Brief survey on AED use in urgent care
Please take this brief survey on automated external defibrillator (AED) use in urgent care to assist UCAOA in understanding the prevalence and use of these devices. Results will be included in next week’s issue of UCAccess.
| UCAOA ACCREDITATION PROGRAM
Milestone reached for UCAOA Accreditation program
UCAOA has accredited 12 organizations representing 114 urgent care centers! This milestone was accomplished in nine months' time since the launch of the UCAOA Accreditation program on March 20, 2014, at the Spring Convention. UCAOA Accreditation has been gaining traction throughout the urgent care industry due to its unique mark of excellence for scope of care, quality and safety. If your organization is interested in becoming accredited through UCAOA, click here for details. If your urgent care center is not quite ready for accreditation, purchase the UCAOA Accreditation Standards & Preparation Manual to use as a self-assessment tool.
Cyber December Sale — shop now!
Meet CME or UCMC credit requirements for the year by taking advantage of deep discounts being offered on UCAOA educational resources through our Cyber December Sale! Now is the time to grab high-quality educational material for staff training or to expand your own personal knowledge libraries. Don't pass up the opportunity to save as much as 70 percent on selected items — start shopping now! Members be sure to sign in to receive your discounted rates.
2015 Spring Convention registration opens Dec. 15
On Monday, Dec. 15, the UCAOA 2015 Spring Convention attendee registration and hotel room block will be open! Be sure to check out the schedule-at-a-glance for a tentative outline of Pre-Convention Courses and Main Convention tracks. Full details will be posted to the Spring Convention web page. In the meantime, be sure to nominate yourself or a colleague for a UCAOA Award. Recipients will be recognized during the Members' Breakfast held at the 2015 Spring Convention. Click here to see past laureates and to watch the 2014 Awards Presentation.
Monday, Dec. 15 deadline for Marketplace enrollment
UCAOA via CMS
Do any of your patients need health insurance? Monday, Dec. 15 is the deadline to enroll in the Marketplace for coverage that starts on Jan. 1, 2015! For your patients that bought a health plan in 2014, December 15 is also the deadline for renewals or changes in plans that will take effect on Jan. 1. Current enrollees are strongly encouraged to log in to their Marketplace accounts, update their information and review plans and prices for 2015. They may find plans that cost less, cover more services or work better for them and their families. Below is a poster and a fact sheet that can be used in your urgent care waiting rooms:
These materials are also available in Spanish.
Report shows more options and savings for consumers who shop in the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2015
U.S. Depart of Health & Human Services
Nearly 8 in 10 current Federal Marketplace customers can get coverage for $100 or less per month after any applicable tax credits in 2015. With 25 percent more issuers participating in the Marketplace in 2015, based on analysis of 35 states, more than 90 percent of consumers will be able to choose from three or more issuers — up from 74 percent in 2014. Consumers can choose from an average of 40 health plans in their county for 2015 coverage — up from 30 in 2014.
| CORPORATE SUPPORT PARTNERS
Thank you to our CSPs
A cornerstone for continued growth and advancement of UCAOA is the longtime commitment and unrestricted support of our Corporate Support Partners (CSPs). Each CSP helps strengthen UCAOA activities, programs and events to further urgent care medicine. Please celebrate their support and join us in telling them THANK YOU! If you are interested in the CSP program, click here for more information.
2014 Corporate Support Partners:
New! Diamond Partners: DocuTAP and Practice Velocity
Platinum Partners: Gebauer Company, Institute of Urgent Care Medicine, and McKesson
Gold Partner: Quality Nighthawk
Silver Partners: Allen Mooney Barnes (AMB), Concentra, National UC Realty, and Net Health
Bronze Partners: Blue Ridge X-Ray, The Joint Commission, and Rapid Pathogen Screening (RPS)
Recent variances in weather causing severe hurricanes, thunderstorms, ice storms, snow storms, and other natural phenomenon can lead to more frequent and protracted power outages for a community. A permanent, natural gas powered generator can be outfitted for an urgent care center for less than $10,000 to automatically switch on should the center's power be lost. Not only will the availability of back-up power reduce the risk of losing refrigerated specimens and vaccinations, an "open" urgent care sign amid "dark" neighbors can be a sign of relief for passing motorists and bring incremental revenue to the center when competitors are closed (or reduce the risk of lost revenue in having to close early due to brownout).
Top 15 urgent care influencers through 2014
The Ambulatory M&A Advisor
Urgent Care Centers are growing more in popularity, availability, convenience and quality. With more physicians, companies and hospitals investing in urgent care centers, that high-quality level of care is becoming available to more people. The Top 15 Urgent Care Influencers list details the hard work of the founders, CEOs and managers of this booming industry from its beginning to the present. Congratulations to these UCAOA Board Members for making the list: Alan Ayers, MBA, MAcc; Steve Sellars, MBA; Laurel Stoimenoff, PT, CHC; and Pamela Sullivan, MD.
Retail clinics solidify their market niche
In this article, UCAOA Board Member Alan Ayers, MBA, MAcc, provides insight and expertise regarding market maturation of on-demand medical services. Ayers sheds light on why Walmart's first two attempts into the retail health business failed, but how their recent foray seems to be designed to help Walmart drive down the company's internal healthcare costs and "any other patient they can draw off the street would be gravy."
MDxpress opens second facility in White Plains, New York
The Hamlet Hub
MDxpress officially announced the opening of their second full-service, walk-in urgent care center to serve residents of White Plains, NY. Patients from adults to pediatrics are seen by board certified, residency trained, emergency medicine physicians. Dr. Jason Lupow, MDxpress founding physician, stated "MDxpress eliminates the difficulty of trying to see a primary care doctor on short notice or after hours."
MedPost Urgent Care to open three centers in San Antonio
MedPost Urgent Care will open three urgent care centers this month in the North San Antonio. In addition to providing comprehensive urgent care services to patients of all ages, MedPost offers flu shots for $15 and sports physicals for $25, with no appointment required.
Urgent Clinics Medical Care Facility has a new location
Urgent Clinics Medical Care Facility recently opened another center in Houston. The facility is offering comprehensive services such as school, sports, and employment physicals, women's wellness, immunizations, and flu shots. The company currently has seven centers with an eighth one under construction.
Early data suggests potentially severe flu season
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC is urging immediate vaccination for anyone still unvaccinated this season and recommends prompt treatment with antiviral drugs for people at high risk of complications who develop flu. Early data suggests that the current 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. So far this year, seasonal influenza A H3N2 viruses have been most common. There often are more severe flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths during seasons when these viruses predominate.
Safe injection practice: establish the habit in residency
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The importance of safe injections and proper sterile technique in general has been repeatedly underscored by the ongoing danger of emerging and re-emerging infectious pathogens. With the worldwide rise of resistant organisms, as well as the recent and worst Ebola outbreak to date, safe injection practices have never been more important from a preventive standpoint. Click here to read more and be sure to download these practices.
The top 14 healthcare stories of 2014
Becker's Hospital Review
2014 brought many changes and developments to the healthcare industry including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the large ripples it made throughout the U.S., VA healthcare scandal, health insurance marketplace rollout drama, and record-high healthcare CEO turnover; view all of the headlines you might have missed.
3 ways to improve patients' access to care
Strengthening access to patient care is an essential component to improving patient health and happiness. Intuitive technologies, proactive communications, and establishing clear priorities help medical facilities raise patient satisfaction. As health care shifts to an outcome- and quality-based model, it is important to maximize existing medical resources to provide the best care to all patients.
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