Is Cashless Urgent Care on the Horizon?

Urgent message: As a growing number of retail businesses go cashless in an effort to cut overhead and provide faster and more seamless service, urgent care may likewise need to consider the pros and cons of an entirely cashless service model. Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc is Chief Executive Officer of Velocity Urgent Care and is Practice Management Editor of The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine. Cashless businesses seem to be the next big thing in the world of commerce. Everywhere you turn, more and more restaurants, airports, ballparks, and …
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Dealing with and Preventing a Hostile Work Environment in Urgent Care

Urgent message: Workplace harassment has been categorized as an “epidemic” by workplace experts—with medical businesses like urgent care being no exception. To address, stamp out, and ultimately prevent workplace harassment, urgent care leaders must be vigilant in developing and enforcing the policies, procedures, and guidelines necessary to ensure that our centers are safe and welcome places to work for everyone. Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc is Chief Executive Officer of Velocity Urgent Care and is Practice Management Editor of The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine. For many, the “workplace” conjures …
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Why Employee Feedback Doesn’t Always Result in Improved Performance

Urgent message: Despite conventional wisdom, extensive research has shown that giving feedback at work—ostensibly to foster learning and improved performance—often has the opposite effect. The challenge for urgent care leaders, therefore, becomes learning to instead recognize excellent outcomes, and then nurture and reinforce the behaviors that led to them. Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc is Chief Executive Officer of Velocity Urgent Care and is Practice Management Editor of The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine. When it comes to the workplace, including urgent care organizations, we’re all pretty much married to …
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Want to Become an Effective Urgent Care Leader?

Urgent message: Academic research shows that the most effective way to lead is to provide personalized, actionable “on the job” direction and feedback effectually “teaching” employees as they work. Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc is Chief Executive Officer of Velocity Urgent Care and is Practice Management Editor of The Journal of Urgent Care. Operating an urgent care center can be a challenge for even the most experienced manager. Although we frequently compare urgent care to “retail,” it differs drastically from “conventional” service businesses due to all the regulatory and financial …
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Urgent Care Patients Want Action, Not Apologies

Urgent message: While conventional customer service training emphasizes the need to listen to patient concerns, the best response typically isn’t an apology, but rather corrective action to either solve or prevent the underlying shortcoming. Alan A. Ayers, MBA, MAcc is Chief Executive Officer of Velocity Urgent Care and is Practice Management Editor of The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine. Customer service is at the heart of any business. Whether it’s a retail outlet or an urgent care clinic, customers won’t return if they have a negative experience. Even worse, if …
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