Managed Care Magazine Readers Are Getting the Lowdown on the ‘Urgent Care Surge’

Managed Care Magazine Readers Are Getting the Lowdown on the ‘Urgent Care Surge’

With the recently proposed prior authorization bill in the news, the magazine Managed Care chose an opportune time to give its readers fresh insights into urgent care. An article in the current issue looks at a few representative New England urgent care markets to illustrate why the marketplace continues to grow, and its relative merits compared with other settings (notably, the emergency room). Urgent Care Association CEO Laurel Stoimenoff, PT, CHC is quoted extensively, as …

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Opioid Crisis Brings Out the Worst in Some Providers, But the Best in Others

Opioid Crisis Brings Out the Worst in Some Providers, But the Best in Others

Awareness of the opioid crisis plaguing the country has risen sufficiently that responsible healthcare providers are realizing where there are opportunities to help—while more nefarious characters prey on those who fall victim to addiction. Just this week federal agencies pounced on 53 medical professionals, leveling charges that they were taking part in illegal prescribing and distribution of opioids and other dangerous narcotics in Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. All told, they’re alleged to …

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Another Disease Outbreak Strikes in an Antivaccination ‘Hotspot’

Another Disease Outbreak Strikes in an Antivaccination ‘Hotspot’

We’ve told you recently about outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease in communities that are loath to line up for immunizations. Unfortunately, that trend is continuing as a rapidly expanding rash of measles cases has moved health officials in Clark County, WA to declare a public health emergency. The first reported case was tracked back to a single person at nearby Portland (OR) International Airport on January 7. Four days later, a second infected person attended a …

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Urgent Care Reaches Out to Furloughed Federal Employees

Urgent Care Reaches Out to Furloughed Federal Employees

The federal government shutdown is having a very real effect on access to healthcare for many Americans. We told you recently that clinics funded by the Indian Health Service are going without funding, leaving some patients who get their primary care at those facilities out in the cold. On the other side of the coin you’ll see federal workers who aren’t getting paid and may have some tough decisions to make about where their dwindling …

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Update: Measles Cases Jump, This Time in the Northeast

Update: Measles Cases Jump, This Time in the Northeast

A few weeks ago, we warned you about clusters of multiple, vaccine-preventable infection in North Carolina and South Carolina. Add New Jersey and New York to the list of states with communities seeing outbreaks of measles at present. The New Jersey Department of Health has confirmed 33 cases of measles in two counties; all three of the cases in one of those counties occurred in the same household, and nine cases confirmed in the other …

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2018 Was the Worst Year Ever for Acute Flaccid Myelitis—and Parents May Be Panicking

2018 Was the Worst Year Ever for Acute Flaccid Myelitis—and Parents May Be Panicking

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) jumped onto the general public’s radar screen in 2018, thanks to the greatest number of cases ever in the U.S. With 10 days left on the calendar for this year, there have been 158 confirmed cases in 36 states. While that’s still a relatively low number, widespread media coverage has made parents acutely aware of the potentially devastating and long-lasting effects, perhaps driving many to visit the local urgent care center when …

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Last Year’s High Death Toll from Flu Partially Explained—and the Data Should Frustrate You

Last Year’s High Death Toll from Flu Partially Explained—and the Data Should Frustrate You

As this year’s influenza season really gets going, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report with some data that should make you sit up and take notice. In fact, it should spur you to action. In a year when flu killed at least 79,000, less than 40% of adults in the United States received the influenza vaccination. The highest death toll in decades coincided with the lowest immunization rate in 7 …

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Be Prepared: There’s No End in Sight for the Toxic Tide Sickening Floridians

Be Prepared: There’s No End in Sight for the Toxic Tide Sickening Floridians

For weeks now—predating Hurricane Michael—a toxic “red tide” has been plaguing communities in the Florida panhandle. Schools are canceling some outdoor activities, and classrooms are emptying as urgent care centers are filling up all over Brevard County and beyond. Environmentalists and public health officials in the area say they have no reason to think it’s going to abate any time soon. Until it does, they expect to continue seeing scores of dead fish wash ashore …

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Critics Doubt Urgent Care Quality—but Patients Seem to Disagree

Critics Doubt Urgent Care Quality—but Patients Seem to Disagree

The yin and yang of urgent care has always been thus: Patients recognize the need and value—as demonstrated by their reliance on locations in their community—while the healthcare establishment looks askance and comes up with reasons why the old-school doctor’s office is just fine. The New York Post, of all things, illustrated that dichotomy by publishing two stories that were unrelated, other than the urgent care connection, in a single edition recently. The story that …

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Urgent Care and Other Healthcare Organizations Are Stepping Up to Help Storm Victims

Urgent Care and Other Healthcare Organizations Are Stepping Up to Help Storm Victims

People will continue to get sick, and probably stand a greater chance of being injured, during times of extreme weather like Hurricane Florence. Healthcare organizations in areas expecting to be affected are already getting the word out that they’ll be available to help those who need medical care. UNC Health Care, a North Carolina medical network, is one of them; they’re waving their $49 fee for online urgent care services during the storm period. Free …

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