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Yoga as Medicine: How Dr. Angela Aboutalib uses the mind-body connection to spur healing

October 14th, 2021
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Angela Aboutalib, MD Title: US Acute Care Solutions National Director of Quality & Education IAC Favorite yoga pose: Pigeon (“It makes me feel free, and it releases the stress in my hips, where I carry stress!”) Yoga instructor: Chicago School of Yoga, wellness retreats, private coaching Loves: Being able to change people’s lifestyles, helping them […]

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Wear your seatbelt. And your mask.

August 24th, 2021
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Buckle Up By John Casey, DO, MA, FACEP, FACOEP US Acute Care Solutions National Director of Scholars, National Clinical Governance Board I have the deepest appreciation, love, and respect for all of the medical staff tirelessly working on the front lines of this pandemic. Anyone who knows me knows of my deep passion for teaching […]

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How to Boost Hospital Revenue by Optimizing Hospitalist Case Mix Index Documentation

Financial chart on a touchscreen
August 24th, 2020
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As hospital margins shrink, hospital leaders seek strategies to enhance revenue. Accurately capturing Case Mix Index (CMI) is a prime way to do just that. The key? Physician documentation. At each of our partner hospitalist programs, we see consistent improvement in CMI by focusing on physician documentation education and mentoring. In this post, we explain the importance of CMI documentation optimization and how to leverage it to help hospitals increase […]

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USACS, American Heart Organization collaborate to provide resources

June 19th, 2020
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US Acute Care Solutions physicians are proud to provide resources for the internationally-known, well-respected American Heart Association. Alson Inaba, MD, FAAP is the USACS physician who came up with the idea of performing lifesaving CPR to the beat of the BeeGee’s song “Stayin’ Alive” and later updated the beat to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” Dr. […]

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What could possibly be worse than COVID-19?

May 1st, 2020
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We’ve all seen the COVID-19 numbers and exhaustively followed news stories about symptoms that may or may not be suggestive, testing which may or may not have high accuracy, treatments that may or may not work, etc. While it’s clear that we are learning new things about COVID-19 by the minute, the things we used […]

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The Shift’s Top 5 Most-Read Blog Posts of 2018

December 20th, 2018
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Dr. David Klein’s post on “Dying With Dignity” didn’t just top the list of most-read posts from the past year. It touched a nerve unlike anything The Shift has ever published. Writing a little over a year after his own father passed away in his sleep, Dr. Klein, the USACS National Director of Quality, recommended […]

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While Jeff Money Served Our Country, USACS’ Paid Military Leave Benefit Allowed Him to Focus on His Mission

September 13th, 2018
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Jeff Money had been waiting four years to go through Officer Training School so that he could serve his country as an officer in the Air Force. But when the call finally came on May 2nd, 2018, the Air Force told him he had all of three days to get his affairs in order before […]

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The Top 5 Most-Read Posts of 2017

December 27th, 2017
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The Shift’s most-read posts from 2017 ran the gamut, from columns on physician burnout by Vice President of Marketing and Recruiting Dr. Travis Ulmer, to a story by President of USACS East Dr. Angelo Falcone on the responsibilities of physician ownership, to a 4-year-old post on hospital capacity management by Chief of Observation Services Dr. […]

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Dr. Erik Schobitz Travels To Post-Hurricane Florida and Puerto Rico

November 1st, 2017
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As Hurricane Irma barreled toward Florida as a Category 5 storm, the nation’s emergency response and the media kicked into high gear. The extensive damage from Hurricane Harvey in Houston seemed to have caught everyone off-guard, and no one wanted to make the same mistake twice. Dr. Erik Schobitz, a pediatric emergency physician with US […]

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Have You Observed Your Clinical Decision Unit Lately?

August 17th, 2017
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Better collaboration between the ED and hospitalists. A more satisfying patient experience. The majority of admissions discharged home. Shorter lengths of stay. These are the results being achieved at hospitals nationwide thanks to the advantages provided by our Clinical Decision Unit (CDU). A well-run CDU speeds patient turnaround and improves throughput. Patients move out of the […]

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Posted in General, Life in the ER, Patient Satisfaction