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Free flu vaccines offered to medical staff, employees and community members

by Medical Staff Office on October 29, 2013

Medical staff, employees and community members may receive a free flu vaccine at AAMC. Find more information including the flu vaccine clinic schedule here. As a reminder, for the health and safety of our patients, employees and visitors, AAMC requires all employees, affiliated medical staff, volunteers, students, contracted staff, and vendors to receive an annual seasonal flu vaccine.

ABIM Foundation leader brings “Choosing Wisely” message to AAMC

by Medical Staff Office on October 10, 2013

By now, I suspect that you’ve caught on from your national societies that the initiative called Choosing Wisely is here to stay. We have been highlighting the program as well. Recently we welcomed Daniel Wolfson, MHSA, a leader from the ABIM Foundation, to the AAMC Board Committee on Quality and Patient Safety. He walked us through the evolution of the movement and its primary goals related to physician leadership and professionalism. Wolfson is a masterful communicator and blogger. Click here to check out his past blogs, including a recent entry about Atul Gawande’s article in the New Yorker.

I invite you to comment here about your thoughts related to Choosing Wisely.

Simulation and educational opportunities at the Earl SAIL Center

by Medical Staff Office on September 19, 2013

The James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning Center (SAIL), is a world-class medical simulation and training facility in the Health Sciences Pavilion at AAMC. The Center serves not only the medical profession but also provides tours and educational opportunities for area school children, the community, patients, families, and organizations dedicated to healthcare improvement and patient safety. Here are a few upcoming events at the Earl SAIL Center:

  • Orthopedics Cadaver Lab: September 24
  • OB/GYN Simulation Training: September 26
  • Patient Care Technician Education: September 27
  • Women’s Conference and Tour: October 16
  • GYN Pelvic Floor Reconstruction Cadaver Lab: November 1
  • Breast Surgery Lab: November 1
  • Biomedical and Allied Health Students from Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Glen Burnie High School Tours: November 15 and December 12

What kinds of simulation and learning opportunities can the Earl SAIL Center offer you and your team? Contact Ann Casamento, RN, simulation coordinator, at x4880 or acasamento@AAHS.org.

Move Over ICD-9, Make Room for ICD-10

by Medical Staff Office on August 30, 2013

On October 1, 2014, the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets. The transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA). (Please note the change to ICD-10 does not affect CPT coding for outpatient procedures and physician services.)

AAMC’s Alec team is preparing Alec to receive the ICD-10 codeset. The database changes go into effect Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Why is this change happening now? The Alec database structure must change to receive the ICD-10 codes while keeping the ICD-9 codes and cross reference the two. Our imported content will contain ICD-10 codes beginning with the October content release.

How will this affect the medical staff? There are several places within Alec where you document a diagnosis: Problem List, Medical History, Visit Diagnosis, Order Entry Diagnosis Association to name a few. Today you can search for a new code by numeric code or by terminology and are presented with a list of choices linked to the correct ICD9 code. Preferred search method moving forward is by terminology thereby guaranteeing you will find the coded diagnosis you are looking for.

Find a tip sheet here.

AAMC is working with our vendor partners to ensure Alec is fully compliant. If your practice does not use Alec, ask your EMR vendor what they are doing to support the ICD-10 transition.

Look for ongoing updates and education over the next several months leading up to the October 1, 2014 go-live. Questions? Contact David Mooradian, MD, chief medical content officer, at dmooradian@AAHS.org.

Drs. Park and Belyansky to Lead Advanced Hernia Surgical Symposium

by Medical Staff Office on August 30, 2013

Adrian Park, MD, chair of surgery, and Igor Belyansky, MD, will lead a surgical symposium on hernia repair and soft tissue repair techniques on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, in the Doordan Institute and Earl SAIL Center in the Health Sciences Pavilion.

Consumer Reports article on surgical safety

by Medical Staff Office on August 2, 2013

AAMC is mentioned in a recent Consumer Reports article, which provides guidelines for patients on choosing a hospital for surgery.

NAPBC 3-year accreditation approved

by Medical Staff Office on August 2, 2013

From Lorraine Tafra, MD, FACS, medical director of the AAMC Breast Center
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers has approved AAMC’s program for another three-year full accreditation. The site surveyor rated all 27 areas reviewed as compliant. Final surveyor remarks include: “An outstanding program providing excellent patient focused care. There are many best practices within this program and the leaders and team members are exceptional.”

AAMC receives Delmarva Foundation 2013 Quality Excellence Award

by Medical Staff Office on July 9, 2013

AAMC has been awarded the Quality Excellence Award from the Delmarva Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit health care quality improvement organization. AAMC was one of 16 hospitals statewide to receive the prestigious award. This is the first time AAMC has earned the award.

“Delmarva is proud to recognize Anne Arundel Medical Center as a recipient of the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement,” said Columbus Giles, MD, Delmarva Foundation’s chief medical officer. “Recipients of this award possess a strong commitment to excellence and to improving the quality of care for their patients. We commend their achievements and look forward to continuing our collaboration with them to improve the health of Maryland’s Medicare beneficiaries.”

The award honors individual hospitals that excel in patient safety and quality improvement. To receive the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award, the hospital must meet specific performance improvement criteria on 14 measures in four national inpatient clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, surgical care improvement, and pneumonia.

“This excellence award directly reflects the quality of care delivered to patients as we continue to set higher standards for delivering expert care,” says Shirley Knelly, AAMC’s vice president of quality and patient safety.

For more information about the Delmarva Foundation award, visit www.mdqio.org.

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