Outpatient Management of COVID-19 in the Urgent Care Clinic: Administering Monoclonal Antibodies

Urgent message: The approved use of monoclonal antibodies to treat patients who have COVID-19 may signal a shift from inpatient…
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Outpatient Management of COVID-19 in the Urgent Care Clinic: Administering Monoclonal Antibodies

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

Managing Concussions in Acute Care

Jordan Wackett MD, MPH, Joshua Kornegay, MD, Craig Rudy, MD The most recent recommendation from the Concussion in Sport Group…
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Managing Concussions in Acute Care

A 60-year old Male with Dyspnea and Hypoxemia at the Start of a Global Pandemic

Urgent message: The identification and global impact of the novel coronavirus has significantly challenged medical decision-making. Urgent care providers now…
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A 60-year old Male with Dyspnea and Hypoxemia at the Start of a Global Pandemic

A 32-Year-Old Male with Pain After Dropping a 20-Pound Weight on his Finger

The patient is a 32-year-old man who presents with pain over the distal phalanx of the middle finger after dropping…
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A 32-Year-Old Male with Pain After Dropping a 20-Pound Weight on his Finger

Urgent Care News

Too Many Healthcare Workers Are Saying ‘No’ to the COVID-19 Vaccine—and They’re Paying the Price

Urgent care professionals as a group are among the most trusted healthcare workers. How else …
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Growth in UC Physician Salaries Has Outpaced Some Other Settings

For too long, urgent care was perceived as the ugly stepchild of various other practice …
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A New Acquisition, and a Plan for New Growth at ConvenientMD

The COVID-19 pandemic seemed to have put a deep freeze on urgent care acquisitions, so …
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Could Supporting First Responders Encourage Your Community to Support You?

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on volunteer organizations just as it has businesses, …
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Spread the Word (and Offer to Help): Kids as Young as 12 Can Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

The past few weeks have seen a jump in the number of Americans who are …
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Web Exclusive Articles

Managing Concussions in Acute Care

Jordan Wackett MD, MPH, Joshua Kornegay, MD, Craig Rudy, MD The most recent recommendation from …
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A Novel Method for Blinding Reviewers to Gender of Proceduralists for the Purposes of Gender Bias Research

Urgent message Gender bias, whether overt or subconscious, may be to blame for disparities in …
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When It’s More Than Just A Cough

Urgent message: Take vital signs and physical examination of the chest with the utmost importance …
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Employer COVID-19 Testing Needs are Not Fully Met; Rapid Testing is an Unprecedented Opportunity for Urgent Care

Urgent message: The critical role of rapid COVID-19 testing in keeping Americans working presents a …
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The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Making Burnout Worse for Physicians Already in Crisis

Urgent message: For several years, JUCM has reported on the national crisis of “provider burnout.” …
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Clinical Articles

Outpatient Management of COVID-19 in the Urgent Care Clinic: Administering Monoclonal Antibodies

Urgent message: The approved use of monoclonal antibodies to treat patients who have COVID-19 may signal a shift from inpatient …
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Pretravel Consultations in the Urgent Care Setting

Urgent message: A pretravel consultation assesses the patient’s fitness for travel in the context of anticipated risks associated with their …
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Building the Body Up Just to Break the Body Down: A Look Into Black Market Substance Use Among Young Athletes and Bodybuilders

Urgent message: Many performance-enhancing medications not currently approved by the FDA remain undetectable in basic urine specimens collected in the …
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Practice Review: Patients Presenting with Symptoms of Odontogenic Infection

Urgent message: Odontogenic infections can pose life-threatening risk when swelling occurs in close proximity to the airway. It is essential …
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Practice Management Articles

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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The Hazards of Independent Contractor/Employee Misclassification

Urgent message: There are serious and costly consequences for misclassifying employees as independent contractors, even if the employee requests or …
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Insights in Images Challenges

A 36-Year-Old Man with Wrist Pain After a Traumatic Impact

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A 71-Year-Old Woman with Femur Pain After a Fall

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A Patient on Dialysis with Syncope

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A 60-Year-Old Woman with Hypertension, Diabetes, and Sudden Fatigue and Weakness

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A 46-Year-Old Woman with a Painful, Erythematous Plaque on Her Leg

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A 13-Year-Old Girl with Scaling and Fissures on Her Lips

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CASE REPORTS

A 60-year old Male with Dyspnea and Hypoxemia at the Start of a Global Pandemic

Urgent message: The identification and global impact of the novel coronavirus has significantly challenged medical decision-making …
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An Atypical Presentation of Thyroid Storm: A Stark Yet Potentially Lethal Diagnosis

Urgent message: Unmanaged hyperthyroidism can cause any number of acute conditions that would drive a patient …
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A Hand Wound Caused by a Pressure Washer

Urgent message: Injuries caused by pressure washers often require debridement or, in severe cases, amputation. Immediate …
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Worsening, General Weakness and Immobility in an IV Drug User

Urgent message: Spinal epidural abscesses are a rare condition that can be fatal if untreated. Populations …
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HEALTH LAW

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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Can Employers Mandate the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Urgent message: Based on precedent, urgent care operators and other employers can mandate the COVID-19 vaccine …
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Does the OSHA General Duty Clause Encompass Psychological or Emotional Injury?

Urgent message: Despite tort law and emerging workplace policies validating how sexual harassment, workplace bullying, and …
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CLINICAL CHALLENGES

A Patient on Dialysis with Syncope

History:  A 67-year-old female presents to urgent care complaining of one episode of syncope earlier in the day. No seizure-like …
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A 36-Year-Old Man with Wrist Pain After a Traumatic Impact

The patient is a 36-year-old man who presents with wrist pain after “hitting it on something.” Further history reveals that …
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A 46-Year-Old Woman with a Painful, Erythematous Plaque on Her Leg

The patient is a 46-year-old female who presents with a painful, erythematous, indurated plaque on her lower leg. She reports …
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A 34-Year-Old Female with a Syncopal Episode but No Remarkable History

A 34-year-old female with no reported medical history presents to urgent care after a syncopal episode. She describes standing up …
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A 13-Year-Old Boy with Knee Pain After a Fall

The patient is a 13-year-old boy who presents with knee pain after an awkward fall while playing basketball on an …
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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

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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Last Minute Coding Changes for 2021

December brought us some last-minute coding changes. In some cases, this caused a small claim delay as clearinghouses and payers …
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FAQ: New E/M Guidelines

It’s 2021, and the new E/M guidelines for office visit codes are here. Hopefully, providers will feel some relief in …
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What’s New for RCM? Updates on Coding for COVID-19 Testing

As lab testing for COVID-19 continues to evolve, new products—and new CPT codes—continue to emerge. The latest tests combine COVID-19 …
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DEVELOPING DATA

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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Is Specialization the Future of Urgent Care?

Urgent care has historically been viewed as a setting where patients could present with anything short of life- or limb-threatening …
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Children Are Visiting Urgent Care in Growing Numbers—Is That Reflected in Your Practice?

JUCM has devoted a lot more space to covering aspects of providing urgent care for children. In this very issue …
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Until the COVID-19 Vaccine Is Widely Distributed, Keep Testing—and Reporting

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their running count of data related to COVID-19 on December 7, …
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Abstracts in Urgent Care

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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Abstracts in Urgent Care – March 2021

‘Seat Belt’ Signs Post MVAPain Control in Corneal AbrasionsAnalgesia with Reduction of Shoulder DislocationCan Early PT Help with Sciatica?How Vaping …
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Abstracts in Urgent Care – February 2021

Septic Knee Joints in AdultsRecurrent CellulitisAnalgesics and Risk for Fracture NonunionAssessing for MACE with and without a TroponinIV Fluids in …
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Abstracts in Urgent Care – 01 2021

Language Barriers and Treating ChildrenIbuprofen and Pediatric with Ankle SprainsFacial Palsy and LeukemiaFentanyl and Midazolam for Younger PatientsAre Hypotonic Fluids …
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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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Opportunity is Knocking. Do you hear it?

It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change. – Charles …
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Stories Speak Louder Than Statistics

After the vivid video of the wrongful death of George Floyd went viral in late May, millions of people of …
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