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Author: UCA Admin/Monday, October 21, 2019/Categories: Industry News
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On-Demand Medicine Association Collaborative Takes on Common Industry Challenges
WARRENVILLE, Ill., October 21, 2019 – A nation-wide coalition of leading organizations, associations, trade groups and societies have come together in support of convenient care, urgent care, emergency medicine, retail medicine, worksite clinics, and telehealth. This coalition called the On-Demand Medicine Association Collaborative will discuss and address common industry challenges of the on-demand healthcare industry and to support more accessible healthcare across the country. The inaugural meeting held on July 17, 2019 was attended by the senior leaders of six prominent organizations within this growing healthcare segment. Attending were: Larry Boress, Executive Director, the National Association of Worksite Health Centers (NAWHC); Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD, FCPP, FAAN, Executive Director, the Convenient Care Association (CCA), Sabrina Smith, DRHA, Executive Director, Center for Applied Research in Telehealth (CART), ATA, Laurel Stoimenoff, PT, CHC, CEO, the Urgent Care Association (UCA); Juli Forde, Board Member, the Emergency Department Practice Management Association (EDPMA); and Bill Bruce, MBA, CAE, CEO, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). In addition to those who attended in-person Magna Dias, MD, President, Board of Directors, the Society for Pediatric Urgent Care (SPUC) will also participate in future endeavors.
“Our intent is to collectively address common issues and challenges associated with access to medical care and those settings where on-demand medicine is being offered,” stated Laurel Stoimenoff, UCA CEO. “Given the dynamic nature of the on-demand healthcare industry, we see our coming together as an important call-to-action to ensure we are staying abreast of key issues and trends of this important healthcare vertical which is meeting the needs of millions of patients and consumers every year.”
During the first meeting of the On-Demand Medicine Association Collaborative, the group initiated discussions on a number of timely subjects ranging from regulatory and reimbursement advocacy to the challenges of the opioid crisis. While each organization has a different strategic agenda, common areas where collective advocacy could be beneficial were identified. The participating groups intend to address this common ground with a unified voice, representing countless members and consumers across the country.
The collaborative will meet on a regular basis, and will prioritize the most relevant issues which may include reducing administrative costs, refining the role of on-demand care as a partner in the medical neighborhood, providing input on national standards for licensing, credentialing and scope of practice, and developing an educational platform to address the current opioid crisis. Current participants in the discussion are empowered by these initiatives which will yield improvements in care delivery, administrative efficiency and patient outcomes. Meetings are open to other organizations in the on-demand care space.
About the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is an international society of 4,500 occupational physicians and other health care professionals, provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments. www.acoem.org.
About the ATA
As the only organization completely focused on advancing telehealth, ATA is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to safe, affordable, and appropriate care when and where they need it, enabling the system to do more good for more people. ATA represents a broad and inclusive member network of technology solution providers and payers, as well as partner organizations and alliances, working to advance industry adoption of telehealth, promote responsible policy, advocate for government and market normalization, and provide education and resources to help integrate virtual care into emerging value-based delivery models. www.americantelemed.org.
About the Convenient Care Association (CCA)
The Convenient Care Association (CCA) is the national trade association of companies and healthcare systems that provide consumers with high-quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare in retail locations. Founded in 2006, the CCA was created to support and enhance the growth of the Convenient Care industry through quality and safety standards, continuing education for clinicians, education for consumers and policy development. For more information about CCA, visit www.ccaclinics.org.
About the Emergency Department Practice Management Association (EDPMA)
The Emergency Department Practice Management Association (EDPMA) is the national trade association representing Emergency Department Physician Groups, Billing and Coding Companies, and Supporting Organizations devoted to the provision of high quality care in the nation’s Emergency Departments. EDPMA members deliver (or directly support) health care for about half of the 141 million patient visits to U.S. emergency departments each year. EDPMA is one of the nation’s largest trade associations focused exclusively on the delivery of emergency medical professional services. Our Mission is to advocate for Emergency Department physician groups and their partners to enhance quality patient care through operational excellence and financial stability. www.edpma.org.
About the National Association of Worksite Health Centers (NAWHC)
The National Association of Worksite Health Centers (NAWHC) is a non-profit trade organization, focused on assisting public and private employers, unions and other plan sponsors in getting the greatest return from their onsite, near-site, shared, mobile and virtual health centers, pharmacies, worksite fitness and wellness centers. Its mission is to become the premier source of education, information, networking and resources for employers and others who wish to integrate or develop worksite clinics into their health care and benefit strategies. www.nawhc.org.
About the Society for Pediatric Urgent Care (SPUC)
The Society for Pediatric Urgent Care (SPUC) was founded in 2014 to address issues specific to pediatric urgent care. SPUC’s mission is to serve as the professional society for providers of pediatric urgent care medicine and establish standards for high quality, unscheduled pediatric care outside of the emergency department setting in collaboration with the Medical Home. www.urgentcarepeds.org
About the Urgent Care Association (UCA)
The Urgent Care Association (UCA) is a membership association of leaders, providers, and suppliers in the field of on-demand, consumer-focused healthcare. UCA advances the industry and supports member success through advocacy, research, education, collaboration, and high standards of care. The association maintains an active online presence and member community for daily exchange of best practices. It has also established certification and accreditation standards and programs, and currently accredits more U.S. urgent care centers than any other organization. For more information, visit www.ucaoa.org
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