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Get Involved with UCAOA
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Calling all members! Tell us your strengths or areas of interest and help shape the industry!

Periodically throughout the year the UCAOA board or staff embark on initiatives and would like to have a pool of talent or interest that they might call upon. Indicating your area of interest in no way obligates you, but provides us with a list of individuals to contact.

Learn more about getting involved with UCAOA!

Patient Resources

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week
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Nov. 12-19, is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Get Smart About Antibiotics Week! This week is an annual effort to coordinate the work of CDC's Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work campaign, state-based appropriate antibiotic use campaigns, nonprofit partners and for-profit partners during a one-week observance of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use.

For the complete listing of Get Smart About Antibiotics Week activities and information, visit www.cdc.gov/getsmart.


New Expert Blog Post
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Expert Blogs are featured on the homepage of UConnect. Posts are short and thought-provoking. This installment is authored by Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc.

The latest Expert Blog, titled "A Marketing Boost for Urgent Care in New England: Engaging Payers in Raising Urgent Care Awareness," discusses the benefits of urgent care to third-party payers, describes recent equity investments by Blue Cross/Blue Shield payers in specific urgent care providers and highlights the marketing activities of Anthem BCBS in New Hampshire. Click here for the blog post!

If you're a member of UCAOA and haven't checked out UConnect, what are you waiting for? There's no excuse for missing out, the site is part of your member benefits and logging in is easy. Take a look!


Now Online in JUCM
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A new urgent care Images Challenge case is now available only on the JUCM website. Review the case of a 60-year-old woman with a blow to her elbow and view the image taken. Consider what your diagnosis would be, then check the case resolution to see if you were right. Click here to take the JUCM Images Challenge.

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

Hospitals gamble on urgent care clinics to keep patients healthy
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Most of the 9,000 urgent care clinics nationwide are owned by corporation or physicians, but hospital systems are increasingly aiming to get a cut of the booming industry. Hospitals already own about 27 percent of the centers, according to the Urgent Care Association of America. Tom Charland, CEO of Merchant Medicine, a consulting firm focusing on walk-in clinics, thinks that's just the beginning. More

AMA adopts principles to ensure autonomy for employed physicians
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Furthering the American Medical Association's previously stated goal to be "the lead association for employed physicians," the AMA House of Delegates adopted policy outlining principles for physician employment that seek to protect doctors' autonomy and put patient welfare ahead of employers' interests. More

Researchers: Antibiotic overuse remains a problem in the US
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Patterns of antibiotic overuse vary in the United States vary by region, with residents of some Southeastern states taking about twice as many antibiotics per capita as residents in some Western states. Public health officials worry about antibiotic overuse and misuse because they can promote the development of drug-resistant strains of bacteria that are invulnerable to medical treatment. More

Many hospital patients get too much acetaminophen
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In a new study from two Boston hospitals, one in every 15 patients treated with acetaminophen got more than the maximum daily recommended dose at least once. Acetaminophen is a common painkiller on its own, but also an ingredient in stronger narcotics such as Percocet and Vicodin. So without careful monitoring, it's not always obvious how much a patient has taken. More

Passwords make doctors vulnerable, but solutions are easy
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A recent report by Verizon that looked at cyber attacks on healthcare organizations in 2011 and 2012 found that 72 percent of them were caused by hackers guessing, or using automated systems to guess, the passwords and other credentials that allowed them access to computer systems. More

Educators: Higher med school enrollment only partial solution to shortage
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Medical schools around the country continued to see enrollment grow in 2012. But educators warn that efforts to produce more physicians will mean little without more federal funding for graduate medical education. More

A collaborative ACO model showed promising results on costs, quality
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Cigna's Collaborative Accountable Care initiative provides financial incentives to physician groups and integrated delivery systems to improve the quality and efficiency of care for patients in commercial open-access benefit plans. Registered nurses who serve as care coordinators employed by participating practices are a central feature of the initiative. More

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