How to Run an Emergency Department Social Medicine Team

The EDSM team at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center was detailed recently in an article published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. The EDSM team at the hospital includes a patient navigator, social workers, care coordination nurses, a pharmacist, physician consultants, and specialists in transitional care, substance use, and quality improvement.

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CMS Puts Hospital Surveys on Limited Hold as Surge Continues

CMS officials said complaint investigations must and still will be carried out, but that to “ensure quality of care oversight, while providing hospitals the ability to focus on serving their patients and communities,” the federal agency is limiting the scope of hospital surveys for at least the next 30 days, with the potential for 30-day renewals to follow.

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APIC’s New CEO Focused on Coronavirus Pandemic Response and Lessons Learned

Devin Jopp, EdD, MS, began working as the new CEO of APIC in December. In previous roles, he has worked with prime healthcare stakeholders, including payers, providers, and healthcare information technology professionals. For example, he served as president and CEO at the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, which focuses on enhancing the exchange of healthcare information.

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Improving Medication Adherence

A host of additional snares have arisen during the past year, but Rose points out that, pandemic or not, patients struggle with three main medication adherence challenges: The patient never takes a prescribed medication at all. This can occur for a number of reasons such as misunderstanding their chronic diagnosis or the need for taking a medication.

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How to Create a Safety Protocol for Emergency Department Psychiatric Patients

Patients with psychiatric illness can spend lengthy periods of time in emergency departments waiting for psychiatric evaluation or transfer to an inpatient psychiatric facility. Earlier research found that the mean length of stay (LOS) for psychiatric patients in emergency departments awaiting an inpatient bed was 16.5 hours and LOS for psychiatric patients in EDs awaiting transfer to another facility was 21.5 hours.

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