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October 01, 2015

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UCAOM officially launches
UCAOA along with the Urgent Care Association of Michigan (UCAOM) launched the first state chapter! This partnership comes with exciting changes for UCAOA and UCAOM members who will now receive benefits from both the local chapter and national association, furthering networking opportunities and state-level resources. At the 2015 Fall Conference (Sept. 24-26, New Orleans), UCAOA President Dr. Robert Kimball officially launched UCAOM at the general session and keynote on Friday, Sept. 25 by recognizing Dr. Ali Hassan and Cindi Lang, RN, MS, UCAOM President and Vice President. During the conference, UCAOM held meet and greet sessions to explain the benefits and details of state chapters as well as to network with current UCAOM members.

If you're not a member, join today; click here for more information. For questions about the UCAOM Chapter, please contact Dr. Ali Hassan at ahassan@ucaom.org. If you're interested in launching a new state chapter, please contact UCAOA State Chapter Relations Manager Tonia Trimuel at ttrimuel@ucaoa.org.

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Lawmakers reach agreement on defense bill: Urgent care pilot program included
This week, U.S. Senate and House lawmakers reached agreement on a fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill (H.R. 1735), which is expected to pass the House today. Included in the bill is a three-year pilot program that allows TRICARE beneficiaries to access urgent care without preauthorization. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week, but President Obama has issued a veto threat over additional war funding included in the bill.

For several months, UCAOA has been championing the inclusion language that would allow TRICARE beneficiaries to access urgent care without preauthorization. The Senate-passed bill would have allowed up to four urgent care visits without preauthorization, but the House bill did not include any related language.

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Fall Conference attendance tops all previous events
Interest in urgent care medicine continues to grow and it was evident at this year's all-new UCAOA Fall Conference held Sept. 24-26, 2015 in New Orleans. With record-high attendance, a sold out exhibit hall, and an all-new educational program, many participants were raving about the opportunity to gain a 360-degree view of urgent care center operations, making this "one of the best conferences ever!" Read and watch the Fall Conference highlights.

Be sure to save the date for UCAOA's 2016 educational events including the new Urgent Care Regional Conference to be held in July 14-15 in Philadelphia. UCAOA will open the 2016 Call for Presenters on Oct. 26, which will now include proposals for all 2016 educational events.

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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


'Presenteeism' driven by stiff attendance policies, lack of coverage
Fear of punishment, strict attendance policies and lack of staff coverage are three reasons nurses go to work when sick, and 8 out of 10 doctors and advanced practice clinicians refuse to call in sick to work. Some 95 percent of healthcare workers say that they know they pose a risk to patients when they don't call in sick, but 83 percent of them admitted they had gone to work within the last year while exhibiting symptoms of contagious illness.
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Why urgent care offers a workplace that's friendlier than your average ER
Opportunities for flexible work and solid pay abound in urgent care, a field with major growth potential. Use the positive points about urgent care noted in this article when you seek to hire your next center employee.
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Additional Resource: Post open positions or search for urgent care jobs using UCAOA's Job Bank.


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    A single test could detect almost any virus
    Medical News Today
    Many thousands of viruses are known to cause illness in people and animals, and diagnosing them correctly can be a long and costly process, involving numerous tests. Viruses that occur in and on the human body are collectively known as the virome. According to the study's senior author Dr. Gregory Storch, the Ruth L. Siteman professor of pediatrics, in a process known as "enhanced virome sequencing," researchers have developed a way to cast a broad net and "efficiently detect viruses that are present at very low levels." The new test can detect a wide range of viruses, including norovirus.
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    Additional Resource: Oysters linked to norovirus that causes stomach flu, study finds (Time)

    VisualDx: What's the Diagnosis?
    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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    Roche receives FDA CLIA waiver for flu A/B test
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the cobas Influenza A/B test for use on the cobas Liat System. It is the first Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-waived, real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to detect Influenza A and B in about 20 minutes or less. The cobas Influenza A/B test can now be used by healthcare providers in non-traditional testing sites, including urgent care centers, physician offices, emergency rooms, pharmacy clinics, and other healthcare facilities.
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    Urgent Care accreditation "EP" style
    Celebrating our 20th year promoting healthcare excellence through low-cost process simplification, The Compliance Team is a certified woman-owned, Medicare-deemed (Part A-Rural Health Clinics and Part B DMEPOS) accreditation organization offering industry leading Exemplary Provider® (EP) accreditation.
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    Employ a wait at home feature
    AMITA Health, operator of Alexian Brothers Immediate Care with multiple locations in Chicago’s Western Suburbs, offers "Wait at Home," which enables patients to save time in the urgent care center by completing their registration paperwork online and rather than sitting in the waiting room waiting for a doctor, they can wait at home and travel to the urgent care center when the doctor is ready to see them. The website lists wait times at all Alexian Brothers Emergency Rooms and Immediate Care Centers, enabling consumers to make informed choices as to where and when they go. According to experts, the number one patient experience detractor for urgent care centers goes to patient waits, so AMITA's Wait at Home solution shifts control of the wait from the center to the patient, where it belongs.
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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.

    Securing electronic health records on mobile devices
    By Christina Thielst
    Healthcare providers are breaking free from the nursing station and using mobile devices to receive, store, process and transmit patient clinical information from where they happen to be located. Along with the convenience, mobile devices used by many of today's professionals present vulnerabilities to the healthcare organization's network, and ultimately to patients. Too often these mobile devices are being used before they have implemented safeguards for privacy and security.
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    Official: Obamacare sign-ups will be harder next year
    Getting new people signed up for Obamacare will get harder this year as the program tries to access poorer, younger, harder-to-reach individuals, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said. There are about 10.5 million uninsured Americans who are eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act and who haven't enrolled yet, Burwell said during a speech at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington. Many are confused about how subsidies the law created to help people afford insurance can be accessed, Burwell said.
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    Why healthcare mergers can be good for patients
    Harvard Business Review
    Hospitals and physician groups are merging into large health systems at unprecedented rates, fueled in part by the Affordable Care Act. Provider consolidation takes many forms, but the general trend can make it easier to share electronic records systems, coordinate care of patients, and eliminate redundant costs. Another potential benefit of integrated health systems is in addressing the persistent problem of variation in healthcare practice and outcomes, particularly in surgery.
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    Survey: EHRs have positive impact on healthcare, and most like them
    By Scott E. Rupp
    Capterra, a company that essentially helps software buyers connect to software sellers, has published the results of a recent survey designed to better understand the needs of medical software buyers and vendors. The survey attempts to provide an integrated picture of just how people are finding, buying and using electronic health record, or EHR, software. One of the key findings of the survey was that only 7 percent of respondents were dissatisfied with their EHR.
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