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News Article | April 25, 2017
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The hospitals included on this list are renowned for excellence. They are industry leaders in innovation, quality patient care and clinical research, and have received recognition across various publications and accrediting organizations. Becker's Hospital Review has published a version of this list since 2012. The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on analysis of several ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News and World Report's 2016-17 Honor Roll and specialty rankings, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades, Truven Health Analytics top hospitals, Most Wired hospitals and Magnet accreditation. The full list features individual profiles of all hospitals on the list. The full list can be read here. Note: This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals, health systems or associated healthcare providers, and organizations cannot pay for inclusion on this list. Organizations are presented in alphabetical order.


News Article | April 24, 2017
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ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson HealthTM business, released its annual study identifying 15 Top U.S. health systems based on balanced, system-wide clinical and administrative performance. Among the key findings in...


News Article | April 24, 2017
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Scripps Health is the only California system on Truven Health Analytics Top 15 list


News Article | May 3, 2017
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The American Association for Physician Leadership® announces the election of two new leaders of its board of directors and three accomplished physician leaders to join its board of directors. The new board leaders and members begin their tenure in May and serve four-year terms. New Board Chair: Alan P. Marco, MD, MMM, CPE, FAAPL Marco serves as president and CEO of Wright State Physicians, the faculty practice group at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. New Vice Chair: Daniel A. Lace, MD, CPE, FAAPL Lace serves as chief medical officer and principal of Leaders in Medicine, based in Wayne, Illinois. New Board Member: Thomas Higgins, MD, MBA, CPE, FACP, MCCM Higgins serves as chief medical officer at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, Massachusetts. New Board Member: Lisa Laurent, MD, MBA, CPE Laurent serves as president-elect of the medical staff and chairman of the credentials committee at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and President of Advanced Radiology Consultants, both in Park Ridge, Illinois. New Board Member: Byron C. Scott, MD, MBA, CPE, FACEP, FAAPL Scott serves as associate chief medical officer for Truven Health Analytics, which is part of the IBM Watson Health business unit, and on staff at Northwestern Medicine’s Immediate Care Center, both in Chicago, Illinois. “This talented group of physicians will enhance the strength of our board,” says Peter Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM, president and CEO of the association. “The members continue to endorse our goal of having many skills and facets within health care reflected among our board members.” The board of directors is made up of fellows or distinguished fellows of the association or members attaining a master’s degree with an association partner university. Candidates are nominated by their peers. A slate of candidates is brought before the membership in an online election in the first quarter of the year. Honoring Fellows: Dennis K. Wentz, MD, CCHP, FAAPL, was named a distinguished fellow of the association, and David J. Shulkin, MD, ACPL, FAAPL, and Ramanathan Raju, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE, FAAPL, were named honorary fellows. Shulkin is the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs, appointed to office in February. Other board members: Laura Clapper, MD, MPPA, CPE, FAAPL; Gregory Jolissaint, MD, MS, CPE, FAAPL; and Mark Lester, MD, MBA, CPE, FAANS, FACS, FACPE; Bret Burton, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAPL; Howard Shaw, MD, MBA, CPE, FACOG, FAAPL; Albert Tzeel, MD, MHSA, CPE, FAAPL; past chair Napoleon Knight, MD, MBA, CPE, FACEP, FAAPL. Retiring from the board are William R. Casperson, MD, FACS, CPE, FAAPL; and Anthony D. Slonim, MD, DrPH, CPE, FAAPL. The American Association for Physician Leadership® is the only professional organization dedicated to providing education, career support and advocacy to support physician leaders as they create transformative solutions within the rapidly evolving field of health care. Founded in 1975 as the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), the nonprofit association has educated thousands of physicians worldwide and has members in 46 countries at varying stages of their careers. The association is known for its award-winning magazine, the Physician Leadership Journal, its continuing medical education (CME) courses, and its Certified Physician Executive (CPE) certification program. Based in Tampa, Florida, the association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education credits, and by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management to award CPE certification. Learn more online at physicianleaders.org, via email at info(at)physicianleaders(dot)org, or call 800-562-8088.


NORC researchers reviewed available information related to FAIR Health, three other national databases and 15 state APCDs to determine the most reliable source of data when benchmarking out-of-network physician reimbursements at in-network facilities. The criteria on which NORC evaluated the databases, which were developed in consultation with Physicians for Fair Coverage, included: This analysis showed that FAIR Health met the most criteria and indicated FAIR Health is an important potential source of data. An important differentiator is that FAIR Health licenses their data for out-of-network benchmarking purposes unlike most other national data sources. This independent research showed that FAIR Health not only has an exceptionally large and geographically representative database, but also due to the ability to search data in a geographical zip code, offers deep local comparisons of physician charges. This conclusion follows, in part, from the following attributes of FAIR Health: For the purpose of identifying a standard benchmark, outlined by Physicians for Fair Coverage in the study, NORC's review found that using data from a national vendor had advantages over state APCDs.  NORC found that APCD data and access processes are not uniform across states, and because of these limitations, rendering a nation-wide standard and process for analysis of claims and costs associated with the establishment and maintenance of the databases very difficult. Moreover, the recent Supreme Court decision in Gobielle v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company means that states cannot require ERISA-regulated self-funded plans to report data, making it more difficult to apply benchmarks based on these data. "Our review found that FAIR Health offers a useful and localized data set that can be utilized to help inform policymaking with respect to how to reimburse for medical services provided by out-of-network physicians," said Jon Gabel, NORC's lead researcher. "Legislators across the country are recognizing that surprise insurance gaps are leaving patients exposed," said Michele Kimball, CEO, Physicians for Fair Coverage. "As they work to close these gaps caused by insurers narrowing physician networks, this NORC analysis demonstrates that using the FAIR Health database to better understand for out-of-network payments is the more comprehensive, transparent and inexpensive avenue for legislators compared to any other national or state database." The other three national vendors NORC reviewed are: Health Care Cost Institute, Blue Health Intelligence and Truven Health Analytics. The state based APCD's NORC examined in the report are: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. NORC conducted web-based research and a grey literature review to gain insights into vendors and databases. Then, NORC conducted phone interviews with executives from each organization to gather information about the organizations, the data each they maintain, and processes for accessing those data. The authors of the NORC study will formally unveil and discuss it Friday at 12:15 PM Eastern Time at the University of Georgia Law School symposium focusing on rural healthcare.  The symposium will be broadcast via live stream. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/independent-research-funded-by-physicians-for-fair-coverage-shows-that-fair-health-is-a-useful-source-of-data-for-out-of-network-physician-charge-benchmarking-300443289.html


News Article | May 1, 2017
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SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - May 01, 2017) - Hubert Greenway, M.D., chairman of Mohs and dermatologic surgery at Scripps Clinic, received the Frederic E. Mohs Award from the American College of Mohs Surgery at the college's annual meeting in San Francisco on April 28. The award honors Dr. Greenway's lifetime achievements in promoting Mohs surgery for skin cancer, through teaching, clinical practice, scientific contributions, innovation, mentorship and service. Unique surgical technique The late Dr. Mohs developed the Mohs surgical technique, which involves surgically removing skin cancer layer by layer and examining the tissue microscopically until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor is reached. The technique's precision, tissue-preserving capabilities and success rates of up to 99 percent make it a preferred treatment for various skin cancers. "Dr. Greenway has made enormous contributions to the field of Mohs surgery and to the many skin cancer patients he has successfully treated at Scripps," said Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder. "We are delighted to see him receive this richly deserved recognition." Clinical and academic leadership Since joining Scripps Clinic in 1984, Dr. Greenway has performed more than 31,000 Mohs surgery cases and has trained 46 fellows, who today practice throughout the world in academic and clinical settings. His career also includes numerous teaching roles, several clinical research studies published in peer-reviewed journals, and multiple chapters contributed to medical textbooks. Trained by Dr. Frederic Mohs Dr. Greenway was fellowship-trained in Mohs skin cancer surgery by Dr. Mohs at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and his bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia in Athens. He is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology, American Board of Mohs Surgery and American Board of Family Practice. A resident of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Dr. Greenway is a past chief executive officer of Scripps Clinic and a former president of the American College of Mohs Surgery. His medical service also includes assignments with the United States Navy, Air Force and Marines. In August, Scripps announced a partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center to create a comprehensive and clinically integrated cancer care program in San Diego. Work to establish the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center is now under way, and the program will be developed during the coming months. Established in 1967, the American College of Mohs Surgery promotes and advances the highest standards of patient care with respect to Mohs surgery and cutaneous oncology through fellowship training, research, education and public advocacy. ABOUT SCRIPPS HEALTH Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a nonprofit integrated health care delivery system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats more than 700,000 patients annually through the dedication of 3,000 affiliated physicians and more than 15,000 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, hospice and home health care services, 27 outpatient centers and clinics, and hundreds of affiliated physician offices throughout the region. Recognized as a leader in disease and injury prevention, diagnosis and treatment, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research, genomic medicine and wireless health care. With three highly respected graduate medical education programs, Scripps is a longstanding member of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Scripps has been ranked four times as one of the nation's best health care systems by Truven Health Analytics. Its hospitals are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation's best and Scripps is regularly recognized by Fortune, Working Mother magazine and AARP as one of the best places in the nation to work. More information can be found at www.scripps.org.


News Article | May 24, 2017
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The new 160,000-square-foot building, to be located at the corner of Sugnet Road and Orchard Drive, will consolidate Midland's off-campus cardiology offices along with the non-invasive cardiovascular testing and interventional surgical heart and vascular services. An additional $27 million will fund an added expansion to the building to incorporate MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland's full-service diagnostic and support areas, including lab and imaging. MidMichigan is also collaborating with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan, on the development of the remaining space in the new building. According to Postler-Slattery, the new center will make a strong impact on the local economy. "The presence of a regional heart center such as this increases the attractiveness of a community for employers seeking to recruit or to retain highly skilled employees. In addition to this benefit of a healthier workforce, this helps local employers compete in a growing, competitive market. MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland has been continually advancing its heart and vascular capabilities since the open heart surgery program began in August 2007. In fact, MidMichigan has had more than 65,000 outpatient visits and more than 3,000 inpatient discharges. The cardiovascular program accounts for 59 percent of MidMichigan Health's inpatient volume. "Time is muscle and when it comes to caring for the heart, every second counts. Having all of our services under one roof will provide an environment of seamless, coordinated care for our patients," said Cardiovascular Service Line Chief William Felten, M.D., F.A.C.C. "The proximity of services for our patients will also improve workflow efficiencies, communication and care delivery for our health care providers and staff. But, more importantly, it keeps our patients close to home, close to their loved ones and those that mean the most." "Our vision is to become the region's designation of choice for heart and vascular care and be recognized for our excellent clinical outcomes and patient experience," continued Dr. Felten. "This Center will help to make this possible for our patients in the regions we serve and throughout the state of Michigan." As part of the building project, the current Sugnet building, also known as the original Midland Hospital, will be demolished in order for construction on the new Heart and Vascular Center to begin. Demolition is slated for later this summer. Those interested in more information on MidMichigan's comprehensive cardiovascular program may visit www.midmichigan.org/heart. MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system, headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. Recently named one of the nation's 15 Top Health Systems® by Truven Health Analytics™, MidMichigan Health covers a 22-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin and now Mt. Pleasant. In addition to its Medical Centers, MidMichigan Health also offers both home health care and physician services. MidMichigan Physicians Group provides urgent care and medical offices in more than 32 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. The MidMichigan Health Foundation raises funds to support equipment, services and programs for patients and families served throughout the health system. MidMichigan has more than 7,200 employees, volunteers and physicians and provided $84 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2016. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/top-50-cardiovascular-hospital-plans-for-major-expansion-300463143.html


Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity based in Ontario, CA with a mission of providing quality, compassionate healthcare for all, is affiliated with Prime Healthcare. The Foundation includes 12 of the 44 hospitals within the award-winning Prime Healthcare network. One of the 12 Foundation hospitals, all of which are not-for-profit, is Knapp Medical Center located near Mission in Weslaco, Texas. Another member of Prime Healthcare in South Texas is Harlingen Medical Center located in Harlingen, TX. Mission Regional Medical Center is five-star rated for maternity care and nationally ranked in the top ten percent in the nation for joint replacement. The not-for-profit hospital offers a full range of medical, surgical and emergency services. "Mission Regional has provided high quality healthcare to the residents of Hidalgo County and surrounding communities for more than 60 years," said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare. "We recognize the hospital's successes and will partner with physicians, nurses, employees and the community to preserve this valuable healthcare institution for generations to come." "As a future member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation family of hospitals, we look forward to continuing our dedicated service to our community with additional resources and support from an award winning health system," said Javier Iruegas, FACHE, CEO of Mission Regional Medical Center. "We are confident this new partnership will help us enhance the quality of life in the Rio Grande Valley." The acquisition of the hospital is expected to close July 1, 2017. Prime Healthcare and the Prime Healthcare Foundation are dedicated to providing the best quality care to the communities they serve. Prime Healthcare has been recognized among the "15 Top Health Systems" three times by Truven Health Analytics, and its hospitals have been recognized 38 times among the "100 Top Hospitals" in the nation. About Mission Regional Medical Center: Mission Regional Medical Center is a 297-bed, non-profit hospital that provides inpatient and outpatient hospital services to the people of the Rio Grande Valley. Rated one of the top hospitals in the country for clinical excellence in many services including maternity and orthopedic care, Mission Regional Medical Center has been offering quality healthcare, close to home, for over 60 years. For more information visit www.missionrmc.org About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning national hospital system with 44 acute-care hospitals providing nearly 43,500 jobs in 14 states. Twelve of the hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity with a mission of providing quality, compassionate healthcare for all. Based in California and one of the largest hospital systems in the country, Prime Healthcare and its hospitals have been recognized as among the "100 Top Hospitals" in the nation 38 times and among the "15 Top Health Systems" three times, and Prime Healthcare is the only "Top 10 Health System" west of the Mississippi. For more information, please visit www.primehealthcare.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/prime-healthcare-foundation-signs-definitive-agreement-to-acquire-mission-regional-medical-center-300463524.html


News Article | September 8, 2017
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. and WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- While 97% of Americans who received a prescription for medication in the last 90 days filled it, the most-cited reason among respondents who did not fill their prescription was cost (67%), according to the Truven Health...


A system for providing medical providers with medical records accessible from a mobile terminal in one embodiment comprises reformatting the information in a medical record database to be used with large, ergonomic icons allowing easy transitions between pages of information in the medical record. Docking stations or wireless networks may enable the mobile terminal to access the medical records. Thus, the medical provider may have bedside access to the information in the medical records to make informed decisions about treatment regimens.

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