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2012 Urgent Care Benchmarking Survey Results
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See what's trending in the urgent care industry! The 2012 Urgent Care Benchmarking Survey Results are now available! There are more than 60 pages of graphs, statistics and comparisons to the 2010 and 2008 research.

New 2012 data includes:
  • Reporting on top ICD-9, CPT and E&M codes
  • Provider productivity data
  • Average charge vs. average reimbursement
  • Clinical staffing strategies
  • Average annual revenue, expense and marketing budgets ... and much more!
Click here to order the 2012 Urgent Care Benchmarking Survey Results today!


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).


















Perspectives

Perspectives
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This month's Perspectives article, authored by Catherine Matthews, co-owner of Lansing Urgent Care who is a former GE lean healthcare consultant and a Six Sigma Black Belt, examines the importance of developing processes and procedures for your staff to follow, including key examples and basic steps to help drive consistency in your business.

Click here for the article!






JUCM

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 42-year-old man with lesions that appeared following a business trip. 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

White House accountable care approach reaches 1 in 10 in US
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A rapidly emerging healthcare delivery system that rewards doctors and hospitals for working together to improve quality and rein in costs is serving "roughly 10 percent of the U.S. population," according to a new report. More



Retail clinics create continuity gap in patient care
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Once insured patients try retail clinics for simple acute conditions, they are much more likely to rely on them for similar issues in the future, according to a study. Because of that, continuity of care can be broken, and any practice near a retail clinic needs to make sure information on their patients is transferred. More






Report finds ACOs serving more patients than expected
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As many as 31 million Americans now receive healthcare through an accountable care organization according to a recent report from industry consulting company Oliver Wyman. The report "The ACO Surprise" contends that while many believe that ACOs have had little impact on the market to date, the sheer numbers of patients getting healthcare via an ACO tells a different story. More



Dartmouth studies report unnecessary testing
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Two reports recently issued by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice raise new questions about whether physicians order far too many tests, and whether some tests might be motivated more by economic rather than diagnostic or therapeutic reasons, whether subconsciously or not. More






Hospitals offer wide array of services to keep patients from returning
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In the past, the only thing a patient was sure to get after a hospital stay was a bill. But as Medicare cracks down on high readmission rates, hospitals are dispatching nurses, transportation, culturally specific diet tips, free medications and even bathroom scales to patients deemed at risk of relapsing. More





Some EHRs in danger of missing data connections
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Many physicians could discover that just because they implement an electronic health record system that is certified to meet meaningful use doesn't mean it is capable of connecting with all the entities with which doctors want to exchange data. More



Salary growth lagging for primary care doctors
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Despite rising spending on healthcare in the United States, primary care doctors don't seem to be reaping the rewards on their paychecks, a new study suggests. The findings could have implications for what some predictions say will be a primary care shortage in some parts of the country in the coming years. More






























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