UCA

URGENT CARE ASSOCIATION
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Common Words, Terms, Acronyms and Definitions


UCA Common Words, Terms, Acronyms and Definitions

 
 
ACA    
Affordable Care Act
 
ACCME    
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
 
Accredited/Accreditation    
 
ACOs    
Accountable Care Organizations

ACR    

Ambulatory Care    
Same-day surgeries and services

Antibiotic Stewardship
 
ANP    
Advanced Nurse Practitioner

APC/APP  
Advanced Practice Clinician/Advanced Practice Provider

AUC    

Benchmarking    

BOD    
CalUCA    

Career Center    
 
Certification    
 
Classified Ads    
 
CME    
 
CMS    
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
 
CON   
Certificate of Need
 
Convenient Care    
Retail-based (Walgreens, CVS, Target, Walmart) healthcare care centers - typically without physicians on site, minimal lab capability and no x-ray
 
CPC    
Certified Professional Coder
 
CSP    
 
CSU    
 
CUC    
 
CUCM     
 
CUCMP  
 
DEA License    
Physicians must complete a DEA (US Drug Enforcement Administration) registration to be licensed to prescribe controlled substances.
 
DO    
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
 
DOT    
Department of Transportation
 
EM    
Emergency Medicine
 
Emergency Care    
Life-threatening conditions such as chest pain, stroke, head trauma, diffulty breathing, severe bleeding and loss of vision
 
EMR/EHR    
Electronic Medical Records/Electronic Health Records
 
EMTALA  
Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act
 
FCUCM    
 
FSEDs    
Freestanding Emergency Departments
 
Gateway2Better Network/G2BN    
 
GPRO    
Group Practice Reporting Option
 
GPRO Organization    
Group Practice Reporting Organization
 
HIPAA    
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
 
HIPPO Bootcamp    
 
Immediate Care    
Healthcare a patient can receive without an appointment
 
JUCM    
 
MACRA    
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act
 
MAV    
PQRS Measure Applicability Validation Process
 
MD    
Medical Doctor
 

NCQA    

National Committee for Quality Assurance
 
NERUCA    
 
NP     
Nurse Practitioner
 
NPPES  
National Plan and Provider Enumeration System
 
NQS    
National Quality Strategy
 
OBS    
Office based surgery involve endoscopy, rhinoplasty, needle biopsy contrasted (intravascular injection) imaging, Mammoplasty, liposuction (obs excludes "minimal sedation")
 
Occ Health    
Occupational Health
 
Occ Med    
Occupational Medicine
 
P&P    
 
PA    
Physicians Assistant
 
Policy & Procedures Manual    
 
POS    
Point of Service 
 
Practice Management    
 
Primary Care    
Primary care is the day-to-day healthcare given by a health care provider. Typically this provider acts as the first contact and principal point of continuing care for patients within a healthcare system, and coordinates other specialist care that the patient may need.
 
RN    
Registered Nurse
 
TBI  
Traumatic Brain Injury
 
TexUCA    
 
UC    
Urgent Care - medical care provided for illnesses or injuries which require prompt attention but are typically not of such seriousness as to require the services of an emergency room
 
Urgent Care CME
 
UCA    
Urgent Care Association (formerly UCAOA)
 
UCA Link    
 
UCA Mall    
 
UCAccess  
 
UCAPAC    
 
UCC    
Urgent Care Center
 
UCF    
 
UCMC    
 
UCSC  
 
Urgent Care
Medical care provided for illnesses or injuries which require prompt attention but are typically not of such seriousness as to require the services of an emergency room
 
Urgent Care Center  

Definition of Urgent Care Center as Presented by the Urgent Care Association

An urgent care center is a medical clinic with expanded hours that is specially equipped to diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of non-life and limb threatening illnesses and injuries. Urgent care centers are enhanced by onsite radiology and laboratory services and operate in a location distinct from a freestanding or hospital-based emergency department. Care is rendered under the medical direction of an allopathic or osteopathic physician. Urgent care centers accept unscheduled, walk-in patients seeking medical attention during all posted hours of operation.

Urgent Care Services
Definition of Urgent Care Services as Presented by the Urgent Care Association

“Urgent care services” means: 1) a medical examination, diagnosis and treatment for non-life or limb threatening illnesses and injuries that are within the capability of an urgent care center which accepts unscheduled, walk-in patients seeking medical attention  during all posted hours of operation and is supported by onsite evaluation services, including radiology and laboratory services; and 2) any further medical examination, procedure and treatment to the extent they are within the capabilities of the staff and facilities available at the urgent care center. By offering same-day ambulatory health care, urgent care centers are capable of providing, though not limited to, on-demand and scheduled medical, wellness and screening services for employers, injured workers, the commercially insured, Medicare, Medicaid, Tri-Care, self-insured employers and patients seeking cash-pay options. 

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