From the President, December 2014

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 in President's Message | 0 comments

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

  • A great improvement in our completion rate for the physician satisfaction survey — 43 percent responded — but still room to improve next year. The Departments of Anesthesia, Surgery and Emergency Medicine had great response rates and improvements from the previous year. A raffle prize will be given to a member from each of those departments at the Annual Holiday Party.
  • Holiday Party: Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m., Bechtel Hall, HEC. Please RSVP to Medical Staff Office, 510-869-6565.
  • Sutter EHR update will go live Dec. 6. The Emergency Department will have the greatest impact and will have significant “at the elbow” support. There is significant opportunity for optimization for the rest of the Medical Staff. Please take some time to review the changes with Patty Fitzgibbons, who has been holding informal sessions in the cafeteria during lunchtime.
  • To make it easier for physicians to attend Thursday Noon Conferences, we will move all physician food to Fir Conference Rooms 1& 2 on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 pm. This will be a three month trial. A number of options were discussed and this was the most practicable. There will be a few other changes to the conference that Dr. Upadhyay, chair of Education Committee, will communicate to you.
  • An enhancement to the Hospital Volunteer Program is being created by Drs. Justin Lee, Hussein Gilani and Christine Wong. Please ask them how you can help.  Details soon.
  • Hopefully a “coffee cart” will be in the main lobby by the New Year.
  • The Surgical Hospitalists Program is being delayed slightly, as Administration is working on the exact metrics of the program.

 By Junaid Khan, M.D.

Welcome New Physicians

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 in New Physicians | 0 comments

Please welcome the physicians who joined our staff in November:

Amy Asandra, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Joseph Chan, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Ronald Chan, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Barry Engelstad, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Sunil Gandhi, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

David Goldberg, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Refugio Gonzalez, M.D.
General Surgery
2850 Telegraph Ave. #110
Berkeley, CA. 94705
(510) 204-8140

Daniel Kim , M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Norman Moscow, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Kiran Narsinh, M.D.
Gastroenterology
2089 Vale Rd. #33
San Pablo, CA. 94806
(510) 234-5012

Alvin Rivera, M.D.
Hospitalist
350 Hawthorne Ave. #2346
Oakland, CA. 94609
(510) 869-6883

Clare Rudolpf, M.D.
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2850 Telegraph Ave. #120
Berkeley, CA. 94705
(510) 204-8190

Robert Schick, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Kirk So, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Christopher Tran , M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Mark Tu, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

John Van Uden IV, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Vivian Wing, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Cindy Zhang, M.D.
Obstetrics & Gynecology
12 Camino Encinas
Orinda, CA. 94563
(510) 204-8180

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From the President, November 2014

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in President's Message | 0 comments

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

Happy Halloween!       

  • Vote No on Prop 46.  If you have any questions look at ACCMA.org to see why this will be harmful to our patients.
  • Please join us for the Holiday Party, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Bechtel Hall in the Health Education Center.
  • There are significant organizational changes to Sutter. You received an email from Pat Fry on Oct. 23 with details. The five regions will become two. One of the key goals is to improve the patient experience.
  • Coffee cart is anticipated in the lobby before the end of the year.
  • EHR access points are planned for the physician area in the cafeteria and lobby.
  • EMIM successfully replaced PACS in late October.
  • Medical Staff leadership and administration and have identified several opportunities for improvement with respect to staffing, particularly in the ICU. I expect the situation to improve quickly. Please let me know if you encounter an issue.
  • The surgical preop clinic is expected to start shortly.
  • We have increased our confidence in the accuracy of the medical record deficiency identification process and will expand it from the the top ten offenders to the entire delinquent list shortly.

 By Junaid Khan, M.D.

Medicare: “Two-Midnight Rule”

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Medicare has adopted the “two-midnight rule” requiring Medicare beneficiaries to meet inpatient criteria for two midnights in order for hospitals to bill as inpatients and to obtain the full DRG reimbursement.

  • This regulation requires physicians and hospitals to work more collaboratively.
  • The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has authorized its auditors to downcode physician claims if hospital documentation does not justify that claim.

For example, CMS may deny a physician claim for inpatient services if those services could have been provided under outpatient or observation status, and will recode the physician claim to the appropriate evaluation.

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, the California Medicare Administrative Contractor, has information on its website www.noridianmedicare.com.

By Dean J. Nickles, M.D.
Medical Director, Utilization Management

Holiday Party

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

SAVE THE DATE

 

The Summit Medical Staff And Administration

 Take Pleasure in Inviting You and Your Guest to

 A Holiday Party

 Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

HEC Bechtel Room

 Elegant Holiday Hors D’oeuvres!

Libations!

 Invitation to Follow

Welcome New Physicians

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in New Physicians | 0 comments

Please welcome the physicians who joined our staff in October:

Jeeven Brah, M.D.
Hospitalist
350 Hawthorne Ave.
Oakland, CA. 94609
(510) 869-6883

Nelson Bunin, M.D.
Internal Medicine
5915 Hollis St. Suite B
Emeryville, CA. 94608-2066
(510) 525-2400

Susan Cha, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Amit Chadha, M.D.
Hospitalist
2450 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA. 94705
(510) 204-1893

Sharon Chan, M.D.
Hospitalist
350 Hawthorne Ave. �
Oakland, CA. 94609
(510) 869-6883

Ruby Chang, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Angelo Crudale, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Arpita Doshi, M.D.
Hospitalist
2450 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA. 94705
(510) 204-1893

Erik Gaensler, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Karen Goodwin, DO
General Surgery
3300 Webster St.
Oakland, CA. 94609
(510) 835-9900

Stephen Hesseltine, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Emmy Ho, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgery
80 Grand Ave. 5th Fl.
Oakland, CA. 94612
(510) 451-6266

Mitul Kadakia, M.D.
Cardiologist
365 Hawthorne Ave. #201
Oakland, CA. 94609
(510) 452-1345

Richard Kerbavaz, M.D.
Otolaryngology
2316 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA. 94704
(510) 845-4500

Mark Kogan, M.D.
Gastroenterology
2089 Vale Rd. #33
San Pablo, CA. 94806
(510) 234-5012

Amy Lai, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Heather Lee, M.D.
Hospitalist
2450 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA. 94705
(510) 204-1893

Shlomo Leibowich, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Brandon Lu, M.D.
Pulmonary Diseases
633 Folsom St.
P.O. Box 7999
San Francisco, CA. 94120
(415) 600-7618

Thomas Mampalam, M.D.
Neurosurgery
2150 Appian Way, #100
Pinole, CA. 94564

Susie Ng, M.D.
Gastroenterology
300 Frank Ogawa Plaza, #450
Oakland, CA. 94612
(510) 444-3297

Keyvan Nouri, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Vishal Panchal, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Jacqueline Park, M.D.
Gastroenterologist
2089 Vale Road. #33
San Pablo, CA. 94806-3850
(510) 234-5012

Saurabh Patel, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Jonathan Posin, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Robert Shimshak, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Richard Sigel, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Eric Tao, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Clifton Watt, M.D.
Cardiologist
3300 Webster St. #410
Oakland, CA. 94609
(510) 549-4220

Vincent Wong, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. # 200
Walnut Creek, CA. 94598
(925) 296-7150

Laura Zhang, M.D.
Hospitalist
350 Hawthorne Ave.
Oakland, CA. 94609
(510) 869-6883

Medical Staff Services

From the President, October 2014

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in President's Message | 0 comments

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

Happy Columbus Day and Happy Halloween.

We have analyzed the viewing habits of the medical staff with respect to this blog/Medical Staff Newsletter. On average about half of you open the blog and on average spend about one minute reading the blog. How to most effectively communicate information out to the medical staff is a challenge of most medical staffs, and I have asked the chiefs of staff from all Sutter hospitals to share their current methods of communication with our group next month. If we see a better mousetrap we will adopt it.

In the meantime, knowing you will be spending one minute on reading this blog, I am going to adopt a bullet point approach to facilitate your reading. Please feel free to give us feedback.    Read More

New Tower Q & A

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

Where did the nursing station white board go?

  • Large white dry erase boards were not installed in the new tower.
  • To replace this function, a Sutter EHR Pre-Login View has been created and made available on a few of the nursing station computers.
  • When you log-in (as usual) on these specified computers, the unit’s patient information is displayed, including room/bed, patient last name, attending physician, assigned RN, and expected discharge date.
  • The use and effectiveness of this tool will be assessed over the next month or two.

 How do I locate the nurse for my patient?

  • From the nursing station, ask the clerk to contact the nurse.
  • From the patient’s room, call the phone number for the nurse that is listed on the patient’s white board.

Read More

Changes in the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the committee responsible for reviewing and overseeing research involving human subjects at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Beginning this past summer, ABSMC joined with other Sutter Health affiliates to administratively consolidate the separate affiliate IRBs into a unified Sutter Health IRB. This consolidation follows the directive of the Sutter Health Research Governance Council, which, under the leadership of SH Senior Vice President for Research & Education, Martin Brotman, M.D., adopted a plan in December 2012 to consolidate various research operations across the Sutter system.

In accordance with the Research Council directive, the IRBs at both the Summit and Alta Bates campuses were merged into the new Sutter Health IRB, effective Sept. 2. This new Sutter Health IRB (SHIRB) includes members of the Summit and Alta Bates IRBs, as well as members from the former CPMC and Sac/Sierra IRBs, and follows substantively similar policies and procedures as the previous local IRBs. Read More

Single Fax Number for all Pre-Surgical Related Medical Records

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is constantly striving to improve work processes to enhance the provider and patient experience.

Our goal is to improve the efficiency for your office. We would like to decrease the need for your office to fax documents to several different numbers. As of Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, for the Summit Campus only, please fax all pre-surgical related medical records, including your H&P, results and orders to the Same Day Surgery fax number 510-869-6681. We will get it scanned into EPIC upon receipt.

H&P Requirements:

  • H&P exams performed within 30 days prior to admission may be used if the physician writes an update note in EPIC, or interval H&P note, within 24 hours of admission, but prior to surgery.
  • H&Ps performed more than 30 days prior to admission do not comply with timeliness requirements and a new H&P must be performed.
  • All H&Ps must include a date, time and signature.
  • When faxing H&Ps, please ensure all pages of the document are faxed to Same Day Surgery, 510 869-6681.

Please do not fax or send any more pre-surgical documents to Medical Records, as this will result in duplicate data in the record and cause confusion for your provider and the nursing staff taking care of the patient.

Thank you in advance for supporting Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s efforts to improve the provider and patient experience.

 By Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Department of Perioperative Services