The Man Who Touched His Own Heart: True Tales of Science, Surgery, and Mystery
by Rob Dunn; c.2015, Little, Brown; $27.00 / $30.00 Canada; 384 pages
Baptist Health System and Tenet Healthcare Corporation have signed a definitive agreement to create a joint venture that will operate a healthcare network serving Birmingham and central Alabama. The new network will include all Baptist Health System hospitals, Tenet’s Brookwood Medical Center and each organization’s related businesses. Under the joint venture arrangement, Tenet will be the majority partner and will manage the network’s operations.
Editors note: CMS mandates that acute care hospitals must participate in the HCAHPS survey. This survey, which is conducted by CMS-approved vendors, is composed of 32 questions for patients to answer concerning the quality of care they experienced in the hospital. As a component of the value based payment system, a hospital can gain or lose reimbursement dollars based on their performance in this survey.
Overcrowded emergency rooms and ambulance diversion are problems around the country, and Birmingham is no exception.
A patient arrives at your facility with Ebola-like symptoms. After taking the necessary precautions, you run the requisite tests, conduct a patient interview, and determine that in fact the patient has contracted the Ebola virus.
by Patrick Di Justo
c.2015, Three Rivers Press; $15.00 / $18.00 Canada; 255 pages
As physicians, most of your time is allocated to your patients and to patient care. Little, if any time is allocated to the business of medicine.
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
Advanced Surgeons Introduces Endoscopic Procedure for Obesity
For people fighting to lose 40 to 50 extra pounds, weight loss strategies are definitely not a one size fits all proposition. They often find themselves in the unenviable “in between” position of being too heavy to sustain their efforts long enough to reach their goal weight and settle into maintaining it—and not heavy enough to qualify for weight loss surgery—or, at least, not before a creeping scale moves even higher.
Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum
by Gavin Francis
c.2015, Basic Books; $26.99 / $33.99 Canada; 253 pages
Matching the Referral to the Patient
When the condition is less serious and the patient is well enough to go to and from outpatient appointments, the choice may be obvious.
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