Hospital Partnership

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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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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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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Posted in General, Hospital Partnership, Leadership

USACS Partner Plays Crucial Role in Staffing L.A. Area COVID-19 Surge Hospital

August 3rd, 2020
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This Spring, in response to the surging volume of COVID-19 patients, the State of California opted to open a Los Angeles Surge Hospital (LASH). The state selected Dignity Health, in partnership with Kaiser, to set up the hospital. VEP Healthcare (VEP)–now part of US Acute Care Solutions–was selected to provide the physician staffing and management […]

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Posted in Hospital Partnership, Hospitalist Medicine

How To Leave With Class

December 13th, 2017
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“Certainly, we had some challenges along the way,” said Dr. Allin Vesa, “But Iredell was our baby, and we nurtured it.” Until recently, Dr. Vesa was the Medical Director for the Emergency Department at Iredell Health System in Statesville, North Carolina. Iredell had an average size community emergency department – about 34,000 visits per year – […]

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Posted in Hospital Partnership, Leadership, Quality Efficiency Utilization

Shifting Perspectives: My Path Toward Achieving Physician Alignment

June 19th, 2017
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In healthcare, every physician, every group, every hospital, and every health system claims to be patient centric. Some succeed more than others. I’ve been practicing long enough to understand that as physicians working in different practice settings, the lens through which we view patient care and the organization around us inevitably changes. Different models of […]

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Posted in Hospital Partnership, Hospitalist Medicine

A Physicians Group Dedicated To Physician Ownership – And All That It Entails

May 23rd, 2017
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This year (like last) I have made A List Preferred Status on Southwest Airlines. As I write, I’m actually sitting at DCA on a weekend night having left my family waiting for a flight to head out on another business trip. When I finished medical school over 25 years ago, achieving airline preferred status wasn’t really […]

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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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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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