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Relationships: Interactions Lead to Better Outcomes

Health care is provided through relationships—one on one interactions between the caregiver and the patient. Our nursing colleagues are focusing on evidence based practices that are known to improve the…
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Did you ever wonder why the residents order so many labs?

In a 2016 article in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, Sedrak et al. explore why residents order unnecessary labs in inpatient settings. The study is below. We would love to know your thoughts. Tell us what…
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Welcome the Transitionalists – the newest team on the block!

In keeping with the fourfold goals of: improving quality of care,  identifying factors leading to readmission, preventing unnecessary readmissions and improving patient satisfaction, the University of Virginia is piloting a…
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Clinician Wellbeing, Efficiency of Practice, Ambulatory Optimization and the Be Wise Approach

Stewart Babbott, MD a UVA Professor in the Department of Medicine researches and writes on clinician well-being.  He is one of the authors in a recent article on physician wellbeing…

Epic Training is Happening Now

Dear Colleagues, Epic Training is Happening Now When you think of Epic Phase 2, are you wondering: Will I be impacted? What’s changing as a result of Epic Phase 2?…

Positive Comments May 1 to December 1, 2016

Positive Comments from our patient satisfaction surveys can be viewed by clicking the link. To find a provider name or keyword, use CTRL+F to bring up the search utility.

The Impact of Bundled Payments

After seeing this headline in the news: “CMS Announces Bundled Payments for Joint Replacement Surgery”,  my neighbor told me that he was going to need to hurry to have his…

Service Lines: Putting Patients at the Center of Their Care

Nationally, we are observing that many major medical centers are using service lines to manage their clinical operations.   The American Association of Medical College’s Advisory Panel on Health Care has…

Becoming Our Patient’s “Pharmacy Home”

We've had a lot of interest in our most recent blog post and wanted to share some additional thoughts from the Director of Pharmacy, Rafael Saenz. One writer acknowledged that…