New Health Care Model Puts Results First

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, In The Media

The health care industry is experiencing a shift in the relationship between insurance companies and health care providers, with many large-scale providers and insurance companies joining forces to provide patients with improved levels of care. This often includes partnerships to create new payment models with incentives to promote better quality of care at a lower cost.

Read more in VegasInc.

Dr. Matthew Carlson Of Touro University Offers Tips On Holiday Wellness

By | Healthcare

Dr. Matthew Carlson, an assistant professor and assistant director of the family medicine residency program at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, hasn’t heard of leisure sickness, but he has heard of a similar malady dubbed “paradise syndrome.  That, he says, has been described as affecting “basically workaholics, people who are running at 110 percent, or trying to, all the time.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

MountainView Hospital Offers First-Of-Its-Kind Procedure To Treat Adults With Severe Asthma

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, Recent Releases

MountainView Hospital first in Nevada to offer Bronchial Thermoplasty

Las Vegas, NV November 30, 2015 — MountainView Hospital is the first in Nevada to offer Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) delivered by the Alair™ System to help alleviate the symptoms of severe asthma in adults.

Bronchial Thermoplasty is a safe outpatient procedure that is proven to reduce asthma attacks and emergency rooms visits for at least five (5) years in adult patients with severe asthma, and is shown to improve asthma-related quality of life for people living with the disease.
The first part of the three-part surgery was performed by Dr. Arnold Chung, cardiothoracic surgeon with MountainView Hospital’s Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates, on a patient at MountainView Hospital in October, with the second surgery scheduled for the end of November, followed by the final surgery in December.

More than 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma, and approximately 5 to 10 percent suffer from severe asthma. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), managing uncontrolled asthma consumes over $18 billion of health care resources each year. In the U.S. each year, asthma attacks result in approximately 10 million outpatient visits, 2 million emergency rooms visits, 500,000 hospitalizations, and 3,300 deaths.
Prior to Bronchial Thermoplasty, doctors had only pharmaceutical medications to offer their severe asthma patients temporary relief from asthma symptoms. MountainView Hospital offers this first of its kind medical device procedure to provide severe asthma patients with a safe, long- lasting, and proven treatment option to help reduce asthma attacks.

“By offering the Bronchial Thermoplasty procedure, MountainView continues to demonstrate its commitment to bringing the latest in therapies to our community,” said Chris Mowan, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to partnering with the community’s pulmonologists and allergy specialists to offer their patients another option for severe asthma.”

In a clinical study, 79 percent of patients treated with Bronchial Thermoplasty saw a significant improvement in their asthma-related quality of life.
Many asthma patients become accustomed to avoiding the many environmental triggers that increase their risks of having an asthma attack, such as staying indoors during pollen or cold weather seasons, avoiding perfume and cigarette smoke, avoiding exercise or any type of exertion or stress.

People with severe asthma can miss work, school, and even avoid traveling due to the effects of the disease. In addition, adults whose severe asthma symptoms persist despite taking the maximum tolerated medications are at risk of suffering life-threatening asthma attacks requiring immediate treatment at an emergency room.

“In a city of 2 million people, like Las Vegas, an estimated 2,000 people have life-limiting asthma,” said Dr. Chung. “This procedure has the potential to be life changing for those patients who qualify.”

Clinical studies on Bronchial Thermoplasty

Bronchial Thermoplasty delivered by the Alair™ System is a safe outpatient procedure that has been proven to reduce asthma attacks and emergency rooms visits for adult patients with severe asthma. In a clinical study, at year one compared to a control group, patients who had the Bronchial Thermoplasty procedure showed:
·32 percent reduction in severe asthma attacks
· 84 percent reduction in emergency room visits for respiratory related symptoms
· 66 percent fewer days lost from work, school, and other activities due to asthma symptoms

In addition, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the most-cited journal in the field of allergy and clinical immunology, published data confirming the lasting effectiveness and safety of Bronchial Thermoplasty, including:
● The reduction in severe asthma attacks was maintained out to five years.
● The reduction in emergency room visits for respiratory symptoms was maintained out to five years.
● No increase in hospitalizations, asthma symptoms, or respiratory adverse events over the course of 5 years.

The Bronchial Thermoplasty procedure is not a substitute for pharmaceutical medication as prescribed by a doctor. It works along with pharmaceuticals to provide less risk of asthma attacks and its complications for those suffering from severe asthma.

Read more at MountainView Hospital.

WellHealth Medical Group Announced The Hiring Of Two Doctors

By | Recent Releases, Recognition

WellHealth Medical Group has announced today that Dr. Jay Hsu will be joining WellHealth’s Cardiology division. Dr. Hsu will begin to see patients at the WellHealth Cardiology office at 601 South Rancho Boulevard in Suite D-28 in Las Vegas. He joins current Cardiology providers Dr. Keith Boman and Dr. Collins Kwarteng.

Dr. Hsu practiced for six years in Wichita, Kansas before relocating to join the WellHealth team in Las Vegas. With his advanced skills in cardiology, he also brings an emphasis on preventative care Jayand advanced treatment therapies. He is originally from Nebraska, and completed his medical training in California at UC Irvine’s medical school, fulfilling his residency requirements and cardiology fellowship at UCLA Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles. Dr. Hsu had the honor of being Chief Resident in Internal Medicine, and Chief Fellow for his Cardiology program, during his medical training. Afterwards, he returned to the Midwest to work at the largest multi-specialty practice in Kansas. While there, he served as the Chairperson of Internal Medicine at St. Teresa Hospital’s Medical Executive Committee. Outside of treating patients, he has taught a Mayo Clinic-derived communications course for physicians, underscoring his commitment to patient engagement and patient-doctor cooperation in health promotion. Dr. Hsu said that he is, “very excited to practice cardiology here in Las Vegas and join the burgeoning Las Vegas medical community.”

Dr. Hsu will be seeing patients regarding congestive heart failure, abnormal heart rhythm management, pacemaker management, echocardiographs, and more. To make an appointment with Dr. Hsu, please call (702) 383-0677.

Greg Fihn WellHealth Medical Group has announced today that Dr. Greg Fihn, will be  joining WellHealth’s Primary Care division. Dr. Fihn will begin caring for WellHealth patients on December 1st, 2015 when the Primary Care division expands into its new Centennial Hills location. He joins current Primary Care provider, Dr. Lisa Lyons, who will move to the new location as well.

Dr. Fihn received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Des Moines University. He holds his Board Certification in Family Medicine and is a recognized member of the Nevada State Board of Homeopathic Medicine, as well as the Nevada Osteopathic Medical Association. With regards to joining WellHealth, he says that it was an easy decision for him to be a part of the WellHealth family because of, “their commitment to offering high quality medical care and, most importantly, making the patient their number one priority.”

About WellHealth Medical Group: WellHealth Medical Group offers patients an inspired new approach to healthcare. We not only care for you, we care about you. We’ve created an integrated network of the area’s most talented and compassionate doctors, nurses, and medical specialists in order to deliver the highest level of care possible. By working together, adhering to the highest medical standards, and utilizing the most advanced technology, our expert teams are providing the residents of Southern Nevada with the quality healthcare experience they’ve always been looking for.

Look For The UNLV School Of Medicine To Clear Hurdles This Week

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This is an important week for the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

On Tuesday, officials will submit the school’s self-study, an overview of all aspects of their programs and a key document in the effort to earn accreditation.

And as design work continues on temporary facilities the first students will use in fall 2017, the Board of Regents later this week will discuss possible sites for the school’s permanent home.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Doctors, Pharmacists, Patients Urged To Use Generics Medication

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, In The Media

There are few certainties in health care because every patient is different, but one thing’s a cinch: Medications won’t work if patients don’t take them.

A national association of doctors this week urged physicians to order generic drugs whenever possible because patients are more likely to fill their prescriptions.

The American College of Physicians said generic medications cut costs, increase patient compliance and improve health outcomes.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

San Martin Campus Honored With Lifeline Award

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Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s San Martin Campus has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.

“Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health Nevada. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

“We commend Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group and President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. “Achieving this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”

St. Rose earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.

Read more at Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican.

Nevada Chosen To Receive Second Grant From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation To Help Transform Health Care Through Nursing

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced that the Nevada Action Coalition is receiving a second two-year grant through the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program (SIP). The $8.85 million initiative is helping states prepare the nursing profession to promote healthy communities and address our nation’s most pressing health care challenges: access, quality, and cost.

Nevada is one of seven states that will receive a second two-year grant of up to $150,000; the others are Alabama, Maryland, Ohio, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. In addition, RWJF announced that Oregon is joining the SIP program this month, bringing the number of state Action Coalitions it supports to 34.

SIP grants bolster efforts already underway in 50 states and the District of Columbia — through the Future of Nursing:Campaign for Action — to build a Culture of Health through nursing. A joint initiative of AARP and RWJF, the Campaign is working to implement the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) evidence-based recommendations on the future of nursing. It provides a vehicle for nurses and nurse champions to lead change that will support healthy communities through collaboration with health care, business, consumer, and other stakeholders.

“SIP grants have already helped transform our health care system in ways that are making people and communities healthier,” said Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF senior adviser for nursing and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. “This new round of grants will do even more to help Action Coalitions expand access to care, strengthen nursing education, recruit and train a more diverse nursing workforce, and improve the quality of health care.”

“Our Action Coalition will use these new funds to focus on increasing the proportion of nurses with baccalaureate degrees to 80 percent by the year 2020 and to implement a nurse residency program throughout the state for new graduates and for registered nurses returning to practice after a significant absence,” said Debra Toney, PhD, MS, FAAN, chair of the Nevada Action Coalition Executive Committee. “The funds will also support the work to increase diversity in the nursing workforce.”

SIP grants support state-based Action Coalitions that have made substantial progress toward implementing the IOM recommendations. All SIP grantees must obtain matching funds and, to date, states with SIP grants have raised more than $12.6 million beyond their RWJF funding. The 51 Action Coalitions have leveraged more than $17 million beyond their RWJF grants.

“We are tremendously proud to be continuing with this program and we look forward to doing even more to implement the IOM’s Future of Nursing recommendations here in Nevada,” said Marcia Turner, PhD, vice chancellor, Health Sciences, Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). “We are fortunate to have generous partners in the state who helped us match the RWJF grant, including the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), which provided $75,000 in matching funds.”


“DETR is proud to partner with NSHE on this exciting grant opportunity to promote the nursing workforce in Nevada. This RWJF grant helps support Governor Brian Sandoval’s mission to encourage growth and development in key workforce areas such as nursing,” said Don Soderberg, JD, director of DETR.

The Nevada Action Coalition also gratefully accepted a $10,000 donation from the Nevada Hospital Association. Bill Welch, president and CEO of the Nevada Hospital Association, said, “The Nevada Hospital Association is excited to support this effort, which will prepare the next generation of nurses to meet greater demands and challenges under new models of care delivery and help ensure that patients get the care they need, when and where they need it. Our work to transform nursing improves health for all of us. We are grateful for this support.”

The Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and RWJF, serves as the national program office for the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program.

“We are so pleased that seven states have had their grants renewed and that Oregon is joining the SIP program,” said Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president of the AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist at CCNA. “It has been a resounding success and we know this new funding will do even more to transform health care through nursing so we can improve health outcomes and well-being for individuals, families, and entire communities.”

Read more at the Nevada System of Higher Education.

The Only Accredited Breast Center In Southern Nevada Offers 3D Mammography

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, Recent Releases

LAS VEGAS, NV NOVEMBER 23, 2015– The Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital is proud to announce its latest offering, 3D digital mammography also known as breast tomosynthesis. This new offering, makes The Breast Center at Sunrise the only accredited breast center in Southern Nevada to offer 3D mammography.

 The Breast Center utilizes SenoClaire™, GE Healthcare’s new breast tomosynthesis solution designed with a three-dimensional imaging technology. SenoClaire, which was approved by the FDA in  2014, uses a low-dose short X-ray sweep around the positioned breast with nine exposures acquired with a “step-and-shoot” method, removing the potential motion from the tube helping to reduce blur and increase image sharpness.

“At The Breast Center at Sunrise we are committed to offering our community a complete suite of solutions – from screening and diagnosis through treatment and monitoring,” said Todd Sklamberg, CEO, Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “SenoClaire 3D digital mammography offers our patients a new, more accurate solution to help clinicians detect breast cancer with low-dose radiation and high-image quality.”

A key challenge when performing screening mammography is keeping the radiation levels as low as possible. Unlike other 3D mammography units, with GE’s SenoClaire, there is no increase in radiation dose from a 2D standard mammogram to a 3D view, which means there is no increased radiation to patients during a SenoClaire breast exam. ­­

Accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), The Breast Center at Sunrise is the most comprehensive breast center in Southern Nevada. The Breast Center at Sunrise features board-certified and fellowship-trained dedicated breast radiologists, a multidisciplinary team approach and a breast health nurse navigator to provide education, support and care coordination. Additionally, The Breast Center at Sunrise is an American College of Radiology Breast Center of Excellence.

The Breast Center at Sunrise is located at 3006 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 250, Las Vegas, NV 89109. To schedule a 3D mammogram, please call 1-855-445-2246.