The Prescribing of Narcotics in Primary Care

Posted: April 27, 2016
Published by Rob Schreiner, MD

Related categories Physician Integration

Caring for patients who require long-term opiates can be one of the most taxing things we do. Making use of clinical guidelines and tools can keep both provider and our patients safe. Relying on the strengths of group practice can help develop mastery, and being mindful of our responsibility to colleagues can prevent conflict among physicians.
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Managing Resistance to Rounding

Posted: April 25, 2016
Published by Vikki Choate, RN, MSN, CPHQ

Related categories Rounding , Employee Engagement , highmiddlelow®

As a coach and speaker with Studer Group, I spend the majority of my time in the field working side-by-side with healthcare leaders each day. As we work together to implement new processes or tactics, I sometimes hear concerns about adding “one more thing” onto an already packed work day. The concern isn’t shared because they don’t see the value or understand the importance, it’s because they simply don’t know where they will find the time! Rounding is one such example.
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Taking Patient Call Manager to the Next Level

Posted: April 21, 2016
Published by --

Related categories Post-Visit Calls

When Sonora Regional Medical Center, part of Adventist Health, started making care transition calls, they quickly realized the benefit and importance of the information obtained in each patient connection. Through the use of Patient Call ManagerSM: The Clinical Call System (PCM), they have maximized their care transition call process to identify new ways to capture and leverage the information it provides. As a result, they have seen a reduction in readmissions and an increase in HCAHPS performance.
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Using Shift Huddles to Empower Leaders

Posted: April 13, 2016
Published by Erin Shipley, RN, MSN

Related categories Leader Development , Measurement/HCAHPS/CGCAHPS/VBP , Huddles

As a coach with Studer Group, I have the honor of traveling all over the country and seeing the incredible work happening in our medical centers and clinics. Wherever I go, the passion and drive that I see in the healthcare community is the same – healthcare leaders want to create the absolute best place for employees to work, physicians to practice medicine, and patients to receive care. With that determination for creating an organization-wide culture of excellence in mind, executives are focusing more and more on ensuring leaders at all levels receive proper training and development.
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Patient Communication that Builds Trust in Advance Practice Providers

Posted: April 05, 2016
Published by Josh Kosowsky, M.D., FACEP

Related categories Measurement/HCAHPS/CGCAHPS/VBP , AIDET® , ED Strategies

Over the past two decades, advance practice providers (APPs) have been growing both in sheer number of jobs and in their importance to the delivery of healthcare. U.S. labor statistics estimate that more than 90,000 physician assistants and 122,000 nurse practitioners are practicing today with growth rate estimates ranging from 33 percent to more than 50 percent over the next decade.
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