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July 09, 2015

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Survey results: EKG Overreads
UCAOA conducted a brief survey to determine the use of EKG overreads in the urgent care industry. Of those that participated, 72 percent said their urgent care centers do not contract with a specialist to overread EKGs.
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Additional Resource:Look back at previous UCAOA mini survey data by accessingData Insights.


Urgent care musing: Insights from the field, part 2
In this month's expert blog, UCAOA Board Director and Practice Management Content Advisor Alan Ayers, MBA, MAcc, addresses a variety of current topics affecting the urgent care industry including Yellow Pages advertising, free prescription discount cards, and in-network freestanding emergency room centers.Please note, content for logged in members only. This article provides 1 UCMC credit in Marketing & Communications.
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Implications of patients recording urgent care provider encounters
Journal of Urgent Care Medicine
The ubiquity of smartphones increases the risk that patients will openly or covertly record interactions with their physicians. Urgent care operators should understand the legal and privacy implications and protect themselves with appropriate policies and training.In this articlefrom the July/August issue ofJUCM, writer Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc, details the considerations for protecting the urgent care center against unauthorized patient recordings.
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Additional Resource:A patient secretly records his colonoscopy, costing the doctor her job(KevinMD.com)

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.

Our just released edition of marketWATCH:TBG Spring 2015 marketWATCH: Urgent Care


PQRSwizard helps simplify CMS reporting
UCAOA has partnered with CECity to offer members a Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) qualified registry reporting option called PQRSwizard for a discounted rate of $199. PQRSwizard helps guide professionals to quickly collect, validate, and report on quality measures that are specific to urgent care. By reporting on PQRS quality measures, individual EPs and group practices can quantify how often they are meeting a particular quality metric as well as avoid a negative 2 percent downward adjustment in 2017 on all allowed Medicare Part B fee for service charges. For complete details on the PQRSwizard,click here.
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CMS releases proposed rule for 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the proposed rule to update payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). This is the first PFS proposed rule since the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. As stipulated by Congress, Medicare physician payments will be increased by 0.5 percent in 2016. Throughout the rule, CMS begins the implementation of the new payment system for physicians and other practitioners — the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) — as mandated by Congress. The final rule is expected by Nov. 1 and is effective Jan. 1, 2016. UCAOA will submit comments on this proposed rule by the Sept. 8, 2015 deadline. To access a fact sheet on the proposed ruleclick here. To view the proposed rule in its entiretyclick here.
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  • CMS announces one-year ICD-10 grace period
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    Physician practices worried about financial disaster related to ICD-10 implementation can breathe a sigh of relief, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has agreed to loosen penalties for imperfect claims submission within the first year providers use the more complex coding system, CMS and the American Medical Association (AMA) announced this week.
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    Live webinar: Are you getting paid for everything you do?
    Join UCAOA on Thursday, July 23 from 1-2pm CT as Cameron Cox presents the live webinar titled "Are You Getting Paid for Everything You Do?" Through participation in this online learning event, you will be able to identify common variables to consider when analyzing reimbursement for your urgent care practice as well as understand the mechanics of managed contracts, build templates for comparing and answering variance questions about reimbursement, and learn new techniques for your next managed contract negotiation. To register,click here.
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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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    Emerging Opportunities and Threats Impacting Urgent Care
    At the UCAOA 2015 Fall Conference (Sept. 24-26 in New Orleans), legislative and regulatory consultant, Camille S. Bonta, MHS, will present a lunch and learn session on Friday, Sept. 25 titled "Emerging Opportunities and Threats Impacting Urgent Care." This discussion will examine federal and state regulatory activities influencing urgent care, as Bonta provides best practices on how you can favorably impact change, minimize barriers to urgent care practice, and help government and other agencies recognize the substantial benefits urgent care centers offer. For more information on the educational program planned for the 2015 Fall Conference,click hereview the preliminary program andregister today.
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    Earn UCMC credit by reading UCAccess articles
    Obtain your Urgent Care Management Certificate (UCMC) more efficiently and economically through UCAOA credit-related articles in the Practice Management section of UCAccess. UCMC applicants who are UCAOA members can receive 1 credit for reading certain articles and passing a 5-question quiz. Upon passing, the credit will reside in your UCAOA profile under My Credits. Up to 5 UCMC credits can be obtained through participation in article-related quizzes. If you're not enrolled in UCMC,get started today.
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    T Sheets Digital for Urgent Care
    In the increasingly competitive urgent care market, the ability to document quickly and accurately while providing quality care is critical.

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    Back to school expo
    Many communities host back to school expos in which students receive vaccinations, supplies, physicals, uniforms, and other services for free or nominal cost. Participation as a vendor or volunteer can be a way to raise awareness among prospective patients to your center while also giving back to the community. School age children and their families are especially prone to accidents and illness requiring urgent care.
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    Allegheny Health Network prepares to roll out urgent care for cancer patients
    Pittsburgh Business Times
    Allegheny Health Network (AHN) is preparing to provide specialized, urgent care for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment throughout the health system's service area in western Pennsylvania. MedExpress Urgent Care centers are among the sites where patients could be directed with treatment-related issues such as fever, fatigue and dehydration, allowing cancer patients to spend less time in hospital emergency rooms for after hours care. If successful, AHN's initiative would tamp down escalating cancer treatment costs and result in lower co-payments for patients and health insurance premiums for employers.
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    A Podcast for Urgent Care Clinicians

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    Starting an urgent care center
    Medical Economics
    This articleprovides high-level tips for consideration before starting an urgent care center including: Consider an urgent care specialty, choose your location carefully, select design and layout based on patient and staff needs, and branding is important. If you're thinking of opening or expanding an urgent care center, the UCAOA 2015 Fall Conference will feature its popular track titledComprehensive Clinic Startup.
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    Free-standing ERs eye lobbying to win state approval for growth
    Modern Healthcare
    Free-standing emergency room operators are exploring how to win state regulatory approval to expand their facilities nationwide despite opposition from hospitals. Hospitals generally oppose free-standing emergency centers that are not tied to health systems, particularly in areas where providers serve large low-income and uninsured populations. Health systems have been operating FSEDs for years, and it's estimated there are currently 400 to 500 such centers in more than 40 states.
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    Additional Resource:Dissecting the Cost of a Freestanding Emergency Department Visit(Alan Ayers' Practice Management Blog (member login required)

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    Summertime, when the living is risky
    Los Angeles Times
    This consumer-focused articlefeatures UCAOA Board President Dr. Robert Kimball, offering good summertime tips on how to avoid sunburn and what to do when poison oak comes in contact with your skin. Other healthcare practitioners offer tips on how to avoid food poisoning and pesky creatures. UCAOA members can also usethis free media toolkitto get ideas and templates for reaching out to reporters in your community to raise awareness of your urgent care center's treatment options during the slower summer months.
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    Doctors: EHRs have not improved productivity
    By Scott E. Rupp
    The Physicians Alliance of America has found that EHRs increase physicians' administrative burdens and decrease their productivity. According to the survey of 250 pediatric, family medicine and internal medicine physicians, 67 percent of respondents said they spend at least a half-hour charting at the end of the day. This marks an overwhelming amount of charting for those using technology, which is meant to decrease the time spent charting and away from patient care.
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