Tell your doctor about your travel history

A recent Modern Health Care article noted “The key is getting that travel history right up front when you’re interviewing the patient and then as soon as you suspect MERS—even before you do the testing—you should make sure you have that patient on isolation precautions so they don’t spread to any other patients or healthcare workers.”

“The major lesson from this first MERs experience in the U.S. for other healthcare providers is “to think about MERS you really need to get a good travel history..,”.

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Often “primary care doctors’ appointments to be scheduled at 15-minute intervals”

“Some physicians who work for hospitals say they’ve been asked to see patients every 11 minutes.”

A recent Kaiser Health News article noted “ Patients – and physicians – say they feel the time crunch as never before as doctors rush through appointments as if on roller skates to see more patients and perform more procedures to make up for flat or declining reimbursements.” “

“Doctors have one eye on the patient and one eye on the clock….”

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If you go to the ER and stay in the hospital, don’t assume you have been admitted

Not so! You can be in a hospital bed for several days without actually being admitted with personal financial consequences.

Recently a New York Times article “ noted: “ But it turns out that even though you are receiving treatment in a hospital bed, you may simply be under observation, and technically are still an outpatient. That can cost you money if you are covered under Medicare, the federal health plan for older Americans.”

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Why Don’t Patients Remind Medical Professionals to Wash Their Hands?

I ask this question to every clinician examining me, doing a procedure on me, or drawing blood from me. Physicians. Dentists. Phlebotomists. Radiology techs. PTs.

And I prefer they wash their hands in front of me. Proper hand washing is the single most effective preventive medicine measure.

Recently a Bloomberg News article explained why it is important to remind clinicians to wash their hands. “Physicians shouldn’t take offense. We all can benefit from reminders about the basics. Years of education and expertise don’t mean that medical professionals aren’t human, and may sometimes forget a step in even routine procedures.”

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Compliance for Influenza Vaccinations Sets Record

After launching a much-publicized campaign in October to promote the influenza vaccination for faculty, staff, and students, the Mount Sinai Health System will report a record rate of vaccination compliance to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for the 2013 – 2014 influenza season.

Typically, vaccination rates for health care workers are around 60 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Health System’s overall compliance rate was 82 percent at the start of April.

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The Mount Sinai Health System Names Four Hospital Presidents

The Mount Sinai Health System has appointed four new hospital presidents to lead Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.

Evan L. Flatow, MD, a world-renowned leader in shoulder surgery who has made many clinical, educational, and research contributions to the care of shoulder disorders, will assume the position of President of Mount Sinai Roosevelt after March 1.

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A Ball, a Luncheon, and a Festive Reunion

Beth Israel’s Second Century Ball

It was an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and celebration at the Beth Israel 2013 Second Century Ball, held on Wednesday, November 13, at the Waldorf Astoria New York. More than 850 leaders, physicians, nurses, staff, and friends of the Beth Israel Medical Center gathered to support Beth Israel’s innovative clinical, research, and educational programs. The event raised $1.75 million to expand those initiatives and train the next generation of physicians. Beth Israel Medical Center Trustee Frank J. Bisignano and his wife, Tracy, served as this year’s Dinner Chairs.

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Mount Sinai is First to Use a New Device for Clearing Calcified Arteries

Interventional cardiologists at The Mount Sinai Hospital in October became the first in the world to use a new device to remove hard calcium buildup in a coronary artery in preparation for the placement of a stent to improve blood flow through the artery. The device, the Diamondback 360® Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration one day before it was brought to Mount Sinai for use.

Since then, Mount Sinai’s cardiac catheterization team has performed more than 25 procedures under the leadership of Samin K. Sharma, MD, Director of Clinical and Interventional Cardiology at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Sharma says there have been no complications during or after the procedures.

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