Inside Medicine 7-31-2015

By | Inside Medicine
Greetings & Happy Friday,

The healthcare industry in Las Vegas has never been in a better position. Not only has healthcare been the top of mind in conversation lately, it has been top of tongue. Everyone is talking about healthcare… in a positive way.  Finally. I have lived in Las Vegas now for almost 23 years, and that has never been the case.  There is optimism.  There is strategy.  There is a plan.

Las Vegas is now home to 2 new medical schools that will  begin enrolling students in 2017, physician residency slots are set to double in the next 2 years and a much needed conversation about reimbursement rates is set to begin on October 1, 2015. That along with the blossoming Las Vegas Medical District, Henderson Healthcare Corridor and the growth of medical tourism with patients traveling to the valley for treatment, has created a new-found optimism that will put Las Vegas on the map for something other than gaming and entertainment.
It’s a great time to be in the healthcare business in Southern Nevada and we hope you are as excited as we are.  Enjoy this weeks edition of INSIDE MEDICINE Digital and don’t forget to share your good news with us. 

UMC Marks 25 Years As Nevada’s Only Level I Trauma Center

By | In The Media, Recognition

Clark County is home to a small group of super heroes, and it is a safe bet you can’t name one of them.

Take like Andrew Linn. His X-ray is featured on the UMC Trauma Center’s Wall of Hope, which highlights pictures of people who had a 1 percent chance of survival when they arrived at the hospital trauma center. Linn was impaled on a fence post in 2011 and lived to tell the story.

He and many others owe their lives to UMC.

Read more at the Las Vegas Business Press.

End-of-Life Advice From A Surprising Source: Rapper ZDoggMD

By | Editorial, Healthcare Innovation OPM

By Zubin Damania, MD, Special to Everyday Health

Like so many other medical professionals, I felt voiceless in the face of a gargantuan healthcare non-system built to do things to people, rather than for people. But after a decade of hospital practice, my cry for help looked slightly different than the typical midlife crisis. It involved the creation of a somewhat ridiculous, blue-scrubbed, rapping doctor alter ego. ZDoggMD could drop mad truth via YouTube in a way that Dr. Damania never could. I had finally found my voice.

But with our latest video on ZDoggMD, Ain’t the Way to Die, about the suffering caused by our failure to think and talk about our end-of-life wishes early on, I was moved to see that thousands of others were able to find their voices, too.


Read more at Everyday Health.

St. Rose’s Siena Campus Gets New Tower

By | Developments

A new tower at Dignity Health’s St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus, promises improved and expanded care from the emergency room to the operating room to the private-patient room.

The addition, which is scheduled to open in mid-August, will increase the hospital’s capacity to 326 private rooms and more than double the size of its emergency room, according to Dignity Health officials.

Read more at the Las Vegas Business Press.


Crovetti Orthopaedics: 1,000 Patients And Still Going Strong

By | In The Media, Recognition

When patients claim they heal quickly at Crovetti Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, they don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk – literally. At this one – of – a kind surgery center, patients are astonishly up and walking with-in the same day as their medical procedures.  Dr. Crovetti was recognized over a year ago for having reached his 500th patient.

Read more at My Vegas Magazine.

Nathan Adelson Hospice Selected To Participate In The Medicare Care Choices Model

By | Recent Releases, Recognition

Model aims to increase choice and quality by enabling individuals to receive palliative and curative care concurrently

Las Vegas – Nathan Adelson Hospice, the largest non-profit hospice in Nevada, announced they have been selected to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model. The model provides Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for coverage under the Medicare Hospice Benefit and dually eligible beneficiaries who qualify for the Medicaid Hospice Benefit the option to elect to receive supportive care services typically provided by hospice and continue to receive curative services at the same time. This announcement is part of a larger effort at HHS to transform our health care system to deliver better care, spend our dollars in a smarter way, and put patients in the center of their care.

All eligible hospices across the country were invited to apply to participate in the model. Due to robust interest, CMS expanded the model from an originally anticipated 30 Medicare-certified hospices to over 140 Medicare-certified hospices and extended the duration of the model from 3 to 5 years. This is expected to enable as many as 150,000 eligible Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immunodeficiency syndrome who receive services from participating hospices to experience this new option and flexibility.

“We are extremely honored to have been chosen for this important demonstration project,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President and Chief Executive Officer Carole Fisher. “Our participation will enhance our thriving palliative care program and will be a benefit to those with advanced chronic illness in our community.”

Participating hospices will provide services under the model that are currently available under the Medicare hospice benefit for routine home care and respite levels of care, but cannot be separately billed under Medicare Parts A, B, and D. Services will be available around the clock, 365 calendar days per year and CMS will pay a per beneficiary per month fee ranging from $200 to $400 to participating hospices when delivering these services under the model. Services will begin starting January 1, 2016 for the first phase of participating hospices and in January 2018 for the remaining participating hospices.

Individuals who wish to receive services under the model must fall into certain categories:

• Must be diagnosed with certain terminal illnesses (e.g., advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure and human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome);

• Must meet hospice eligibility requirements under the Medicare or Medicaid Hospice Benefit;

• Must not have elected the Medicare or Medicaid Hospice Benefit within the last 30 days prior to their participation in the Medicare Care Choices Model;

• Must receive services from a hospice that is participating in the model; and

• Must have satisfied model’s other eligibility criteria.

More information about this announcement is available at

For additional information on the model or list of participating hospices, visit and

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in providing hospice care and palliative medicine for more than 35 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 300 patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care.

The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit

OR Today Conference To Offer Certificate of Mastery Program For Surgical Services Management

By | Events

CCI to offer several CE classes, including the Certificate of Mastery Program for Surgical Services Management

OR Today Live! is proud to announce it will be partnering with the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) to provide valuable CE education in Las Vegas this summer. The educational program for the brand new OR Today Live! Surgical Conference, to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the Red Rock Resort, includes classes and workshops presented by CCI experts.

“This conference promises to be one of the most exciting and innovative in-person opportunities for OR leaders,” said Shannon Carter, chief executive officer and executive director of Competency & Credentialing Institute. “We are proud to be part of delivering exceptional educational content to the best-in-class perioperative managers and RNs.”

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with CCI for our inaugural OR Today Live! Surgical Conference, “ said John Krieg, president of MD Publishing Inc., parent company of OR Today. “This is a tremendous opportunity to partner with such a prestigious credentialing leader for our industry. Their standard of excellence will only enhance an already stellar OR Today Live! educational program.”

In addition to the education, attendees will also find unique networking events to relax and connect with colleagues at OR Today Live! Some of the festive events include the Poolside Welcome Reception in Cherry Lounge, Drinks and Door Prizes Happy Hour event and the marquee night, the Red Rock Lanes Bowling Party.

For more information and updates about OR Today Live!, visit
About CCI

Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) is a leader in credentialing, nursing competency assessment, and education for the perioperative nursing community. CCI has developed and maintained the CNOR, CSSM, CRNFA, and CNS-CP credentials for more than 35 years. The organization currently certifies more than 33,950 nurses.

CCI supports these credentialing programs with a suite of publications, exam preparation resources, certificate programs and CE offerings, including those being offered at the OR Today Live! Surgical Conference.

About OR Today

For nearly 15 years, OR Today has provided perioperative leaders and RNs with the latest up to date news and information concerning the surgical services profession. OR Today’s print and digital media delivers content that aims to educate readers on new guidelines, techniques and equipment, as well as practical information for career building, problem solving and over all well being.

For more information and updates about OR Today Live!, visit

For more information about CCI, please visit

Making the Rounds with Planning Dean Atkinson

By | Education, Recent Releases

Friends and Colleagues,

In my column in the first newsletter, I talked about the three former medical school deans who were providing consulting services, Deans Phillip Pizzo, MD, Stanford University, Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh, University of Pennsylvania, Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, and Thomas Lawley, MD, Emory School of Medicine. They spent three days in late June at UNLV examining our program. This week, we received their insightful 24-page report with nine concrete recommendations for a path forward.

One key recommendation was to reexamine our mission in the community. They believe we have an important role, an experienced and excellent team, and an innovative curriculum but our mission statement doesn’t adequately convey our compelling story. Is it aspirational?

Here is our statement:

“To develop a world-class center for medical education, patient care, and research that prepares Nevada’s doctors with the most innovative and technologically advanced forms of medical training while servicing the health care needs of a diverse and urban population through community partnerships.”

Bold? Compelling? Aspirational?

To help us, the deans suggested we look at the statement of the new Dell Medical School at The University of Texas, Austin. It reads:

“Revolutionize how people get and stay healthy by educating leaders who transform health care; evolving new models of person-centered, multidisciplinary care that reward value; advancing innovation from discovery to outcomes; improving health in our community as a model for the nation; and redesigning the academic health environment to better serve society.”

I personally think it’s a bit long and complicated but I want your feedback. What do you consider bold? Compelling? Aspirational?

We’ll be working on this for the next two weeks. I am interested in hearing your suggestions. Please email your ideas to

Best wishes,


Read more at UNLV School of Medicine.

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Consumer Reports Ranks Centennial Hills As Best Hospital In Region At Avoiding Infections

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, In The Media

Centennial Hills Hospital is a local leader in preventing potentially deadly infections, according to a Consumer Reports analysis of the region’s medical facilities released Wednesday.The hospital in the valley’s far northwest fared best in the study, which looked at the rate of infections including MRSA, C. difficile, central-line, catheter-urinary tract and surgical site.

Read more at the Las Vegas Sun.