Call for volunteers: Become involved in UCAOA through committee service
As a multi-disciplinary association, UCAOA has created a new and more inclusive governance structure. The UCAOA Board of Directors invites you to become more involved through committee service. Current UCAOA membership and a desire to serve are the only requirements.
There are several committees to select from based on your area(s) of interest and expertise. Committee members serve a three year term beginning at the National Urgent Care Convention, at which time membership must be current. Initial committee terms will be lengthened to accommodate UCAOA's mid-year start. Terms are renewable for one additional three year term.
If you would like to receive the application survey for committee membership consideration, please email your name and title to email@example.com. A UCAOA representative will then forward to you a personalized link to the survey.
Call for speakers: Submit your proposal for UCAOA's upcoming National Urgent Care Convention
UCAOA invites you to submit a proposal to join our roster of dynamic speakers for the UCAOA National Urgent Care Convention, March 17- 20, 2014, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This highly-anticipated event is well regarded in the urgent care community for its first-class programming that reflects timely insights, best practices and strategic actions.
If you have a presentation that speaks to urgent care healthcare professionals administrators, or clinic owner/operators and helps them expand their knowledge, advance their practice and improve their quality of care, please consider speaking at UCAOA's upcoming National Urgent Care Convention.
UCAOA is accepting presentation submissions now through 5 p.m. Central, Friday, Nov. 15, thereafter, submissions will not be considered. For more information, please review the call for speakers' page.
UCAOA celebrates 10 years in 2014: Special recognition at Spring Convention
The Urgent Care Association of America will be recognizing its 10-year anniversary and celebrating urgent care throughout 2014. Please join us and be a part of this special year! Save the date for the highly-anticipated National Urgent Care Convention to be held March 17-20, 2014, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This influential event will help urgent care professionals advance their expertise, gain hands-on experience and obtain the latest clinical best practices. More information to come in the weeks ahead!
Unconventional urgent care centers
While urgent care centers are conventionally found in retail shopping centers, medical office complexes and as freestanding facilities on high-traffic city streets, the concept of affordable, convenient, walk-in care is expanding to new venues including airports and roadside travel plazas. Pictured is CareHere's walk-in clinic, pharmacy and wellness store at the Nashville International Airport.
Now online in JUCM
A new urgent care Images Challenge case is now available only on the JUCM website. Review the case of a 58-year-old woman with a complaint of "recurrent pneumonia." Examine the X-ray, consider what your diagnosis would be, then check the case resolution to see if you were right. To take the Images Challenge, go to http://jucm.com/iucc/?id=159.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information on our author guidelines.
Healthcare provider expands in Chattanooga area
Chattanooga Times Free Press
A local primary and urgent healthcare provider is expanding in the Chattanooga, Tenn., region with a sixth location in north Chattanooga. Fast Access Healthcare has opened an office on Signal Mountain Road in the shopping plaza adjacent to Wal-Mart. The 10-year-old company is owned by Jonathan Kerley, a Chattanooga native and doctor, and offers both primary and urgent care to about 30,000 patients annually.
CareSpot opens Parkville, Mo., urgent care center
Kansas City Business Journal
CareSpot opened its newest location in Parkville, Mo., located just outside Kansas City. Through a partnership with HCA Midwest Health System, patients may use HCA's hospitals or physician network for specialized or follow-up care. It's part of CareSpot's plan to bring six urgent care centers to the Kansas City metro.
Urgent care clinic opens in Hanover Park, Ill.
Suburban Life Media
Physicians Immediate Care recently opened its second urgent care clinic in DuPage County in Hanover Park, Ill. The clinic offers treatment for injuries and illnesses that are not life threatening and performs minor surgical procedures. It is equipped with an X-ray, lab testing and six exam rooms, including a pediatric room and a trauma room.
Dr. Mohammed Arsiwala reappointed to Michigan's Controlled Substance Advisory Commission
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has reappointed Dr. Mohammed Arsiwala, president and medical director of Michigan Urgent Care and Business Health Solutions in Livonia, Mich., to the Controlled Substance Advisory Commission. Dr. Arsiwala will serve a second one-year term and continue to represent the Michigan Board of Medicine. Dr. Arsiwala is also currently serving as an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association of Michigan, and is on the Michigan State Medical Society Board and Michigan Board of Medicine. To read more about the Controlled Substances Advisory Commission, click here. For more information about Michigan Urgent Care and Business Health Solutions, click here.
|Dr. Mohammed Arsiwala
Health Language selected to support DocuTAP's Urgent Care EMR Solutions
DocuTAP will integrate its Health Language applications into its electronic medical record solution for urgent care environments. The terminology management solutions were specifically selected to address improved regulatory compliance with Stage 2 Meaningful Use and help improve accuracy and conversion to the ICD-10 coding system.
Affordable Care Act
Las Vegas Review-Journal
The Affordable Care Act is expected to increase demand for hospital and medical service staff to meet needs of formerly uninsured residents. Companies such as Urgent Care Extra have come to town with the capability of supplementing preventive medical services outlined in the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Ty Hanks, the medical director, said the company opened its first local clinic in December 2012. Since then, five facilities have opened in the Las Vegas Valley.
Urgent care centers reaping rewards from Affordable Care Act
Phoenix Business Journal
NextCare Urgent Care could be looking at big things to come, thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Mesa, Ariz.-based company, which topped a recent list of biggest urgent care centers in the Valley, continues expanding locally and nationally to prepare for an onslaught of patients who will have access to health services under the new federal healthcare law.
MedExpress Urgent Care holds Sportsmanship Contest through Facebook
Weirton Daily Times
Seven athletes from Brooke High School in Wellsburg, W.V, volunteered to learn sign language, so they could better communicate with their football coach on the playing field and assist him with his class work. The group's efforts earned them third place in the Excellent Sportsmanship Contest held through Facebook by MedExpress Urgent Care. Jenny Anderson, center manager for the Weirton MedExpress Urgent Care, said the Bruins were among 80 athletic groups entered into the nationwide contest. Visitors to the Facebook page at Excellent Sportsmanship Contest could view a photo of each group and read its story before casting votes that determined five winners of cash prizes awarded by MedExpress Urgent Care.
Health clinic's growth comes 2 by 2
Two is a big number lately for Urgent Care of Papillion. The clinic in Papillion, Neb., recently celebrated its second anniversary, opened a second location, and added two new partners. The addition of the two partners — one silent, the other Bryan Myers, a physician assistant — enabled the clinic owners to open a second office, Urgent Care of Wahoo, Neb.
Aztec Urgent Care heals patients, helps community
The third time's the charm for Aztec Urgent Care, a healthcare facility in south Aztec, N.M. Opened in 2010, the business on South Rio Grande Avenue will be honored by Four Corners Economic Development at its annual Economic Development, Growth and Excellence awards this week. Aztec Urgent Care was nominated for the EDGE award twice before in 2012 and 2011.
Changing healthcare dynamics and the surge of urgent care centers
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The Affordable Care Act is poised to dramatically change the way we view and experience healthcare. The implementation of this law has paved the way for less costly outpatient care, which has in turn led to a boom in affordable urgent care centers and retail clinics across the country. There are now more than 8,000 urgent and immediate care centers all over the nation, a figure that is set to grow at 8-10 percent per year, according to the Urgent Care Association of America.
The next frontier for retail health clinics
Hospitals & Health Networks
Walgreens has come a long way from just treating earaches and stuffy noses at its clinics. Is the Deerfield, Ill.-based retailer on a path toward looking and acting a little more like a health system than a corner drugstore? The retail health clinic industry continues to expand its numbers — leader CVS hopes to more than double its locations by 2015, up to 1,500 — leaving hospital leaders pondering the next expansion of services coming down the pipeline. While these retailers probably aren't ever going to own physician practices or hospital beds, leaders at the top three clinics do expect to eventually look more like a part of the delivery system, working hand-in-hand with top health networks to coordinate care.
ICD-10-CM from an optimistic coder's perspective
By Elizabeth Morgenroth
In my discussions with coders in the past 18 months, I have found that each coder has a reaction to ICD-10-CM as unique as the person expressing it. The emotions associated with ICD-10-CM cover the complete spectrum — from joy to grief, happiness to rage, doubt to certainty. I have experienced each of these emotions, depending on the subject matter and situation. I realize not every coder shares my perception, but I am excited for ICD-10-CM and all it entails and offers in data integration and improved communication.
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