Perspectives on the Acute Care Continuum

The Acute Care Continuum is the integration of urgent, emergent, inpatient and post-discharge care of patients with acute medical conditions. 

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During the past year, I have been part of a professional team that is committed to expanding the telehealth services CEP America already provides. By participating in this process, I have developed a deep appreciation for the clinical and business advantages of telehealth. Here's how I believe this key strategy will bend the healthcare cost curve.  Read More...
4/28/2016 3:57:05 PM | 4 comments

We often discuss patients’ experiences through the Acute Care Continuum. Much less has been written about the journey of providers whose careers take them through a variety of settings. As a PA with a multispecialty group, I'd like to share how traversing the Acute Care Continuum — from primary care to the ED to a rural urgent care clinic — has informed and enriched my practice. Read More...
4/26/2016 7:12:16 PM | 8 comments

As healthcare providers, we are charged with staying on the cusp of medical education — hopefully utilizing the best in evidence-based medicine. Here's how the Internet and social media are making it easier than ever to fill the gaps in our knowledge. Read More...
4/19/2016 12:45:16 PM | 1 comments

A few weeks ago on Perspectives, we featured CEP America's collaborative learning initiative aimed at growing a top-tier PA and NP practice. Here's how one engaged NP has been making a difference in her hospital by focusing on the interpersonal aspects of healthcare. Read More...
4/14/2016 4:22:17 PM | 3 comments

One unintended consequence of healthcare reform is the growing administrative burden on physicians. 

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently surveyed doctors at 394 practices across the country. They found that:
  • The average physician spends 2.6 hours per week on CMS quality reporting.
  • When staff time is included, the number rises to 15.1 hours per week, or 785.2 hours per year.
  • The estimated annual cost of quality reporting is $40,000 per physician.
Fortunately, there is a more user-friendly pathway for reporting quality data.  Read More...
4/12/2016 10:45:13 AM | 3 comments
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