CDC: Mumps Cases Surpass 2017’s Total, with New York and Michigan Leading the Way

CDC: Mumps Cases Surpass 2017’s Total, with New York and Michigan Leading the Way

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is alerting healthcare providers that confirmed cases of mumps are becoming more prevalent, with 142 cases reported across the U.S. That’s already more than were seen in all of 2018. Michigan and New York are seeing a disproportionate number of those cases, based on data from local and state health officials there. Michigan already has more cases this year (15) than it has seen in any full calendar …

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Flu Isn’t the Only Condition with a Season

Flu Isn’t the Only Condition with a Season

It’s painfully clear, from the frenzied media reports to your case load, that we’re heading into the heart of influenza season. A new report from Columbia University’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, published in PLOS Pathogens, claims there’s a seasonality to many other infectious disease states as well, however. Many of those identified in the report are likely to present to urgent care centers. The paper identifies 69 diseases that have a fairly distinct “season,” …

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The ED and Urgent Care World According to Yelp

The ED and Urgent Care World According to Yelp

Urgent care centers deliver a higher level of service than emergency rooms, though some patients perceive that the ED offers a higher level of care, according to a report from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The data reflect analysis of five-star and one-star Yelp reviews (the highest and lowest scores, respectively) for urgent care centers and EDs. Patients giving five stars after a visit to the ED valued …

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Urgent Care Operator Ochsner Dials Up American Well for App-Based, DTC ‘Anywhere Care’

Urgent Care Operator Ochsner Dials Up American Well for App-Based, DTC ‘Anywhere Care’

Ochsner Health System is taking its commitment to providing telehealth in an urgent care environment one step further by launching Ochsner Anywhere Care, a 24-hour, direct-to-consumer telehealth service it will operate in partnership with American Well. Patients will be able to “see” a provider at any time of day or night through an mHealth app on any enabled mobile device when urgent care needs arise. If follow-up care is needed, the online clinician will refer …

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New DEA Report: Prescription Drugs Are Still to Blame for the Most Overdose Deaths

New DEA Report: Prescription Drugs Are Still to Blame for the Most Overdose Deaths

Urgent care operators and occupational medicine providers alike should be aware that prescription opioids continue to be found to blame more often than other substances in overdose deaths in the United States. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s just-released 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment reveals that controlled prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused substance, making the number of deaths slightly out of proportion to the incidence of abuse. The DEA report shows fentanyl and other …

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Acute Flaccid Myelitis is Rare, but Growing; CDC Wants You to Learn More About It

Acute Flaccid Myelitis is Rare, but Growing; CDC Wants You to Learn More About It

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is devoting more resources to gathering and sharing intelligence about acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) as the number of cases continues to rise across the United States. Next up in the CDC’s information campaign will be a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) call next Tuesday, November 13, 2 to 3 pm Eastern. AFM, whose symptoms have been likened to a number of other viruses, including polio, tends to …

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Could Urgent Care Be the Next Step for CVS, Post Aetna Deal?

Could Urgent Care Be the Next Step for CVS, Post Aetna Deal?

The retail clinic market might not be the only one affected by CVS Health’s union with Aetna. CVS CEO Larry Merlo has been talking about finding ways for his company to work more closely with physicians for the past year or so. With the Aetna all but in the bag, it may not be too long before that possibility manifests with a dive into the urgent care pool, if a new post on the HealthLeaders …

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Urgent Care Centers: Get on Message for Antibiotic Awareness Week

Urgent Care Centers: Get on Message for Antibiotic Awareness Week

Antibiotic stewardship has become something of a buzz phrase in many healthcare settings. Don’t forget what it really means or what’s at stake, though. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 30% of antibiotics in the United States are prescribed unnecessarily. And for every misguided script, the risk of antibiotic resistance increases. At least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics every …

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Why Are North Carolinians Going to the ED Instead of Urgent Care—at a Cost of $75 Million?

Why Are North Carolinians Going to the ED Instead of Urgent Care—at a Cost of $75 Million?

North Carolina’s Medicaid program has spent at least $75 million for patients to have nonemergency complaints addressed in the emergency room over the past couple of years. According to a new report released by the state, patients have to gone to the ED with primary complaints as mundane as bad breath, sunburn, bunions, and common warts. The report goes on to specify that those concerns—and many more—could be handled much less expensively and just as …

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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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