Expanding the Role of Urgent Care Centers in Emergency and Disaster Response

Expanding the Role of Urgent Care Centers in Emergency and Disaster Response

Expanding the Role of Urgent Care Centers in Emergency and Disaster Response

Expanding the Role of Urgent Care Centers in Emergency and Disaster Response

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The pandemic crisis has presented significant challenges and opportunities for Urgent Care Centers and healthcare providers across the county, which illustrates the importance of learning from this experience to manage through the current crisis and become better prepared in the future. In March of 2018, the Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway (TRACIE) published their findings from UCCs in 44 states to collect their perceptions on the role their urgent care centers could play in the nation’s healthcare preparedness and response activities. We will take a brief retrospective view of this report as a starting point in the context of today’s COVID-19 epidemic and discuss a framework for UUCs moving forward. We will take a look at the impact of the nation-wide public health emergency and the federal healthcare priorities recommendations for the COVID-19 Stimulus and opportunities for UCC participation. The discussion will wrap up with steps that individual and regional UCCs can take to be prepared for future emergencies and disasters.

COURSE INFORMATION

60 minValid for 12 monthsCreated 2020-05-04Updated 2020-05-06

Course Objectives

  • Understand the context of the 2018 TRACIE report and opportunities that were identified but not fully realized in today’s pandemic crisis.
  • Become familiar with the COVID-19 federal stimulus and how funding may apply to UCC currently or in the near future.
  • Explain the fundamentals of a UCC-centered emergency and disaster preparedness plan and the importance of documenting current experiences for future review.
  • Evaluate tools and services that facilitate patient care during an emergency whether the UCC is integrating services with others or responding to a surge in demand.

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