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Save the Date! Spring Convention April 8-11, 2013
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Join the industry's best and brightest this spring at the Urgent Care National Convention in Orlando! Earn up to 25 hours of CME. Registration opens Jan., 1.

Pre-convention Tracks:
  • Comprehensive Clinic Startup — April 7-8 (please note special two-day course starts one day prior to convention)
  • Growing Your Urgent Care
  • Successful Reimbursement Strategies
  • Plain Film Radiology: An Expert Review
  • Taking Your Center From Good to Great
Main Convention:
  • Motivational keynote address by Molly Fletcher, entrepreneur, author and top sports agent
  • 34 practice management sessions
  • 29 clinical sessions
  • Hospital-affiliated track
  • Formal and informal networking
  • Exhibit Hall — meet industry experts

Patient Resources

Coping with Stress
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In light of the recent tragic event in Newtown, Conn., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided information on their website to help cope with stress following a traumatic event. Click here to read more about symptoms of stress and tips on ways to manage anxiety during hard times.

Clinical Content Director

Do You Have What it Takes ...
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... to be the UCCOP Clinical Content Director?
William Gluckman, DO, MBA, FACEP

The Urgent Care College of Physicians is seeking a replacement for the interim Clinical Content Director. The position has been designed to serve as a resource expert who will work with other clinicians, content experts and the educational/CME staff of the Urgent Care Association of America and the UCCOP. This physician will have experience in the practice in Urgent Care medicine and preparing and delivering various educational sessions including live lectures, skills labs and webinars.

Additional requirements will include writing short, clinically related articles in this newsletter, as well as full articles for publication in the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine. The director will serve on the CME committee of the UCCOP and will review and approve all lectures at the Spring and Fall conferences and serve as a mentor to other speakers. Specific skills include:
  • Good communication skills both verbally and written
  • Must have clinical experience in both adult and pediatric urgent care medicine
  • Able to meet deadlines
  • Working knowledge of continuing medical education requirements
  • Excellent skills using Word and Power Point
This is a salaried position and would require approximately six-eight hours of time/week. Any interested individuals may submit your letter of interest and current CV to Carla Jamison at cjamison@ucaoa.org.


Now Online in JUCM
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Conditions that aren't seen in everyday urgent care practice still need to be considered to make an accurate diagnosis and reduce adverse outcomes. That's the message of this month's case report, presented by Heather Varley, PA-C and William Gluckman, DO, MBA, FACEP. They review the course and treatment of a patient with a three-week history of mild-to-moderate sore throat and otherwise unremarkable history. Diagnosis? Acute rheumatic fever, which can have long-term cardiac effects. To read "An Old Condition Presents New Challenges," turn to page 16 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

After Newtown shootings, questions about mental health insurance coverage
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Insurance coverage for mental health treatment has long been spotty. More than a quarter of U.S. adults have a diagnosable mental health problem in any given year, but fewer than half receive treatment. While the Affordable Care Act, along with the Mental Health Parity Act of 2008, go a long way toward assuring coverage for most Americans, some gaps persist. There are questions, for example, about just what counts as equivalent treatment under the parity law, and whether it's being fully enforced. More

Patients with after-hours access to providers show lower ER use
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The first study to use a nationally representative sample to describe after-hours care in the United States, released as a Web-first by Health Affairs, demonstrates that emergency room usage is significantly lower when patients have access to after-hours services with their primary care provider. More

E-prescribing soars among doctors with EHRs
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Government incentives and better education on the benefits of e-prescribing are being credited for a dramatic increase in the number of physicians who use electronic health record systems to e-prescribe. More

Will physician shortage raise family medicine's profile?
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Leaders in family medicine have lauded the new department as evidence of increasing recognition of the importance of primary care. Since it was established as a board-certified specialty in the late 1960s, family medicine has faced numerous challenges, including low payment rates compared with other specialties and a lack of respect from some in the medical profession who associate higher clout with other specialties, said Perry Pugno, vice president for education at the American Academy of Family Physicians. More

Employers make room for workplace clinics
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With government and private payers emphasizing the urgency of controlling healthcare costs, hospitals and health systems are increasingly focusing on efficiency in delivering care. In Minnesota, one new strategy taking hold is putting primary care satellite clinics in workplaces and school district facilities. More

EHRs may turn small errors into big ones
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As electronic health record systems become more interconnected, errors may propagate much farther than under old paper-based systems, a recent study suggested. According to a review by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, mistakes and near misses involving electronic health records were analogous to those made with paper-based records with one caveat: those made with EHRs tend to be amplified and can affect a larger group of people. More

How Baylor, Scott & White deal might affect healthcare costs
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The announcement that Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare intend to merge changes the landscape for healthcare delivery in the service areas around Dallas and Temple, Texas, where the systems are based, respectively. Even by Texas standards the two health systems are large by themselves. While the merger improves the unified system's economies of scale, efficiencies, market share, and negotiating clout with payers, there are questions about whether or not the accelerating trend of hospital consolidations such as this are escalating healthcare costs for consumers. More

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