May 12, 2015
Volume 2, Number 2
From the CEO’s desk
I want to thank everyone for working hard to provide unmatched health care to our patients. Your efforts are making a difference in the lives of our patients.
Keep in mind that physician referrals play an important role in the well being of Wright State Physicians patients. I am encouraging all of you to refer your patients to other physicians within our organization when primary or specialty care is needed.
Another resource is the Wright Health Pharmacy. Located on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center, the pharmacy offers medication therapy management and is willing to work with our physicians as part of a patient’s health care team.
In other news, Wright State Physicians Family Medicine is building collaborative relationships with patients to help them maintain good health and avoid illness. The practice recently submitted its documentation to be recognized as a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Dermatology is working with other Dayton-area dermatologists to offer free skin cancer screenings to promote early detection and prevention of skin cancers during the week of May 11-15.
In Internal Medicine, Roberto Colon, M.D., director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and associate professor of internal medicine, is committed to changing the common misperception by doctors and patients that more tests and medications are better for patients.
As always, the leadership team appreciates your commitment to our patients.
Alan Marco, M.D., M.M.M.
Physician referrals play an important role in the well being of Wright State Physicians patients. Management is encouraging physicians throughout Wright State Physicians to work together to connect patients to other doctors within the organization.
Wright State Physicians offers primary and specialty care in several areas, including Dermatology; Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine; Internal Medicine; Neurology; Obstetrics & Gynecology; Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation; Pediatrics; Physical Therapy; Plastic Surgery; Psychiatry; Surgery; Surgical Oncology; and Vascular Surgery.
“We have the resources to facilitate physician-to-physician referrals through athenahealth,” said Alan Marco, M.D., M.M.M., president and CEO of Wright State Physicians. “We are encouraging all of our physicians to refer patients to other Wright State Physicians doctors when primary or specialty care is needed.”
Dr. Marco explained that physician referrals help drive revenue to other Wright State Physicians doctors. Consequently, this helps the organization as a whole. “By driving our patients to other primary or specialty care doctors within Wright State Physicians, we are keeping the revenue within our organization,” he said. “This seamless care benefits the patient and Wright State Physicians.”
So the next time you have a patient that needs primary care or specialty care services, go to the WSP website and click on Find a Doctor to search for a colleague who can provide services to your patient.
Located on the second floor of the Wright State Physicians Health Center, Wright Health Pharmacy is more than just a place for patients to drop off their prescriptions. Patients are welcomed with personalized service and treated like family.
Because Wright Health Pharmacy is an apothecary pharmacy, the pharmacists devote 100 percent of their time to patients’ pharmaceutical needs. Patients can get medication reviews, diabetes products and services and email and text message refill reminders.
“We recognize that everyone has unique health care needs and concerns,” said Matt Bone, R.Ph., one of the pharmacists at Wright Health Pharmacy. “We are committed to providing the patients of Wright State Physicians with the service and care that supports their health and wellness. We take the time to answer patients’ questions, counsel them on products and offer them the latest information on staying healthy.”
Wright State Physicians Family Medicine submitted its documentation in March to be recognized as a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.
Through this new approach to health, a team of health professionals, led by a personal physician, work together to coordinate all aspects of preventive, acute and chronic needs of the patient. The NCQA is the most widely adopted PCMH evaluation program in the United States. As a recognized practice by the NCQA, Wright State Physicians Family Medicine would be one of more than 9,000 primary care practice sites to earn NCQA PCMH Recognition.
Skin cancer affects one in five Americans. However, skin cancer has a better than 98 percent cure rate if it is detected and treated early, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
As part of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month®, local Dayton-area dermatologists are offering free skin cancer screenings to promote early detection and prevention of skin cancers during the week of May 11-15. Morning and afternoon appointments will be available at several locations throughout the region. Because space is limited, appointments are required.
“Nationwide, dermatologists volunteer time each year to conduct free skin cancer screenings,” said Julian Trevino, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. “Each year, millions of people get skin cancer. These screenings can help find skin cancers early when they are the most treatable and beatable.”
About 30 percent of health care costs in the United States — more than $750 billion annually — is spent on wasted care, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP).
Nationwide, physicians and medical societies are alarmed by this trend. The ACP has developed a High Value Care (HVC) initiative to help physicians provide the best possible patient care, while reducing unnecessary costs to the health care system. The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation along with Consumer Reports, also has launched its own campaign, Choosing Wisely®, in which medical specialty societies have developed lists of tests or procedures that are overused and evidence-based recommendations.
At the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, medical educators and practitioners like Roberto Colon, M.D., F.A.C.P., director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and associate professor of internal medicine, are concerned about the common misperception by doctors and patients that more tests and medications are better for patients.
“Despite knowing the guidelines and most appropriate management, a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that many physicians continue to over test for patient reassurance,” said Colon, who also sees patients through Wright State Physicians. “Some of those unnecessary tests and procedures can cause patients harm.”
Meagan Moe, electronic health records coordinator for Wright State Physicians, has compiled some tips for using athenaNet, athenahealth’s cloud-based platform, to help you provide the best health care possible to our patients.
If you have any additional questions about athenaNet, contact Megan Moe at email@example.com.
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