January 4, 2024


Will Flanary, MD (aka Dr. Glaucomflecken): 2024 Keynote Speaker's Message to Urgent Care

Will Flanary is an ophthalmologist and comedian who moonlights in his free time as “Dr. Glaucomflecken,” a social media personality who creates medical-themed comedy shorts for an audience of over 3.5 million across social media. His humor has been shaped by the challenges of medical training and by his experiences as a patient.

Will is a two-time testicular cancer survivor as well as a survivor of cardiac arrest, saved by his intrepid wife and her timely CPR. Initially used as a creative outlet to cope with these health challenges, Will’s comedy has evolved over time to incorporate biting satire of the U.S. healthcare system, academic publishing, and interpersonal conflicts pervasive in the medical system. He is a frequent keynote speaker who encourages medical audiences to embrace humor in everyday life.
Excited to meet, present for and teach us at the Urgent Care Convention, he recorded and sent us a video so he could properly introduce himself.

Don't Miss the Saver Rate!

January 31 is the Saver Rate deadline; secure the lowest rate for the Urgent Care Convention and the Urgent Care Foundation Celebration.

Convention Rates

Before January 31

  • Members: $1,500
  • Non-Members: $1,950

After January 31

  • Members: $1,950
  • Non-Members: $2,350

Group Discount: Groups of four (4) or more can email convention@urgentcareassociation.org to receive a custom discount code.

  • This code can be used by anyone in your organization to receive $150 off their Convention registration.

Celebration Rates

Before January 31:
  • Tickets: $450.00
  • Tables: $4,000.00

After January 31

  • Tickets After January 31: $550
  • Tables After January 31: $4,500

Whatever Respiratory Season May Bring, We’re Ready

When respiratory season arrives this year, QuidelOrtho has the full range of diagnostic instruments and assays to help you weather any testing challenge. Learn more about our advanced solutions.

Leadership and Advocacy Conference Video

In November, a group of members from our Board of Directors, Strategic Advisory Group, Chapter Boards and Delegates Council met in Washington.
They met with 40 congressional offices.
They asked representatives to sign onto (or co-lead) a letter to CMS recommending that they make it a priority to work with UCA and Urgent Care to reduce inappropriate Emergency Department visits.
Hear from those who were our “boots on the ground,” helping us pave the way toward our goal of higher reimbursement.

Deadline: Urgent Care Award Nominations Close January 12

Give the gift of recognition in 2024!
As a testament to the outstanding contributions made in our field, the Urgent Care Awards recognize the tireless efforts of those advancing Urgent Care. Individuals, organizations and teams can be recognized in the following categories:
  • Rising Star Award
  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Advocacy Award
  • Lifetime Membership Award
  • Humanitarian Award
  • Quality and Safety Award
  • The Becky Burress Award
In addition to industry accolades and recognition, Urgent Care Industry Award winners receive:
  • Two (2) tickets to the Foundation Celebration where they will be honored on stage
  • Inclusion in promotional materials for the Urgent Care -Convention and Urgent Care Foundation Celebration
  • Placement on the UCA website
  • Inclusion in Awards press release and UCA’s biweekly newsletter, UCAccess
View the categories and nominate today.

New UCA Benefit: Amazon Business Prime Discount

UCA members can now take advantage of special Amazon Business benefits like discounts on Business Prime and more. Simply use code N2NREJ and receive an exclusive UCA member discount.
  • Get up to 65% off Business Prime membership and discounts of 10% with fixed pricing on 2,000 Amazon Private Brands products.
  • Take advantage of $5,000 Pay by Invoice line of credit for all members who link accounts with 30-day payment terms (terms and conditions apply).
  • Save time to accomplish more with a familiar user experience, convenient delivery, and reorder lists.
Members can create a new account or link an existing account to take advantage of this benefit.

College of Urgent Care Medicine

The College Announces its Board Election Period

The College of Urgent Care Medicine will open its election period for open Board of Director positions in March.
The College Board of Director election will be completed electronically and sent via email to its members. The election period will open Monday, March 4, 2024, and conclude April 16, 2024, during the Urgent Care Convention.
Reminder: Members of the College of Urgent Care Medicine include UCA members who are physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

College Members: Access Urgent Caring: Q4, 2023

This Peer-Reviewed Publication from the College of Urgent Care Medicine was emailed to all members of the College last Friday.
Receive Free 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
New Syndrome May Be Affecting Babies Exposed to Fentanyl
Doctors report they are seeing what they think is a new syndrome in babies who are exposed to fentanyl while in the womb. All of the infants have cleft palates and unusually small heads, and all were born to mothers who said they had used fentanyl and other drugs while pregnant. Full Access: Healthday
Recommendations Developed for Sport-Related Concussion in Children
In a consensus statement issued by the International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport and published online Dec. 4 in Pediatrics, recommendations are presented for managing sport-related concussion among children and adolescents. The authors note that lower SRC rates are seen with prevention strategies, including use of mouth guards, policies disallowing bodychecking in ice hockey, and neuromuscular training in rugby among adolescents. Full Access: Healthday
5 Conditions MS Patients May Have Years Before Diagnosis
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to experience depression, sexual dysfunction, constipation, inflammation of the bladder, and urinary tract infection in the five years leading up to their diagnosis than those without the disease, a study found. These findings parallel growing evidence that there’s a prodromal phase, in which certain unspecific symptoms become evident, sometimes years before the classic symptoms of MS emerge. Full Access: Multiple Sclerosis
Venous Thromboembolism with Use of Hormonal Contraception and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Nationwide Cohort Study
NSAID use was positively associated with the development of venous thromboembolism in women of reproductive age. The number of extra venous thromboembolic events with NSAID use compared with non-use was significantly larger with concomitant use of high/medium risk hormonal contraception compared with concomitant use of low/no risk hormonal contraception. Women needing both hormonal contraception and regular use of NSAIDs should be advised accordingly. Full Access: PubMed

What's New With the Flu

Webinar: Wednesday, January 10 at 6:30pm ET
This winter, we face the triple threat of influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and COVID-19. As healthcare providers on the frontlines of treatment and prevention, we need to be prepared. Join our free CME/CE webinar covering:
  • Expectations for the 2023-2024 flu season
  • Distinguishing flu from other respiratory viruses
  • Avoiding inappropriate antibiotic prescribing
  • Effective preventive and antiviral management
Credit available: 1.0 of AMA, ANCC, or AAPA

Financial Fitness: 2024 Resolutions for Urgent Care

It’s no surprise that Urgent Care operators are heading into 2024 with macroeconomic pressure and evolving industry dynamics. While on-demand care leaders cannot control the variables, they can take control of their own business ecosystems to sustain success in variable dynamics. 

Despite the numerous challenges this year and beyond, the industry has an opportunity to succeed and continue a growth path. In 2024, we must be culturally aligned and operationally excellent to become financially fit. 
In this webinar we will dig into the 2024 insights and resolutions that set Urgent Care operators up for success including—

  • Industry data surrounding the macro financial climate in the urgent care industry
  • 5 key strategies to improve operational rigor and financial fitness
  • Key takeaway guide with ‘quick win’ tactics included

Thank You to Our Corporate Members

The longtime support of loyal partners has helped UCA and our industry grow and advance.

When you become a Corporate Member, you achieve industry and peer recognition while knowing you are supporting projects that benefit your customers and their patients.

Extend Your Reach in 2024

Advertise with UCA and the College of Urgent Care Medicine (CUCM) to reach your Urgent Care customers and prospects.

Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, extend your brand reach or help your customers grow their business, your brand will be positioned front and center among key decision makers looking for trusted solutions.

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