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August 06, 2015

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Survey results: Birth control pill prescriptions in urgent care
UCAOA conducted a brief survey on the topic of how or if birth control pills are being prescribed in the urgent care setting.Click hereto see the full results.
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Should high school sports physicals include an electrocardiogram?
With millions of students soon returning to school, many urgent care centers make a business of providing high school and middle school sports participation physicals. While these exams can be effective in identifying risks and limitations for playing a specific sport, they require an accurate medical history and there are certain medical conditions they can easily overlook.In this month's expert blog, Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc, UCAOA Board Director and Practice Management Content Advisor, debates the merits of legislation that has been introduced but has not passed in Texas requiring an electrocardiogram (ECG) of all high school athletes. While ECG is a service many urgent care centers could provide with nominal capital investment, there is doubt as to its efficacy in preventing sudden cardiac death among athletes. Not to mention such deaths are extraordinarily rare, compared to the time, cost and effort in testing every athlete for possible hidden heart disease. Please note, content for logged in members only. This article provides 1 UCMC credit in Operations.
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M&A Bolts From Gate in 2015

If you were expecting a lull in urgent care M&A after a 2014 that notched 51 deals, think again.

The sector shows no signs of slowing down. If you dig behind the numbers, there are lessons to be learned on valuation, strategy, process, and more.

Our just released edition:UC marketWatch Summer2015

Marketing strategies: School, sports and camp physicals
Journal of Urgent Care Medicine
Sports physicals offered by an urgent care center can be a "win" for both the center and the community. The community gets a flexible source for a time-critical service and the center gets another way to attract new and repeat business. This article written by Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc, details the marketing value of sports physicals and how your center can engage athletic directors and parents to achieve a successful sports physical promotional campaign.
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    Sudden cardiac death: Identifying risk factors in pre-participation physicals for young athletes
    Journal of Urgent Care Medicine
    Cardiovascular-related sudden death in high school and other athletes is rare but worrisome. Common causes include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, congenital coronary artery anomalies, myocarditis and Marfan syndrome. Obstacles to diagnosis include the large number of student athletes needing pre-participation physicals each year, the rarity of the condition, the cost of ECGs and echocardiograms, and the high rate of ECG misreading, even by cardiologists. This article written by Nathan P. Newman, M.D., FAAFP, provides a reasonable approach to what the cardiovascular components of a proper sports physical should include.
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    VisualDx: What's the Diagnosis?
    A parent came into urgent care with her 4- and 6-year-old children who were both complaining of red, itchy, scaly papules on their hands, feet, and legs. The itching bothered them the most at night and had been going on for a few weeks. The doctor noticed a linear burrow on the wrist of one child. Use the VisualDx differential builder to make a diagnosis! For the quiz answer, visit:visualdx.com/ucqz/07
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    2015 Fall Conference Spotlight: Integrating Primary Care and Connecting with Your Community's Healthcare Resources
    The UCAOA2015 Fall Conference(Sept. 24-26 in New Orleans) offers many new and exciting educational sessions and networking opportunities. One brand-new practice management track to be unveiled at this year's event isIntegrating Primary Care and Connecting with Your Community's Healthcare Resources. This insightful track provides 10 educational sessions to better position your urgent care center as a community healthcare resource. Understand how building deeper relationships with specialists, hospitals and payers will help to further expand your urgent care business.

    Register todayto attend the more than 60 clinical and practice management sessions planned for the all-new 2015 Fall Conference. Don't forget tosecure your hotel roomtoo, as the UCAOA room blocks are selling out quickly. Want free Fall Conference tuition?Check out our Ambassador Program.

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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.

    T Sheets Digital is the most efficient, effective and affordable solution for urgent care.

    The ICD-10-ready and urgent care-specific content helps you streamline processes, improve throughput and increase patient satisfaction.


    Thank you to our CSPs
    A cornerstone for continued growth and advancement of UCAOA is the longtime commitment and unrestricted support of our Corporate Support Partners (CSPs). Each CSP helps strengthen UCAOA activities, programs and events to further urgent care medicine. Please celebrate their support and join us in telling them thank you! If your company is interested in the CSP program,click herefor more information.

    2015 Corporate Support Partners:

    Partner Level Company Name
    Diamond DocuTAP
    Diamond Practice Velocity
    Diamond UrgentCare.Works
    Platinum McKesson
    Silver National UC Realty
    Silver Net Health
    Bronze Abbott Point of Care
    Bronze athenahealth
    Bronze Blue Ridge X-Ray
    Bronze Medicus Healthcare Solutions
    Bronze Michelman & Robinson, LLP
    Bronze Nextcare Holdings
    Bronze QLess
    Bronze The Joint Commission
    Bronze VirtuMedix
    Bronze VisualDx

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    Use local radio
    Premier Health's Lake Urgent Care Northshore located in Covington, Louisiana, wasfeatured recently on their local radio stationproviding tips to listeners on how they can stay hydrated in warm summer months and protect themselves against the sun's damaging rays. This is a great example of how you can use relevant content as a community service to build awareness of your urgent care center.
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    Primary care, telehealth technology competes with urgent care
    More and more physicians have begun using telehealth technology to communicate with their patients, diagnose minor medical conditions, assign medications, and treat illnesses. As applications, remote monitoring tools and new devices spread throughout the market, doctors continue to strive for better quality care and patient satisfaction, improved population health outcomes and lower medical costs.
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    The impact of health IT on workflow
    By Scott Rupp
    A new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality examines the enhanced understanding of the causal relationship between health information technology implementation and various ambulatory care workflow aspects. The report was conducted across six ambulatory care practices from across the United States, and reviewed health systems that had implemented different health IT products or systems.
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    Will lower EHR copying fees improve patient engagement?
    Health IT Analytics
    While patient portals are becoming increasingly popular in healthcare organizations, especially as more providers seek to attest to Stage 2 meaningful use, but many patients, caregivers or legal representatives still need to request copies of their complete medical records directly from office staff, who burn CDs or stand at copy machines to replicate patient data.
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    Are online symptom checkers accurate?
    By Lynn Hetzler
    More than a third of all adults in the United States use the Internet to self-diagnose everything from hangnails to heart attacks. Most start out by typing symptoms into an Internet search engine, which often leads to a "symptom checker" website or app. A recent study by Harvard Medical School found that these symptom-checker sites and apps often provided inaccurate information for both triage and diagnosis.
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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Driving in and improving patient returns to your urgent care center
    Preboarding stops new hires from walking away from already accepted offers
    Brief survey: Birth control prescriptions in urgent care
    Is Obamacare creating corporate behemoths in the healthcare market?
    Payments to NPs, PAs outpace physicians

    Urgent Care Access
    Amanda Mannina, UCAOA Director of Marketing & Managing Editor, 331.472.3743
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