Urgent Care News

Duke UC Staff Adopt Honeybee Mascot

The Duke Urgent Care Hillsborough clinic in Hillsborough, North Carolina, treats about 110 patients per day. And …
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Buprenorphine, Liraglutide Could Be A Promising Combination

An analysis in Stat shared recent findings from the American Association for the Advancement of …
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Nursing Workforce Recovering After Pandemic

A recent study in JAMA Health Forum analyzing national data on registered nurses (RNs) revealed …
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Physician Fined for Lax Supervision of NP

A California nurse practitioner (NP) with a doctorate degree was fined $20,000 in 2022 for …
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UT Health Adds New Urgent Cares Through Acquisition

UT Health East Texas has completed the acquisition of 5 QuickVisit Urgent Care clinics plus …
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Web Exclusive Articles

A New 4-Year-Old Patient with Fever and Sore Throat After a COVID Exposure

Bradley L. Laymon, PA-C, CPC, CEMC PRESENTATION A mother brings in her 4-year-old, who has …
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Code Case Files: An Established Adult Male Patient with 2 Days of COVID-Like Symptoms

Bradley L. Laymon, PA-C, CPC, CEMC PRESENTATION A 47-year-old established male patient presented after 2 …
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What Qualifies Someone to Take X-Rays in the Urgent Care Center? It All Depends on Where You’re Located

X-rays are high on the list of services patients expect urgent care centers to provide …
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Repairing Parallel Lacerations in the Urgent Care Center

Urgent message: Parallel lacerations or those that simply occur in close proximity pose a unique …
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Getting the Most Out of Your Urgent Care Google Ads Budget in 2022

Urgent message: As urgent care volume has dropped from pandemic highs, the average cost per …
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Clinical Articles

Renal Cell Carcinoma

Case Report of Renal Cell Carcinoma Presenting to Urgent Care with Indolent Back Pain: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Urgent message: Although back pain is often due to benign etiologies, symptoms of progressive pain, weakness, and near syncope in …
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Charting with Purpose: Precision Strategies for Accurate Coding and Malpractice Defense

Charting with Purpose: Precision Strategies for Accurate Coding and Malpractice Defense

Jeff Willis, MD Urgent Message: A well-told story explaining your thought process during a patient encounter will contain all the …
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Clinical History for Radiology Studies in the Urgent Care Setting

The Importance of Providing Clinical History for Radiology Studies in the Urgent Care Setting

Morgan P. McBee, MD, CIIP; Leah S. McBee, MD Urgent Message: Urgent care clinicians need to provide relevant clinical history …
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Tympanic Membrane Conditions Beyond Otitis Media in Urgent Care Practice

Tympanic Membrane Conditions Beyond Otitis Media in Urgent Care Practice

Urgent Message: Better understanding of tympanic membrane/middle ear conditions can inform more accurate diagnoses at the point of care. Citation: …
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Practice Management Articles

IV Infusion Services for Urgent Care

Which IV Infusion Services are Most Appropriate for Urgent Care?

Urgent Message: When offered as a medical service consistent with an urgent care center’s branding, IV infusion services can enable …
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Thinking Outside the Box to Bring Urgent Care to the Patient

Thinking Outside the Box to Bring Urgent Care to the Patient

Alan A. Ayers, MBA, Macc Urgent Message: Urgent care is a consumer-driven phenomenon, and physician entrepreneurs continue to evolve the …
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Holiday Hours in Urgent Care

Considerations for Holiday Hours in Urgent Care

Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc Urgent Message: Whether an urgent care center should be open 365 days per year or …
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Pay Transparency in Urgent Care

What Urgent Care Operators Need to Know About Pay Transparency

Urgent Message: As a rising percentage of jurisdictions require disclosure of salary ranges to current and/or prospective employees, urgent care …
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CASE REPORTS

Incomplete Kawasaki Disease Clinically Diagnosed From Urgent Care: A Case-Report-Based Review

Urgent Message: The accurate and prompt diagnosis of Kawasaki disease depends on clinicians’ familiarity with the …
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Case Report of Renal Cell Carcinoma Presenting to Urgent Care with Indolent Back Pain: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Urgent message: Although back pain is often due to benign etiologies, symptoms of progressive pain, weakness, …
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Quadriceps Pyomyositis After Aspiration of Patellar Bursitis: A Case Report

Urgent Message: Deep tissue infections are possible considerations for diabetic patients presenting to urgent care with …
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Does This Finger Laceration Need Immediate Vascular Surgery Consultation? Perspectives Based on an Urgent Care Patient Experience

Patrick O’Malley, MD Urgent Message: Clinicians can apply best-practice care principles for lacerations of the hand …
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Berger’s Disease in Urgent Care: A Case Report

Urgent Message: Although urgent care providers would not be equipped to make an initial diagnosis of …
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HEALTH LAW

Changing an Employee from Full-Time to Part-Time Status

Urgent message: Whether due to reduced staffing needs or employee preference, some employees in urgent care …
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Are Urgent Care Providers Liable if They Don’t Test Patients for COVID?

Click Here to download the PDF. Urgent message: As the severity of newer strains of SARS-CoV-2 …
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Who Can Take X-Rays in an Urgent Care Center?

Urgent message: Given that x-ray is a differentiating feature of “urgent care” and the current challenges …
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What Qualifies Someone to Take X-Rays in the Urgent Care Center? It All Depends on Where You’re Located

X-rays are high on the list of services patients expect urgent care centers to provide when …
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Avoiding Defamation Lawsuits in Urgent Care

Urgent message: People are unlikely to trust their healthcare to a provider with a sullied reputation, …
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CLINICAL CHALLENGES

12-Year-Old With Facial Trauma

A 12- year-old male presents to urgent care with his mother complaining of facial pain.  The patient experienced a trip-and-fall …
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18-Year-Old With Chest Pain

An 18-year-old male presents with chest pain with coughing for one day. The patient has no known medical history. View …
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53-Year-Old With Spreading Rash

A 53-year-old man presents to urgent care concerned about a spreading rash underneath his arms for the past 3 weeks …
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35-Year-Old With Heel Pain After a Fall

A 35-year-old man presents to urgent care complaining of severe posterior heel pain after a fall. He works for a …
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42 Year-Old With Facial Pain and History of Hypertension

Figure 1. Initial ECGCase presented by Catherine Reynolds, MD, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston …
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OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

Does Concentra’s New Acquisition Foreshadow a New Era for UC and Occ Med?

On the surface, it seems like the kind of event that has become commonplace in urgent care: A large, national …
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Update: The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Many Businesses Is Off—Again

Just when you thought you had clarity on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s mandate to vaccinate workers at businesses …
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That Vaccine Mandate for Private Businesses That Was Called Off? It’s on Again—and the Clock Is Ticking

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s plan to require employers with 100 or more workers to institute a COVID-19 vaccine …
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Your Occ Med Clients Need Your Support with the New COVID-19 ETS—Immediately

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration just issued an Emergency Temporary Standard intended to protect workers from getting infected with …
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More People Are Trudging Off to Work on Site. Do You Know Who’s at Greatest Risk for COVID-19?

While some employers are content to maintain remote or hybrid work situations for their workers, either because of strong stances …
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Revenue Cycle Management

How to Survive a Payer Review

Benjamin Barlow, MD; Phyllis Dobberstein, CPC, CPMA, CPCO, CEMC, CCC One of the biggest challenges facing urgent care operators is increased …
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The Challenges of Billing Out-of-Network

Phyllis Dobberstein, CPC, CPMA, CPCO, CEMC, CCC One of the biggest challenges for an urgent care is billing insurance as …
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ICD-10-CM: What’s New for 2024

Phyllis Dobberstein, CPC, CPMA, CPCO, CEMC, CCC, is RCM Compliance Manager, Experity With the fall season comes all the coding …
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Is It Time to Revisit Your Urgent Care Marketing Tactics?

Heather Real Click Here to download the article PDF In the journey of an urgent care visit, where does the …
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Modifier 25: What You Need to Know

Phyllis Dobberstein, CPC, CPMA, CPCO, CEMC, CCC Modifier 25 is used to indicate a significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management …
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DEVELOPING DATA

Robust Urgent Care De Novo Growth Continues

The urgent care industry continues to add de novo centers, according to data from Experity and National Urgent Care Realty …
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Flu Season Begins For Urgent Care

In late November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that the number of healthcare visits related to …
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Urgent Care Scope of Services

Same-day ambulatory healthcare services are the hallmark of urgent care (UC). Because UC clinicians care for a wide range of …
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Telehealth Adoption Rises Steadily in Urgent Care

Consumers have come to expect a level of convenience from the healthcare system that parallels the digital innovations they enjoy …
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Center Locations Double, Driven by Big Consumer Trends

Across the hills and valleys of healthcare, the rising power of the consumer has reshaped the landscape more than any …
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Abstracts in Urgent Care

Abstracts in Urgent Care – February 2024

Predicting Which Patients Need an X-Ray Before Attempting Shoulder Reduction Take Home Point: In this study, the Fresno-Québec Rule showed …
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Abstracts in Urgent Care January 2024

Can Artificial Intelligence Be Used as a Behavioral Health Tool for Adolescents? Take Home Point: Conversational Artificial Intelligence (CAI) may …
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Abstracts in Urgent Care December 2023

Blood Pressure Monitoring—Cuff Size Matters Take Home Point: The use of an inaccurately sized automated blood pressure (BP) cuff resulted …
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Abstracts in Urgent Care November 2023

What Should We Do with the Nail? Nailbed Repair in Children Take Home Point: After nail bed repair, discarding the …
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Abstracts in Urgent Care – October 2023

Accurate Sample Types for STIs Further evidence for the PEN-FAST Tool Artificial Intelligence in Making Clinical Diagnoses Effects of Antibiotics …
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Our Success in Urgent Care is Defined by How We Play Our ‘Greatest Hits’

Recently one evening, I meandered into a bar on iconic 6th Street in Austin, Texas— America’s epicenter for live music …
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‘What Happens If We Do Nothing?’ Is Still the Right Question

Joshua Russell, MD, MSc, FACEP, FCUCM “It only hurts right here,” Rich told me, pointing to a tender spot on …
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Broader Issues Surround ‘Work Note Seeking’

Joshua Russell, MD, MSc, FCUCM, FACEP Who among us has worked a single urgent care (UC) shift without at least …
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What Happens If We Do Nothing?

Joshua Russell, MD, MSc, FCUCM, FACEP In its most modern form, medicine revolves around action. We are trained as clinicians …
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Analogy: A Powerful and Underutilized Bedside Tool

Joshua Russell, MD, MSc, FCUCM, FACEP Click Here to download the article PDF Sophie was back with another one of …
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