Results of our splinting and casting survey
UCAOA conducted an informal, 4-question survey to obtain a better understanding of casting and splinting in urgent care centers. Of those centers that participated, 61 percent indicated they use fiberglass for casting and/or splinting while less than 10 percent used plaster. See the full results of the survey here.
New UCAOA web site
UCAOA this week launched a new version of its web site ucaoa.org. This new web site brings together ucaoa.org and the members' online community, UConnect, making it now a one-stop resource for members, urgent care professionals, vendors, patients, and more. The site features a visually bold design and a user-friendly navigation for a more convenient, streamlined experience. See for yourself!
Sunshine Act physician registration open until August 27: Only opportunity for physicians to review and dispute 2013 data
Passed as part of the Affordable Care Act, the "Physicians Payments Sunshine Act," now known as "Open Payments," requires that certain manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) information about payments or other transfers of value they've made to physicians or teaching hospitals. Manufacturers have submitted data to CMS on payments or values of transfers made to physicians and teaching hospitals between August 1 and December 31, 2013. The law requires that these providers be given at least 45 days to review and challenge any inaccurate or misleading data before it is made public.
Fall Conference Keynote by Scott Friedman, CSP
The 2014 Urgent Care Fall Conference (Oct. 9-11) in Denver, will kick off with an energetic and humorous approach on how to build more business for your urgent care center while having fun! Join your urgent care peers on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 3:30-5 p.m., for the Keynote "The Best Way To Predict The Future Is To Create It," by Scott Friedman, CSP. During his presentation, you'll obtain insights on how to be more resourceful and innovative in the fast-paced urgent care environment. After attending this presentation, you'll walk away felling more energized, inspired and more accountable to create a better future for yourself and your centers. Watch Scott's video message to attendees, and if you haven't already done so, register to attend the 2014 Fall Conference.
Case Report: Acute Rheumatic Fever
The case report in the July/August issue of JUCM amply demonstrates two key points that urgent care providers need to keep in mind: (1) rare conditions are seen in urgent care; and (2) taking a thorough history for "red flag" symptoms is crucial. The patient in this scenario was an 18-year-old male with fever, sore throat, and body aches who tested positive for strep. Listening closely to his complaints led the urgent care provider to a different—and much more serious—diagnosis. To read "Case Report: Acute Rheumatic Fever," by Lee A. Resnick, MD, FAAFP, turn to page 26 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.
Post hours on signage
Extended night and weekend hours, including holidays, is one factor that differentiates urgent care centers from other healthcare providers. To raise awareness of your center's hours to drive-by traffic, consider posting your hours on the center's permanent exterior signage.
New urgent care opens in Raynham, Mass.
The Raynham Call
Health Express and Steward Health Care have opened an urgent care facility on Route 44 in Raynham, Mass. The facility, which opened in late June, will help alleviate the 60 percent of mid-level medical problems that currently go to the emergency room but can be seen in urgent care.
Doctors Express plans center in Marlboro
Doctors Express, a chain of urgent-care facilities, will break ground on a nearly 4,000-square-foot center in Marlboro, Mass. later this year. The clinic will expand access to quality health care for residents in the MetroWest region.
Race is on to profit from rise of urgent care
The New York Times
One of the fastest-growing segments of American health care is urgent care, which is garnering interest from Wall Street. Urgent care has mushroomed into an estimated $14.5 billion business, as investors try to profit from the shifting healthcare landscape. Urgent care clinics offer convenient hours and their fees for services are less expensive than those charged by traditional hospital emergency departments. Even some hospital chains are now opening urgent care clinics.
Urgent care on the rise
Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge
The July issue of the Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge features the insights of the urgent care industry's most respected professionals including Premiere Health Chief Executive Officer, Steve Sellars and Urgent Care Association of America Chief Executive Officer Joanne Ray. Sellars and Ray provided their professional perspective on the rise of the urgent care industry as a strong and complementary component to the healthcare industry.
Are urgent care clinics the salve the medical industry needs?
Urgent care centers are cropping up, offering short waits, short treatment times, and low costs – flipping the hospital model of long, high-margin treatments – and profiting with low margins, high traffic and fast patient turnaround. Is urgent care the way of the future for non-critical health care?