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UCAOA & UCCOP: Monitoring Ebola and EV-D68 outbreaks
UCAOA
In the face of the first case of the Ebola virus in the U.S. and the ongoing threat of Enterovirus D68, UCAOA is vigilant in monitoring recommendations from the CDC and other Federal agencies in an effort to keep our members well informed and armed with the information to educate staff and patients. UCAOA and UCCOP are in the process of developing comprehensive guidance for members; click here for brief facts and information on Ebola and EV-D68. Just added to the page are key messages about the Ebola Virus in West Africa prepared by the Joint Information Center, Emergency Operations Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, UCAOA is tracking the spread of EV-D68 in urgent care centers: please help us by taking part in our brief survey.
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Physician Quality and Resource Use Reports now available: Physicians encouraged to access their reports
UCAOA
On October 2, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of the 2013 Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs). This is the first year that reports are being made available to all physician groups and solo practitioners. The 2013 QRURs contain quality and cost performance data for CY 2013, which is the performance period for the Value-Based Payment (VBP) Modifier that will be applied to Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payments for groups of 100 or more eligible professionals in 2015.
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UCAOA 2014 Fall Conference: Shattering previous attendance records
UCAOA
Today marks the kick-off of the UCAOA 2014 Fall Conference (Oct. 9-11) in Denver and this year's event is shattering all previous years' records for attendance. With a 40 percent increase in attendee participation (and still growing), it's clear that the revamped and all-new educational program presented in an open format was a huge draw for urgent care professionals and practitioners. This year's Exhibit Hall is also sold out with 78 companies providing the opportunity to see the latest and greatest in the urgent care industry. If you're planning on joining us in Denver but need to register, UCAOA Registration will open tomorrow at 6:30am in the Centennial Ballroom Foyer of the Hyatt Regency Denver. UCAOA will also have special coverage of the 2014 Fall Conference via social media, so don't be left out like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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Practical Considerations for Urgent Care Holiday Hours
UCAOA
With Thanksgiving — and the traditional start of the festive season — approaching, urgent care operators need to consider how they will approach holiday operating hours. Deciding whether to open or close during holidays involves balancing the needs of the patient base, providers, and staff and evaluating the business's profitability. Evaluation of factors such as single-day profit and loss, payor reimbursement for extended hours, and marketing of holiday openings is the subject of JUCM’s latest Web-exclusive article, by Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc. To ready "Practical Considerations for Urgent Care Holiday Hours" — available only online — click here.

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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IDEA OF THE WEEK


Flags call attention to your center
UCAOA
Ideally, a center should maximize its permanent signage to capture the attention of drive-by traffic. That permanent signage can still be "enhanced" by using flags, banners and even human sign-flippers. Many suburban communities do regulate the time period for which flags and banners can be displayed — with promotional signage permits ranging from 3-4 times per year and 1-4 weeks at a time — in which case you should time your flag campaign to "busy" seasons such as cold-flu, back to school, and flu shots. Some centers also consider the cost of a non-compliance fine (nominal at $25-40/day) versus the advertising value (billboard cost) of raising awareness among 20-25,000 vehicles per day passing the center.
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MedExpress prepares against regional health threats
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
To address Ebola concerns, MedExpress has ramped up their employee education initiatives. Vice President of Provider and Clinical Quality, Tom Pangburn stated, "Vigilance and education are the most effective way to handle any outbreak." MedExpress operates 136 urgent care centers in 11 states. The company has plans to boost its efforts to prepare and care for their patients.
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MedPost Urgent Care prepares to open new center in Arizona
PR Web
MedPost Urgent Care has plans to open an urgent care center in Gilbert, Arizona in early October. The organization is focusing its efforts now to serve the Gilbert community and the surrounding areas with dependable, convenient urgent care with a friendly atmosphere.
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SmartCare Urgent Care opens new center in Georgia
Athens Banner-Herald
SmartCare Urgent Care opened a new urgent care center close to the University of Georgia. According to Marketing Director, Parrish Smith "There is not an urgent care clinic in that vicinity and people need a viable option if they don't have health insurance and emergency rooms tend to have long waits."
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Concussions — getting your head out of the game
Newswise
A recent article dispels some of the myths circling concussions; one such myth: Better helmets and mouth guards will prevent concussions. The article suggests there is no good scientific evidence that supports this statement, or ones similar. What's sure is that in a one-year span, there are approximately two million sports-related concussions in the United States. There are other factors that influence a concussion’s severity including, genetics, gender, migraines, mental disorders and playing position. Read the full scope of concussive injuries and how to treat them.
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Wal-Mart to let shoppers enroll in health plans
Modern Healthcare
The world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, announced that it is teaming up with the online health insurance brokerage firm DirectHealth.com to help customers find and compare health plans. Wal-Mart shoppers will be able to sign up in stores for health plans, just as they would for Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces. Wal-Mart is reacting to a common need and customers have a difficult time understanding their insurance options and need clarity when deciding on an insurance plan.
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Rise in demand for intermediate care
Democrat and Chronicle
In Rochester, New York, there are at least 12 urgent care centers. With new urgent care centers continuing to pop up, the Rochester market is becoming inundated and many existing sites are now faced with increased competition. A variety of factors have fueled the growth of urgent care centers in Rochester, including convenience, lower costs and a greater overall demand for health care.
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2 major insurers recognize telemedicine
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevada's two biggest insurers — Anthem and UnitedHealthcare — have rolled out programs that let consumers visit with a doctor online anytime for routine conditions. Patients check in with a doctor from home or work to spare the hassle of an in-office visit, and to cut down on emergency room and urgent care trips among people who aren't critically ill.
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