Practice Velocity expertise will be showcased at Momentum2017: UCAOA Urgent Care Convention and Expo to be held April 30 to May 3, 2017, at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.  This bi-annual event, sponsored by the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA), is the year’s largest gathering of urgent care professionals.

David Stern, MD, CPC and Kelly Mattingly, BA to present on Contracting and Credentialing for urgent care start-ups.

Practice Velocity CEO David Stern, MD, CPC, who is a founding member of UCAOA and recipient of UCAOA’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presenting along with Kelly Mattingly, Director of Contracting and Credentialing, on “Navigating the Complexities of Contracting and Credentialing in the Urgent Care Industry.” The presentation will be held Saturday, April 29 at 10:45 as part of the start-up pre-conference.
Contracting and credentialing has become increasingly complex for urgent care operators. Many markets have become saturated, leading to closed networks and/or reduced reimbursement. Health plans have expanded their product offerings, some with restrictions that limit urgent care practice. State variations in Medicaid and Managed Medicaid programs have become significant. This rapidly changing environment can seem overwhelming for urgent care start-ups and leave even sophisticated operators with questions.

In this presentation, Stern and Mattingly describe how contracting and credentialing can no longer be viewed as a formality in getting paid. They are part of an overall business strategy of maximizing available revenue for a center. In addition to sharing overall payer trends, the speakers will provide actionable advice for evaluating fee schedules, weighing the pros and cons of participation in various emerging plans, and illustrate checklists needed to assure all bases are covered.

Alan Ayers, MBA, MAcc to share the secrets of start-up success at special UCC dinner.

In addition, Alan Ayers, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, will provide insights on how to stand-out in the “Sea of Competitor Sameness” at a special dinner, sponsored by Urgent Care Consultants, to be held Saturday, April 29 at 6:00pm in Azalea Room 1 of the Gaylord Hotel.

In recent years, urgent care has experienced seismic shifts with some markets becoming over-saturated and some payer contracts increasingly difficult to come by.  But there is still ample opportunity for success…once you learn where to find it.

In this one hour dinner presentation geared towards urgent care start-ups, Ayers will provide valuable insights to site selection and build-out, contracting and credentialing, marketing and operations to assure your venture will be a success.  As a retail business, picking the right location is the first step towards driving revenue in urgent care.  Ayers will describe a data-driven approach to identifying the most viable markets and creating a differentiated service offering that will enable your venture to stand out in the “sea of competitor sameness.”  Ayers will also review the reasons for urgent care failure and outline a strategy to avoid common start-up pitfalls.

Ayers has over 12 years experience in urgent care operations, site development, business strategy and mergers/acquisitions. In addition to serving UCAOA for nine years as a board adviser and director, as Practice Management Editor of The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine he has contributed nearly 450 original articles and presentations on the subject of urgent care, is frequently cited as an expert by the national media, and is a sought-after consultant to hospitals and health systems.

If you’re interested in attending this event, please RSVP by April 19th with Ashley Blachford by calling (815) 713-2660 or by emailing ablachford@urgentcareconsultants.com.

About Practice Velocity and Urgent Care Consultants

Practice Velocity is the leading solutions provider for urgent care centers, working with individual entrepreneurs, multi-location and private equity-backed operators, and hospitals/health systems.  PV provides an award winning Electronic Health Record and Practice Management system, full-service billing and revenue cycle management services.

PV’s sister company, Urgent Care Consultants (UCC), assists urgent care entrepreneurs with start-up services, having helped over 200 urgent care centers achieve success with a suite of services ranging from market analysis and site selection, business planning, pro-forma development and financing, design and build out, staffing recommendations, and templated policies and procedures.  In essence, UCC provides “everything the urgent care start-up needs” in one consulting package.

As a Diamond Partner of UCAOA, Practice Velocity experts will be prominent in the exhibit hall, where prospective clients can learn more about RCM services and see demonstrations of the PV software.

Practice Velocity is also a sponsor of the Urgent Care Foundation’s annual fundraiser “Pillars of Our Communities,” which will be held Tuesday, May 2 starting at 6:30pm in the Gaylord Hotel.