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Dissecting the cost of a freestanding emergency department visit
UCAOA
Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc, UCAOA board member and practice management content advisor, illustrates in this month's expert blog entry how a patient who chose a freestanding emergency room over urgent care unnecessarily spent up to $1,000 more for relief for a recurring back spasm because of the facility fees added by the ER center and the legal requirement that insurance companies pay for out-of-network "emergency services." Education is the remedy to assure patients not only understand the most clinically effective and time- and cost-efficient care option for their presenting condition — but also to prevent consumers from mistaking urgent care centers with freestanding EDs, which differ in pricing, capabilities and insurance contracting.
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Application deadlines near for Q4 2013
UCAOA
UCAOA's Certified Urgent Care designation helps patients and the public identify urgent care centers while promoting and advancing the urgent care industry. When a center is certified, it has met nationally standardized criteria specific to urgent care centers, which clearly describe the scope of services provided. If you are interested in pursuing this designation, the application deadlines for fourth quarter 2013 are Oct. 25 (round one) and Nov. 29 (round two). To learn more about CUC, click here or email Joan Sampey.
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Position your urgent care to be more senior-citizen friendly
UCAOA
The U.S. population is aging and your urgent care center is certain to see more patients over age 65. How is your center positioned to serve the senior population? Are signs clear and in large print? Is there ample, close-in parking? Are you a participating provider in various managed Medicare plans? Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Denver is advertising that its emergency room is especially geared for the needs of senior citizens in the community with features that include:
--Big digital clocks; easier to read
--Assisted hearing devices
--Magnifying sheets to read patient documentation
--Choice of recliner or ER bed for patients with COPD
--Recliners specifically for seniors that are easy to get into and out of
--Special curtains for patients with Alzheimer's and dementia

What can be learned from this and implemented in your urgent care center?

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Now online in JUCM
UCAOA
Multiple studies done over the past 20 years have shown that tissue adhesives, when used appropriately, produce cosmetic results similar to sutures for treatment of wounds. This month's cover looks at advantages and disadvantages of these products, which are faster to apply and quicker to attain proficiency in than sutures. Author Simon Tanksley, MD, offers a primer for the urgent care provider on how to choose a wound closure method and how to properly apply sutureless products. To read "Using Tissue Adhesives in Urgent Care," turn to page 9 JUCM online (or in print).

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 e-mail to editor@jucm.com for information on our author guidelines.

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Urgent care centers take burden off area emergency rooms
Press of Atlantic City
Across South Jersey, more urgent care facilities have cropped up in the past few years, driven partially by healthcare systems seeking to reduce unnecessary trips to emergency rooms where the cost of care is much higher. Local healthcare providers say urgent cares can play an important role in overall healthcare delivery, but are not intended for emergencies or to direct patients away from primary care physicians. The Illinois-based Urgent Care Association of America says more than 85 percent of centers expect growth in the numbers of visits.
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New urgent care textbooks look to fill growing need in urgent care industry
Digital Journal
The upcoming release of Textbook of Urgent Care Medicine and The Textbook of Urgent Care Management look to fill a growing need for information and establish a standardized approach in the Urgent Care industry according, to the book's authors, Lee A. Resnick, MD, FAAFP and John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP. The Urgent Care Textbooks' team will showcase sections of each book during the fall Urgent Care Association of America conference being held Oct. 3-5 in Glendale, Ariz.
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Urgent care clinics expect growth
Medcity News
Urgent Care Centers are expected to increase and fill the patient needs gap as primary care doctor shortage grows, according to Dr. Kenneth Palestrant, a former member of the board of directors for the Urgent Care Association of America. Palestrant states that already his offices see approximately 20 percent of patients for primary care. As the Affordable Care Act comes in, he sees more urgent care centers hiring nurse practitioners and physician assistants to pick up the gap in primary care.
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Pardee, Mission showcase joint facility in Fletcher
Blueridgenow.com
Pardee Hospital and Mission Health have opened a joint center in Fletcher, N.C., that offers several different services, including an urgent care center, outpatient rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, a laboratory and physician practices. Mission is also providing advanced imaging, a retail pharmacy and physician practices.
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New businesses come to Indiana shopping mall
nwi.com
Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Vitamin Shoppe, Massage Envy Spa, Physicians Urgent Care and other new businesses are coming to Highland Grove Shopping Center in Highland, Ind., one of the area's largest shopping centers. The sprawling 603,812-square-foot outdoor shopping center is located at Indianapolis Boulevard and Main Street in Highland.
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Obamacare started Oct. 1, but how will it affect you?
The Courant
Oct. 1 marked the opening of a new online marketplace for health insurance. That will create an influx of formerly uninsured patients into the healthcare system, but what that will mean is a matter of conjecture. Under one scenario, if there is a rush on primary care and it causes delays, some people may go to urgent care clinics instead.
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A new option for pre-operative testing
Digital Journal
Before a patient undergoes an operation, there are often many tests that must be carried out first. Even though the surgical procedure may be complicated, the pre-operative tests are usually very straightforward, standard tests. Thus, they do not necessarily need to be carried out by the hospital where the operation is taking place. They can be carried out in any suitable medical facility, such as the patient's own doctor's office, or a walk-in urgent care center.
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New healthcare trend emerges in Northwest Austin
Community Impact Newspaper
Freestanding ERs are still a new concept for some people. There might be some misconceptions that freestanding ERs are the same as urgent care clinics. What are freestanding ERs, and what types of conditions or situations are handled?
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Florida medical center to build $4.2 million urgent care
Daily Commercial
Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Leesburg, Fla., broke ground on a 20,000-square-foot urgent care center that will fulfill a community need and alleviate overcrowding in the LRMC emergency room. The urgent care center — located on hospital property — will feature exam rooms, a family waiting area, nurses' station and LRMC administrative office space in the back of the building. It is expected to be completed by June 2014.
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How the government shutdown affects healthcare
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is at the center of the budget debate that has resulted in a government shutdown. But one of the ironies of the situation is that the program will remain funded. It even reached a major milestone — the launch of the insurance exchanges — on Oct. 1, the same day other areas of government were forced to place employees on furlough. The ACA, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, are not affected by the shutdown. But other areas of healthcare, particularly those in the public health arena, don’t fall under the same exceptions and were forced into limbo.
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OrthoCarolina adds urgent care in Monroe, N.C.
Charlotte Business Journal
OrthoCarolina will expand its orthopedic urgent-care offerings with a new location in Monroe, NC. The site will provide after-hours access on a walk-in basis to orthopedic experts, including board-certified orthopedic surgeons, physician assistants and staff members trained in orthopedic treatments.
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Northwestern's Immediate Care Clinic to the rescue
EvanstonPatch
Columnist Christine Wolf talks about her positive experience at the Northwestern Immediate Care Clinic, though not everyone agrees. "In less time it takes for a 30-minute parking meter to expire, my daughter was seen by a doctor, diagnosed with an ear infection and back in the car with a prescription for an antibiotic."
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Obamacare started Oct. 1, but how will it affect you?
The Courant
Oct. 1 marked the opening of a new online marketplace for health insurance. That will create an influx of formerly uninsured patients into the healthcare system, but what that will mean is a matter of conjecture. Under one scenario, if there is a rush on primary care and it causes delays, some people may go to urgent care clinics instead.

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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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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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Place a classified advertisement on UCAOA's website
UCAOA
UCAOA now offers on its website specialized classifieds promoting real estate for potential development or lease regarding opening an urgent care center. Check out these listings in Atlanta.

If you are a relator looking to place a classified advertisement on UCAOA's website, please contact Jami Kral at jkral@ucaoa.org.

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