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August is Corporate Support Partner appreciation month! Here is your chance to say "thank you" to the companies that do so much for all of us! Showing your appreciation is easy; simply email thanks@ucaoa.org by Monday, Aug. 27, to participate. You can do as little as just including your name in the email ... or as much as writing a note about what you appreciate about one (or more) of the Corporate Support Partners.

And, as a little "thanks" to YOU for participating, each person that sends an email will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 Visa gift card!

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 is important that they know how much you appreciate their contributions as well. We hope you'll take two minutes out of your day to say thanks!

Meetings & Education

Take the next step in Urgent Care Management!
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UCAOA is offering a new UCMC Bundle that includes all the courses you need to complete the Urgent Care Management Certificate.

Here's how to access the bundle:
  1. Visit the UCMC homepage, complete and submit the application
  2. Go to UCAOA's Online Ed Library and purchase the UCMC Bundle.
This UCMC Bundle is the perfect way to complete the certificate from the comfort of your own office. Get started today!

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.

Saluting our CSPs

Gold Partner Appreciation
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UCAOA would like to thank and recognize our Gold Corporate Support Partner for their support of our association and service to the urgent care industry.


For a full list of our Corporate Support Partners, click here!


Featured Discussion Question
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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 Billing & Coding Discussion Group:

We are currently taking on our own orthopedic supplies and directly billing the insurance carrier. Medicare has stated in order to be reimbursed you must have a supplier ID. Has anyone else gone through this process?

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 in the July/August issue of JUCM. Review the case of a 23-year-old man with knee pain and trauma and view the image taken. Consider what your diagnosis would be, then check the case resolution to see if you were right. Take the Images Challenge, on page 31 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

Clinics go mobile to take healthcare to the street
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Mobile clinics have become common across the U.S. in the last two decades. The clinics aim to bring care to communities that are short on insurance and healthcare providers. But the clinics' focus on the uninsured has led some to question whether the mobile model will be rendered moot by expansions of insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. More

Sign of change: Doctors offering price guarantee to insurers
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In what could be a surprising and growing trend, one of the Midwest's largest providers of medical care is bringing a price guarantee to a new concept being pushed by President Barack Obama's administration that rewards doctors and hospitals for working together to improve quality. More

Hospitals slow to embrace ACOs
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Although the vast majority of surveyed hospitals aren't yet ready to participate in accountable care organizations, supporters of ACOs shouldn't panic, according to a major hospital trade group. Three-quarters of the hospitals participating in the Commonwealth Fund's Hospitals on the Path to Accountable Care survey reported not considering ACO participation at all. More

Inpatient vs. observation: A Medicare change that actually matters
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Legislators on both sides of the aisle have long agreed that Medicare must do more to eliminate fraud and abuse. And in the past few years, CMS has introduced several new anti-fraud initiatives, such as a strike force organized with the Justice Department that has busted criminal rings. More relevant for most healthcare providers, however, is that CMS in 2009 commissioned four recovery firms to review bills from hospitals and physicians, seeking to suss out potential upcoding. More

Electronic medical records may overlook depression
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Patients who have three or more chronic medical conditions are half as likely to receive depression treatment in primary care practices that use electronic medical records as they are in practices that use paper-based records, a new University of Florida study has found. More

App puts medical records in your hands
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Avera Health and Sanford Health both are aiming to put more control over healthcare into patients' hands with tailor-made applications for smartphones and other mobile devices. Avera Health launched its Avera Health To Go app earlier after some prompting from the health system's doctors and patients, hospital officials said. More

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