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UCAOA Celebrates its CSPs!
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August is Corporate Support Partner appreciation month! It is because of the longtime support of our loyal partners that UCAOA has been able to help grow, advance and drive our industry forward. It's important that they know how much you appreciate their contributions as well. Look for ways to show your "thanks" all next month.

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Have you looked in the JobBank lately? There are more than 100 jobs posted, including:
  • 3 Advanced Practice Nurses/Physician Assistants
  • 23 Allied Health
  • 53 General Nursing
  • 1 Management
  • 30 Physicians/Surgeons
Take a look!

Meetings & Education

Early Registration ENDS on Tuesday
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Planning on joining our industry's best and brightest Oct. 25-27, at the Fall Urgent Care Conference in New Orleans? Register by this coming Tuesday, July 31, to take advantage of discounted early tuition rates — you'll save $100!

All courses are two days; Choose from the following tracks:
  • Advanced Financial Management — You're Profitable, Now What?
    Take your center to the next level, and discover its full financial potential in this high-level course designed specifically for center owners and practice managers.
  • Clinical Masterclasses
    This interactive program utilizes 100 percent urgent care cases, combining lecture and audience participation to replicate clinical challenges in urgent care.
  • Marketing Your Center from Research to ROI
    Take the 5,000 ft. view of your center's marketing strategies with the perspective of industry experts and successful owners.
  • Comprehensive Clinic Startup
    As a full-service medical facility and "retail" business, there are many considerations to starting an urgent care — contract negotiations, site selection, physical setup, equipment and more. Learn how to do it right from experts and industry veterans.
Looking for more information about the Fall Conference? Keep an eye on your mailbox, the brochure will arrive at your door in the next two weeks.

See you in New Orleans


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This month's Perspectives article, authored by Tina Bell, marketing director of HealthCARE Express, takes a close look at one method of "mobile marketing" that's seen an uptick in popularity in recent years ... car wraps! Click here to learn more about rolling billboards, including: measuring return, cost to wrap a vehicle and design.


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The Discussions tab on UConnect is the place to post your industry questions and to be a resource for your fellow members.

The following question was recently posted to the Urgent Care Owners Discussion Group:
    I understand that the global period for simple lacs and abscess I&D have been eliminated, reduced to 0 days. Therefore, does this mean that insurance payors will pay for follow-up visits (or distribute the same total payment amongst several visits)?

    What kind of payments are you seeing from insurance payors on follow-up visits?

    What does one do with self-pay patients? I certainly cannot charge insurance payors for follow-up visits on 0-day global procedures, and then not bill self-pay patients accordingly. How are other clinics handling this?
Can you help? Post a response to this question today!

If you're a member of UCAOA and haven't checked out UConnect, what are you waiting for? There's no excuse for missing out; the site is part of your member benefits and logging in is easy. Take a look!


Now Online in JUCM
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A new urgent care Images Challenge case is now available only online in JUCM. Review the case of a 63-year-old woman with pain in her throat and view the image taken. Consider what your diagnosis would be, then check the case resolution to see if you were right. To take the Images Challenge, click here.

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 email to editor@jucm.com for information on our author guidelines.

Industry News

Tenet surgery centers renew payor contract with Cigna
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Tenet Healthcare Corporation has announced it has signed a new multiyear agreement with Cigna, under which Cigna customers will have access to healthcare services at all hospitals owned and operated by Tenet subsidiaries, according to a Market Watch report. This includes all freestanding diagnostic imaging centers, ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care centers and other freestanding outpatient centers in which Tenet holds majority interest. More

Physician group warns digital records costs may threaten solo practices
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While the New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center has reached a milestone in getting primary-care physicians to implement electronic health record systems, the head of a physicians group said increasing costs could halt further adoption in the state. More

Urgent care centers provide a vital and cheaper alternative to the ER
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Whether you've gashed your leg on the softball field or picked up a nasty case of bronchitis, going to an urgent care center might be a better option than heading to the ER or waiting five days to see your primary care doctor. Urgent care centers provide a faster and cheaper alternative to the ER. "Almost 30 percent of ER visits nationwide are for nonemergency complaints that could have been treated by urgent care," says Judah Fierstein, director of New York's Mount Sinai Urgent Care Center. More

Building the best physician team
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Today, many hospital organizations are teeming with teams, forming physician groups to make decisions about bringing in new doctors, provide clinical care and make recommendations about administrative planning: In Maryland, a longtime CMO retires and the opening creates an opportunity to revisit the entire structure of physician involvement for a health system. In Texas, a physician team lays the groundwork for how a new hospital is built. In Wisconsin, a large medical group looks inside itself to revamp its physician team to coexist with a larger health system. More

Moody's: Economy, budget woes threaten nonprofit hospitals
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The number of rating downgrades for nonprofit hospitals outpaced upgrades in the first quarter of 2012, Moody's Investors Service said, adding it remains cautious about the effects of a slow economic recovery, federal deficit cutting measures and state budget pressures on the sector. The ratio of downgrades to upgrades was 1.33 to 1, Moody's said. More

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