Future of Healthcare

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 Featured, 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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Four Months After Becoming a Founding Partner in USACS: Where Are We?

May 11th, 2016
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On January 1st of this year, MEP Health became a founding partner in US Acute Care Solutions. Four months later, one thing is abundantly clear, if it wasn’t already: if you’re not comfortable with change, you’re probably working in the wrong industry. Some might say you’re living in the wrong century. Our decision to help […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Hospital Partnership, Leadership

The New Worldview in Health Care Should Be Based on Wellbeing, Not Disease

April 15th, 2016
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Over the last decade, I’ve studied, trained and practiced my craft in the emergency department, dedicated to doing my best for each patient. In that time, I’ve also realized that while I am a part of the medical care system, I am not actually part of a health care system. While my goal is to […]

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Clinician Groups: Amid Widespread Healthcare Consolidation, What Are Your Choices?

January 20th, 2016
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It’s been described as “a cyclical arms race,” as well as a Game of Thrones-style struggle for dominance over the healthcare kingdom. Whatever you call it, the widespread consolidation of health insurers on the one side and hospitals and health systems on the other leaves clinician groups with a difficult choice to make. They can […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Hospital Partnership, Leadership