Take our brief survey on usage of 'mid-level provider' term
A recent blog post debates the use of the term mid-level provider to describe nurse practitioners and/or physician assistants. The post received more than 400 comments of varying opinion, and we're interested in your thoughts. Take our brief survey and let your opinion be known. Results will be published in next week's issue.
2014 Fall Conference to feature Hands-On Clinical Boot Camp
Obtain the necessary clinical skills most used in urgent care during the special 2-day Hands-On Clinical Boot Camp held Friday, Oct. 10 & Saturday, Oct. 11 at the 2014 Fall Conference in Denver. This in-depth workshop will focus on three major topics: splinting and casting, joint injections, and advanced suturing. Whether you're new to urgent care or just want to sharpen your skills, this boot camp will provide training for all providers. Click here to learn more or register now to avoid late tuition fees, which take effect at 11:59 p.m. CDT on September 11.
Live webinar: Integration of Family Practice and Urgent Care
Join us on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 1-2pm CDT, for the live webinar "Integration of Family Practice and Urgent Care," presented by Heather Rosen, MD, ABFM. This informative session will offer an overview on the patient-centered medical home while detailing how to provide access to health care for patients without primary care providers. Revenue opportunities for both family practice and urgent care centers will also be highlighted as well as how to contain or reduce healthcare expenditures from unnecessary ED visits and hospital stays. Click here for more details and to register.
Now Online in JUCM
Every month, JUCM opens with an insightful Letter from the Editor-in-Chief by Lee A. Resnick, MD, FAAFP, and the July/August issue is no exception. In his commentary, Dr. Resnick poses the provocative question: Is it humanly possible for an urgent care provider to comply with every law, for every patient, every day without compromising patient care? To read "Are we all 'criminals'?" turn to page 1 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.
UCAOA staff banded together to help support Indian Prairie School District 204 in Naperville, Illinois, by supplying items for hygiene kits. These kits contain essentials for children in need who attend school at 33 locations throughout the district. Getting involved in local, regional or national causes, not only creates awareness of your center, it provides staff an opportunity to work together as a team and give back to great causes. For more information and ideas on how your center can get involved, click here.
The scoop on Walmart's newest clinic model
Urgent Care News
In this Practice Velocity newsletter article, UCAOA Board Member and Practice Management Advisor Alan Ayers, MBA, MAcc, responds to a recent article that appeared in The New York Times. Ayers provides insight into Walmart's ambitious strategy to not only gain ground in primary care but possibly transform health care. How will this move impact urgent care providers? Read more
Additional Resource: UCAOA members, join Alan Ayers' blog to receive timely insight and guidance on emerging issues affecting urgent care practice management.
Stop calling nurse practitioners mid-level providers
Midlevel provider or nurse practitioner? This topic is debated in a blog post by Dr. Michael Pappas. Within the article, Dr. Pappas makes the case: regardless of title or credentials, patients want to receive excellent medical care delivered to them by a kind and gentle clinician.
100 things to know about healthcare in Texas
The Lone Star State is home to some of the largest hospitals and health systems in the country and also houses three of the top ten most populated cities in the United States — Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. This article lists 100 things to know about healthcare in Texas and bullet point 4 showcases the state's UCAOA certified centers and hyperlinks to the UCAOA interactive map for certified and accredited centers.
An aging America: The future of healthcare depends on telehealth
By Karen R. Thomas
As a country, we are living longer and in greater numbers. The number of people over the age of 65 in America is predicted to rise to nearly 80 million by 2040, according to the Administration on Aging. When that happens, there will be more people living in our country who are over the age of 65 than at any point before in history, a fact that has many wondering if the U.S. healthcare system will have the resources, systems and integration to care for such a substantial older adult population.
Unintended benefit of ICD-10 delay: Faster innovations?
Government Health IT
The Protecting Access to Medicare law enacted earlier this year is rather ignominiously known for delaying the inevitable ICD-10 conversion, but it could also speed up a part of the health system that’s just as sorely needed. A provision tucked into the Protecting Access to Medicare law could go a long way toward accelerating the development and access routes of new diagnostic tests, as Myrl Weinberg, chief executive officer of the National Health Council, argued.
Patient engagement: Docs need more training on how to talk to patients
Something as simple as mandatory remedial training for doctors on how to talk to patients will help accountable care organizations better engage with patients, experts said at the recent National Accountable Care Organization Summit. Timothy Ferris, M.D., vice president of population health management at Partners HealthCare and medical director for Mass General Physicians Organization, said providers have to engage if they expect patients to engage, ACO Business News reported.
MD Now first Florida urgent care to receive UCAOA Accreditation
MD Now Urgent Care has received accreditation from the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA), the national accreditation and certification program for the urgent care industry. MD Now first received certification from the association in 2009, and now its centers are the first and only Florida urgent care centers to receive UCAOA accreditation to date. Read more
For more information about UCAOA accreditation or certification, click here.
Mercy Urgent Care opens new location
The St. Louis American
Mercy Urgent Care opened recently at 637 Dunn Rd., in Hazelwood, Missouri. This is the seventh location for the chain, which has other centers in Fenton, Eureka, St. Peters, South County, Washington, and O'Fallon, Mo.