Dr. Michael Lipscomb, ApolloMD Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer, has practiced emergency medicine for almost 25 years and possesses extensive experience in optimizing both department flow and patient satisfaction.
After noticing the impact of stress on his career, Dr. Lipscomb developed a renewed focus on cultivating personal and professional wellness among health care professionals.
The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the largest physician value-based care payment program, is aimed at continuous improvement in quality and healthcare costs. Not the first of its kind, MIPS or similar quality and cost related programs are here to stay. Physicians and APCs must understand the 2021 performance year thresholds, how to improve scores and what is on the horizon from CMS for continued success....CONTINUE READING
Juan Class, MSN, ACNP-BC | From the middle of the emergency department, I can hear sirens ringing faintly in the distance. Second-by-second, the ringing grows louder. As I step away from my workstation and look out of the back doors, I see lights flash in the distance. At that moment, I know those lights and sirens are heading this way. Within what feels like mere seconds, a Chattanooga Police Officer...CONTINUE READING
It’s been two years since we recapped the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). MIPS remains the largest physician value-based care payment program and...CONTINUE READING
Left Without Being Seen (LWBS) is a healthcare term often used by emergency departments (ED) to designate a patient encounter that ended with the patient leaving the healthcare setting before he/she could be seen by a certified physician. A low LWBS rate is a reflection of how well an ED is achieving its primary objective of being the safety net for its community. Patients lost as LWBS also impact liability as well as hospital revenue....CONTINUE READING
Congress enacted the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) in 1986 as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1985. It was originally designed to prevent hospitals from refusing to see patients based on their inability to pay, and to assure they transferred patients only when appropriate and in a safe manner....CONTINUE READING