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UCAOA News

Winter Industry Awareness Campaign
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Fall has come to an end — which means it's time to switch to the WINTER awareness campaign materials! The free, customizable templates and tools are available to everyone, and include a winter-themed direct mail piece (postcard), print advertisement, email template, online banner and more!

Visit www.ucaoa.org/rhyme to learn more about the campaign ... and to access the Winter materials!



Meetings & Education

New Live Webinar
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Join us Thursday, Dec. 6, from 1-2 p.m. CST, for next month's live webinar, "Meaningful Use and the $39,000 Incentive Made Easy," led by Matt Douglass & Jamison Feramisco, MD, PhD of Practice Fusion, Inc.

At the completion of this 60-minute webinar, you will be able to:
    1. Distinguish between the Web-based EHR, locally-installed EHRs in practice offices, and enterprise EHR systems used by hospitals and other organizations
    2. Illustrate EHR templates for everyday record keeping
    3. Discuss Meaningful Use and how to keep $39,000 in incentives
    4. Explain connectivity and sharing patient information between primary care providers and hospitals
Click here for the registration form ($25 members, $40 nonmembers).


















Clinical Consult


Holiday Food Safety
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This month's feature from Dr. William Gluckman, UCCOP's president, examines the importance of food safety during the holidays. Thanksgiving is a time for good food and good times with family and friends but it is important to follow some safe-cooking processes to keep everyone safe from food borne illnesses.

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:
  • Accredited Urgent Cares
  • Billing & Coding
  • Urgent Care Owners
  • Urgent Care Practice Managers
Some of these questions are still in need of an answer or opinion. Be a resource to your fellow memberspost 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 case of a 42-year-old male with Type 1 diabetes who presents to the urgent care clinic with a two-day history of fever, chills and facial swelling — and a past history of oral pain caused by dental caries. The diagnosis? Ludwig's Angina.

Learn about the factors to weigh for identifying and treating this serious and potentially life-threatening infection 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

EHR confidentiality tests teen trust
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Pediatricians say the inability of systems to keep parents and guardians from seeing parts of private records influences whether some adolescents seek treatment. More



Hospital Medicare cash lures doctors as costs increase
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Under Medicare's tangled payment system, hospitals get higher reimbursements than individual doctors for cardiology treatment, as they do for other specialty services, in some cases as much as three times more. At the same time, the added bargaining power gained by controlling more of the heart care in a geographic market has given large hospital systems added leverage in negotiating reimbursements from insurers, such as UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint. More






Genitourinary injuries often related to consumer products
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Acute genitourinary injuries most commonly occur in males, with the highest prevalence among young adults, and are frequently associated with consumer products such as sporting items, according to research published online in The Journal of Urology. More



ACOs struggle with health IT infrastructure
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Accountable care organizations are taking a variety of approaches to building health IT infrastructures, according to a forthcoming report from Leavitt Partners, a research firm, and KLAS Research. But it's clear that healthcare organizations with integrated clinical and financial systems have an early lead in the race to assemble these new healthcare reform models. More






High price tag linked to heavy testing by newer doctors
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Inexperienced physicians may be contributing to rising costs in the healthcare system by ordering more care that might not be necessary, but they also might be dealing with sicker patients, according to a RAND Corp. study that appeared in the journal Health Affairs. More





Pediatricians slower to adopt EHRs than most doctors
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Pediatricians' adoption of electronic health records lags behind general adoption of the technology, according to a study published online in the journal Pediatrics. More





Many surgical complications occur after patients go home
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Problems that occur after a patient has been discharged from the hospital account for a large number of complications after general surgery, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed national data on more than 550,000 patients who had inpatient general surgery between 2005 and 2012. The overall rate of postoperative complications was about 17 percent, and 41.5 percent of those complications occurred within 30 days after patients were discharged from the hospital. More
































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