Urgent Care Association
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The Urgent Care Association (UCA) is a membership association, founded in 2004, representing professionals that work in urgent care centers located throughout the United States and across the world including Australia, Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, and New Zealand.
UCA offers educational and professional development resources including live webinars, convention recordings, and self-paced learning content through its Online Education portal, in addition to providing resources for starting a new urgent care center, providing clinical care in the urgent care setting, and running a successful urgent care practice. UCA also holds two annual educational events: the Urgent Care Convention and Expo and the Urgent Care Fall Conference. Additionally, UCA conducts a biennial Benchmarking Survey and publishes the findings in a report to provide insights into the emerging trends shaping the urgent care industry.
The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine
UCA publishes the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine (JUCM). The Journal is published in conjunction with Braveheart Publishing. It has regular columns on medical coding, legal aspects of urgent care, occupational medicine. It also contains UCA updates and reviews of the literature related to urgent care medicine.
Certified Urgent Care Designation
In 2009, the Urgent Care Association established national criteria for urgent care centers with their Certified Urgent Care designation. The program sets standards for hours of operation, staffing, and services patients can expect to be available. The CUC designation helps patients, payers and other interested parties identify true full-service urgent care centers.