Hospitalist Medicine

Taking Provider-in-Triage Efficiencies to the Next Level with Collaborative Focus on Appropriate Timely Discharges and Admissions

October 21st, 2020
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Many emergency departments do not focus resources on lobby triage. This is due, in part, to a misconception that the most influential patient entry point is ED traffic from EMS. This perspective results in strong team members and efficiency and quality strategies being allocated outside of lobby triage. In this post, former VEP Healthcare Chief […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Hospitalist Medicine, Life in the ER, Patient Satisfaction

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

For a Hospitalist Career, Call Me When You’re Ready to be Happy

May 9th, 2019
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There’s a particular conversation I’ve had with fellow hospitalist colleagues. I’ve had it so many times it’s almost like a tape recorder. Here’s how it goes: Them: Angie, I’m done. I’ve had it. I want to quit Me: Oh? Them: Yea. I’m going to look for another job. Me: Ok , I understand and  I […]

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Posted in For Residents, Hospitalist Medicine

Integrated Acute Care: The Impact of a Patient Centered Admission Team

October 25th, 2018
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When patient care is a priority, there is a natural integration of more and more elements of the patient’s hospital experience, from their entry process through their stay and finally their discharge. Not only is integrating care delivery service more efficient at delivering care – it’s more effective. An integrated care delivery model starts with […]

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Posted in Hospitalist Medicine, Observation Care, 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

Sepsis Bundle Management Is a Signpost for Preparedness for The Future of Healthcare

March 30th, 2017
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’ (CMS) sepsis bundle is a test for a hospital’s preparation for and ability to navigate the future of healthcare. Released in October of 2015, the sepsis bundle is far more complex than previous CMS quality metrics. It requires hospitals to produce longitudinal, detailed reporting on patient care spanning multiple departments. […]

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Posted in Hospitalist Medicine, Quality Efficiency Utilization

Intubation Tips, Part 1

March 23rd, 2017
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NO DESAT is an acronym created by Dr. Richard Levitan, a nationally recognized authority on airway management, for Nasal Oxygenation During Efforts at Securing a Tube. This very simple concept will allow you to have more time to intubate while maintaining adequate oxygenation. Although nasal oxygenation is a key component of hypoxia prevention during intubation, there are […]

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Posted in Hospitalist Medicine, Life in the ER, Skilled Nursing

Young Adult With Blurred Vision, Weakness

March 23rd, 2017
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Dr. Jordan Kramer, former VEP Healthcare Chief Medical Officer, saw an interesting patient in the ED recently and prepared the following case summary. A 21-year-old college student with no past medical history came to the ED recently with a chief complaint of blurred vision for two days and weakness for one day.  The patient complained […]

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Posted in Great Patient Saves, Hospitalist Medicine, Life in the ER, Skilled Nursing

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