UCAOA staff gives back this holiday season
The holidays are a magical time of year, and the UCAOA staff want to ensure this year's season is a little brighter for low income families in need. UCAOA staff provided gifts to 6 boys and girls (all under the age of 13) selected through an Angel Tree program that helps those less fortunate from the Salvation Army, Lamb's Fold (a center serving homeless and abused women and children with housing, recovery services and ways to achieve self-sufficiency), and Cornerstone Home (a home for physically or mentally challenged adults).
(L-R) CEO Joanne Ray, Finance Director Sue Holzkopf, Membership Director Jami Kral, and Education Director Carla Jamison stand beside gifts for families in need at UCAOA Headquarters on Friday, December 12, 2014.
From all of us at UCAOA Headquarters, may your holiday season be filled with much love, laughter and goodwill, and the New Year brings good health and happiness!
Brief survey results on AED usage
UCAOA last week conducted a brief survey on the prevalence and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in urgent care centers. Of those that participated in the survey, nearly 86 percent have AEDs available in their urgent care centers. Find out the reasons why other urgent care centers do not have AEDs available in their centers by clicking here.
Registration now open for 2015 Spring Convention!
Arm yourself with the necessary tools, resources and strategies to succeed in urgent care by registering to attend the UCAOA National Urgent Care Convention (Spring Convention) to be held April 27-30, 2015, in Chicago! The annual Spring Convention brings together several hundred urgent care business/practice management professionals and clinicians for 3 days of thought-provoking discussions, enlightening keynotes, in-depth and interactive presentations, and advanced and basic clinical skills sessions.
You can't afford to miss the UCAOA Spring Convention if you're an urgent care owner, physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, clinic manager, administrator, director, marketing representative, HR manager, compliance manager, billing and collections specialist/manager, or coder. Register today and be sure to add on a Pre-Convention Course to maximize your time away from the urgent care center. As an attendee or exhibitor, UCAOA advises to secure your hotel accommodations early, as rooms tend to sell out quickly.
Last days to save with our Cyber December Sale
There are few days remaining in December and that means when the month is over, so too is the UCAOA Cyber December Sale. Check out the high-quality educational materials on sale — as much as 70 percent off — and pick up resources for staff training, meeting CME or UCMC credit requirements, and expanding your own personal knowledge library. Start shopping now!
| 2014 BENCHMARKING RESULTS
2014 UC Benchmarking Survey Report now available
Make better, more informed business and marketing decisions for your urgent care center by using the UCAOA 2014 Urgent Care Benchmarking Survey Results. This go-to resource helps guide you to understand the nuances of the urgent care industry and will quickly become a proven business asset. Offered as an interactive platform and/or an in-depth PDF report, the 2014 Benchmarking Survey Results are based on 2013 data from 326 urgent care centers in the U.S. The 2014 Benchmarking Results provides 200 key performance indicators (KPIs), so you’ll glean meaningful insights into the urgent care industry. If you're an urgent care owner, operator or vendor, financial advisor, private equity investor, or media representative, purchase this informative tool today!
Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) helps small employers find and purchase health insurance
UCAOA via CMS
The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) is part of the new Health Insurance Marketplace. It was created to make it easier for small employers to find and purchase health insurance for their employees. Some states are running their own SHOP Marketplaces, while others are participating in the Federally-facilitated (FF) SHOP Marketplace. The SHOP is open to employers with 1-50 employees. The FF-SHOP Marketplace offers a choice of health and dental plans, and tools to help customers make informed purchasing decisions. Employers and their employees can submit initial group enrollments for SHOP coverage at any time throughout the year. After the initial group enrollment is submitted and coverage goes into effect, SHOP enrollments are limited to an annual enrollment period for employees, special enrollment periods, and enrollment periods for newly eligible employees. In addition, if employers offer their employees coverage through the SHOP, and meet other eligibility requirements, small employers may be able to claim a Small Business Healthcare Tax Credit worth up to 50 percent of their premium contributions. Together, new insurance reforms and the SHOP will help curb premium growth, and spur competition based on price and quality. The SHOP Marketplace now helps small businesses find and enroll in 2015 coverage online through HealthCare.gov.
Share your urgent care content with UCAOA
Do you have media clips, helpful videos, articles or blog content that can help educate urgent care professionals or clinicians? UCAOA is a great resource for sharing ideas with like-minded urgent care peers, and through our robust communications vehicles, your knowledge and expertise can be disseminated to thousands. If you have educational content to share with urgent care professionals and clinicians, please email Amanda Mannina, marketing director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 331-472-3743.
Cure Urgent Care prescribes new location in New York
Cure Urgent Care will be opening their third location next spring at the Monterey apartment building in New York. The new facility will be housed in a 2,900 square-foot space that will cater to the needs of the surrounding apartment complexes. Jake Deutsch, lead director at Cure, says "What we're really trying to focus on is areas that have a strong sense of community; at that location, it's really a hub for families."
CareWell Urgent Care opens in Framingham, Massachusetts
CareWell Urgent Care opens a new facility, serving the residents of Framingham, Massachusetts. The center functions as an extension of a patient's own primary care provider. With the patient's permission, Carewell will forward X-rays, lab results and diagnostic notes to the primary care doctor within 24 hours of the visit. The center will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Total Access Urgent Care to host blood drive
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
In support of the American Red Cross, Total Access Urgent Care is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Total Access Urgent Care invites donors to join the cause in providing safe and reliable blood to patients who need it most.
Flu shots prevented 7.2 million illnesses last year
Becker's Infection Control and & Clinical Quality
New data from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention show that approximately 7.2 million flu-related illnesses were avoided last year because of flu shots. The CDC's model estimated that flu vaccination resulted in 1-1.6 million fewer flu illnesses and fewer hospitalization per season during 2005 to 2013. There are still higher goals to meet regarding flu prevention. Reports show that on average fewer than half of the population will receive a flu shot over the next 6 months.
Price transparency: Where is it headed?
With the healthcare industry making a greater consumer appeals, there is an increased demand for providers to be more transparent about prices and costs. However, roughly one-quarter of patients receive pre-treatment estimates from their providers. Consumers ranked receiving upfront price estimates are as nearly as important as receiving an accurate medical diagnosis. Meanwhile, most price transparency efforts are adequate at best and few provide comprehensive data for any given market or region.
The healthiest and unhealthiest states in America
Becker's Hospital Review
In the past 25 years, the U. S. has put forth great effort in the population's health and has taken a few steps back as well. Americans are now living longer than ever — the average life expectancy hit a record of 78.8 years — yet our nation still ranks 34th in terms of life expectancy, and we spend significantly more on health than any other country in the world. Smoking has declined by a great 41 percent; however obesity and diabetes have doubled since 1990 from 9.6 percent to 29.4 percent. Find out where your state ranks, and see how you can help be health and wellness influencer.
Urgent care X-ray image database for urgent care, 1st of its kind
UCAOA via IUCM
The Institute of Urgent Care Medicine has partnered with Teleradiology Specialists to produce the only comprehensive online database of urgent care X-ray images. This is the first database to provide easy, point-of-care X-ray comparison and reference to images of pathology frequently encountered in the urgent care setting. The searchable reference tool contains more than 300 X-rays, curated to cover the core content of images in the urgent care practice setting. For more information, visit www.urgentcarecme.com.
Nearly half of patients withheld info in their EHR
Health Data Management
In what is being touted as the first real-world trial of the impact of patient-controlled access to electronic health records, almost half of the patients who participated in the study withheld clinically sensitive information in their EHR from some or all of their healthcare providers.
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