System/Hospital News

ICD-10 Preparation Online

In preparation for the ICD-10 go-live on October 1, 2014, Premier Health has contracted with Precyse University to offer you online educational training tools. The specialty-specific modules, arcade game, and simulators have been assigned.

  • The specialty-specific modules look at the most significant changes to documentation requirements within a specialty and offer specific examples of these changes.
  • The Arcade is a suite of fun and educational games and tools, such as Word Searches and Crossword Puzzles, which support the ICD-10 education.
  • The Simulators allow you to practice coding a real, redacted medical record in ICD-10. Each medical record is provided as a single simulator in which you must review documentation and assign the correct diagnostic and procedural codes.

The e-learning modules are not mandatory, but are highly recommended to prepare you for documenting to meet the ICD-10 requirements. You do not need to complete the e-learning modules in a specific order.

To access these courses, go to HealthStream. The tab labeled “My Learning” lists the current assignments available to you. The tab labeled “My Transcript” lists courses you have completed. If you start a module, but do not complete it, you can return to it later. Contact Robin Coale, Premier Health Technical Education & Support, if you are having problems accessing HealthStream or the assignments. For more information, email Robin Coale or call (937) 903-8892.

Premier Health Patient Medication Assistance Program

Many drug manufacturers offer assistance programs for patients unable to pay for their prescription medication while in our hospitals. In order for each hospital to be replaced/reimbursed for these medications, significant paperwork and follow up must be done. Consequently, Premier Health has contracted with Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions (PHS) to provide administrative and operational assistance for our patient assistance program. A patient assistance program of this type has proven quite effective in defraying costs expended on non-funded patient care. A health system of our size can expect $1 million of medication cost savings. In addition, once the hospital receives the medication from the manufacturer, the patient’s bill is credited this expense.

The patient assistance programs vary widely from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some programs require physician’s signatures, while others do not. We request your prompt cooperation if you receive a request from the PHS reimbursement analyst. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the varying patient assistance programs.

In this time of dwindling payments and increasing costs, it is a pleasure to have a program to assist our hospitals, and the uninsured patients for whom we provide care. Please do not hesitate to contact Paul Mosko or Carissa Daum, should you have any questions or comments concerning our indigent drug reimbursement program.

Atrium Medical Center

Atrium Medical Center and Premier Health recently were honored as recipients of the Community Service Award by the Middletown/Monroe/Trenton Chamber of Commerce. We received the award in acknowledgement of all we’ve done to improve timely and accurate stroke care for the region with the implementation of telemedicine for stroke.

The MRH Memorial Archway project, worked on by Eagle Scout Pablo Alarcon Cabrera, was selected as the Dan Beard Eagle Project of the Year. This honor is awarded to only one Eagle Scout project per year. We are immensely proud of the hard work and dedication that Pablo and all of the Boy Scouts showed in building this lasting monument to those who passed in service to the hospital. We are pleased to now work with another Eagle Scout candidate – Nick Moore – who plans to build a Reflection Garden as part of our Caregivers Memorial Garden. We look forward to seeing what his hard work will achieve.

Atrium welcomed six new physicians to its medical staff: Ibrahim Ahmad, MD; Madhu Kandarpa, MD; and Arthur Tsai, MD - nephrologists from Kidney Care Specialists in Kettering; Susan E. Berner, MD, a family practice physician with a speciality in geriatrics; Robert Lambert, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Premier Physician Services; and Kiran Poudel, MD, providing telemedicine service with the Clinical Neuroscience Institute.

Good Samaritan Hospital

Love was in the air on Valentine’s Day at Good Samaritan Hospital as young people in the community reached out and did something special for our patients. Fairview PreK-8 School delivered 49 handmade Valentine’s Day cards to be given to patients at Dayton Heart and Vascular Hospital at Good Samaritan. The sentiments from the kids were heart-felt and the HV staff enjoyed spreading good cheer. At Good Samaritan North Health Center, a Tippecanoe High School Senior, B.J. Donathan, was spreading his version of good cheer to some of our cancer patients. B.J. planned and organized “Hope Is Beautiful,” a spa day for cancer patients. Various vendors were on-hand to do hair, make-up, nails, massages, and wig fittings.

On January 29, 2014, leadership from Good Samaritan Hospital, GSH Foundation staff and board members, Good Samaritan North Health Center patient Ann Huffaker along with her friends, family and care team gathered in the lobby of Good Sam North to celebrate. The celebration focused around the generous gift of art Ann Huffaker donated. “The Story” by Jim Gray is an abstract painting containing more than 20 depictions of religious imagery. A framed print of this piece now hangs in main lobby of Good Sam North for all to enjoy. The gift was Ann’s way to say thanks to the care team who made such an impact on her life and to offer comfort and consolation to other patients.

In February, CityWide Development manned a table in Good Sam’s cafeteria to educate and/or remind employees about HomeChoice. This program provides financial incentives to GSH employees to purchase a home in the Phoenix Project neighborhoods surrounding Good Samaritan Hospital. Up to $5,000 in down payment assistance is available for employees who meet program requirements. Employees are also eligible to receive Mortgage Credit Counseling.

Miami Valley Hospital

All lanes are now open in the Miami Valley Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Center. For a little over a year, physicians and caregivers had been living in a construction zone, but, in mid-January, renovation was finally completed.

A need for bigger rooms and more beds with monitors at one of the busiest emergency departments in the area was the impetus behind a $12 million renovation and expansion. The north, south, and east references once used to designate areas of the emergency department when it opened in 2001 have gone away. New references are green, gold, blue, and rapid treatment Area. Staff work stations have been placed closer to treatment rooms, making delivery of care more efficient.

Now that work in the emergency department is complete, the area has a total of 77 patient rooms. This includes 73 monitored beds, four beds for psychiatric patients, and a new area called the “rapid treatment station.” This space features six cubicles to treat patients with minor emergencies.

The emergency department gained additional square footage by annexing space once occupied by a specialty clinic. Now all patient treatment rooms are nearly double in size, to accommodate equipment needed to care for patients.

Construction workers were busy converting a former specialty clinic adjacent to the emergency department into additional emergency rooms at the hospital, which is owned by Premier Health. The expansion will result in more rooms with vital sign monitors, oxygen resuscitation, and other equipment upgrades.

The hospital’s emergency department now has 70 treatment rooms, but only 31 of those rooms have monitors. When the year-long project is completed in November next year, the department will have 81 treatment rooms with 74 beds with monitors.

Jolyn Angus MBA, BSN, RN has assumed the role as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at MVH. Jolyn has over 30 years of professional expertise as a registered nurse. She is an experienced nurse executive in building and maintaining successful nursing leadership teams, advancing professional nursing practice, and promoting collaboration among healthcare teams in order to promote a customer-centered environment. Jolyn has been a nurse executive since 2006 for a healthcare delivery system based in Dallas Texas. In her leadership roles she served hospitals in Georgia, California and Florida. Jolyn initially obtained her diploma in nursing (1982) and completed a BSN degree (1996) from Clayton State College, GA, completed an MBA (2001) from Georgia State University and is now enrolled in a Doctorate program at the University of Illinois. She is both skilled and prepared to lead MVH efforts to enhance the health of our community in a cost effective manner.

The American Heart Association has awarded MVH the honor of being a “Fit-friendly Worksite.” MVH earned a Gold Award. This is the sixth consecutive year MVH has earned the distinction which is based on having a fitness center, offering wellness and fitness classes, providing healthy food and beverage choices in the cafeteria and offering nutrition education.

MVH continues to advance new technology for our community. Dr. John Matsuura performed the first case using the Magellan robotic system this month. The technology was made possible through a generous gift from Robert Brethen Foundation. The technology will be featured April 3 during a special open house. More details will be coming.

MVH has partnered with the University of Dayton for the Fifth Annual Healthcare Symposium to take place Saturday, April 5. Board members will be receiving a brochure in the mail for the symposium with details regarding registration. Three renowned speakers will discuss exciting new ways US healthcare is being delivered. Speakers include T.R. Reed, reporter for the Washington Post, David Moen, MD, president of Bluestone Solutions LLC and Ken Coburn, MD, MPH, co-founder, CEO and medical director of Health Quality Partners.

Upper Valley Medical Center

Annual UVMC CEO update meetings were held with Miami County Commissioners in February. In other community outreach activities, UVMC Leadership participated in annual Miami County Legislative Luncheon and the launch of the new City of Troy recruitment video which included a local health care component filmed at UVMC.

Upper Valley Cardiology provided a variety of informational programs on cardiac health at Edison Community College in February in addition to free screenings and counseling sessions provided as a part of heart month. In addition, a Cardiac Rehab patient testimonial profile and heart healthy nutrition feature were coordinated for inclusion in a special newspaper section distributed throughout Miami and Shelby counties.

Dr. Irina Gendler, family practitioner with UVPC/Troy Primary Care, and native of Russia, was featured in a personality profile in the Dayton Business Journal’s Multicultural Dayton section published in conjunction with the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia. Dr. Gendler came to the United States from Russia in 1997 and became a US citizen in 2001.

Technology linking stroke patients and the care team at the UVMC emergency department (ED) with a stroke neurologist is helping to close the window of time needed to assess and begin treatment in the ED. The Premier TeleStroke Network, now active at UVMC, is a secure, two-way audio/video link that allows immediate access for the stroke neurologist, patient, family, and caregivers to see and talk with each other to effectively assess the medical situation and discuss next steps. The connection allows an off-site stroke neurologist to check vital signs, examine CT scans, review the patient chart, and visually examine the patient.

The TeleStroke Network provides access to a stroke neurologist within minutes of the patient’s arrival. The ED physician evaluates the patient and confirms a probable stroke; that sets off an in-house stroke alert. The stroke neurologist, who carries a specially outfitted laptop when on call, is contacted, and a team of caregivers – from nursing, lab, imaging, respiratory, and chaplaincy (to assist with family) – is coordinated. The technology allows for the speedy care of the patient in a situation when time, and attention to the brain, are of the essence.

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