UC Access October 25, 2012
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UCAOA News

In The Big Easy
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UCAOA is in New Orleans this week for our 2012 Fall Urgent Care Conference! Attendees are earning valuable credits and gaining hands-on experience during two days of focused courses. Our offices will reopen on Monday, Oct. 29.

Look for a recap of the meeting in an upcoming installment of Urgent Care Access.



Members on the Move — Bonus Edition!

NextCare Urgent Care
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UCAOA member NextCare Urgent Care recently acquired Access Medical Centers in Oklahoma, with nine locations serving the Oklahoma City and Stillwater areas. This brings the number of urgent care centers that NextCare operates across the country to 67, in seven states.

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Perspectives

RSVP or Else!
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This month's Perspectives article, authored by Sharon Nicka, RN, CPC, examines the importance of understanding your compliance efforts, including key examples and a basic step by step guide to follow when responding to third-payer audit letters. Click here for the article!




UConnect

Be a Resource to your Fellow Members!
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This month, new questions were posted in the following UConnect Discussions:
  • Billing & Coding
  • Hospital-Affiliated Urgent Care Centers
  • Starting a New Urgent Care Center
  • Urgent Care Billers
  • Urgent Care Practice Managers
Some of these questions are still in need of an answer or opinion. Be a resource to your fellow members — post an answer to a Discussion question today!






JUCM

Now Online in JUCM
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A new urgent care Case Report is now available only online in JUCM. Review the presentation of an 18-year-old male diagnosed with subluxed humeral heads after presenting with shoulder pain. Learn about the factors to weigh for diagnosis and treatment of similar cases in urgent care practice. Click here to view this month's JUCM Case Report.

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

Influx of newly insured a prompt for practices to rethink patient flow
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The crunch that physician practices, especially those in primary care, are likely to feel once the insurance mandate of the Affordable Care Act is in full force won't be as much about the sheer numbers of newly insured who will walk through the door. Instead, odds are it will be more about the intense level of care and service patients are likely to need when they arrive. More




Health 2.0 showcases more clinician-friendly apps
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Most of the breakout sessions at the annual Health 2.0 Conference event in San Francisco, featured rapid-fire product demonstrations, and venture capitalists were out in force to view the latest fads. Attendees saw that mobile apps and other health tools are moving past the novelty stage and beyond the limited consumer realm in healthcare to become increasingly useful in clinical settings. Some developers are even taking steps to integrate their apps into clinician workflow. More





Death by defibrillator: FDA called to address hacking risk
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According to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office, there's a growing danger that grandpa's heart rhythm device, or, say, a child's insulin pump — any implantable device that can be accessed remotely — could be susceptible to hacking. More



'Fresher' blood transfusions does not mean better outcomes
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Blood that has been stored for two weeks or more before being used in transfusions for critically ill patients does not appear to cause adverse effects, researchers report. The findings show patients who receive transfusions containing at least one unit of red blood cells aged 14 days or more are at no increased risk for complications, nosocomial infections, or morbidity compared with their peers who receive "fresh" RBCs aged less than eight days, researchers say. More






Quality gains alone won't generate ACO bonuses
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Doctors and hospitals seeking bonuses through shared savings programs should not expect large returns on their investments if all they accomplish is meeting minimum quality targets, according a study published in Health Affairs. More





OIG issues EHR fraud survey
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Attention, hospitals that have attained meaningful use status: The U.S. government may be asking you some tough questions as part of its oversight mandate, and you will have to answer quickly. Providers have until Friday, Oct. 26, to respond to an 18-page, 54-question survey probing their electronic health record system data entry habits, security practices and more. More

As cheerleading injuries rise, doctors call for stricter safety rules
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Cheerleading accounts for two-thirds of catastrophic injuries among high school girl athletes, a number that hasn't decreased despite repeated attempts to make the sport less dangerous. Alarmed by injuries, the American Academy of Pediatrics has called for cheerleading to be recognized as an official sport so it would have to follow the same rules for safety and coaching as gymnastics, soccer, basketball and other popular girls' sports. More





Ardent Health to pump millions into Texas hospital system
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Ardent Health Services has acquired an 80 percent interest in a Texas-based hospital system, a deal that requires Ardent to pump tens and millions of dollars into a series of projects there, including a new cancer center. Under terms of the deal, Ardent and Baptist Community Services will jointly own and operate the Baptist St. Anthony's Health System in Texas, which includes a 445-bed hospital, the Don & Sybil Harrington Cancer Center; a network of primary care, urgent care, surgical and bariatric clinics and more. More



Soap, swabs slash infection rates by 44 percent
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A study conducted at 43 HCA-affiliated community hospitals saw bloodstream infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, drop by 44 percent when all ICU patients were subjected to daily "universal decolonization" using antimicrobial soap and nasal swabs. More































 

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