As uncertainty in healthcare reform continues, several areas crucial to navigating change have been identified. Increased accountability for outcomes over the entire cycle of care, integrated care delivery and reimbursement that improves value to the patient are some of the elements involved.
Patients and families are becoming more involved in their healthcare. Read more about why they expect more value, greater transparency and improved collaboration in this Hospital Impact article. http://www.hospitalimpact.org/index.php/2013/10/21/key_elements_to_transition_from_volume_t
What EHR tools could help facilitate integrated healthcare?
Writing for Becker’s Hospital Review, Dr. Steven Sheinman, Sheridan Healthcare Inc., points out that while many anesthesia complications are inherent, others can be easily avoided. Dr. Sheinman has two key practices that will help improve the patient experience. One way to improve the experience is by opening up communications between doctor, patient and anyone else that is involved. Better preoperative education preoperative lends itself to fewer complications post-operative. The other key to avoiding anesthesia complications that Dr. Sheinman mentions is that proper and thorough pre-screening of patients is the best course of action to help avoid issues post-operatively. Speaking generally, Dr. Sheinman says that one should send all high-risk patients to the hospital and follow the best practices that have been put in place. http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/anesthesia/patient-screening-communication-key-to-avoiding-anesthesia-complications.html
When physicians and hospital leaders instituted a blood conservation program at Memorial Regional Hospital, transfusion rates for open-heart patients dropped from 59 percent to 19 percent between 2006 and 2011. Protocols included drawing a unit of the patient’s blood before surgery, eliminating unnecessary doses of blood thinners and standardizing transfusion thresholds.
Read why rates of infections, re-operations and the incidence of heart surgery-related strokes all declined by half or more over the same six-year period in this Sun Sentinel article. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-blood-transfusion-conservation-20131108,0,4492274,full.story What are your hospital’s blood conservation measures?
With an estimated 41% of physicians suffering from at least one symptom of burnout, hospitals and practices are searching for ways to delegate responsibility and streamline workflow. EHRs provide three effective means to do accomplish that.
An EHR can help organize information before a patient’s visit so that when he or she arrives, there is less confusion and wasted time. EHRs also help eliminate paperwork and effort in documentation. The prescription process can be made much less burdensome as well. Read more about how EHRS can help. http://www.medicalpracticeinsider.com/best-practices/can-ehrs-rescue-doctors-burnout How much time do you spend on paperwork each day?
Did you know Sheridan has a proprietary EMR? PremiEHR captures medical information relevant to care provided in the NICU, nursery and delivery room. Learn more here: http://www.sheridanhealthcare.com/hospital_leaders/neonatology.htm
As a new ED department head, Dr. Croskerry questioned what was behind errors made by very competent ED physicians. Digging deeper, he discovered psychology research from 1975 that showed cognitive biases had been the cause of erroneous decision-making.
In the stressful environment of the emergency department, physicians may rely too heavily on intuitive thinking and miss details that would have been discovered in analytical observation. Dual process theory states that both processes are required for accurate decision-making.
A patient’s symptoms may not indicate what is actually needed. That is why medical schools are using actors to simulate various scenarios as an effective method for training physicians to make sure all necessary information has been gathered. Read how medical schools are giving future physicians better decision-making tools. http://journals.lww.com/em-news/Fulltext/2013/11000/Breaking_News__Under_Pressure___Dual_Process.3.aspx
As the first California-based anesthesiology practice to join the Sheridan network, Medical Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group, Inc. of northern California marks a significant regional acquisition for Sheridan. With more than 100 top anesthesiologists currently serving five hospitals and 23 ambulatory surgery centers, MACMGI has grown to become northern California’s leading anesthesia provider since 1985.
Both organizations share the same values for clinical excellence and perioperative leadership. Sheridan’s national infrastructure will promote MACMGI’s continued growth as one of the largest independent anesthesia group practives in the country. .http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131118006519/enhttp://bit.ly/17gPCsb
What advantages does a larger anesthesia provider network offer hospitals?
Writing for Becker’s Hospital Review, Dr. Steven Sheinman, Sheridan Healthcare Inc., points out that while many anesthesia complications are inherent, others can be easily avoided.
Dr. Sheinman has two key practices that will help improve the patient experience. One way to improve the experience is by opening up communications between doctor, patient and anyone else that is involved. Better preoperative education preoperative lends itself to fewer complications post-operative.
The other key to avoiding anesthesia complications that Dr. Sheinman mentions is that proper and thorough pre-screening of patients is the best course of action to help avoid issues post-operatively.
Speaking generally, Dr. Sheinman says that one should send all high-risk patients to the hospital and follow the best practices that have been put in place.
Creating an efficient emergency room can do wonders for the bottom line and the patient experience. In order to generate increased emergency room throughput, here are some tips that do wonders.
Being organized in the emergency room sounds easy, but when things get hectic a well-planned and thought-out emergency room is second to none. Are supplies in the right spot? Is there enough of X, Y and Z? These questions will help the ER be ready for anything.
Another key component of having an efficient and profitable emergency room is implementing lean processes. Trimming costs where needed can ultimately make your ER more efficient. Read about a couple other tips to help keep your emergency room efficient and lean.
Each year, Becker’s ASC Review announces its list of 40 ASC Industry Leaders 40 Years or Younger. This year, Sheridan Healthcare is proud that regional practice director Randy Hagen ranks among the very best.
Hagen is in charge of Sheridan’s anesthesia services in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and hospitals across New Jersey. He has held various positions in upper management of ASC companies, including serving as CEO.
Randy is currently working toward his doctorate in health sciences, with a concentration in leadership. He has been a featured speaker for the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives and is actively involved in charities such as the Arthritis Foundation. Read more about why he was recognized as a top ASC leader. http://www.4-traders.com/news/Sheridan-Healthcares-Randy-Hagen-Honored-as-an-ASC-Industry-Leader-Under-40–17388388/ What are the essential qualities of an ASC leader?
Liberty Anesthesia, P.C., a regional anesthesia services provider, has formed an alliance with Sheridan Healthcare. The company provides services for Central State Medical Center, two surgical centers and a pain center in New Jersey. This newest partner is the fifth New Jersey affiliate to join the Sheridan network.
The new partnership adds momentum to Sheridan’s rapidly expanding provider network.
Sheridan now has more than 1,700 anesthesia providers across 147 programs in 17 states. Learn more about Sheridan anesthesiology services. http://www.sheridanhealthcare.com/hospital_leaders/anesthesia.htm What attributes do you look for in an anesthesia provider?