The following article summarizes improvements made by our critical care team at Mercy Fitzgerald in Philadelphia. Dr. Dominic Valentino, who is quoted throughout the story, is the Program Medical Director for our intensivist program at Mercy Fitzgerald.
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Years ago, doctors would make rounds to supervise care for dozens of hospitalized patients. Now physicians often want to orchestrate care from their office, so they’ll make fewer trips to the hospital—or none at all. Many especially don’t want to be called at 3 a.m. to report to the hospital for one of their patients, or even get involved in certain procedures beyond their specialties. read more »
A high-powered panel of a dozen former policymakers and health care experts plan to produce a report by October detailing how states can cut the increase in health care spending so that it mirrors overall economic growth. read more »
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The conversation came as a surprise to Len Scarpinato, DO, MS, SFHM. The chief medical officer of clinical development for Brentwood, Tenn.-based Cogent-HMG had sensed something was bothering one of the community hospitalists at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee. When Dr. Scarpinato approached him, the hospitalist told Dr. Scarpinato that he wanted to work as an academic hospitalist. read more »
The government’s shadow looms large over the health care industry, and a recent hospital-physician venture in Lee County is one more sign of that. read more »
Illness doesn’t heed the clock, a fact especially clear during the overnight hours at hospitals, when nonemergency physicians are scarce, medical mistakes are more common and patients die at higher rates. read more »
WHEN SATYA CHELAMKURI, MD, finished her residency two years ago, she knew the clock was ticking. If she could take the certification exam in palliative care by this October, she wouldn’t need any additional training. If Dr. Chelamkuri misses next month’s test, however, she’ll have to complete a one-year fellowship in palliative care before she can sit for the exam in the future.Dr. Chelamkuri, a hospitalist with the Cogent HMG program at Allegiance Hospital in Jackson, Mich., is studying hard and working more with patients who need palliative care, all of which is required to be eligible for next month’s exam. Her goal is not only to be certified, but to be certified now. read more »
Lee Memorial Health System, based in Fort Myers, Fla., has announced a relationship with newly formed, Fort Meyers, Fla.-based physician group Inpatient Specialists of Southwest Florida. read more »