Hospital Partnership

What to Consider When A Huge Publicly Traded Company Buys Your Emergency Group

February 5th, 2015
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Successful hospital leaders are masters at managing change. But there’s a difference between change you can foresee (bundled payments, EHR implementations, declining reimbursements, CINs) and change that’s unexpected. As the healthcare industry gravitates toward consolidation, large publicly owned companies are acquiring smaller physician groups at a rapid pace. If your emergency group experiences a merger, […]

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The Death of the Independent Physician Practice, or the Birth of the Interdependent Physician Practice?

August 1st, 2014
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We hear a lot about the death of the independent physician practice. But perhaps the more important discussion is about the death of practicing medicine independently. That is, the days when individual physician groups could operate their businesses and treat patients independently and without regard to the surrounding network of other physicians, nursing facilities, health […]

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Should Doctors Work for Hospitals? Tough Question.

June 2nd, 2014
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A physician I have known for many years recently told me about his decision to enter the world of concierge medicine. His reasoning was telling, saying that it came down to a very simple decision on staying independent or becoming a hospital employee. He liked being an independent solo practitioner, and that was his primary […]

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Medicare Rule Requiring 3-Day Inpatient Stay as Condition for Skilled Nursing Care Dates to 1965

March 27th, 2014
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Medicare recipients who are being denied coverage for skilled nursing care because they were under “Observation Status” during a recent hospital stay should blame a nearly 50-year-old Medicare rule – not their doctors or the hospital. The rule in question requires Medicare recipients to have had at least a 3-day inpatient hospital stay in order […]

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Posted in Hospital Partnership, Observation Care

EM Report Card: Maryland Ranks #1 in Emergency Room Quality, But Work Still to Do In Other Areas

January 16th, 2014
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ACEP’s national EM Report Card, released today, puts Maryland emergency rooms number one in the nation in quality and patient safety. Maryland also ranks high when it comes to public health & injury prevention and disaster preparedness, but still has a lot of work to do on its medical liability environment and access to emergency care.

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Posted in Hospital Partnership, Life in the ER

Hospital Capacity Management II: The Surge

November 21st, 2013
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Surge is used when a hospital has reached the point of over-capacity, requiring the hospital to implement a unique processes to allow for decompression. If surging becomes a frequent occurrence in any hospital organization, a sort of “surge fatigue” will occur, when activation means little if anything to associated staff.

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Posted in Hospital Partnership, Quality Efficiency Utilization

One Hospital Metric to Rule Them All

November 12th, 2013
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If you had to pick a single metric to measure a hospital, which would you choose? Of course, you can’t boil everything about a hospital down to one, single data point. Defining quality, throughput, and other factors used to evaluate a hospital is difficult business. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) tracks dozens […]

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Posted in Hospital Partnership, Quality Efficiency Utilization

Level-of-Care Process Management: Getting it Right the First Time

September 12th, 2013
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New regulations stemming from the Affordable Care Act and the associated push toward determining the appropriate level-of-care for patients have changed the way in which hospitals utilize resources to make this determination. Managing this process involves getting the determination of level of care early in the decision making process and performing frequent evaluations to determine […]

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What the NY Times Missed In Its Praise of Maryland Healthcare

August 29th, 2013
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The NY Times on Wednesday published a much needed and fairly adulatory story about the Maryland healthcare system, focusing much of its praise on Western Maryland Health System – a long time MEP partner. The story rightly pointed out two key differences between Maryland’s healthcare system and all the other states. One is the “Total […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Hospital Partnership, Observation Care, Transition Care

Who Or What Is Forestalling The Death Of Fee For Service Medicine?

May 7th, 2013
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With decreasing Medicare payments, rapidly shifting market pressures, and ongoing discussions regarding value and cost in healthcare, by now it should be clear to everyone that fee-for-service is a dying way of delivering care. That is not to say that fee-for-service will not survive in certain circumstances. Particularly in emergency care, it is difficult to integrate […]

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