Best read of the week

 

Pregnant Woman’s Heart Attack Story Serves as a Wake Up Call
NBC10: Nowadays heart disease is the No. 1 killer for men and women. Now researchers say pregnant women have newly discovered risk factors. School nurse Zakiyyah Morrison shares her heart attack story in hopes of helping save lives. Doctors at Mainline Health helped Morrison through it.

Additional news media reports on MLH physicians and the health care industry, excerpted from MLH’s daily Morning News Report:

Main Line Health News…
Freezing Pain Away With Cryotherapy
NBC10: Cryotherapy is a cool new health craze that people in the Philadelphia region are catching on to. It freezes parts of the body to relieve inflammation, pain and stress.

Regional Health News…
Jefferson Health reports success 2 years into GE partnership: 6 questions with Chief Integration Officer Kathleen Kinslow
Becker’s Hospital Review: Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health embarked on an eight-year shared-risk partnership with GE Healthcare in July 2017 to optimize its patient care strategy.

Healthcare Business News…
Providers aren’t talking to patients about costs and it’s affecting patient satisfaction, VisitPay study shows
Healthcare Finance News: A third of respondents also said growing healthcare costs impact their ability to seek care, study says.

Quality and Safety News…
Milder flu season may be due to a better flu vaccine match, report says
NBC News: The less severe flu season doesn’t underscore the very serious consequences flu can have, experts say.

Patient Care News…

Racial Disparities In Cancer Incidence And Survival Rates Are Narrowing
NPR: Dramatic decreases in deaths from lung cancer among African-Americans were particularly notable, according to the American Cancer Society.

How CVS is becoming a full-service health care provider
CBS News: Fresh off its purchase of Aetna, drugstore chain CVS is refashioning itself as a full-service health care provider.

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MLH supports heart month throughout February

Throughout the month of February, MLH is offering events in the community and on the MLH campuses to promote heart health. Click here to find more information about MLH’s calendar of events for February 2019. Don’t miss out on the health fairs, educational seminars and screenings hosted all throughout the MLH community! To register for an upcoming event below, call toll-free 1.888.876.8764 or visit mainlinehealth.org/heartmonth.

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MLH employee Flower Show discount tickets available

By Jennifer Myers, marketing

As an exhibitor at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Main Line Health employees are eligible for discount tickets to the Philadelphia Flower Show. A special coupon code has been created for Main Line Health employees, valid through March 1 at 12 am. The offer is only valid up until Flower Show opens. Use the special coupon code for $2 off adult any day or adult weekday admission, with a limit of 4 per transaction. The coupon code is MLHE2019.

To purchase your tickets to the show, visit https://theflowershow.com/, click on the “Tickets” tab and enter the coupon code at check-out. While you are at the Flower Show, be sure to stop by the Main Line Health exhibit: Cultivating wellness from the ground up!

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STEEEP Huddle: E for Effective

This week’s STEEEP Huddle topiccontributed by Maria Flannery, division director, Physician Practice Management and Ambulatory Care – highlights the new online scheduling option for MLH urgent care locations. Continually finding new ways to better serve and meet the needs of our patients is an important part of ensuring we are being effective in the ways we provide care. Patients can access online check-in via the urgent care page on the Main Line Health website.

The STEEEP Huddle topics are posted on the Performance Excellence 2020 site at landing.mainlinehealth.org/PE2020.

 

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Clinical Trial of the Week: Interventional trial for patients diagnosed with peripheral artery disease

By Donna Loyle, communications specialist, LIMR

Main Line Health is now a site for the TRANSCEND cardiovascular study. This prospective, multi-center, randomized, single-blind clinical trial is comparing the investigational SurVeil drug-coated balloon (DCB) with the FDA-approved IN.PACT Admiral DCB for treatment of patients with Rutherford classification 2, 3 or 4 due to femoral and/or popliteal arterial disease.

The SurVeil DCB uses two coatings meant to improve efficiency and uniformity of paclitaxel-drug transfer to the targeted lesion relative to currently available DCBs. Eligible patients enrolled in the study will be randomized to receive either the SurVeil DCB or the IN.PACT Admiral DCB. Patients receive follow-up care for five years.

Eligible patients must not have acute limb ischemia. Additionally, patients must not have undergone:

  • Intervention involving the target vessel within the previous 90 days
  • Any lower extremity percutaneous treatment in the ipsilateral limb using a paclitaxel-eluting stent or a DCB within the previous 90 days
  • PTA of the target lesion using a DCB within the previous 180 days

Other inclusion/exclusion criteria apply.

The principal investigator is Alexander Uribe, MD. For more, visit https://www.mainlinehealth.org/research/clinical-trials/transcend

 

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LIMR to host educational lecture on neuropathology indicators

Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR) invites all clinicians and researchers to join us for an educational lecture entitled “Brain endothelial-derived extracellular vesicles as indicators of neuropathology,” with Servio Ramirez, associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 2:00 pm. Dr. Ramirez’s laboratory focuses on the study of how brain pathologies affect the neurovascular unit and how these changes lead to the disruption of the blood-brain barrier. The lecture will take place in McLean Conference Room in Annenberg at Lankenau Medical Center.

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BMRH receives CARF accreditation

By Donna Phillips, president, BMRH

It is with great pride that we announce Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital has been accredited for a period of three years by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation an organization can receive and indicates the organization’s substantial compliance with CARF standards. In January, a team of surveyors visited our campus and we successfully demonstrated our commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. This accreditation reflects the commitment to excellence shown by all our staff and volunteers. Thank you for your daily commitment to our patients and the community.

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MLH Hospitals named Best Hospitals for 2019 by Healthgrades

Congratulations to all four MLH acute care hospitals that made it to this year’s list of Healthgrades’ Best Hospitals for 2019.

Lankenau Hospital was ranked among the top 50 hospitals nationwide. In addition, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital were ranked among the top 250 hospitals in the report.

To read more about this designation, read the Philadelphia Business Journal article on the Philadelphia-area medical centers that made the list this year.

 

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Best read of the week

 

Measles Outbreak Sends Vaccine Demand Soaring, Even Among The Hesitant
Kaiser Health News: Demand for measles vaccine has surged in the Washington county where the highly contagious virus is linked to more than 50 confirmed illnesses this year — including among people who had previously shunned the shots.

Additional news media reports on MLH physicians and the health care industry, excerpted from MLH’s daily Morning News Report:

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18 Philadelphia-area medical centers make the grade as ‘best hospitals’
Philadelphia Business Journal: Eighteen Philadelphia-area medical centers and health systems made it to this year’s list of Healthgrades’ best hospitals for 2019.

 Regional News…

Using opioids to treat addiction is considered the gold standard. So why aren’t more doctors prescribing them?
Philadelphia Inquirer: Doctors need no special training to prescribe the opioid pain pills widely blamed for fueling a national addiction crisis.

Health Business News…..

Rising Prices Lead to All-Time High Healthcare Spending
HealthLeaders Media: Americans are paying more for the same amount of healthcare, according to a new report from HCCI.

Quality and Safety News…
Low reimbursement rates from private payers to mental health providers may curb patient access
FierceHealthcare: Reimbursement rates from commercial insurers to mental healthcare providers may hinder patient access to such care, according to a new study.

Patient Care News….

Flu has sickened more than 13 million this season: 5 things to know
Becker’s Hospital Review: The CDC estimates that there have been 13.2 million to 15.2 million flu illnesses this season.

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LMC to host educational lecture on aortic aneurysms

Lankenau Heart Institute invites you to join us for an educational lecture entitled, “Evolution in the Diagnosis and Management of Aortic Aneurysms in the 21st Century,” with Joseph S. Coselli, MD, professor of Surgery and chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:00am. The lecture will take place in the Annenberg Conference Center, Lankenau Medical Center, 100 E. Lancaster Ave., Wynnewood, PA.  Breakfast will be served

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