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NEW YORK BREAKING NEWS


Attention New York urgent care center owner/operators
UCAOA
PLEASE SEE A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO YOU ON YOUR DEDICATED NEW YORK UCONNECT GROUP. UCAOA and the newly formed North East Regional Urgent Care Association (NERUCA) are working together to address some critical New York legislative and regulatory issues that may directly impact urgent care in your state.
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UCAOA FALL CONFERENCE


Don't miss out on the Fall Conference
UCAOA
It is not too late to join your urgent care colleagues at the Urgent Care Fall Conference held Oct. 3-5 in Glendale, Ariz. This educational event offers participants the latest information on such topics as reimbursement strategies, healthcare reform, coding and more.

Whether you are a healthcare professional, administrator, seasoned clinic owner or starting a new clinic, the timely information presented at Fall Conference will help to elevate your clinical knowledge, improve patients' experiences and streamline your center's functionality. Learn more or register now.

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Fall Conference transportation
UCAOA
If you have not already made transportation arrangements from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, today is the last day to reserve with Zetian Limousine to secure their special rate of $18 each way.
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Urgent Care Integrated Network to sponsor mixer at UCAOA Fall Conference
Digital Journal
Urgent Care Integrated Network (UCINet.org), the leading group buying network for urgent care clinics, will exhibit at the Urgent Care Association of America Fall Conference and sponsor a mixer from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Please note the actual start time for this event is 7:30 p.m., not 7 p.m., as stated in the online article.
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UrgentRad LLC to exhibit at UCAOA Fall Conference in Glendale, Ariz.
DigitalJournal
UrgentRad Teleradiology will be exhibiting at the 2013 UCAOA Fall Conference on Oct. 3-5 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa in Glendale, Ariz., Booth 706. This will be UrgentRad's sixth year attending the convention.
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UCAOA IN THE NEWS


Big growth in El Paso healthcare
El Paso Inc.
There is a boom in urgent care centers and stand-alone emergency rooms in El Paso, as competition for market share heats up ahead of next month's enactment of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. El Paso has long suffered from one of the worst doctor shortages in the nation. It also means the demand for low-cost, walk-in urgent care centers is growing.
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Why urgent care centers are a viable solution
Portada
As the ACA deploys across the United States, American based hospital systems and other healthcare providers are searching for both new, incremental revenue streams and cost savings opportunities. Patients are searching not only for quality but also for convenience, emotional connection, easy access and affordability. Urgent Care [Association] of America reports that approximately 9,000 urgent care centers operate in the United States.
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Are urgent care clinics doing their job?
Healthcare Global
When it comes to the success of urgent care clinics in the U.S., the diagnoses is increasingly favorable. In fact, more and more patients turn to urgent care as an alternative to costly hospital emergency room visits every day. Urgent care clinics are spreading their wings all across the country and quickly becoming a non-emergency treatment option. According to the Urgent Care Association of America, there are more than 9,000 urgent care clinics in the United States alone, which employ 20,000 physicians.
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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS


Concentra launches Best-In-Class program to improve workers' health
The Wall Street Journal
Concentra, a subsidiary of Humana Inc., is changing the way employees receive medical care through their employer with the introduction of its new Best-In-Class Worksite program. Concentra's new system delivers a full-scale medical experience for employees to receive quality medical care directly at the workplace.
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Urgent care center is Covenant Medical Group's first location to offer 'Check In Now'
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Covenant Medical Group in July opened its new urgent care center in Lubbock, Texas, and now the center is the first of Covenant's many walk-in clinics to provide "Check In Now." With this service, patients can check into an urgent care facility from the comfort of their home.
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Q&A with Dr. Jagannath Surpure, medical director of Children's Urgent Care Center
Las Vegas Business Press
Dr. Jagannath "Jack" Surpure is a pioneer in the relatively new field of pediatric emergency medicine. Surpure came to Las Vegas in 1993 to serve as director of a new program, Pediatric Emergency Services, at University Medical Center. In 1996, he founded Children's Urgent Care Center, an alternative to taking children to a hospital emergency room.
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Jeff Lehrich, new CEO of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, sounds off on Affordable Care Act and more
The Post and Courier
Jeff Lehrich recently sat down with The Post and Courier to talk about the art of managing doctors, the Affordable Care Act and why 15 minutes of face time with your doctor is as good as it's going to get.
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Rochester Immediate Care hosts drive-thru flu shot clinic
WHAM-TV
Rochester Immediate Care hosted a drive-thru flu shot clinic at its facilities in Webster and Greece, N.Y. Dr. Thomas Belt said it's meant to get as many people as possible vaccinated quickly before flu season begins. Watch the video.
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MEMBERS ON THE MOVE


MedExpress opens 116th location
WTWO-TV
MedExpress held a ribbon cutting for its new location in Terre Haute, Ind., making this center the 116th location for MedExpress nationwide.
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OhioHealth planning new urgent care center
Columbus Business First
The Columbus hospital system confirmed Wednesday, Sept. 18 that it's planning to be the tenant in a proposed medical building on Third Avenue in Grandview Yard in Grandview Heights, Ohio.
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IDEA OF THE WEEK


Negotiate with HMOs to remove pre-authorization requirements
UCAOA
Many managed care plans require pre-authorization in order for their members to utilize urgent care. The purpose of urgent care is on-demand access to a medical provider for acutely rising episodic conditions. As such, prior authorization is just not practical and could drive many HMO members to the ER for urgent care-type cases. Negotiate with HMOs to remove these requirements, pointing to the cost benefits of urgent care to the plan versus the ER.
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JUCM


Now online in JUCM
UCAOA
A new urgent care Images Challenge case is now available only on the JUCM website. Review the case of an 18-year-old man who had a mild blow to his chest. 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=156.

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.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Even in US government shutdown, Obamacare exchanges could function
Reuters via WHTC
U.S. state officials behind the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform on Oct. 1 say they could weather a federal government shutdown, though the scenario would add new pressure to the political attacks and technical issues that have weighed on the program's introduction.
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How to operate a successful urgent care center
By Dorothy L. Tengler
In a growing trend, consumers are increasingly turning to walk-in clinics and urgent care centers for treatment of minor ailments and injuries. Urgent care centers are a win-win situation for owners and their communities, but they are not immune from the business start-up statistics — 50 percent of small businesses fail in the first five years because of management mistakes. Although you can recover from many mistakes as you begin operating your urgent care, there are other mistakes that are not so forgiving.
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Where do ancillary services stand in the race for consolidation?
Becker's Spine Review
In 2012, private equity firms invested $4 billion in health and medical services, including urgent care centers, according to a Reuters report. The urgent care market remains one where there is rapid consolidation. This year there have been three major urgent care acquisitions. Yet, pricing has grown softer as the sustainment of some of the margins in urgent care is proving challenging.
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Community health centers offer 'one-stop shops' for healthcare
AZFamily
A simple doctor's visit could look a whole lot different next year after the Affordable Care Act takes effect. Now, a new kind of clinic is popping up, catering to all healthcare needs.
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Are urgent care clinics doing their job?
Healthcare Global
When it comes to the success of urgent care clinics in the U.S., the diagnoses is increasingly favorable. In fact, more and more patients turn to urgent care as an alternative to costly hospital emergency room visits every day. Urgent care clinics are spreading their wings all across the country and quickly becoming a non-emergency treatment option. According to the Urgent Care Association of America, there are more than 9,000 urgent care clinics in the United States alone, which employ 20,000 physicians.

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Physicians Immediate Care makes urgent care pricing simple and affordable
MarketWatch
Physicians Immediate Care recently announced its new, three-tiered set pricing plan for self-pay patients — those who either do not have health insurance or have a high-deductible plan and prefer not to use their insurance. Physicians Immediate Care's affordable, worry-free pricing is based on the level of care the patient needs. Starting at $125, the medical team treats a wide variety of injuries and illnesses at set rates.

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Save time, money by knowing when to go to urgent care or ER
Standard-Examiner
If you go to the nearest urgent care facility complaining of chest pain, chances are they'll send you to the emergency department. If you walk into the emergency department with a small cut on your finger, you'll be treated, but going to urgent care could have saved you time and money.

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Feng shui: Creating the right environment for your medical office
By Jessica Taylor
Take a minute to look around your office. Is it appealing to your patients? Does it promote well-being? Believe it or not, your office layout affects your work life as well as your patients; feng shui can also affect you, your patients and staff. How a space feels affects how people respond at a conscious and unconscious level, says feng shui consultant and lecturer Linda Varone, RN, MA, CFS .
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KentuckyOne Health to offer virtual urgent care
Fort Mill Times
KentuckyOne Anywhere Care will launch on Nov. 1, allowing Kentuckians to receive urgent care without leaving home — by consulting with a medical professional over the phone or by Web camera, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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VENDORS IN THE NEWS


GreatCall's new GoPlans integrate safety and health management services with wireless phones
Market Watch
GreatCall Inc. announced the launch of GreatCall GoPlans for the Jitterbug cell phone. The mobile solution offers unlimited access to medical alert services, medical professionals and other exclusive health management tools, all combined with minutes for a flat monthly fee.
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