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First round of physician-industry data released to the public
UCAOA
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released on Sept. 30, 2014, the first round of data on consulting fees, research grants, travel reimbursements, and others gifts that medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies provide to physicians and teaching hospitals. According to CMS, the published data contains 4.4 million payments valued at nearly $3.5 billion attributable to 546,000 individual physicians and almost 1,360 teaching hospitals. The next published report will include payment data for all of 2014 and will be published in June 2015.
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Survey results: Has ACA increased patient visits?
UCAOA
UCAOA conducted last week a brief survey to better understand the effects of the Affordable Care Act on patient visits in urgent care. Survey participants that experienced an increase in patient visits due to ACA noticed the increase in Q2. Click here for the complete results.
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Thinking Outside of the Box: What Urgent Care Can Learn from ZoomCare
UCAOA
Success in business entails being responsive to consumer needs — and urgent care has responded with on-demand, no-appointment service, short wait times, locations convenient to home and work, and extended evening and weekend hours coupled with a patient experience emphasis. But with hospital emergency rooms, retail clinics and walk-in primary care offices touting similar benefits, how can urgent care continue to differentiate itself? In this month's practice management feature, Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc, UCAOA Content Advisor and Board Member, introduces Oregon-based ZoomCare, a provider who has integrated cutting-edge technology and specialized services to create a unique brand in its marketplace. What can you learn from ZoomCare to differentiate your own center? Please note this article is for logged in members only.
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MEETINGS & EDUCATION


Register on site for UCAOA 2014 Fall Conference
UCAOA
With increased participation from attendees and exhibitors at this year's Fall Conference (Oct. 9-11) in Denver, seats may sell out! If you're planning to register for the event on site, do so early. UCAOA Registration will open on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7am in the Centennial Ballroom Foyer of the Hyatt Regency Denver. If you can't get away from your urgent care center for the entire Fall Conference, UCAOA is selling one-day Exhibit Hall passes for Thursday, Friday or Saturday. This is an opportunity to see the latest urgent care products and technologies from 78 vendors in our sold out Exhibit Hall. UCAOA will also have the 2014 Fall Conference proceeding available for purchase here and special coverage of event will be posted on Facebook and Twitter.
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NOW ONLINE IN JUCM


Images Challenge case
UCAOA
Approaches to treatment of conditions from "tennis elbow" to bursitis and cysts are the subject of our October cover story. It concludes our two-part review of joint and soft-tissue injection and aspiration for selected musculoskeletal complaints, by Thomas V. Gocke, III, MS, ATC, PA-C, DFAAPA. Taken together, the September and October cover stories highlight common presenting symptoms and successful approaches to injection or aspiration that urgent care providers can use in practice. To read "An Urgent Care Approach to Joint and Soft-Tissue Injection/Aspiration: Part 2," turn to page 9 JUCM online (or in print).

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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Celebrate National PA Week
UCAOA
Help recognize the value of physician assistants (PAs) during the National PA Week October 6-12. The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) has compiled 10 ways that your urgent care center can participate in next week's celebration; click here for details. If your urgent care center is participating in National PA Week, share your planned recognition activities with UCAOA via Facebook and Twitter or email rreed@ucaoa.org.
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Additional Resource: Is the term "mid-level provider" offensive to PAs? Click here to see the results of a brief survey UCAOA conducted on the subject and published in UCAccess on Aug. 21, 2014.




MEMBERS IN THE NEWS


Heath care focus of State of County event
Burlington County Times
The Burlington County (New Jersey) Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual State of the County dinner with more than 200 business and local officials in attendance. A central message of the dinner was the rising cost of health care and the challenges faced by both business leaders and the public. UCAOA member and Certified Urgent Care (CUC) Virtua Express Urgent care was highlighted as one method to deliver affordable patient care for non-emergent episodes.
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MD Now Urgent Care opens new facility in Ft. Lauderdale
Insurancenewsnet.com
MD Now Urgent Care opened its 19th facility on Monday, Sept. 29. The newly constructed urgent care center is located at 5216 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. and will provide area residents and visitors with easy access to state-of-the-art medical services. The new facility also marks the ninth facility for the urgent care chain in Broward County.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Replacing the wheelchair
Newswise
The wheelchair is not a new invention but the steel-framed structure known throughout health care dates back to 1933 without much change until now. Movi Medical is replacing the old-fashioned wheelchair with a revamped design that addresses key items including increased maneuverability, low rolling resistance, minimizing patient falls, and improving access into and out of the chair. Watch the video or read more.
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Physician assistants: 5 predictions in the era of health reform
KevinMD
In this article by Jennifer Coombs, assistant professor for the division of physician assistant studies at the University of Utah School of Medicine, five predictions are provided to summarize the outlook of PAs in the era of health reform including the continued unprecedented growth of PAs, the rise in the number of female PAs, and PAs as integral members of an interdisciplinary healthcare team.
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CMS launches physician payment website despite industry pressure
Modern Healthcare via iHealthBeat
CMS launched online its Open Payments System, which aims to boost transparency by making public the payments healthcare providers receive from drugmakers and medical device manufacturers, Modern Healthcare reports. The Open Payments System is required under the Affordable Care Act's Sunshine Act.
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Additional Resource: Bookmark the UCAOA Health Policy web page for timely updates regarding key issues affecting urgent care.


Why data breach readiness isn't getting much better
Government Health IT
Think you can avoid a health data breach the lazy way, without putting in the requisite work? Then think again. This year, in fact, healthcare organizations have reported more data breaches than the year prior, seeing on average a 10 percent jump in breach frequency. So what are they doing to improve these numbers? A new study says: Not enough.
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Additional Resource: Purchase the UCAOA eLearning resource "Emerging Risk in Urgent Care — Taking a Look at the Next 10 Years." Members $50 | Non-members $70
















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