Hospital Partnership

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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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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Lessons From My Last Hospital

September 16th, 2015
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When you work with a team of great people for several years, you grow together. You learn together. You succeed and fail together. I had the opportunity to be part of such a team in the ED for the past several years. Recently, I moved to a new hospital, which has given me time to […]

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Posted in Hospital Partnership, Life in the ER

Emergency Medicine Physicians At the Center of Achieving the Triple Aim

March 12th, 2015
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It is amazing to me how far emergency medicine has come as a specialty. Until the 1970s, emergency rooms were staffed by low-level resident interns who moonlighted for extra money or physicians who couldn’t find work elsewhere. After finally getting recognized as a specialty, the specialty still spent a few decades finding its way: developing […]

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Posted in Hospital Partnership, Life in the ER

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