Leadership

Dr. Tony Cirillo On Politics, Winning ACEP’s Excellence in Health Policy Award, and Getting Back “A Little Bit of the Soul”

September 25th, 2018
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Dr. L. Anthony Cirillo had been working on the industry-wide battle to get a reasonable replacement to Medicare’s “Sustainable Growth Rate” formula for more than a decade before Congress finally acted. Since 2002, Congress had been passing a series of “doc fixes,” one after another, to prevent the SGR from causing gigantic cuts to physician […]

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Clinical Excellence Means Always Improving

July 20th, 2018
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By most nationally collected metrics available, US Acute Care Solutions is at or near the top in terms of emergency medicine quality. We know this by comparing our sites to our peer groups in the largest repository for emergency medicine national clinical quality metrics: the Clinical Emergency Data Registry (CEDR) of the American College of […]

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Posted in Featured, Leadership, Quality Efficiency Utilization

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

Disaster Response A Continual Learning Process, Says Dr. James Augustine

October 11th, 2017
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Dr. James Augustine is a national expert on disaster preparedness. He has written disaster plans for multiple regions and cities, has served on fire departments and EMS teams from Washington D.C., to Atlanta, to Dayton, and has assisted the state of Ohio in drafting its own disaster plan. He serves on the Board of Directors for […]

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Mario Riportella’s Path from Navy SEAL to US Acute Care Solutions PA

August 10th, 2017
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When Mario Riportella went looking for a new PA job, he was interested in getting a little more autonomy. And who can blame him? In 2005, Riportella, a Navy SEAL at the time, was in charge of triaging nearly 200 military personnel in the midst of Operation Red Wings, a search and rescue operation later […]

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Posted in General, Leadership

The Motherhood Advantage In Leadership

July 25th, 2017
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Editor’s note: the following is an excerpt adapted from a forthcoming book to be published by the American Association of Women Emergency Physicians. The book will feature a collection of personal stories from and about women in emergency medicine, including Dr. Lawrence. As a working mother and an Air Force hospital commander, I often relied […]

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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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Posted in Hospital Partnership, Leadership

The Challenge and the Opportunity of ONE USACS

September 22nd, 2016
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When I began my career some 25 years ago, my measure of success was pretty simple: take better care of my patients. The average emergency medicine clinician will treat 75,000 patients over a 25-year career. That’s a staggering number of lives to touch. At some point early in my career, I realized there were different […]

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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Leadership, Life in the ER

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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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Hospital Partnership, Leadership

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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Posted in Future of Healthcare, Hospital Partnership, Leadership