Future of Healthcare

Going virtual during a pandemic: Telehealth changes the game for Bristol Health

February 10th, 2021
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Throughout our physician-owned group, medical directors have been helping their hospital partners thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic in very difficult circumstances. “Like most hospitals, ours saw a 50% decrease in volume early in the pandemic. Yet we knew that of course, patients still needed care. We were forced to be creative in finding solutions to […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Hospital Partnership

Caring for Patients; Caring for Community

Physician Carol Scott
January 25th, 2021
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Meeting Patients Where They Are Carol Scott, MD, MSEd, FACEP is a gifted doctor for whom healing goes much deeper than treating and releasing emergency department patients. She’s also passionate about educating her community – and preventing patients from needing her services in the first place. “My background is in medicine, but I also consider […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Hospital Partnership, Leadership

Standardizing the language of Telemedicine

July 30th, 2020
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Creating consistent language helps clinicians and patients alike. USACS’ Chief Medical Officer Amer Aldeen, MD, FACEP and National Director of Clinical Innovation Jesse Pines MD, MBA, MSCE have authored the PAACT Classifications for Acute Care Telemedicine. See it in ACEP Now’s article:  https://www.acepnow.com/article/its-time-to-standardize-the-nomenclature-of-acute-care-telemedicine/ 

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Posted in Featured, Future of Healthcare, Uncategorized

A Growing Trend: Dr. Jesse Pines Moves to USACS

August 13th, 2018
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On July 12th, a widely known, highly accomplished emergency physician from one of the country’s finest academic institutions tweeted the announcement that Dr. Jesse Pines had joined US Acute Care Solutions: wow, I missed that @DrJessePines is moving to @USACSolutions Congrats to Jesse and huge gain for USACS. interesting data point in shifting sands of […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Quality Efficiency Utilization

Answering the Call at Summa Health’s Residency Program

March 2nd, 2017
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As emergency medicine physicians, we have more or less self-selected careers in which we “answer the call” when we are needed. Even so, this was not the kind of call I was expecting while on winter vacation with my family and friends. In the days just after Christmas this past December, I was in Hocking Hills […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Hospital Partnership, Life in the ER

Change Management and Echo Consulting – Where the Rubber Hits the Road

January 9th, 2017
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There are few words in the business world open to as much interpretation as integration. In health care, the word is suddenly ubiquitous. It’s part of the language of health care’s brave new world. And it leaves oh so many details shrouded in mystery. The new integrated acute care program at US Acute Care Solutions […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Hospital Partnership, Quality Efficiency Utilization

Physician Burnout Challenges Our Assumptions

December 7th, 2016
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I probably set a record for the earliest a physician ever burned out: less than a year after earning my MD. Some may not call it burnout; it could just as well be called “internship.” I call it burnout because beyond the exhaustion and can’t-take-it-anymore, there was a gnawing sense that something fundamental was missing […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Life in the ER

A Better Way to Manage Acute Care

November 3rd, 2016
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A few weeks ago, we received a letter from a patient who had recently been treated at one of our integrated acute care locations at Somerset Hospital. The patient had come to the emergency department and was ultimately admitted to the hospital. The letter detailed how grateful he was that the same physician assistant who […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, General, Hospital Partnership, Hospitalist Medicine

The Challenge and the Opportunity of ONE USACS

September 22nd, 2016
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When I began my career some 25 years ago, my measure of success was pretty simple: take better care of my patients. The average emergency medicine clinician will treat 75,000 patients over a 25-year career. That’s a staggering number of lives to touch. At some point early in my career, I realized there were different […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Leadership, Life in the ER

The National Clinical Governance Board: Our Answer to a National Problem

August 25th, 2016
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Emergency physicians know well the realities of evidence-based guidelines in emergency departments throughout the country: either there is wide variability in their use and uptake, or there just aren’t any evidence-based guidelines. Patients don’t often think about it when choosing emergency departments – they mostly think about the wait time – but it’s there. Two […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Quality Efficiency Utilization