Faculty Interviews

Masood Safaee Masood Safaee, MD
System Physician Advisor
Intermountain Healthcare
Reducing readmissions is an important way to improve quality and lower health care spending, and hospitals are making significant progress. However, reducing readmissions is complex and many organizations are confused about the guidelines.
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Chandrakala Gowda, MD, MBA Chandrakala Gowda, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer
Kern Health Systems
According to Dr. Chandra Gowda, the positive results were clear when the Kern Health Systems implemented a model that essentially had case managers from both the hospital and the health plans looking after a patients' transition from hospital to home.
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Riad Z. Abdelkarim, MHCM, FACP Riad Z. Abdelkarim, MHCM, FACP
Chief Medical Officer & Vice President, Medical Affairs
St. Jude Medical Center (St. Joseph Health)
Dr. Riad Abdelkarim speaks on the prevalence of incomplete health documentation and how his hospital organization has addressed that.
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O. Scott Lauter, MD, FACP, FHM O. Scott Lauter, MD, FACP, FHM
Chairman, Department of Medicine
Lancaster General Hospital
Extensive changes are happening at Lancaster General to meet the patient's needs. Dr. Scott Lauter talks a little bit about what that involves.
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Robert J. Brewer, MD, MHSA Robert J. Brewer, MD, MHSA
Medical Director, Utilization Management
Henry Ford Hospital
A drop in inpatient admissions is part of a national trend due in part to the continuing rise of high deductible insurance plans. At the Henry Ford Hospital an overhaul of how its doctors and nurses care for patients has resulted in better coordinated care, improved outcomes and lower costs.
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William P. Stanford, MD, PhD William P. Stanford, MD, PhD
CEO, Stanford Hospitalist Medical Group, Physician Advisor of Cedars-Sinai Medicine/Clinical Innovation
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Dr. William Stanford of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center speaks on incorporating senior hospitalists into unit-based multidisciplinary rounds and how that is impacting overall efficiency and quality of care.
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Ada Rivera, MBA Ada Rivera, MBA
Director, Department of Medicine
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Lehigh Valley Health Network has been on the journey to establish an effective and efficient observation unit since 2006, Ada Rivera shares some of the lessons learned over the past 9 years.
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Stephanie M. Figueroa, Chief PA-C, MPAS Stephanie M. Figueroa, Chief PA-C, MPAS
Assistant Director of Observation Services, Chief Senior Physician Assistant
Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine
Stephanie Figueroa makes the case for closed observation units, saying having more control over the protocols and staffing will help achieve better outcomes.
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