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UCAOA News


New Urgent Care Fellows
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UCAOA congratulates the new Urgent Care Fellows on their recent admission into fellowships in Urgent Care Medicine (academic year August 2012-July 2013).
  • John D. Peralta, MD
    University Hospitals of Cleveland

  • Simon G. Tanksley, MD
    University Hospitals of Cleveland

  • Mohd Noman Mohiuddin, MD
    University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford/Swedish American Hospital
We are pleased to support these fellowships and their contribution to the field of urgent care. Click here for more information about past and current fellows ... and the program itself!






Meetings & Education


Join Us in The Big Easy
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Planning on joining the urgent care industry's best and brightest at the Fall Urgent Care Conference in New Orleans (Oct. 25-27)? Save yourself $100 by registering before the regular tuition rates expire! There are just a few weeks left before late tuition fees apply.

The Fall Conference will feature two flagship courses, Comprehensive Clinic Startup and Clinical Masterclasses, as well as two NEW 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.
  • 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.
Click here for more information about the Fall Conference and to register. See you in New Orleans!


Perspectives

3 Secrets to Becoming a Great Leader
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This month's Perspectives article, authored by DeVry Anderson, MD, considers principles of leadership excellence described by authors such as John Maxwell, Jim Collins, and Major General John Schofield, and contrasts them with well-known world leaders both past and present. Click here to read the article, and to learn three fundamental tenants that any leader can apply in order to make the transition from a good leader to a great one.


Saluting our CSPs


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

Practice Velocity
Physician Partner
Gebauer Company
iTriage

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



JUCM

Now Online in JUCM
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A new urgent care Images Challenge case is now available only on the JUCM website. Review the case of a 16-year-old male who suffered a fall and blow to his left hand and wrist and view the image taken. Consider what your diagnosis would be, then check the case resolution to see if you were right. Click here to take the JUCM Images Challenge.

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

Aspiring small business owners say it's getting harder to get franchise financing
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Buying a franchise — in Rick Kimsey's case, a Doctors Express urgent care facility — meant he didn't have to start from square one. The business came with a concept and a service to sell. For many people, the facilities are more appealing and less expensive than a trip to the emergency room. Kimsey just needed to get the franchise up and running, and then operate it. It didn't even matter that he had no medical training. But what sounded like a great plan wasn't so easy. Financing for the business was nearly impossible to get in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and the recession. More



Patients negotiate for care with cash
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A part of a new breed of healthcare consumer is emerging — people who pay such a large portion of their health costs that they're questioning the value of insurance. And because they're footing so much of the bill, they feel they owe it to themselves to get a decent price. Sometimes that means shopping around for prices for blood work or offering to pay cash for a procedure in exchange for a discount. More


















Walk-in clinics gain popularity as cost, wait time to see doctors rise
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Urgent healthcare clinics are becoming increasingly attractive options for patients discouraged by long wait times and difficulty securing appointments with their overwhelmed primary care physicians. Clinics are also a less costly alternative to the emergency room, where people often seek care on weekends and holidays, when most doctors' offices are closed, or because the patients don't have insurance coverage that would grant them regular access to a family doctor. More



Meaningful use stage 2 rule elicits few cheers
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The final rule for Meaningful Use Stage 2 released by the Department of Health and Human Services "looks a lot better than some people feared," says Jeffrey Smith, assistant director of advocacy for College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which represents 1,400 healthcare CIOs at hospitals and clinics. Although stakeholders are still parsing through the 672-page rule, it is already garnering support among groups associated with the IT side of the healthcare business. More





Marketing the practice of medicine
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While the demand for medical practitioners is growing due to an aging population, new treatments and innovative insurance solutions, the competition among medical practitioners including hospital systems, urgent care networks, private practices and others is intensifying with no let up in sight. This situation is fostering an ever greater reliance on more sophisticated marketing strategies to bring patients to the medical providers. More






Retail clinics grow in popularity, but still only dent patient care
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Patient traffic to retail clinics doubled every year between 2007 and 2009, reaching nearly 6 million visits in 2009, according to an analysis by RAND Corp. researchers published recently in Health Affairs. The pace of growth adds weight to some analysts' belief that retail clinics will remain a permanent part of the health care system. Researchers hope to analyze how primary care physician offices have been affected by patients' visits to retail clinics. More



Johns Hopkins Medicine to link ICU machines in safety push
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Johns Hopkins Medicine received an $8.9 million grant Tuesday to put toward patient safety research. The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, based at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, was awarded the grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The foundation plans to award $500 million over the next 10 years for research on eliminating preventable harm in hospitals. More































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