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Will urgent care facilities become norm in age of Obamacare?
Fox News

Will private, convenient, accessible walk-in facilities become the new standard in healthcare in the era of Obamacare? Watch this Fox News video highlighting UCAOA member Dr. Louise Moody and Secure Medical Care in Maryland.

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Urgent Care: Where "Healthcare" Embraces "Profit"
If "turning a profit" is the objective of every business venture, why has the concept become so tainted? In his December blog entry, UCAOA Content Advisor and Board Member Alan Ayers, MBA, MAcc, explains that "profit," especially in the context of healthcare policy, is perhaps one of the most misunderstood words in American culture. It's doubtful that most citizens understand why profits are necessary to obtaining the goods and services they need and desire. But without profit to drive the allocation of capital and induce people to work — healthcare as a service (and pretty much everything else that defines life in America) would cease to exist.

Please note: Alan Ayers' blog has been reformatted and moved to allow for better access and group interaction. Join this networking group to receive articles and updates as well as to post comments.

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UCAOA's Online Education sale
Started Cyber Monday and continuing until the end of 2013, UCAOA is offering a special half-off promotion on certain self-paced Online Education programs. This is a great opportunity to obtain necessary CME or continuing education credits at a fraction of the price. Additionally, this huge savings can be acted on to begin the Urgent Care Management Certificate. For a complete list of the reduced price programs, click here.
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December webinar
Join us at 1 p.m. CST on Thursday, Dec. 12, for an informative webinar, "Stay Out of Trouble! What Every Urgent Care Should Know About FLSA." The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which is enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping and youth employment standards. Almost every employee in the United States is covered by the FLSA, yet it may be one of the most commonly violated rules by urgent care centers. During this webinar, you will obtain the necessary strategies to avoid common pitfalls and learn how to best comply with FLSA to avoid costly errors. Register now.
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Self-pay patients require "sensible" treatment
Clinicians should be made aware by the front office of whether a patient is self-pay. While payment should have no determination on the level or quality of care administered, the provider may be sensitive in ordering labs, X-rays, prescribing medication or making referrals that a self-pay patient may be unable to afford. Less costly plans of treatment may be tried first, before more costly alternatives are explored. Otherwise, the risk is that the patient does not follow through with the plan of treatment and the urgent care visit is rendered ineffective.

If you have tips or advice to share regarding clinic or practice management, patient care, marketing, technology or others, please send your submission, along with any photos, to Amanda Mannina at amannina@ucaoa.org. Your idea may be included in an upcoming issue of UCAccess.

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Now online in JUCM
The holidays are the season for travel and lengthy flights, which have long been associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism. JUCM's latest Web-exclusive article offers a review of the current literature on risk and incidence of VTE with prolonged travel — especially long flights — and an overview of how to prevent these conditions. Click here to read "Travel-Related VTE: What is the Risk and How Can it be Prevented?" by Selim Sikander Kabir, MBBS, FCUCP, FRNZCG (available only online).

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.

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As hospital prices soar, a stitch tops $500
The New York Times
In a medical system notorious for opaque finances and inflated bills, nothing is more convoluted than hospital pricing, economists say and it's a main reason for high hospital costs in the United States. Rising costs of drugs, medical equipment and other services, and fees from layers
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