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UCAOA News

Benchmarking Survey Winners
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Congratulations to Dr. Claire Reed of Aspirus Walk-In Clinics and Dr. William Weisberg of Cape Urgent Care for being the winners of the $500 Benchmarking Survey prize! All qualified survey participants who took the survey prior to July 27, were eligible to win.

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

Coming Soon! Fall Conference Audio Recordings
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Missed the Fall Conference in New Orleans? The audio recordings and presentations will soon be available on UCAOA's Online Education site. Here are the courses that will be available:
    1. Clinical Masterclasses — all-new cases
    2. Marketing Your Center from Research to ROI — all-new course
    3. Advanced Financial Management — all-new course
    4. Comprehensive Clinic Startup
Purchase the course bundle or individual sessions. Most sessions offer CME credit.

Fall Conference attendees will be receiving an email from us shortly giving you free access to the course you attended.



















Certified Urgent Care Program

Newly Certified Centers
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Twenty-two more facilities just received the Certified Urgent Care designation ... that puts the total number of Certified centers right around 500! The CUC program helps the public identify urgent care centers and promotes and advances the urgent care industry. Each certified center has met specific nationally standardized criteria which clearly describe the level of services provided.

For a list of all certified urgent care centers, visit www.ucaoa.org/certification.






JUCM

Now Online in JUCM
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Urgent care clinics are filled with patients who are ill or injured, so pain is a common presenting symptom. But pain is subjective and therapy that avoids both overtreatment and undertreatment is a challenge for providers. Strategies for effective management of acute pain are the subject of this month's cover story, by Tracey Q. Davidoff, MD. The aim is to help urgent care providers treat discomfort adequately while simultaneously protecting themselves from dissatisfied patients and potential litigation. To read "Evaluation and Management of Pain (Part 1): Acute Pain," turn to page 9 JUCM 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

Clinics will expand burgeoning urgent care presence in Indiana
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Two walk-in urgent care centers are planning to open their first area locations in Mishawaka, Ind., in 2013. The clinics are part of a growing business segment in the healthcare industry. About 300 urgent care centers like these have been opening each year for the past five years across the country, says Kim Harden, a spokeswoman for the Urgent Care Association of America. More



Hospitals demand upfront fee for nonemergencies
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Physicians who take after-hours calls from patients often face a difficult decision: Which symptoms can wait for an office visit, and which ones require a trip to the emergency department? Now doctors find these decisions complicated by a troubling, rising trend: Will a trip to the ED mean an upfront charge for a patient if the problem is deemed nonemergent? More






Study finds hospital bed alarms don't deliver results
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One of the most dangerous activities for hospital patients is the seemingly simple act of getting out of bed. For the weak and woozy headed, it can lead to a hard fall, serious injuries and several thousands of dollars in added medical bills. More



Electronic health records breed digital discontent for some doctors
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Two years and $8.4 billion into the government's effort to get doctors to take their practices digital, some unintended consequences are starting to emerge. One is a lot of unhappy doctors. In a big survey by Medscape, 38 percent of the doctors polled said they were unhappy with their electronic medical records system. More






Evidence mounts linking head hits to permanent brain injury
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Researchers at Boston University have found more evidence supporting a link between repeated knocks to the head and chronic brain disease. The results, published in the journal Brain, add weight to concerns about the effect of repeated mild head trauma in athletes, whether they're pros or peewees.





Providers: Current health IT tools might not fit ACO needs
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While information technology will help accountable care organizations cut costs, many providers question whether current-generation technology can get the job done, according to a new report. The report is based on survey research and analysis of 324 ACOs and interviews with 57 physician leaders and health executives. More
































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