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UCAOA News

New CEO
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It gives us great pleasure to introduce UCAOA's new chief executive officer, Joanne Ray! Joanne officially joined UCAOA at our Fall Conference in New Orleans and comes to us as an accomplished executive with almost 30 years of experience in association management and development.

Her preceding leadership positions include senior roles within American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Emergency Nurses Association and most recently as the Executive Director of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, a 3,000-member multidisciplinary medical association.

Please join us in welcoming Joanne Ray to UCAOA!



Meetings & Education

Fall Conference Recap
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Last week, UCAOA and UCCOP hosted the Fall Urgent Care Conference in New Orleans. The turnout was tremendous (348 total attendees/54 exhibiting companies), the courses packed and the networking intense. This meeting goes on record as UCAOA's largest fall conference to date!

Here are a few highlights:
  • 53 percent of attendees held clinical designations, 47 percent were non-clinical
  • Some attendees traveled a long distance to join us, including: Alaska, England and Hungary
  • Of the 54 exhibiting companies, 22 percent were first-timers
Now that the Fall Conference has come to a close, there are three things to keep in mind:
  1. Course recordings will be available in the next few weeks. We'll let you know when they're posted.
  2. Keep the ideas and conversations going through UConnect — UCAOA's online member community
  3. Start planning now for the 2013 National Urgent Care Convention! April 8-11 — Orlando, Fla. Registration will open Jan. 1, 2013.
We hope to see you in Orlando this April!


















Members on the Move

Dr. Mohammed Arsiwala Appointed to Michigan's Controlled Substance Advisory Commission
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UCAOA member Mohammed Arsiwala, MD, has been appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Synder to the state's Controlled Substance Advisory Commission. The commission was established in 1988 to monitor indicators of controlled substance abuse and recommends actions to address identified problems. The commission consists of 13 voting members and seven ex officio members. Dr. Arsiwala represents the Board of Medicine and will serve a one-year term.

Dr. Arsiwala is the president and medical director of Michigan Urgent Care, a system of 10 urgent care facilities. To find out more about Dr. Arsiwala and Michigan Urgent Care, visit www.michiganurgentcare.com.


Certified Urgent Care Program

Certification Application Deadline Approaching
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Interested in distinguishing your center by earning the Certified Urgent Care designation? The deadline to apply for consideration for the Q4 cohort is Friday, Nov. 30.

The Certified Urgent Care program helps the public identify urgent care centers and promotes and advances the urgent care industry. Urgent Care facilities with the CUC designation have:
  • A Mark of Distinction — to educate your community and eliminate confusion with other kinds of providers
  • A Tool for Negotiation — to provide a national benchmark for discussing higher fee schedules
  • An Edge in Marketing — to clearly and effectively describe your level of services
Submit your materials today!







JUCM

Now Online in JUCM
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One of the must-read articles in the October issue of JUCM is our case report, which points out the importance of being vigilant when treating finger infections. The patient, a 52-year-old woman, presented with a four-day history of progressive swelling and erythema to her right fifth digit. The diagnosis was infectious flexor tenosynovitis and the provider was left wondering if the presumed finger infection the woman had experienced five years before was misdiagnosed. To read the JUCM article "Infectious versus Inflammatory Flexor Tenosynovitis: a Little, Bit Problem," turn to page 23 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

Bad CDC data may have skewed research
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A commonly used database run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is fraught with serious errors, some of which indicate that patients were impossibly pronounced dead in the emergency department, but then intubated and admitted to the intensive care unit the same day, according to a Loma Linda University report. More



Study: Health plans embracing ACO model
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More than three-quarters of health plans are either participating or planning to participate in an accountable care organization, according to a recent study done by Medecision. Seventy-eight percent of study respondents said their health plans were either participating or preparing to participate in an ACO and/or patient-centered medical home. The remaining 22 percent of respondents said they plan on participating in the future. More






Organized medicine unveils plan to overhaul Medicare delivery
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More beneficiary choices, infrastructure investments and payments that reflect the costs to physicians of providing services are the major principles the physician community will use as guideposts as lawmakers look to transition to a new Medicare delivery system. That's what the American Medical Association and other organized medicine groups stated in a letter to Congress. More



Lessons from Sandy: When hospital generators fail
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In the wake of "superstorm" Sandy, much of lower Manhattan was plunged into darkness. What happened to the patients? New York University Langone Medical Center was forced to evacuate patients due to power outages during the peak of the storm. Emergency personnel including firefighters and medical staff hurried to transfer patients into ambulances for evacuation, often climbing several flights of stairs. More






Health IT holds key to better care integration
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IT-enabled care coordination is a key component of patient safety. Healthcare organizations must invest in technology infrastructure to enable complex medical care. More





Primary care physician ACO participation expected to grow rapidly
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According to a recent survey by Decisions Resources, almost one-fifth of surveyed clinicians are currently participating in an accountable care organization, with many more expected to join an ACO in the next 12 months. More





More than half of hospitals don't screen all ICU patients for MRSA
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The majority of hospitals are eschewing aggressive, time-consuming and costly interventions that might help prevent the spread of multidrug-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. More



Solantic centers become CareSpot
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CareSpot, the largest operator of urgent-care centers in Florida, has changed the name of all 29 of its Solantic Walk-in UrgentCare centers in the state. The new name is CareSpot, announced company CEO Michael D. Klein. The re-branding started recently and rolled out through the Jacksonville, Gainesville-Ocala, Orlando, Treasure Coast and Broward County markets. More






























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