Measles Isn’t the Only Preventable Disease on the Rise—Watch Out for Hep A

Measles Isn’t the Only Preventable Disease on the Rise—Watch Out for Hep A

The winter of 2018–2019 was full of headlines tracking the worst flu season in decades. Then, the resurgence of measles—thought to be “eliminated” in the United States in 2000—took the spotlight. More quietly, and even more insidiously than measles, hepatitis A cases have been mounting across the country. In Ohio alone, 2,997 cases were confirmed over the past year. Since 2016, there have been 20,133 in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control …

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Should the FCC Spend $100 Million on a Telehealth Pilot? Its Commissioner Thinks So

Should the FCC Spend $100 Million on a Telehealth Pilot? Its Commissioner Thinks So

The Federal Communications Commission is considering a $100 million pilot program to expand the use of telemedicine for low-income Americans in rural areas. Your belief that it’s either an investment in the future of healthcare or yet another boondoggle likely rests on your opinion about telemedicine itself. If you read the point-counterpoint discussion on the subject in the June issue of JUCM, you know there are strong arguments on both sides of the question. Either …

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Warn Patients: Before Going on Vacation, Know the Measles Situation Where You’re Heading

Warn Patients: Before Going on Vacation, Know the Measles Situation Where You’re Heading

Prevailing wisdom is that the current outbreak of measles in the United States began when travelers returned from visiting a country where immunization is not the norm to a community where compliance rates are low. It hasn’t taken long for over a thousand people to be diagnosed, and it’s likely the spread isn’t over. The series of events essentially exposed a loophole in the idea that herd immunity is “enough.” Now that Americans are starting …

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UCA Webinar: Project Management Is Now An Essential Skill; Do You Have It?

UCA Webinar: Project Management Is Now An Essential Skill; Do You Have It?

You work in urgent care—so you know it’s an ever-changing, continuously growing industry that gets more and more complex as time goes on. Being well-versed in the business-side of things means being able to handle whatever comes your way, whether you’ve done it before or not. Project management skills are essential in allowing your operation—and your career—to move forward. Recognizing this, the Urgent Care Association will host a webinar entitled Project Management for Success on …

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Know Your Employees’ Histories—for the Safety of Your Patients and Your Practice

Know Your Employees’ Histories—for the Safety of Your Patients and Your Practice

An urgent care center in Pecos County, Texas is finding out the hard way that not knowing the details of your employees’ histories is a recipe for disaster. A physician assistant working at the clinic has had his license temporarily (for now) suspended after being indicted by a grand jury on one count of aggravated sexual assault on a child. It’s alleged that the offense took place before he was hired, during a wellness exam …

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PrEP—Still Controversial, but New Data Validate the Public Health Benefit

PrEP—Still Controversial, but New Data Validate the Public Health Benefit

Pre-exposure prophylaxis against HIV infection (PrEP) has yet to gain traction in urgent care centers—even among operators who recognize the public health benefit. Some have moral qualms about PrEP, believing that offering an added layer of protection encourages high-risk behavior among those already at the greatest risk (namely, men who have sex with men [MSM], heterosexually active men and women, and people who inject drugs). Others are concerned about reimbursements and the complexities of the …

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Listen to Millennials: They’ll Tell You How to Reach Them

Listen to Millennials: They’ll Tell You How to Reach Them

It may seem deceptively simple, but the fact is that millennials (generally, Americans born between 1981 and 1996) tend to approach their business dealings—which includes healthcare choices, in their view—from a tech-savvy perspective because they’re the first generation to grow up with easy access to computers, and the internet specifically. That goes down to how they make decisions on which healthcare settings to visit when they or their families (yes, millennials are even having children) …

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Urgent Care Can Help Curb the Measles Explosion by Educating Patients and Parents

Urgent Care Can Help Curb the Measles Explosion by Educating Patients and Parents

The United States passed an unfortunate milestone this week when the number of confirmed measles cases reached 1,000 (and surpassed it actually, to 1,001). It’s the worst outbreak since 1992 and comes 19 years after measles was declared “eliminated” in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there have been 61 new cases since May 27 alone. Recognizing that public appeals to get vaccinated were falling on deaf ears too often, …

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Health Systems Get the Picture: Urgent Care Can Help Them Strengthen Their Brand

Health Systems Get the Picture: Urgent Care Can Help Them Strengthen Their Brand

Urgent care has been heralded for its patient-friendly (many would even say consumer-friendly) approach to providing quality care. Patients respond well to it because it’s such a contrast to what they’ve become accustomed to: long waits, brusk treatment, and generally feeling like they’re being rushed through a very important and personal experience. Having seen how well the new approach works, however, more traditional healthcare facilities are now jumping on the consumerism bandwagon. Some health systems …

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Make-Believe Care Can Foster Real—and Lasting—Patient Relationships

Make-Believe Care Can Foster Real—and Lasting—Patient Relationships

Urgent care centers are busy places. Clinical staff, in particular, have their work cut out for them when it comes to providing fast, quality care on a moment’s notice. Sometimes, though, making extra time for people who don’t need care can have long-lasting benefits—for that individual, their family, and the urgent care center. eMedical Urgent Care in Berkeley Heights, NJ, for one, seems to have embraced that notion. When the town threw a spring block …

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