Our Best Doctors

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

An article in the January 2015 San Francisco magazine, listed the best doctors in eight Bay Area counties. The list was compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a health-care research and information company that has made it its mission to guide patients to the finest physicians and hospitals in the country.

The company asks doctors to nominate their own. (And, no, doctors can’t nominate themselves, nor can they pay to be included.) The company also requests recommendations from medical professionals in the Bay Area, including hospital executives and members of county medical societies.

After sifting through nearly 3,000 nominees in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma, Castle Connolly’s team narrowed the list of top docs down to 551 names.

The Summit Medical Staff members included in the list:

Internal Medicine
Samuel Dong, MD
Robert Sandberg, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiology
Nitish Badhwar, MD
Paul Ludmer, MD
Carleton Nibley, MD

Cardiovascular Disease
John Edelen, MD

Hand Surgery
Kendrick Lee, MD

Interventional Cardiology
Robert Greene, MD

Bradley Wrubel, MD
Robyn Young, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Heidi Wittenberg, MD

Richard Kerbavaz, MD

Pediatric Hematology & Oncology
Elliott Vichinsky, MD

Plastic Surgery
Stephen Daane, MD

Pulmonary Disease
Christopher Brown, MD
Brandon Lu, MD

Brian Kaye, MD
Molly Magnano, MD

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Russell Stanten, MD

Charles Wen, MD

Vascular Surgery
Lamont Paxton, MD

From, Medical Staff Services

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

New Screensavers at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On Monday, June 2, a new screensaver was launched on computers at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, delivering important information to employees and physicians that improves our work experience and engagement at the medical center. Messages appear on computers plugged into the network, appearing only when a computer is “asleep” in downtime. They do not interfere with work or any personalized “wallpaper” saved on computers.  Messages will include information about: Read More

From the President, February 2014

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Roger Phelps, M.D.Welcome to another New Year, and welcome back to another edition of your Medical Staff’s newsletter.

This is my last report to you.  I won’t presume to offer any sage overviews or insightful comments.  That’s beyond my capacity.  Instead I wish merely to express to you my thanks for your time and support over the last two years, and to ask you to join me in wishing all best good fortune to my successor, Dr. Junaid Khan, who will be the Summit’s Medical Staff President for the next two years, and to Drs. Donna Tigno and Charu Puri, who will serve respectively as the Medical Staff’s Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer for that same period.  (As past president, I’ll move along, still attend many a meeting, and serve as chairman of the Credentials Committee.) Read More

Utilization Management–Choosing Wisely Campaign

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In an effort to encourage physicians to practice more cost-effective medicine and avoid overuse of medical tests and treatment, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation developed a Choosing Wisely Campaign. The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) has joined this initiative and has identified five recommendations for improving resource use in the hospital, as follows: Read More

Medicare Patients & Diagnostic Tests

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In a recent study published in August Health Affairs, Medicare patients received more diagnostic tests and referrals to the emergency department when being treated by doctors who worry more about malpractice liability. This study evaluated the care of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries who were being seen with new complaints of either chest pain, headache or lower back pain.  Read More