Nuts & Bolts of Psychiatry scheduled for May 14

 

The next Nuts & Bolts of Psychiatry will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 5-8pm in the LMC Auditorium. This program is designed to provide up-to-date outpatient management skills for patients with psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression, adult ADHD, and sleep disturbances. The issues of access to care and medication side effects and complications will also be discussed. A buffet dinner will be served. Pre-register at mainlinehealth.org

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STEEEP Huddle:  E for Equitable

 

This week’s STEEEP Huddlecontributed by Barry Mann, MD, chief academic officer and Chinwe Onyekere, System director, Health Equity and Graduate Medical Education, focuses on Main Line Health’s annual Disparities Colloquium. As part of the Diversity, Respect and Inclusion initiative, MLH is focused on eliminating disparities of care and ensuring all are treated equally and with respect. Employees can focus on reducing disparities at point of care and achieve a greater understanding of our patients’ and co-workers’ cultural backgrounds. This year’s Colloquium will be held on Friday, June 7, 7-9am in the LMC Auditorium.  Video conferencing will be available at other locations announced in Connections.

 

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

 

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Welcoming DVACO’s new Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Angelo

By Katherine Schneider, MD, DVACO president

Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization (DVACO) is fortunate to have Mark Angelo, MD joining us as chief medical officer and his timing could not be better.

With the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announcing challenging new models for its Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and deeper engagement with commercial payers in our future, Mark is taking the clinical reins of the organization at a pivotal point.

Fortunately, he comes well prepared for the tasks ahead. He joins DVACO from Cooper University Health Care where he served in many roles, including medical director for Population Health and as chief executive officer of the AllCare Health Alliance ACO. He will manage all activities of the DVACO clinical team including quality, care coordination, population health pharmacy, post-acute strategy, clinical integration and practice transformation.

For more from Dr. Angelo, including a blog post about practice transformation and the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (“AWV”), click here.

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SBAR:  Locations of Death Certificate Bins for Signature Changing effective April 15

By Jonathan Stallkamp, MD, regional VP, Medical Affairs, BMH & LMC, and James R. Gengaro, DO, regional VP, Medical Affairs, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital

SITUATION: The Death Certificate Bins that are currently housed at each campus’ ED Registration will be moved to the Public Safety (Security) Office.

BACKGROUND:  In December, the postmortem process was standardized across the System.

ASSESSMENT:  During the operational adaptation of the policy, it has been recommended that the Death Certificate Bin be moved to the Public Safety (security) Office. This will help to streamline the process as well as increase Public Safety’s awareness as to who is in the building.

RECOMMENDATION: The Death Certificate Bins will be moved to Public Safety effective Monday, April 15.  Please notify your teams accordingly.

  • BMH – Security Monitor Room inside the Bryn Mawr Avenue Main Hospital Entrance
  • LMC – Main Hospital, Zone A, 1st Floor (off of the stairs leading to the cafeteria)
  • PH – Pavilion, Ground Floor, ED waiting area
  • RH – Public Safety Office, Main Hospital, 1st Floor, ED Waiting Room
  • BMRH – Death Certificates will continue to stay with the human remains

 

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Open office hours set by population health research team to help MLH clinicians with their research initiatives

MLH Clinicians: Are you interested in performing research studies to help improve the health of those in our community, but you’re unsure of how to get started or the next steps to take to advance your projects? The Main Line Health Center for Population Health Research (CPHR) at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research can help you with research study design, biostatistics support, survey research and much more.

To help facilitate such research endeavors, CPHR staff recently established drop-in office hours on a first-come/first-served basis on Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9 a.m., and Thursdays, 4 – 6 p.m. in office #R112 in Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, which is on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center.

“Our new policy of open office hours represents one more opportunity for us to support population health research efforts across Main Line Health,” said Sharon Larson, PhD, executive director of CPHR.

Note: Clinicians performing population health research also are welcome to contact the CPHR staff to set up individual appointments outside of those open office hours.

Questions? Contact Dr. Larson at larsons@mlhs.org, or Meg Jones, CPHR administrative assistant, at 484.476.4625, or jonesme@mlhs.org.

To learn more about CPHR, visit mainlinehealth.org/cphr

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Clinical Trial of the Week: Screening study of patients with recurrent non-small cell lung cancer

By Donna Loyle, communications specialist, LIMR

The Lung-MAP clinical trial is a master screening protocol for recurrent non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The primary objective of this randomized phase II/III clinical study is to test patient specimens to determine eligibility for participation in the biomarker-driven and non-matched sub-studies included within the Lung-MAP umbrella protocol. If assigned to a sub-study, participants will then undergo a new, targeted cancer therapy or a combination of standard care.

Lung-MAP contains both a screening component and a clinical trial component:

  • Patients can participate in the screening component either at progression on prior therapy or to be pre-screened while receiving therapy for stage IV or recurrent NSCLC.
  • The clinical trial component consists of studies evaluating a drug-biomarker combination for patients determined to have a matching biomarker, and non-match studies evaluating therapies in patients without any of the study biomarkers.

Eligible patients must have been diagnosed with stage IV or recurrent NSCLC. Patients must have received at least one line of systemic therapy for any stage of NSCLC and must have progressed during or after their most recent line of therapy.

The study is approved for all Main Line Health acute care hospitals. Albert DeNittis, MD, and Paul Gilman, MD, are the principal investigators. More information about the Lung-MAP trial is available at www.mainlinehealth.org/research/clinical-trials/lung-map

 

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Best read of the week

5 most challenging Joint Commission requirements for hospitals in 2018

Becker’s Hospital Review: The Joint Commission listed the maintenance of fire protection systems as the requirement most often identified as “not compliant” during surveys and reviews at hospitals in 2018.

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

Main Line Health News…
Leveraging AI And New Partners In Healthcare Transformation

Health Forum: Main Line Health (MLH) is in the midst of real transformation as it responds to the rapid changes of the healthcare industry.

Regional Health News…
Report: Flu hospitalizations up 62 percent in 2018

The Daily Item: The number of hospitalizations in Pennsylvania due to the flu increased 62 percent in fiscal year 2018, according to new research by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

Healthcare Business News…
Poll: Americans blame pharma, insurers and providers for high health costs

Politico: Most Americans are focused on what they’re being charged for health care, not how much they or an aging population are consuming, according to a new POLITICO/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll.

Quality and Safety News…


How Can Doctors Be Sure A Self-Taught Computer Is Making The Right Diagnosis?

NPR: Some computer scientists are enthralled by programs that can teach themselves how to perform tasks, such as reading X-rays.

 Patient Care News…
Immune system therapy shows promise fighting cancer

USA Today: A treatment that helps the immune system fight deadly blood cancers is showing early signs of promise against some solid tumors, giving hope that this approach might be extended to more common cancers in the future.

 

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MLH represented at NAHSE event recognizing Women’s History Month

By Shonalie Roberts, program administrator, MSA Program & Health Equity

In recognition of Women’s History Month, numerous MLH employees attended a recent National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) event, Resilient Bold and Forceful Women in Healthcare, on March 30 at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. This inaugural annual women’s forum featured women executives and trailblazers in the Delaware Valley area in the fields of healthcare administration, technology and medicine, including MLH’s own Maribel Hernandez, MD, cardiologist and Chinwe Onyekere, System director of Health Equity & Graduate Medical Education.

NAHSE is a non-profit professional association of health care management professionals that seeks to advance minorities in leadership roles. Its purpose is two-fold: to develop and provide a network for under-represented minorities in health services administration and to raise awareness and address issues of health care disparities in our communities. Locally, NAHSE Delaware Valley Chapter spans southern New Jersey, Philadelphia and its western suburbs and northern Delaware.

The mini-conference commenced with a keynote address from Joy Calloway, NAHSE’s interim executive director, on the seven keys to professional resiliency, boldness and forcefulness. Thereafter, attendees dispersed into three educational tracks: medicine, technology and administration, where moderated panelists led inspiring discussions around hot topics in each field and shared words of professional wisdom. Hot topics such as digital health, TIME’s UP healthcare, unconscious bias and micro-aggressions were discussed.

In addition to Chinwe and Maribel, MLH attendees were:  Shonalie Roberts, president, NAHSE Delaware Valley Chapter and program administrator, MSA Program & Health Equity; Alia Barnes, Patient Services representative, Main Line HealthCare; Allyson Bennett, manager, Human Resources; Florastine Byarms, health educator & injury prevention coordinator; Jameyshia Franklin, director, Patient Experience; Denisha Hopkins, reimbursement/planning specialist; Michelle Johnson, program coordinator, HR Education and Development; Tabish Mian (not pictured), program coordinator, Podiatry Residency & General Surgery Internship; Eveline Phillips, Community Health; AJ Sababu, claims system coordinator and Sharnae White, administrative intern/concierge coordinator.

 

 

 

 

 

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Join Team MLH at the ACS Bike-a-thon scheduled for June 9

By Mike Smukler, Finance director, BMH, and MLH team captain

On June 9, 2019, Main Line Health will once again field a team to ride in the American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon.  Last year there were 3,367 participants and Main Line Health fielded the 2nd largest team of 116 riders. This event raised in excess of $1,386,000 to fight cancer.  The Main Line Health team came in 4th place, having raised over $50,300. Since the team’s inception in 2005, we have raised over $677,000 in our fight against cancer. Our goal this year is 150 participants raising over $65,000 and maintaining our status as the top health care team. Our end point lunch and team tent will be on the beach. Can you think of anything better than an enjoyable bike ride and a dip in the ocean?

This event is open to all Main Line Health employees, physicians, outside support employees (Aramark, JLL) volunteers, board members and their immediate families and their friends. In addition, we are encouraging cancer-surviving patients to join our team.

There are six route options ranging from 20 miles to 100 miles. It is for riders of every skill level. This year’s ride will start at the Ben Franklin Bridge at 6:30 am and end at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (67 miles). In addition, there is an optional 100-mile route, a 55-mile route starting in Cherry Hill, NJ, a 31-mile route starting in Hammonton, NJ and a 20-mile route starting in Egg Harbor NJ. This ride is heavily patrolled with support vehicles in case you or your bike breaks down.  There is police support at most intersection

All adult riders have a minimum fund raising total of $100 this is on top of your registration fee.

The registration fee is $80 ($180) from April 1 to May 31, and from June 1 until the day of the event, the fee is $100 ($200). Youth are free, but must raise $40 total.  Funds that you raised can be applied against the fee. This fee includes a required $100 fundraising fee.  All team members are encouraged to raise additional funds to fight cancer. To register please go to www.acsbike.org Click “Register”, then “Join a Team” (Team Main Line Health) and follow the steps to register.

For those of you who think you can’t do it, just consider the following: in the past, Main Line Health had a cancer survivor patient who was in his mid to late 60s still undergoing radiation treatments finish the ride. And don’t be surprised if an 80-year-old passes you– there were several. You will be amazed how many kids do the ride.  It can be a great family event. This event is not a race; it is a bike ride to raise funds to fight cancer.  It should be a fun, enjoyable day.

Please support our riders as we raise money to fight this disease. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, at SmuklerM@mlhs.org or 484.337.8082. I look forward to seeing you on the road.

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BMH featured in CBS3 webcast on concussions

BMRH’s Brian McDonald, DO, director, Outpatient Brian Injury & Concussion Program, and Clint Beckley, occupational therapist, educated CBS3 viewers about concussion treatment at Bryn Mawr Rehab during their live interview with CBS3 Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl. Click here for the link to the webcast.

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