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Owners Webinar Series: Exit Strategies
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The second installment of UCAOA's two-part webinar series designed for center owners is next Thursday! Planning for the future and knowing your options is important; don't miss this webinar:

    Exit Strategies
    Thursday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. Central
    Pre-transaction considerations, the actual mechanics of the transaction and what happens after the sale.

Presented by Adam Winger J.D., CPA, LL.M. of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. His practice focus and areas of interest include entity structuring and transaction planning with an emphasis on healthcare, urgent care transactions and tax minimization.

Register today!

Meetings & Education

Call for Speakers
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UCAOA's Convention Committee is planning sessions for the Spring 2013 Convention at the Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla. On the UCAOA speaker page we have a list of specific topics we are looking for qualified speakers to address in breakout sessions.

Interested speakers should complete a submission form and return it to education@ucaoa.org by Friday, Sept. 7.

Industry Awareness Campaign

Fall Materials Now Available
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Summer is coming to an end — which means it's time to switch to the FALL awareness campaign materials! The free, customizable templates and tools are available to everyone, and include a fall-themed direct mail piece (postcard), print advertisement, email template, online banner and more!

Visit www.ucaoa.org/rhyme to learn more about the campaign ... and to access the Fall materials!


Saluting our CSPs
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UCAOA would like to thank and recognize our Silver Corporate Support Partners for their support of our association and service to the urgent care industry.
For a full list of our Corporate Support Partners, click here!

Clinical Consult

Addressing Bee Stings
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This month's feature from Dr. Sean McNeeley, a UCCOP Founding Board Member, examines four types of bee sting symptoms, from common to severe. In many states, August is mating season for bees and wasps; your center may see an uptick in sting complaints! Click here for this particularly timely article.


Now Online in JUCM
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The standard of care for urgent care centers is that they can handle highly stressful patient situations. But are both the front and back-office staff in your clinic trained to respond appropriately? In the Health Law column in the July/August edition of JUCM, John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP, presents a case study in how not respond to an emergency and offers tips for ensuring that your staff is prepared. Turn to "On Rock Bands, Plane Crashes, SWAT Teams and Codes" on page 28 JUCM online (or in print).

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

After recent slowdown, healthcare firms see uptick in outpatient visits
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Years of economic drag have had some profound effects on Americans. One big one: They stopped going to the doctor as much as they used to. Now people may be starting to head back for checkups and other medical procedures. Any shift has important implications for the healthcare sector and the broader economy, since the drought has helped restrain spending growth. More

Study: Retail clinics becoming more popular
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Not so long ago mixing a shopping trip with a visit to the doctor might not have crossed most people's minds. But the concept has caught on quickly. Clinics located in drug stores, supermarket and retail stores are attracting a rapidly growing number of patients, according to a new study released by research group the RAND Corporation. More

More trauma care spending doesn't raise survival rates
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Spending more on trauma care does not necessarily improve survival rates, a national study suggests. Research published in The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery finds that the cost of treating trauma patients in the western United States is 33 percent higher than the cost for treating similarly injured patients in the Northeast. Researchers, however, don't know why. More

Physician practice mergers and acquisitions spike expected to continue
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The amount of money spent on medical practice mergers and acquisitions jumped significantly in the second quarter of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, although the aggregate number of actual deals went down. Twenty-one physician practice mergers and acquisitions occurred in the second quarter of 2012, with $4.2 billion changing hands. Twenty-seven deals were noted in the second quarter of 2012, but these had a total value of $416 million. More

Texas urgent care centers scrutinized over ER-style billing
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At a time when consumers are being discouraged from using expensive hospital ERs for non-emergencies, St. David's HealthCare in Texas has opened four urgent care centers in the past three years that bill patients more like emergency rooms do. But aside from the potential for consumers to be billed more than they expected, there's another wrinkle: St. David's said the centers are really a type of emergency department, although they are not intended to treat emergency patients. More

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