Archives for January 2016

From the CEO’s Desk: When Care is Closer to Home

Brad Haws

Brad Haws

When people vote with their feet, it can get pretty crowded.

Such is the case with one of our new services in Culpeper. The community’s response to UVA Obstetrics and Gynecology Culpeper has been remarkable, prompting a move to a larger space less than six months after it opened. [Read more…]

Three Siblings, Three Transplants

For one Virginia family, UVA’s kidney transplant program has been a lifesaver–three times over.

UVA transplant surgeon Kenneth L. Brayman, MD, PhD, FACS, has had the unique experience of performing kidney transplants on three siblings, all within the past five years. Siblings Deborah Waller, Wanda Stuart and Kevin Johnson went into renal failure at different times and were on dialysis before finally getting “the call.”  Now celebrating full recoveries, they recently shared their story in the Roanoke Times and said they are on a crusade to get family members to adopt healthier lifestyles. [Read more…]

205 UVA Physicians Named Best Doctors in America

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Congratulations to the 205 UVA physicians named to the 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America list, chosen by their peers as among the best in their respective fields. Just 5 percent of U.S. physicians earn this award, according to Best Doctors, Inc. The honor is based on a confidential survey of more than 40,000 physicians who have been named to the most recent edition of Best Doctors in America. Survey recipients are asked: “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, who would you choose?” [Read more…]

Health System Quality Data Now Public

In an effort at greater transparency, the UVA Health System is now posting a range of quality and safety data online for the public to view. Executive Vice President of Health Affairs Richard Shannon, MD, has noted that being open about our progress with quality and performance is important to achieving our goals for safety and excellence, while giving our patients the information they need to make informed choices about their care. [Read more…]

Six Things You Should Know About Physician Payment Reform

In April 2015, Congress repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, the statutory formula used to update physician payments, and replaced it with a new system: the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). This represents a quantum shift in the way that Medicare will pay physicians. Some of its key provisions: [Read more…]