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Brief Survey: Has the ACA increased your patient visits?
UCAOA
This past January, the Affordable Care Act launched and many healthcare providers were speculating whether the newly insured would have an effect on their center's patient visits. UCAOA is conducting a brief survey to determine if and/or when urgent care facilities experienced an increase in patient volumes. Please let us know by taking our brief survey. The results will be published in next week's UCAccess.
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Winning in Overtime
UCAOA
If nothing is certain in life except death and taxes, overtime is a pretty close third. Unfortunately, paying employees properly for overtime is trickier than it seems, and despite your best intentions, it's easy to get the rules wrong. In this article, guest blogger Paul Edwards, CEO and Co-founder of CEDR HR Solutions, explains overtime facts and requirements that you may not be aware of so you can avoid making dangerous, costly errors.

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2014 Fall Conference: Bigger, better and selling out fast
UCAOA
In just two weeks, the UCAOA Fall Conference (Oct. 9-11) in Denver will kick off, and this year's attendance is on trend to be the largest ever! Urgent care professionals are gearing up for the 2 1/2–day event eager to participate in the Opening General Session and Keynote by Scott Friedman, CSP, the two sponsored evening receptions on Thursday and Friday, the four open tracks featuring 44 all new clinical and practice management sessions, as well as visit the sold out Exhibit Hall featuring 78 companies showcasing the industry's latest technology, services and products. If you are not already registered, don't wait any longer! Act now to join hundreds of your urgent care peers at what is shaping up to be the most successful Fall Conference ever.
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Images Challenge case
UCAOA
A new urgent care Images Challenge case is now available only on the JUCM web site. Review an x-ray taken on a man with a direct blow to his shoulder, then check the case resolution to see if you were right. Click here to take the Images Challenge.

The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine (JUCM) 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.

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Patient information forms on common health conditions
UCAOA
Handouts on common health conditions that explain the medical diagnosis, causes, signs or symptoms that a patient may have, and treatment options (including urgent care) can be used in a variety of ways. In addition to supporting center staff in speaking to patients and family members about their specific diagnoses, the fliers can be displayed for patient education in waiting and exam rooms, at employer health fairs or at community events.

They can also support the center's marketing team in educational programs at schools, senior centers, churches, civic groups, and other venues.

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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS


Urgent care clinics poised to compete in Keene, New Hampshire
NHPR
The number of urgent care clinics in New Hampshire has almost doubled since 2012 and three more will open in the next year alone in the small city of Keene, population 23,272. With urgent care procedures costing substantially less than what the emergency department charges, owners of the new urgent cares in Keene are optimistic that their centers will be a viable solution for patients in the community. UCAOA Board Member and Practice Management Advisor, Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc, remarks in the interview that the urgent care industry in some areas is becoming over built and you need a population of 40,000 to support one center.
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MedExpress and Nextcare Holdings Inc. represent the thriving urgent care industry
UCAOA via Greenbay Press
The Greenbay Press featured member clinics, MedExpress and Nextcare as prime examples of the growing urgent care industry. The article noted the common features of urgent care including convenient locations, accessible visiting hours, fast turnaround times and lower costs.
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UCAOA Board Member helps local soccer team
Gofundme.com via SolER Burn Soccer Team
UCAOA Board Member, Dr. William Gluckman has generously donated his time sponsoring the SolER Burn girls' soccer team. Dr. Gluckman is serving as the team's medical advisor. The soccer team is devised of six hardworking 11-year-old girls who've competed to become the Northwest Regional Champions for 3 v 3 soccer. Dr. Gluckman's urgent care, FastER, also donated $1,500 dollars to the girls' soccer team.
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More rural family docs spending time on emergency/urgent care
HCP Live
Approximately one in 15 family physicians spend at least 80% of their time in emergency or urgent care, with higher percentages seen for doctors in rural areas, according to a report published by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The report further states that more than 8% of family physicians devote 80 percent or more of their time to emergency or urgent care in frontier areas.
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Frustrated AMA pitches 'action plan' on EHRs
MedPage Today
Saying that electronic health records distract doctors, take time away from care, and make physicians less productive, an influential doctors' group called on vendors and government agencies to work with them to develop better, easier-to-use technology.
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How to motivate patients to use their online health records
Medscape
A new study on patient portals has implications both for engaging patients in preventive and long-term care and meeting meaningful use stage 2 requirements. Published in the current issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, the study compared two strategies for getting patients to sign up for and use a patient portal that included personalized educational materials and recommendations for preventive and long-term care.
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The quest for new antibiotics turns back to nature, genetics
By Rosemary Sparacio
With antibiotic resistance becoming an increasing problem in medical treatment, the search is on for new antibiotics, new sources for those antibiotics and new mechanisms. For thousands of years people have used products found in nature for their medicinal properties. A return to nature may be the next area in which we find antibiotics. Smaller pharmaceutical companies are still pursuing research and manufacturing, and they are submitting regulatory documents for new antibiotics to the FDA for their approval. But perhaps more promising is the work being done to look for novel mechanisms and to explore different areas in the search.
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