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Medical Staff Updates
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October 8, Doordan Institute
5pm: Happy hour and networking
6pm: Chet Burrell, President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield presents “An Update on the CareFirst Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Program.”
7:30pm: Buffet dinner
The journal article “Improved Coordination of Care for Patients with Abnormal Chest Imaging: the Rapid Access Chest and Lung Assessment Program” was published in the October 2014 Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management by Stephen Cattaneo, MD; Maria Geronimo, RN; Teresa Putscher, RN; Catherine Brady-Copertino, BSN; and Barry Meisenberg, MD. Read the full article here.
This review article (NEJM, Aug 28) updates the pathogenesis, diagnosis, screening and surveillance, management, endoscopic eradication of dysplasia, management of low-grade dysplasia, and radiofrequency ablation of nondysplastic metaplasia. Click here to read full-text
This article (Mayo Clin Proc, Aug) concludes, “Medication errors are present in approximately half of patients after hospital discharge and are more common among patients with lower numeracy or health literacy. Click here to read full-text.
Is hospital admission for heart failure really necessary? The role of the ED and observation unit in preventing hospitalization and rehospitalizationby jmiller on August 20, 2014
“Evidence-based therapies have resulted in improvements in the outpatient mangement of HF. Despite an increasingly complex population of patients, the overall length of hospital stay has decreased. However, post-discharge event rates remain disturbingly high and it is not clear that hospitalization mitigates these event rates. Emergency physicians are key stake holders in this process, as the ED is the point of triage and disposition fo rthe majority of HF patients who are considered for hospital admission. Alternatives to hospitalization, such as the one posed in this article, are crucail to the overall goal of allocating resources to those high-risk patients in need of intense evalutation and therapy, while simultaneously faiclitating outpatient management of lower-risk patients.” (J Am Coll Cardiol, Jan 2013) Click here to read full text