coding (3 hours — offered only Oct. 5)
Hands-on Splinting and Casting WorkshopNew!
Reposition Your Center in an Era of Healthcare Reform New!
To register, and for more information about the Fall Conference, visit the UCAOA website.
See you in Glendale!
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MEMBERS ON THE MOVE


Physicians Quality Care expands
UCAOA
UCAOA member center Physicians Quality Care expanded this month, with a new clinic opening its doors July 1 in Milan, Tenn. Physicians Quality Care Milan is a 6,100-square-foot facility, featuring a movie theater, retro 1950s concierge area with free refreshments and a four-level kids' play area with state-of-the-art electronics and endless activities. Click here for a look at the new center!
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We're all ears!
UCAOA
Share the news about your center(s)! We welcome submissions from UCAOA members for publication in our monthly “Members on the Move” section. Simply email Laura to secure a spot in an upcoming installment of Urgent Care Access. The news will also be posted in the "Featured Members" section of UConnect, UCAOA's online member community.
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UCONNECT


Bartering basics for the urgent care operator
UCAOA
From the dawn of civilization to the present day, goods and services have been traded without using cash as a medium of exchange. Yet even in a tough economy, medical practices – indeed, businesses of all kinds – still do not often realize the outstanding benefits available to them in today's barter economy. In a problematic economy with spiraling health care costs, the time has come to examine the strategy of joining a barter exchange in order to operate more efficiently, gain clients and improve the bottom line.
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CERTIFIED URGENT CARE PROGRAM


UCAOA announces newly certified urgent care centers
UCAOA
Ninety-five more facilities just received the Certified Urgent Care designation ... bringing the total number of certified centers to nearly 550! 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.
The Certified Urgent Care Center designation was awarded to the following centers …click to view entire press release.
For a list of all certified urgent care centers, visit the Certified Urgent Care Search Directory.

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IDEA OF THE WEEK


Host a happy hour
UCAOA
Local chambers of commerce and other networking groups often hold weekday “business after hours” and other networking sessions in member businesses. Consider hosting one of these in your waiting room during a less busy time. Inviting a community’s thought leaders to see your facility can spur word of mouth and provide a captive audience to promote occupational medicine or the reduced costs to employee benefit plans of urgent care versus the ER.
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JUCM


An urgent care approach to complications and conditions of pregnancy
UCAOA
The first point of contact for patients with conditions related to pregnancy is often an urgent care center. Careful use of evidence-based guidelines is important in managing such cases, as is discussed in this month’s JUCM cover story. In Part 1 of a two-part series, Dr. David N. Jackson reviews guidelines for confirming pregnancy and managing complaints such as genitourinary infections, nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, gastroesophageal reflux disorder, vaginitis and cervicitis, and pediatric illnesses that represent a risk during pregnancy. To read “An Urgent Care Approach to Complications and Conditions of Pregnancy,” turn to page 9 JUCM online (or in print).
The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine 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 editor@jucm.com for information on our author guidelines.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Cost savings, accessibility give boost to region's urgent care centers
Crain's Detroit Business
With Obamacare on the horizon and health insurers increasing co-payments up to $200 for nonemergency visits to hospital emergency departments, urgent care operators in Southeast Michigan say they expect business to boom in 2014. Six extended-hour centers are expected to open in the region during the next year, including five operated by Michigan Urgent Care Center and one by DocNow Urgent Care.
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Opinion: Primary care physicians are in demand
The Durango Herald
This time of year, recent high school graduates are shopping for supplies, packing their bags and perusing brochures and course listings from their selected college or university. Freshman orientation is just around the corner. How many are considering careers in primary-care medicine? To be sure, the practice of medicine faces some interesting challenges, ranging from political to scientific to socioeconomic. Yet there has perhaps been no better time to consider a career in medicine.
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FastMed Urgent Care Keep Cooler Program renewed for third season
FastMed
FastMed Urgent Care has launched its third annual “Keep Cooler Program” for the 2013 summer sports season. FastMed donates five-gallon water coolers to any school (middle school, high school, college or university) or other organized sports teams in communities surrounding its 21 Arizona locations. The Keep Cooler Program supports healthy hydration among athletes in the communities FastMed serves, particularly during outside play in the hotter months, to help avoid heat-related illness and sports injuries.
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Study: Emergency rooms take toll on older patients
Kaiser Health News
The majority of older patients who go to emergency departments in several nations around the world are likely to start out with complex conditions that deteriorate after their visits, according to a study published in the June 25 issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine. Researchers from the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland, Australia, studied patients 75 years or older in emergency departments around the world to paint a picture of the unique problems they face — and how ERs can change to better serve them.
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FEATURED COMPANIES




America's hospital industry prepares for upheaval
The Economist
America's hospitals are the most expensive part of the world’s most expensive health system. They accounted for $851 billion, or 31 percent, of American health spending in 2011. If they were a country, they would be the world’s 16th-largest economy. And they are in the midst of dramatic change, much of it due to the “Obamacare” health reforms.
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Physicians continue to say 'yes' to electronic health records
Bloomberg BNA
In ever growing numbers, physicians are embracing electronic health records and incorporating more sophisticated technology into their practices, according to a recent report to Congress. The report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology said 72 percent of office-based physicians were using an EHR system in 2012, compared to only 48 percent in 2009.
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Why our healthcare lets prices run wild
TIME
Of all the oddities of the U.S. healthcare system, one stands out: we spend far more on health care per person than other industrialized nations yet have no better health outcomes. Understanding why isn’t easy. A 2012 paper by the Commonwealth Fund found that, among 13 industrialized countries studied, the U.S. has the highest rate of obesity, which is usually a factor of higher healthcare costs.
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Urgent Care establishes 7th walk-in clinic
Voices News
Urgent Care of Connecticut has established its seventh walk-in clinic at 607 West Main St., Norwich, adding to its locations in Brookfield, Glastonbury, Norwalk, Ridgefield and Southbury. A sixth location will open in Newtown this month. The company foresees rapid expansion over the next 12 to 18 months as the need for urgent care services continues to grow across the country.
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Walgreens, CVS expand further into retail health with clinics
Modern Healthcare
Rival drugstore chains recently continued to expand their footprints in retail health with retail clinics. Walgreen Co. announced a new clinic adjacent to Johns Hopkins East Baltimore medical campus, while CVS Caremark Corp. announced a partnership with Parkridge Health System to run seven clinics near Chattanooga, Tenn. These moves are indicative of the continued push by retailers into healthcare, buoyed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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