The Value of Integrated Care through the Acute Care Continuum Topic of Presentation by CEP America Physician Leaders at Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting

The value of an integrated and collaborative team approach to healthcare will be the topic of a presentation given by physicians with CEP America, one of the nation’s largest providers of acute care management and staffing solutions.  Presented as a panel discussion, the presentation will take place June 15 at the Ohio Hospital Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Educational Summit.
David Birdsall, MD, Vice President, CEP America, and a physician in the Emergency Department at John Muir Medical Center, will lead the team presentation, “How to Achieve True Integration among Care Teams for Improved Outcomes.” CEP America panel members are Matt Stilson, MD, FACEP, Regional Director/Midwest for CEP America, who will discuss the integration issue based on his experience as a physician in busy Emergency Departments throughout the Midwest, and Josh Niebruegge, MD, Medical Director for CEP America, who will highlight the importance of communication with ED providers and hospitalists, or inpatient physicians.  Both physicians worked together at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill., one of 200 practices CEP America works with nationally.
A democratic physician-owned partnership, CEP America works with hospitals and health systems to integrate patient care across the acute care continuum while improving clinical outcomes and patient experiences.
“There are far too many silos in hospitals today, leading to poor communication and lost opportunities for improvement,” said Dr. Birdsall. “When care teams are truly integrated, when they take simple steps like more one-on-one communication with colleagues, we start to see real differences in outcomes, safety and quality.”
Relating their own experiences, the CEP America team of Stilson and Niebruegge, will stress the importance of direct communication and collaboration among colleagues to improve care and provide a better experience for patients and their families during stressful times.
“Something as simple as an ER doc and a hospitalist talking about a case can help avoid an unnecessary admission,” says Dr. Birdsall. “That level of team work shines through to patients and families, helping them to feel like they are receiving better care and likely resulting in increased patient satisfaction.”
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