UCAccess October 8, 2015
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October 08, 2015

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UCAOA NEWS

Quick quiz: Test your flu knowledge
UCAOA
Did you know, the CDC estimates each year between 5 and 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu? Flu season starts as early as October and peaks in January. Take our quick quiz to test your flu knowledge.
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UCAccess service provider change
UCAOA

In order to provide an improved eNewsletter that showcases timely UCAOA content and industry stories, UCAOA will be partnering with a new service provider. You will continue to receive UCAccess weekly; however, it will no longer be delivered by MultiView/MultiBriefs after Oct. 22, 2015. Beginning Oct. 29, 2015, UCAOA and Information, Inc. will be working together to deliver pertinent, timely and topical urgent care news to your inboxes. Delivery of UCAccess will be uninterrupted and your subscription will carry over seamlessly. Please be sure to add UCAOA@infoinc.com to your safe senders list. To learn more about Information, Inc., please click here. If you have any questions about UCAccess, please feel free to contact UCAOA Marketing Director Amanda Mannina at amannina@ucaoa.org. If you are interested in UCAccess advertising opportunities, click here.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
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

UCAOA AWARDS


Nominations open, 2016 awards season
UCAOA
Do you know of an urgent care professional or colleague doing great things for patient care? Do you want to be recognized for your innovation in urgent care? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to nominate yourself, an urgent care center or colleague, or a company for a UCAOA Award! This year, UCAOA is offering 6 award categories: Outstanding Achievement, Lifetime Membership, Advocacy, Community Service, Humanitarian, and Innovation (NEW). Join the prestigious list of past UCAOA laureates, and be recognized during the UCAOA Awards Ceremony to be held at the 2016 Spring Convention (April 17-20, Orlando). To make a nomination or to learn more about the award categories, click here.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASES




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Strip-X is a new, yet familiar product. Strip-X will straighten your leader and tippets as well as clean and straighten your fly line. What makes this possible is the additional felt layers on the inside. More info


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UCAOA PRODUCTS


2015 Policy and Procedure Manual now available
UCAOA
The UCAOA Policy and Procedure Manual has been completely revised with additional and updated policy templates to help you to form the foundation for your operation and service delivery programs. Whether you own or work in a new or established urgent care center, the templates of nearly 650 sample policies and forms will allow you to create custom policies or update existing ones for your urgent care center. Sample templates were provided by UCAOA members DocNow Urgent Care and Premier Health, and vetted by the UCAOA Document Oversight/Scientific Polices and Standards Committee to ensure accuracy and validity. Sign in to ucaoa.org to purchase today: Members $600 | Non-members $800.
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VisualDx: What's the Diagnosis?
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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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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


Picking teams and choosing partners: How hospital and health system CFOs are emerging as leaders in M&A strategy
Becker's Hospital Review
In an exclusive roundtable, five hospital and health system CFOs and two healthcare finance experts discuss the types of affiliations CFOs are entertaining or pursuing, and the traits they want most in a potential partner. Many organizations are pursuing like-minded partners for affiliations, which are more nuanced and permit some degree of independence. Nineteen percent of executives said their systems have built up networks of clinical affiliations, for instance. Hospitals have a continuum of affiliation models at their disposal, all of which vary in intensity. Throughout the conversation, three types of affiliations were mentioned several times: joint operating agreements, clinical affiliations and clinically integrated networks. Sometimes a diversification strategy not only involves decisions about what you must gain, but what you must lose. Richard Franco, Regional CFO of Presence Health in Chicago, said the 11-hospital system sold one of its hospitals to another organization this year. In its place, the system is looking at ambulatory care, urgent care centers, imaging centers and possibly physician practices for its long-term strategy.
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CLINICAL NEWS


Managing hypertensive emergencies in the urgent care setting
The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine
Healthcare practitioners frequently see patients in urgent care centers who have elevated blood pressure. It is vital that they be able to identify hypertensive emergencies to immediately start lowering such patients' blood pressure and then transfer them to an emergency department, to avoid hypertensive damage to the brain, heart, and kidneys.
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Smoking cessation drug proves initially more effective for women
Medical News Today
The most effective prescription drug used to quit smoking initially helps women more than men, according to a Yale School of Medicine study. The study, published by the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, found that varenicline, marketed as Chantix, was more effective earlier in women, and equally effective in women and men after one year. "Studies show that women have a harder time quitting smoking than men, even as quitting has shown greater benefits to women's cardiovascular and respiratory health," said Sherry McKee, professor of psychiatry and lead researcher of Yale's Specialized Center of Research focused on gender and tobacco dependence. "With this first comprehensive analysis of sex differences in the effectiveness of this drug, now women and their healthcare providers can better decide how to successfully quit and live longer, healthier lives."
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FEATURED COMPANIES
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IDEA OF THE WEEK

Hydration station
UCAOA
Autumn marks marathon season in many cities, and this weekend, the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will commence. Since Sept. 25, 1977, the Chicago Marathon has served as the venue for world athletes to test their strength and stamina as they navigate through a grueling 26.2-mile race set against the scenery of Chicago. Here's the full history on how the marathon came to be today. As an urgent care owner/operator, sponsoring a hydration station at your city's annual race is a great way to get your center's name and services known in the community. See this example from Black Hills Urgent Care in Rapid City, South Dakota, who recently sponsored a hydration station at the Run Crazy Horse marathon and half marathon. What is your urgent care center doing in your community? Let us know by emailing UCAOA Marketing Director Amanda Mannina at amannina@ucaoa.org or share with us on Facebook.
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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.

INDUSTRY NEWS

Docs are paying more for technology than ever before
Healthcare IT News
Medical practices across the U.S. are now spending a lot more on technology this year, up nearly 34 percent from four years ago, according to an annual report published by Medical Group Management Association. From last year alone, physician-owned multispecialty groups reported nearly a 12 percent increase in technology-related operating costs, which tallied to $20,693 per full-time physician in 2014.
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ONC publishes new strategic plan as blueprint for future
By Scott E. Rupp
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for 2015-2020. The plan details how the federal government intends to apply the effective use of information and technology to "help the nation achieve high-quality care, lower costs, a healthy population and engaged individuals." The newly released strategy is designed to focus on the advancement of health IT innovation and use for a variety of purposes.
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Customer-friendly upgrades for government health insurance site
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
The government's health insurance website is getting long-awaited upgrades that should help consumers find out whether their doctors and medications are covered, and get a better estimate of costs. Detailed in an internal document, the customer-friendly changes to HealthCare.gov are still being tested. With the start of 2016 open enrollment season approaching, the Obama administration expects that some 10 million Americans still uninsured but eligible for coverage will be a tougher sell.
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Meet the passionate founder of Show Me Your Stethoscope
By Joan Spitrey
Every once in a while, a person is in the right place at the right time. Some would say you were destined to be there by fate or divine intervention. However you look at it, the magic that happened in the Facebook group "Show Me Your Stethoscope" is just such an example. The healthcare community was recently lit on fire by some remarks made on the popular daytime show The View. That day, an unassuming nurse in Missouri, Janie Harvey Garner, realized she could not let this pass.
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