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UCAOA Ebola preparedness webinar recorded and available
UCAOA
This week UCAOA Board Member and Clinical Advisor Dr. William Gluckman and UCAOA Board Officer and Education Committee Chair Steve Sellars, MBA, held an educational webinar on Ebola preparedness for urgent care centers and staff. If you were unable to attend the free, live webinar on Monday, Oct. 20, the presentation was recorded and posted along with the slides to the UCAOA Ebola and EV-D68 resources page. Additionally, the CDC this week issued tightened guidance for U.S. healthcare workers on personal protective equipment (PPE) for Ebola to ensure there is no ambiguity
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


Documentation: Your center's best protection
UCAOA
Whether you're just starting up an urgent care center or growing and expanding your team, employee issues are a constant, and so is the need to deal with them promptly and consistently. But there's a crucial step that all too often gets skipped or skimped along the way: documentation. In the article "Documentation: Your Center's Best Protection," guest blogger, Paul Edwards, CEO & Co-Founder of CEDR HR Solutions, gives sage advice for urgent care managers, administrators, operators, and owners.

As an added bonus, CEDR HR Solutions is offering a complimentary download of their Ultimate Managers' Guide, which includes methods for better hiring, stronger management techniques, and what to do if you think you need to terminate. Click here to read the article and to download the free guide. Please note member log in is required.

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MEETINGS & EDUCATION


Live webinar: Increasing the value of your urgent care center
UCAOA
Join us for our next monthly webinar on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 1-2pm Central, when Stuart Neilberg, MAcc, CPA, CFA, director at HealthCare Appraisers, presents "Increasing the Value of Your Urgent Care Center." Click here to learn more about this one-hour presentation that is designated for a maximum of 1 CME or UCMC credit. UCAOA members, log in to the UCAOA web site to register here. Members pay $50 and guests pay $70. Guests, please click here to create a non-member individual profile to be able to register for this webinar and track purchases and CME credits.
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Save the date for the UCAOA Spring Convention
UCAOA
The UCAOA 11th National Urgent Care Convention (also known as Spring Convention) will take place in the headquarters location of UCAOA: Chicago! This anticipated educational and networking event has many exciting pre-conference courses, keynotes and new clinical and practice management sessions planned. Block off these dates in your calendars now — April 27-30, 2015 — and start making plans to join your peers. UCAOA will be holding a call for speakers in early November, so watch your email inboxes for details.
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NOW ONLINE IN JUCM


Images challenge
UCAOA
A new urgent care Images Challenge case is now available only on the JUCM web site. Review x-rays taken on a man with a bruised hand, then check the case resolution to see if you were right. Click here to take the Images Challenge.

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


Health and wellness expos
UCAOA
Health and Wellness Expos attract consumers who are likely to be both interested in improving their own health and savvy about their health insurance and healthcare choices in their communities. Studies show that families with children are the cohort with the highest urgent care utilization — and within that cohort it's the female head of household who typically decides where to go when illness strikes — so having a booth, performing free screenings, or co-sponsoring one of these events can raise awareness of your center among potential future users.
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CORPORATE SUPPORT PARTNERS


Thank you to our CSPs
UCAOA
A cornerstone for continued growth and advancement of UCAOA is the longtime commitment and unrestricted support of our Corporate Support Partners (CSPs). Each CSP helps strengthen UCAOA activities, programs and events to further urgent care medicine. Please celebrate their support and join us in telling them THANK YOU! If you are interested in the CSP program, click here for more information.

2014 Corporate Support Partners:
New! Diamond Partners: DocuTAP and Practice Velocity
Platinum Partners: Gebauer Company, Institute of Urgent Care Medicine, and McKesson
Gold Partner: Quality Nighthawk
Silver Partners: Allen Mooney Barnes (AMB), Concentra, National UC Realty, and Net Health
Bronze Partners: Blue Ridge X-Ray, The Joint Commission, and Rapid Pathogen Screening (RPS)

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UCAOA EBOLA COVERAGE


Urgent care centers ill-equipped to treat Ebola
The Associated Press
Doctors are urging patients to avoid smaller medical facilities and head to emergency rooms if they think they've been exposed to the Ebola virus. UCAOA Board Member and Clinical Advisor Dr. William Gluckman was quoted in the Associated Press regarding the urgent care industry's capabilities to treat patients with Ebola.
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CDC to monitor travelers from Ebola-affected countries
Modern Healthcare
The CDC reported that individuals traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be actively monitored for Ebola symptoms for 21 days after they enter the U.S. State health departments are charged with the responsibility of enforcing the monitoring program. The initiative is set to be implemented on Oct. 27.
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Ebola today
The Boston Globe
In an ongoing Ebola feature, Dr. William Gluckman was quoted in the Boston Globe informing urgent care centers to be vigilant, and refer patients to the emergency department if they show prominent symptoms of Ebola. The story covers various Ebola scares at universities and hospitals. Most recently researchers are meeting to discuss how robots could assist during the next Ebola emergency. Some machines used for killing bacteria and viruses with UV light could be used to combat Ebola.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


NIH begins early human clinical trial of VSV Ebola vaccine
National Institutes of Health
Human testing of a second investigational Ebola vaccine candidate is under way at the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Vaccine VSV-ZEBOV is in an early phase trial to evaluate safety and its ability to generate an immune system response in healthy adults who are given two intramuscular doses, called a prime-boost strategy.
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Physicians reveal best & worst insurance companies to do business with
Medscape
Insurers play a huge role in the financial lives of most physicians, so Medscape conducted an online survey from July 9 through Sept. 21, 2014, of more than 6,300 physicians across 25 specialties. The survey asked participating physicians to rate insurers on a variety of topics such as reimbursement rates, ease of doing business with, fewest denials, and speed of claims payment. Access the complete findings of the survey in the Insurer Ratings Report 2014.
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Uninsured largely unaware of looming enrollment period
Modern Healthcare
Roughly 90 percent of uninsured Americans are unaware of the open-enrollment period that begins Nov. 15, according to new polling data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The findings highlight the challenges in the upcoming sign-up period. The general public remains largely confused about the specific details of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and that could lead them to forgo coverage even if it's available at little or no cost.
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Recall: Assured brand Naproxen Sodium tablets
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Contract Packaging Resources, a drug repackaging company, is voluntarily recalling 11,640 boxes of Assured™ brand Naproxen Sodium tablets because some cartons actually contain bottles of Ibuprofen, a different pain reliever. The Ibuprofen bottles were placed in the Naproxen Sodium boxes due to a packaging error. The affected products are: boxes of Assured™ brand Naproxen Sodium Tablets 220mg, 15 count (Lot #FH4102A) [SKU #122368/UPC #639277223685] containing bottles of Ibuprofen softgels in 200mg strength.
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