Regular tuition rate now extended through Friday, Sept. 13
If you have not already signed up for UCAOA's Urgent Care Fall Conference, now is the time to do so because the regular tuition rate has been extended through Friday, Sept. 13. Thereafter, tuition will increase $100, so be sure to take advantage of the extra savings and register online now!
UCAOA's Fall Conference is an intense "immersion" program featuring real-world scenarios, hands-on workshops, clinical best practices and more. These sessions help to better your clinical, marketing and/or administrative skills so that your urgent care can become more efficient and profitable. Join us from Thursday, Oct. 3 through Saturday, Oct. 5 in Glendale, Ariz., at the Renaissance Glendale. For more information, click here.
Webinar: Best Practices for Urgent Care Startups and Operations
Join us for the live Webinar Best Practices for Urgent Care Startups and Operations at 1 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Sept. 19.
Traditional family practices face new business challenges
Community Impact Newspaper
Family practices are addressing challenges to stay in business while facing increasing costs for equipment and lower reimbursements for Medicaid and Medicare patients. While some traditional small practices are struggling, the number of urgent care clinics in Central Texas and throughout the nation has been on the rise since 2008, according to the Urgent Care Association of America.
Urgent care transforming US health industry
Urgent care is taking the country by storm, due in large part to the need to cut costs and care for patients before they become acutely ill. The Urgent Care Association of America says that there are 9,000 urgent care clinics in the U.S., and SouthCoast Health Systems is adding to this figure by opening the doors on large urgent care centers that include a broad spectrum of ambulatory care specialties.
Roswell Urgent Care marks fifth year
Last month marked the fifth year that Roswell Urgent Care Center has been in operation. RUCC has been involved in several community programs, including the recently announced Healthy Schools Initiative which will collect tissues, sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer for local students and schools throughout the school year to help prevent illnesses and absences.
CareSpot opens fourth urgent care center in Austin area
CareSpot, headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., is expanding its presence in the Austin area by opening its fourth urgent care this week; another location is slated for the Austin area in early 2014. CareSpot operates 47 urgent care centers in Tennessee, Texas, Kansas and Missouri, and is the largest urgent care provider in the state of Florida.
FastMed Urgent Care achieves Inc. 5000 recognition
FastMed Urgent Care has been ranked 1,136 on Inc. magazine's seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. FastMed has seen more than 369 percent growth between 2011 and 2013, with rapid expansion of urgent care centers.
Hurley Medical Center in Michigan opening urgent care
Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich., is now offering an urgent care center. The five-room, 1,500-square-foot facility opens Monday, Sept. 16. It's available to patients of all ages seven days a week from 2 to 10 p.m.
New urgent care walk-in clinic opens in Connecticut
The Newtown Bee
Urgent Care of Connecticut opened its sixth walk-in clinic, and first in Newtown, on Friday, Aug. 30. Urgent Care of Connecticut recently earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with national standards for healthcare quality and safety in ambulatory care organizations.
Drop-in therapy: ZoomCare adds mental health, other services
Portland Business Journal
ZoomCare, a chain of convenience clinics, is now offering ear, nose and throat care at its Multnomah Village Clinic in Portland, Ore. And it has expanded its services into the mental health field, hiring a mental health specialist. Initially, ZoomCare's mental health service is offered only to adults 18 or older.
FastMed opens second Greensboro, N.C., location
FastMed Urgent Care
FastMed, a premier urgent care network in North Carolina, opened Aug. 24 a second walk-in clinic in Greensboro. This clinic will take the place of Blockbuster video. Each FastMed Urgent Care center provides walk-in treatment 365 days a year for common acute injuries.
American Family Care continues rapid growth
Birmingham Business Journal
American Family Care is continuing its march toward an initial goal of operating more than 140 urgent care clinics by the end of this year. AFC initially had plans to operate 52 clinics by the end of 2013, but the Doctors Express acquisition added 64 existing and 50 planned locations to the Birmingham, Ala., company's roster. The acquisition expanded AFC's footprint from three to 26 states.
Protecting your urgent care center against robbery
While the retail nature of urgent care provides prospective patients with visibility and accessibility to centers, the same attributes can also create perceptions among criminals that centers are easy targets for cash or narcotics. Although isolated in nature, some recent robberies targeting urgent care centers give pause to consider your center's risk. Alan A. Ayers MBA, MAcc, UCAOA content advisor and board member, details recent incidents and describes steps to prevent robbery, protect patients and staff as well as establish proper procedures "just in case."
Principals of good leadership
Good leadership isn't about telling people what to do. It's about listening to what they have to tell you. Your people are a great source of information, but only if you're willing to learn what they have to say.
Now online in JUCM
A new urgent care Images Challenge case is now available only on the JUCM website. Review the case of a 13-year-old boy who twisted his ankle. Examine the x-ray, consider what your diagnosis would be, then check the case resolution to see if you were right. To take the Images Challenge, go to http://jucm.com/iucc/?id=155.
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 email@example.com for information on our author guidelines.
Humana opens telemedicine clinic
The Business Journals
Humana Inc.'s new in-house clinic makes it easier for employees to see a doctor while at work. But here’s the twist: The doctor actually is a few blocks away from the new Humana Health & Well-Being Center, at another in-house clinic in Humana's Waterside building, seeing patients via a camera-and-mic-enabled telemedicine cart.
Urgent care clinic offers medical memberships to patients
MDStat Urgent Care in El Dorado Hills, Calif., is trying something different to close the gap in medical care by offering direct primary care through a medical membership program. Members have unlimited access to X-rays, EKGs and all lab work is done in-house. Weight management programs and physical therapy programs are also offered.
Food for thought: Alternatives to full retirement
By Karen Childress
A physician I worked with a number of years ago and for whom I have enormous respect once told me his philosophy was "never fully retire." Highly skilled and intellectually curious, he had little interest in the idea of trading in his stethoscope for a set of golf clubs. If you can't quite imagine yourself in full retirement mode and envision keeping a hand in medicine for as long as your mental and physical faculties allow, you have options. Consider these four.
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| Protecting your urgent care center against robbery
While the retail nature of urgent care provides prospective patients with visibility and accessibility to centers, the same attributes can also create perceptions among criminals that centers are easy targets for cash or narcotics. Although isolated in nature, some recent robberies targeting urgent care centers give pause to consider your center's risk.
| The sting of summer: Treating jellyfish injuries
By Denise A. Valenti
With the sweltering temperatures of late summer, the water's infestation of cnidarians, commonly called jellyfish, can make for some uncomfortable swimming. The physical reaction to a jellyfish sting can be as benign as an itch from contact to full-blown anaphylaxis. Jellyfish bodies disintegrate quickly with death, but the stinging cells, or nematocysts, do not.
| Urgent care centers offer relief for over-stressed emergency rooms
The Durango Herald
One winter weekend morning, Susan Mooney was walking her dog when she slipped on the ice, landing on her elbow. Instead of heading to a hospital emergency room, Mooney walked into Durango Urgent Care, where she'd gone a half-dozen times in similar situations.
LSU urgent care center opens as an alternative to hospital emergency rooms
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Louisiana State University this month opened the new LSU Health Baton Rouge Urgent Care Center in North Baton Rouge. The new facility will continue to provide care for residents in the Baton Rouge area as an alternative to hospital emergency rooms and is part of the state's historic public-private hospital partnerships that strengthen care for the people of Louisiana, lower costs and improve graduate medical education for future doctors across the state.
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