Evaluation of Nonfatal Drowning in Urgent Care

Urgent message: Lingering warm weather and postpandemic euphoria continue to have patients eager to pursue outdoor activities, including swimming in…
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Evaluation of Nonfatal Drowning in Urgent Care

What Does a Hybrid Workforce Look Like for Urgent Care?

Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc is Practice Management Editor of The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine and is President of…
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What Does a Hybrid Workforce Look Like for Urgent Care?

Use of a Quality Improvement Tool for the Evaluation of Healthcare Disparities in Urgent Care: A Case Example for Bacterial Pneumonia

Urgent message: While healthcare disparities have been studied in several healthcare sites, it is unclear whether these disparities persist in…
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Use of a Quality Improvement Tool for the Evaluation of Healthcare Disparities in Urgent Care: A Case Example for Bacterial Pneumonia

Similar to Past Flare Ups Pulmonary Eosinophilia: Putting the Pieces Together

Urgent message: Pulmonary eosinophilia is a generic term for a heterogeneous group of disorders that result in increased eosinophils within…
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Similar to Past Flare Ups Pulmonary Eosinophilia: Putting the Pieces Together

A 27-Year-Old Male with Pain After a Fall

The patient is a 27-year-old male who presents to your urgent care center with left wrist pain after falling from…
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A 27-Year-Old Male with Pain After a Fall

Urgent Care News

Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Are at Their Peak—and the Data Haven’t Caught Up with School Openings Yet

Cases of COVID-19 in children grew 62% between August 5 and September 9 of this …
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Now It’s Been Proven: COVID-19 Vaccines Reduce Hospitalizations (and Even Trips to Urgent Care)

Data on the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, thus far, have focused on how well vaccination …
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Let Vaccine-Hesitant Patients Know Their Risk of Dying with COVID-19 Is 11 Times Higher

Data showing that vaccination lowers the risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, and that vaccination …
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As the Pandemic Flourishes, Be Sure You’re Up to Speed on the AAP’s New Flu Shot Recommendations

The COVID-19 pandemic was already on the upswing as schools started opening up across the …
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Be Aware: Some Providers Are Getting Shortchanged on COVID-19 Vaccine Reimbursements

First the urgent care industry saw itself cut out of the distribution chain for COVID-19 …
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Web Exclusive Articles

Use of a Quality Improvement Tool for the Evaluation of Healthcare Disparities in Urgent Care: A Case Example for Bacterial Pneumonia

Urgent message: While healthcare disparities have been studied in several healthcare sites, it is unclear …
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Weight Loss, Abdominal Pain, and Distension in a 74-Year-Old Woman

Urgent message: Not all GI complaints can be attributed to gastrointestinal pathology; symptoms of dyspepsia, …
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Case Report: Reoccurring Metatarsophalangeal Joint Pain

Urgent message: Acute or chronic hallux pain is a common complaint in urgent care. Due …
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Case of a Nonhealing ‘Sunburn’ on a Toddler

Urgent message: Rashes are a common ailment, and their etiology can have overlapping appearances. In …
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An Unresponsive Pupil in the Urgent Care: Can A Diagnosis Be Made from the Bedside History and Exam?

Urgent message: Ocular complaints for which there is no immediate, obvious explanation do not necessarily …
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Clinical Articles

Evaluation of Nonfatal Drowning in Urgent Care

Urgent message: Lingering warm weather and postpandemic euphoria continue to have patients eager to pursue outdoor activities, including swimming in …
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LGBTQ Friendly Urgent Care

Best Practices for LGBTQ-Friendly Urgent Care

Urgent message: LGBTQ individuals are subject to implicit and explicit bias in our society, ranging from microaggressions and antagonistic legislation …
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Clinical Article Epistaxis

Epistaxis: A Clinical Review

Urgent message: Epistaxis is a common chief complaint representing a wide spectrum of severity. Key features such as the vital …
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Fishhook in Hand - Fishhook Removal

An Urgent Care Approach to Fishhook Removal

Urgent message: While fishhook injuries are common in urgent care centers located in or near recreation areas, especially during vacation …
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Practice Management Articles

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What Does a Hybrid Workforce Look Like for Urgent Care?

Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc is Practice Management Editor of The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine and is President of …
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Direct-To-Consumer Testing in Urgent Care

Understanding the Benefits and Risks of Direct-to-Consumer Testing for Urgent Care

Urgent message: Urgent care centers equipped to draw blood and collect other specimens are well positioned to create new revenue …
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Seven Digital Marketing Tactics for Every Urgent Care Center

Urgent message: Urgent care operators are spending an increasing amount of their marketing budget on seven digital tactics. Fortunately for …
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Adapting Urgent Care Marketing Strategies to Include Mobile and Voice Technologies

Urgent message: As consumers become more dependent on their internet-connected smartphones for health information, urgent care centers must adapt their …
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Insights in Images Challenges

A 31-Year-Old with Cough and Decreased Breath Sounds

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Neck Pain in a 17-Year-Old

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A 57-Year-Old Female with Cardiological History and Shortness of Breath

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A 70-Year-Old Female with Nonradiating Chest Pain

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A 71-Year-Old with Diabetes and Discoloration of the Skin

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An 8-Year-Old Boy with Scaly Papules on the Knees and Elbows

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CASE REPORTS

Similar to Past Flare Ups Pulmonary Eosinophilia: Putting the Pieces Together

Urgent message: Pulmonary eosinophilia is a generic term for a heterogeneous group of disorders that result …
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Case Report: Reoccurring Metatarsophalangeal Joint Pain

Urgent message: Acute or chronic hallux pain is a common complaint in urgent care. Due to …
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Actinomyces neuii as a Cause of Vulvar Abscess

Urgent message: While abscesses are seen commonly in the urgent care setting, location and presenting complaints …
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Breakthrough COVID Infection in a Vaccinated person from a Possible Vaccinated Exposure

Sergio Ramoa MD, MS Urgent Message: With variant COVID-19 mutations, incomplete herd immunity, and less restrictive …
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A ‘Red Herring’ Chief Complaint

Urgent message: Chief complaints may lead the provider “off the trail” of a more urgent diagnosis …
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HEALTH LAW

Employee Confidentiality Cannot Extend to Employment Terms—Including on Social Media

Urgent message: Nondisclosure agreements that are commonly required of management and providers to protect a company’s …
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The Nuances of Age Discrimination

Urgent message: As the United States learns to support an aging workforce, understanding the nuances of …
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Are There Any Restrictions on an Urgent Care Provider Charging a No-Show or Cancellation Fee?

Urgent message: When holding a time slot that could go to another paying customer, it’s common …
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Liability of an Urgent Care Center for Third-Party Labs

Urgent message: While an urgent care center is responsible for the collection and safeguarding of clinical …
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New Lawsuits Re-examine Prescribing of PrEP in Urgent Care

Urgent message: Urgent care providers should take note of emerging class-action lawsuits when helping patients decide …
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CLINICAL CHALLENGES

A 71-Year-Old with Diabetes and Discoloration of the Skin

The patient is a 71-year-old female with type 2 diabetes who calls attention to a rash on her shins during …
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A 31-Year-Old with Cough and Decreased Breath Sounds

The patient is a 31-year-old woman who presents with new-onset cough and decreased breath sounds to the lower lobes. View …
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A 57-Year-Old Female with Cardiological History and Shortness of Breath

The patient is a 57-year-old female with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and left ventricular thrombus …
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A 70-Year-Old Female with Nonradiating Chest Pain

A 70-year-old female with history of coronary artery disease presents to urgent care with nonradiating chest pain of 2 days’ …
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An 8-Year-Old Boy with Scaly Papules on the Knees and Elbows

During a regular check-up, a mother remarks that her 8-year-old son had developed clusters of follicular, scaly papules bilaterally on …
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OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

As Travel Opens Up, Opportunities to Offer COVID-19 Tests Could Be Lucrative

Urgent care has had it tough during the pandemic, but the travel industry has faced unprecedented challenges as Americans hunkered …
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Occ Med Providers Take Note: Companies Are Pushing Workers to Get Tested Frequently

Amazon and Whole Foods employees were told this week that weekly, no-cost testing for COVID-19 is available to them—and encouraged—on …
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Occ Med Providers Take Note: Valid or Not, Lawsuits Against Employers Over COVID-19 Spread Are Inevitable

Just recently, a woman in Illinois filed what is thought to be the first COVID-19-related wrongful death suit against an …
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Can Urgent Care Be the Solution to Reduce COVID-19 Spread in High-Risk Environments?

The risks of heading off to work on site during the COVID-19 pandemic vary greatly according to the nature of …
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Not Up to Speed on New Workplace Protections? Then Neither Are Your Occ Med Clients!

Virginia just joined a short list of states that are enacting legislation to help protect workers from exposure to COVID-19 …
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Revenue Cycle Management

What the #$%^ is happening with EM Coding and Reimbursement?! – Part II

In the May issue of JUCM, we outlined what we were seeing with E/M coding levels utilizing the new AMA …
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Credentialing: Why Should I Hire a Professional?

In the words of Red Adair, “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait …
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Can I Bill Patients for COVID-19 Vaccine Administration?

As practices start offering vaccinations for COVID-19 to their patients, we are getting a lot of questions about whether the …
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New Technical Corrections Issued by the AMA Explained

On March 9, 2021, the American Medical Association updated the new evaluation and management (E/M) coding guidelines with technical corrections …
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Credentialing and Contracting: What to Expect When Expanding

For those trying to grow their urgent care business, conversations around payer contracting and credentialing (CC) can often be overwhelming …
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DEVELOPING DATA

Meet the New Urgent Care Boss—Not the Same as the Old Boss

Back in the day, you probably would have been right to assume that the closest urgent care center was founded, …
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Telemedicine Still Struggles to Catch on in Urgent Care

Some urgent care insiders view telemedicine as a natural fit for our industry—an opportunity to give patients even more convenient …
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Millennials Are Drifting Away from Primary Care—Just as They Need a Physician Most

There’s no gentle way to put it: Members of the Millennial generation simply are not as interested in having a …
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Pandemic Fluctuations: A Historic Drop, Then a Meteoric Rise in Patients Visits Per Day

Just to confirm, the COVID-19 pandemic has generally not been kind to the urgent care industry. Locations that could get …
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More and More, Urgent Care Is a One-Stop Destination

It’s not uncommon for the uninitiated to view urgent care as just the first, most convenient stop in what may …
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Abstracts in Urgent Care

Abstracts in Urgent Care – September 2021

Cooling Pain from Digital Nerve BlocksSafety of Corticosteroids in ChildrenPredicting the Course of Pediatric CAPIs Tranexamic Acid Helpful for Epistaxis?Drug …
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Abstracts in Urgent Care – July/August 2021

Faster Diagnosis of STIsReduce ED Referrals for SVTKids’ Dental Pain and Quality of LifeUltrasound-Guided Blocks and Renal PainEI as a …
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Abstracts in Urgent Care – June 2021

Light Exercise and mTBIAsymptomatic Hypertension—What’s the Risk?Racial Factors in Pain TreatmentSupplemental Oxygen in ACSShorter Courses of Antibiotics for Pediatric CAPWho’s …
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Focus on Pediatrics

Neuro Effects of COVID-19Melatonin and Children with Postconcussive SymptomsPediatric, Sports-Related ConcussionAcute Migraine in Children and Adolescents Emily Montgomery, MD and …
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Abstracts in Urgent Care – April 2021

Acetaminophen vs Ibuprofen in ChildrenOptimizing Podcasts for LearningDosing Ketorolac IV in Renal ColicTorus Distal Radius FracturesAvulsion Fractures of the Fifth …
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

The Unvaccinated Aren’t the Enemy

Taylor wore her embroidered sorority sweatshirt and a mask below her nose when she came to see me. She was …
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ICYMI: A Rational System for Charting Has Finally Arrived

Remember the fall of last year—when the nation and world pined for an expedient end to 2020, as if such …
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A Crisis of Trust

The conversation was going nowhere. After 15 minutes of explaining my concerns about the possibility of COVID-19, the lack of …
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Why Don’t You Take A Break?

I took up smoking for about 6 months in college, but not for the reasons you’d guess. This was during …
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Don’t Forget about the Road Behind

If you’re reading this, you’ve survived 2020. Congratulations!—although it probably doesn’t feel like there’s much success to revel in at …
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