Two New ER Docs Go On the Most Epic Road Trip/Job Search Ever

Jim McQuistonEditor’s note: the following is an excerpt from the The Story of MEP, a forthcoming book of stories from MEP providers and support staff about their lives, values, motivations, and career paths.

Jenny and I met during my intern year at Syracuse. She was my medical student and her dorm was only a stone’s throw from the hospital. I could make it back to the ICU in less than three minutes. It was a scene straight out of Gray’s Anatomy. I’ll admit that it took a dozen times for me to realize that her requests to review EKGs yet again meant something entirely different than I thought. We started dating and she got very good at EKGs that year.

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Four Lessons for Hospitals from a Trip to Disney World

David Klein headshotRecently, I returned from a trip to Disney with my family. It was my third time at the parks, but this trip was different. My wife and I were thrilled to have brought our three children, son in law, and, most importantly, our two grandchildren. Seeing my three and a half year old grandson, Erez, greet each experience with awe and excitement certainly left me smiling.

Of course, my dedication to my profession didn’t falter, and as an emergency physician and Chief Medical Officer for a physicians group I found myself taking lessons from Disney and applying them to our hectic life in the hospitals we serve.Continue Reading >

Posted in Life in the ER, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization

Emergency Medicine Physicians At the Center of Achieving the Triple Aim

Vipul Kella HeadshotIt is amazing to me how far emergency medicine has come as a specialty. Until the 1970s, emergency rooms were staffed by low-level resident interns who moonlighted for extra money or physicians who couldn’t find work elsewhere. After finally getting recognized as a specialty, the specialty still spent a few decades finding its way: developing training programs, improving quality, and generally trying to raise the bar on emergency care in the U.S.Continue Reading >

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How Mentorship & Leadership Development Took Me from Residency to Assistant Medical Director

Neil Roy HeadshotEditor’s note: the following is an excerpt from the The Story of MEP, a forthcoming book of stories from MEP providers and support staff about their lives, values, motivations, and career paths.

As I approached residency graduation, like many new physicians before me, I was scared. During residency I had been surrounded by mentors – people guiding my personal growth and development, and I was scared that on my own, that growth would stop.Continue Reading >

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What Does Patient Choice Have to Do With Integrated Care?

Angelo Falcone headshotRecently I was taking care of a gentleman in one of our Emergency Departments named Paul. Paul is 55 with a history of alcohol abuse. He also had some psychiatric problems, and was diagnosed with rectal cancer approximately one year ago.

He was placed in one of our psychiatric rooms as he was visibly intoxicated and complaining of the abdominal pain. On further questioning he was concerned that his abdominal pain was getting worse and he was scheduled for surgery at a university referral center for possible release of adhesions (scar tissue) in his abdomen.Continue Reading >

Posted in Future of Healthcare, Life in the ER, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization

Now Accepting Applications for the 2015 Thai McGreivy, MD, Memorial Scholarship

Thai McGreivy PhotoMEP is now accepting applications for the 2015 Thai McGreivy, MD, Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Thai McGreivy, a dear friend and one of MEP’s founding partners, and in collaboration with his wife, Katherine.

The scholarships are awarded each year to a selected high school senior, and can be renewed each year. The recipient can be the child of any employee of MEP or its partner companies, including all partner hospitals or facilities, and PSR.

Applications for this year’s award must be postmarked by May 1st to be considered. Please download the full application and guidelines here: 2015 Thai McGreivy, MD, Memorial Scholarship.

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What to Consider When A Huge Publicly-Traded Company Buys Your Emergency Group

Kyle Bray headshotHospital leaders who are successful managers today are successful because they manage change. The great hospitals leaders by now have become masters at it. But there’s a difference between change you can see coming (bundled payments, EHR implementations, declining reimbursements, CINs) and change that shows up unannounced on the front door.

That’s often what it feels like when a huge, publicly traded company acquires a smaller physicians group. It can feel like a long-lost uncle suddenly showing up at your doorstep, which is to say it’s not always all harmonious. Continue Reading >

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Obamacare’s Big ER Question: Is Volume Rising or Falling?

Russell Max Simon HeadshotAt the beginning of 2014 MEP analyzed data that showed a steep drop in ER visits in hospitals across Maryland and DC. Then, just last month a major report from Modern Healthcare showed that visits at the nation’s busiest emergency rooms had actually increased in 2014. The headline read: “ER visits still rising despite ACA

Scanning headlines can often lead to confusing conclusions: sometimes ER visits are going up, and sometimes they’re dropping.Continue Reading >

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Change in the ER? Here’s The Right Way to Transition Physician Groups

Emergency physicians often have deep and emotional ties to the communities they serve. If a hospital administration decides to switch emergency management groups, there is great potential for stress, both amongst hospital staff and the community, not to mention push-back on both the administration and the new group.

Hospital administrations that do decide to transition ER groups must be prepared. During the time just before, during and after a new group assumes control of the emergency department, trust within the community can be weakened or strengthened, quality physicians can be retained or lost to other hospitals, and emergency department culture can be energized or left to deteriorate.Continue Reading >

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MEP’s Top Five Most-Read Posts of 2014

MEP’s “The Shift” set a new bar for quality in 2014, with more than a dozen individual authors contributing exceptional posts  on everything from better patient communication to the shifting attitudes about choosing medicine as a profession. MEP stories were picked up and republished in outlets including KevinMD, the PracticeLink Blog, and Fast Company, while MEP authors were interviewed by national and regional publications as a result of their writing.Continue Reading >

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