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New Live Webinar Today!
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Join us today, Oct. 18, from 1-2 p.m. CT for this month's live webinar, "Credentialing and Privileging for Urgent Care" led by Barbara Prichard, BSN, MBA of Joint Commission Resources.

At the completion of this 60-minute webinar, you will be able to:
  • Understand the basic structure of a Credentialing and Privileging program
  • Understand the requirements for Ambulatory Credentialing and Privileging
  • Identify strategies for compliance with both initial and ongoing credentialing and privileging
Click here for the registration form ($25 members, $40 nonmembers).

Meetings & Education

The Joint Commission Offers Free Continuing Education Course
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This week, the Joint Commission shared information about their new course, "Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing in Ambulatory Settings," a free continuing education course designed for physicians, physician assistants and registered nurses who provide care in ambulatory settings. SIRAS was developed under a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Joint Commission.

For more information, or to register for this free course, please visit www.jointcommission.org/siras.aspx.

Clinical Consult

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This month's feature from Dr. William Gluckman, UCCOP's president, examines the current meningitis outbreak. This timely piece includes background on the disease as well as diagnosis and treatment information.

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Now Online in JUCM
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One of the must-read articles in the October issue of JUCM is our practice management piece on successful hiring in an urgent care setting. Selection of a high performer is an art and a science — and no accident. After reading Marty Martin's article, you'll have the tips and tools you need to ensure that your hiring practices are effective and selection of employees for your clinic is not left to chance or done in "crisis" mode. To read "Hiring as if Your Patients' Health and Satisfaction Depended Upon it," turn to page 19 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 email to editor@jucm.com for information on our author guidelines.

Industry News

Retail medical clinics expecting an influx of customers
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It's been a dozen years since the nation's first retail-based medical clinic opened at a Cub Foods supermarket in Minnesota's St. Louis Park, a radical concept that caused a fuss among some doctors but received the immediate embrace of busy moms, ailing workers and the uninsured. Such walk-in clinics stand to gain a lot more customers in the years ahead. More

Exam room disclosure: Nonphysicians must be clearly identified
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In Utah, a billboard advertisement showed a nurse practitioner dressed in a white coat with a stethoscope. The caption read, "I make house calls," and the woman had the abbreviation "Dr." before her name. That's one example demonstrating how patients can be confused about the credentials of healthcare professionals, say supporters of the American Medical Association's Truth in Advertising campaign. Since the campaign launched three years ago, 25 states have introduced legislation aimed at curtailing such confusion. Laws have been enacted in 12 of those states. More

Hybrid Urgency Center opens its doors in Minnesota
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A new 12,565-square-foot medical facility in Minnesota can treat anything from broken bones to heart attack symptoms, and is faster and friendlier than traditional hospital ERs, according to Urgency Room owner Dr. Gary Gosewisch. Urgency is a hybrid medical facility that owners say combines the speed and pricing of an urgent care clinic with emergency room capabilities. More

A better way to prevent deadly blood clots?
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A computerized checklist system designed to help physicians identify and use the best methods of preventing potentially deadly blood clots in hospitalized trauma patients dramatically reduced the number of these dangerous venous thromboembolisms, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. More

Labor efficiency emerges as cost containment measure
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There are three principal levers that business leaders can pull to reduce costs, and respondents to the 2012 HealthLeaders Media Cost Containment Survey use all of them. First, one can reduce the amount spent for items. Second, one can issue and enforce a spending target by edict. Third, one can operate more efficiently. Of the three, operating more efficiently may be the most challenging to implement, but may offer the best opportunity for sustainable gains. More

California probes CVS refill allegations
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California pharmacy regulators have opened an investigation into reports that CVS Caremark Corp. refilled prescriptions and billed insurance companies without patients' consent. More

Yearly physicals deemed 'meaningless' for healthy people
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Even when healthy, some people religiously head to the doctor every year for a physical exam, which is often covered by health insurance. But a new review from Danish researchers concludes there is little benefit to such routine exams on healthy people. Making a habit of going to the doctor every year may be easier for some people to remember than going every four or five years, experts said, but electronic health records and patient reminders could solve that problem. More

Study: Cholesterol is falling in adults
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Cholesterol levels in adults are falling, and changes in the amount of trans fats in the American diet may be part of the reason, new research suggests. The findings, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, were celebrated as something of a triumph by health authorities, who said the data showed that the nation had reached its 2010 goal of getting the average total cholesterol level in adults below 200 milligrams per deciliter. More

Recognizing the alcoholic patient
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Some are easier to spot than others. It may be as obvious as encountering an intoxicated patient in the emergency room. Or as subtle as noting a hypertensive patient who seems otherwise healthy but has mysteriously missed his or her last few appointments. More


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