Acquisition lays the foundation for industry-leading HIPAA-compliant healthcare communication and information exchange via a single platform.
MEA|NEA, the recognized leader in secure health information exchange for medical and dental providers, announced today that it has acquired The White Stone Group, Inc., a best-in class provider of healthcare communication management solutions. This move positions the company to create a single, highly-integrated platform for the secure exchange of protected health information and communication management between patients, providers, payers and health plans.
“Together, our solutions will enable clients to more effectively manage critical patient information that typically resides outside the electronic health record, closing the gaps in documentation and improving the continuum of care through a fully accessible patient record.” [Read more…]
At the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), nurses have boldly dared to transform their nursing program into a place where patient care, science, research, and evidence combine for improved practice, responsible economics, enhanced mentoring, and a fertile place to allow extraordinary nurses to develop. Fostering a Research-Intensive Organization addresses how a strong nursing research agenda can impact patient care and influence the redesign of services needed to effectively respond to a changing healthcare environment.
This book provides a comprehensive review to support the practice environment as an important place to advance nursing science through research by: providing examples from the MGH experience useful in explaining the importance of a nursing research agenda, discussing the support for and the conduct of research applicable to nurse’s professional and personal development, demonstrating how to design a research infrastructure and the provide the resources, support, and organizational commitment needed to promote research in practice settings, sharing ideas about mentoring, evidence-based practice, methods and evaluation, instrument development, and post-doctoral fellowships and developing new funding sources, partnerships, team-building, and engagement in multidisciplinary research activities.
Written and edited by Jeanette Ives Erickson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; Marianne Ditomassi, DNP, MBA, RN; and Dorothy Jones, EdD, RN, FAAN, FNI, the new STTI book, Fostering a Research Intensive Organization: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Nurses from Massachusetts General Hospital, is an informative, educational book filled with valuable resources to guide the development of a research agenda in care delivery.
Clinicians with a range of research expertise will find discussions about the support for and the conduct of research applicable to their professional and personal development.
The latest trend garnering attention in the orthopedic industry is the performance of joint replacement surgery in an outpatient or pseudo-outpatient setting. Some of the reasons for this shift include the potential to avoid the bottlenecks and inefficiencies of an inpatient hospital scenario, reduce costs of the procedure overall, improve the patient experience, and create a competitive advantage through a cutting-edge approach.
Only a handful of hospitals currently provide outpatient joint replacement within their portfolio of orthopedic services; in fact, many hospitals and providers around the country are still learning about it. Depending on point of view, outpatient joint replacement can certainly be viewed as a competitive advantage or threat, especially since programs that provide these services are gaining market foothold, even hundreds of miles away.
Corazon believes that an outpatient joint replacement program can reap the benefits above, but only if built on the strengths of the entire clinical team, along with favorable market dynamics, demographics, and population health index. A market analysis and business plan can be an invaluable first step. Then, when moving forward, greater considerations emerge. Based on Corazon experience, successful programs have several key building blocks in common. [Read more…]
Since its approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this summer, Dr. Flavia Davit and I have been trained by Kythera Biopharmaceuticals (the manufacturer of Kybella) in its use for the treatment of submental fullness, otherwise known more commonly as the double chin.
As a board member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the Kythera scientists continued to update our organization and sought our opinions about its use over the past eight years.
The treatment works.
Submental fullness can impact a broad range of adults, both women and men and of average weight. There are a wide range of factors that contribute to it including aging, genetics, and weight gain. Diet and exercise while always important have limited impact.
Our cosmetic surgery practice is particularly proud to be among the first in Pennsylvania to offer this treatment to our patients. We have already completed the procedure numerous times with the anticipated positive results and very satisfied patients. [Read more…]
Alcoholics Anonymous began in the 1930s with 12-step meetings that helped people with drinking problems get sober. Since then, men and women addicted to alcohol and drugs have started their journeys toward recovery with AA’s essential first step: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.” It is a statement with profound implications, both for the people who are ready for their lives to change and their family members.
“Addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, the family’s unity, mental health, physical health, finances and overall family dynamics,” according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). It is often difficult to understand and remember that addiction is a complex, chronic brain disease. However, treatment is available and lasting recovery is possible. Furthermore, professionals who treat addiction believe that viewing the condition as a family disease needs to be part of the healing process.
Current Research on Addiction
Genetics play a role in addiction. A study published in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics explains that both genetic and environmental variables cause a person to begin drinking alcohol or using drugs. A person’s risk for addiction is related to whether they have relatives with addiction. That risk is highest with cocaine and lowest for hallucinogens, according to research that compared 10 different kinds of addictive agents, including alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana. [Read more…]
Nathan Formaini, DO recently joined Armstrong Orthopedic Associates in August of 2015. Born and raised in the Kittanning area, he graduated from Ford City High School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with honors. Dr. Formaini attended the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating at the top of his medical school class before completing a five-year orthopedic residency through Ohio University at Doctors Hospital and Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
He concluded his surgical training with a one-year shoulder and elbow fellowship under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Levy at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Returning to the area with his wife, Kristen, and son, Leonardo, Dr. Formaini is excited and grateful to be serving the same communities in which he grew up.
Dr. Formaini brings a superior level of care in the fields of general orthopedics, sports medicine, arthroscopic procedures, as well as hip replacement and knee replacement surgery to Armstrong County and the surrounding region. In addition, Dr. Formaini has a special interest in shoulder and elbow surgery, having completed a surgical fellowship focusing on complex shoulder and elbow problems.
Conference Director, Dr. Lois Krahn previews Delivery Science Summit 2015. Hosted by the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, the conference is September 16-18, 2015, in Rochester, Minnesota. http://deliverysciencesummit.mayo.edu
A very busy independent Infectious Disease practice in Pittsburgh is in need of an additional physician due to the retirement of one of the group. This practice has a couple of state-of-the-art offices and admits to several excellent university-affiliated hospitals in both the metro area and suburban locations.
The practice is offering a very competitive compensation package with an incentive component and excellent benefits. There is a partnership opportunity after two years. Candidates must be board certified, or if coming out of a fellowship, obtain their board certification within two years.
For full details, please contact Daniel Stern at Daniel Stern & Associates at 800-438-2476 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thierry Verstraeten, MD, an ophthalmologist with Allegheny Health Network, is the new president of the Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society. His peers elected him to a two-year term that runs to 2017.
Dr. Verstraeten is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists. He practices at Allegheny Ophthalmic & Orbital Associates, P.C., based at Allegheny General Hospital.
“This is a tremendous honor because it is a selection made by my fellow ophthalmologists in the Pittsburgh area,” Dr. Verstraeten said. “The Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society is dedicated to promoting the importance of preventive eye care as well as quality medical and surgical care and rehabilitative services for people with ophthalmologic diseases. Additionally, I look forward to leading the Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society as we work to continually advance the practice of ophthalmology.” [Read more…]