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  September 24, 2015

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Dr. Nathan Newman receives national honor from AAFP
UCAOA Immediate Past President Nathan Newman, MD, received the 2015 Robert Graham Family Physician Executive Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Newman will be recognized on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 1pm MT during the AAFP Family Medicine Experience 2015 Congress of Delegates. The AAFP’s Robert Graham Family Physician Executive Award recognizes an outstanding family physician for his or her role as a physician executive. This award recognizes Dr. Newman’s managerial skills, leadership, tenacity, and vision. Congratulations Dr. Newman for receiving this prestigious award!
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Additional Resource: If you're attending the AAFP Family Medicine Experience (Sept. 29-Oct. 3, Denver), be sure to stop by UCAOA's booth #3813.


Medical marijuana and the workplace: Is your policy up to date?
By Paul Edwards
As laws surrounding the legalization of marijuana for medical or recreational use continue changing across the country, what can you do to make sure none of your employees is ever impaired on the job? This is an area in which you need to know your state's legal requirements, and to ensure that your own urgent care center policies are fully compliant and up to date. This article by guest blogger Paul Edwards provides a general overview of the landscape of these laws, including how recent changes in marijuana-related legislation affect what you can and can't do as an employer. Please note, content for logged in members only. This article provides 1 UCMC credit in Human Resources.
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Additional Resource: Become a guest blogger for UCAccess by submitting your article or content idea to UCAOA Marketing Director Amanda Mannina at amannina@ucaoa.org.

M&A Bolts From Gate in 2015

If you were expecting a lull in urgent care M&A after a 2014 that notched 51 deals, think again.

The sector shows no signs of slowing down. If you dig behind the numbers, there are lessons to be learned on valuation, strategy, process, and more.

Our just released edition: UC marketWatch Summer2015


New study finds disease in 95 percent of deceased NFL players
Medical News Today
Researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University, MA, identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 87 of 91 deceased NFL players, indicating that there is a link between football and long-term brain disease. "People think that we're blowing this out of proportion, that this is a very rare disease and that we're sensationalizing it," says Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology at the Department of Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. "My response is that where I sit, this is a very real disease. We have had no problem identifying it in hundreds of players."
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    Vaccination rates for older adults falling short
    Kaiser Health news
    Vaccination rates for children have steadily risen well over 90 percent the past few years, but the rates for older adults getting flu, pneumonia, tetanus or shingles shots — the four most used vaccines among the elderly — have stayed stubbornly flat and trail national goals, according to the latest federal data. That leaves millions of older adults at risk of dying, being hospitalized, or, in the case of shingles, suffering debilitating effects that can last years. With the fall flu vaccination season starting this month, public health officials say they are disappointed by the trends.
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    VisualDx: What's the Diagnosis?
    A 34-year-old woman was brought to urgent care by her husband. She had a widespread dusky red rash that was beginning to blister. During her intake, the nurse noted the patient had recently been prescribed trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole for a urinary tract infection. When the doctor put pressure on a lesion, he observed Nikolsky’s sign. The patient also complained of mouth pain and a sore throat, and the doctor could observe lesions forming on her mucosal lip. Use the VisualDx differential builder to make a diagnosis! For the quiz answer, visit: visualdx.com/ucqz/09
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    PQRSwizard helps simplify CMS reporting
    UCAOA and CECity have partnered together to offer urgent care professionals a Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) qualified registry reporting option called PQRSwizard. An online tool, PQRSwizard helps guide professionals to quickly collect, validate, and report on quality measures that are specific to urgent care. By reporting on PQRS quality measures, individual EPs and group practices can quantify how often they are meeting a particular quality metric as well as avoid a negative 2 percent downward adjustment in 2017 on all allowed Medicare Part B fee for service charges. UCAOA members pay only $199 for PQRSwizard and non-members pay $299. If you're attending the 2015 Fall Conference (Sept. 24-26, New Orleans), stop by UCAOA Central to view a demo of PQRSwizard, or you can register to attend this free online demo to be held Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 2pm ET. Learn more now by accessing this PQRSwizard brochure.
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    Urgent Care accreditation "EP" style
    Celebrating our 20th year promoting healthcare excellence through low-cost process simplification, The Compliance Team is a certified woman-owned, Medicare-deemed (Part A-Rural Health Clinics and Part B DMEPOS) accreditation organization offering industry leading Exemplary Provider® (EP) accreditation.
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    Augment revenue streams with cash paid services
    Urgent care centers are frequently looking to augment their revenue streams with cash paid ancillary services, or those that are above and beyond walk-in treatment for illness and injury covered by insurance. The University of Illinois Hospital operates an urgent care center inside Chicago O’Hare International Airport that in addition to conventional urgent care services, offers travel vaccinations, flu shots, and teeth whitening. Teeth whitening services are advertised throughout the airport via banners…travelers and airport employees with 45 minutes and a few extra dollars to spend can walk away with a brighter smile, while the center increases its bottom line.
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    Faster, More Accurate Diagnosis
    VisualDx: An award-winning, web-based clinical decision support system designed to enhance diagnostic accuracy, aid therapeutic decisions, and improve patient safety at the point of care.


    The evolving urgent care clinics
    HealthLeaders Media
    This article provides a detailed overview of the challenges and advantages facing the growing urgent care industry, and discusses how urgent care, emergency care and primary care can all work together. UCAOA President-Elect Steve Sellars, MBA, was interviewed for the article and says "We have an aging population, a looming shortage of primary care physicians, and more insured people in the marketplace. When you lump all that together with what urgent care provides, it's safe to say that urgent care will play an important role in the healthcare system moving forward."
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    Top health industry issues for 2015
    The Health Research Institute released its annual survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers and conducted interviews with healthcare industry leaders in order to identify the top industry issues and trends. Issue 4: High-cost patients spark innovations states the costliest 1 percent of all patients in the U.S. consume 20 percent of the nation's healthcare spending; see all the findings here.
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    7 ways to beat telemedicine at its own game
    Physicians Practice
    Have you ever wondered if payers are helping primary care by offering complementary access to care through 24/7 telemedicine physicians, payer-owned and operated health centers, or drug store clinics? Or are these efforts undermining the primary-care physician/patient relationship that is the supposed key to patient engagement (and thus bending the healthcare cost curve)? And more importantly, does the answer matter? Here are seven tips for addressing the competition of telemedicine.
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    Survey paints positive view of telemedicine market
    By Scott E. Rupp
    HIMSS Analytics recently published a new report, "Essentials Brief: Telemedicine Study" — a survey of health IT executives that finds an increase in the adoption of telemedicine solutions and services, from 54.5 percent in 2014 to 57.7 percent in 2015. Small, but sizable. One challenge identified through the research is defining telemedicine, which was recognized by survey respondents to include a wide variety of solutions.
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