ICD-10 Preparation Online
In preparation for the ICD-10 go-live on October 1, 2014, Premier Health has contracted with Precyse University to offer you online
educational training tools. The specialty-specific modules, arcade game, and simulators have been assigned.
- The specialty-specific modules look at the most significant changes to documentation requirements within a
specialty and offer specific examples of these changes.
- The Arcade is a suite of fun and educational games and tools, such as Word Searches and Crossword Puzzles, which
support the ICD-10 education.
- The Simulators allow you to practice coding a real, redacted medical record in ICD-10. Each medical record is
provided as a single simulator in which you must review documentation and assign the correct diagnostic and procedural codes.
The e-learning modules are not mandatory, but are highly recommended to prepare you for documenting to meet the
ICD-10 requirements. You do not need to complete the e-learning modules in a specific order.
To access these courses, go to
HealthStream. The tab labeled “My Learning” lists the current assignments available to you. The tab labeled “My Transcript” lists
courses you have completed. If you start a module, but do not complete it, you can return to it later. Contact Robin Coale, Premier
Health Technical Education & Support, if you are having problems accessing HealthStream or the assignments. For more information, email
Robin Coale or call (937) 903-8892.
Premier Health Patient Medication Assistance Program
Many drug manufacturers offer assistance programs for patients unable to pay for their prescription medication while in our
hospitals. In order for each hospital to be replaced/reimbursed for these medications, significant paperwork and follow up must be done.
Consequently, Premier Health has contracted with Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions (PHS) to provide administrative and operational
assistance for our patient assistance program. A patient assistance program of this type has proven quite effective in defraying costs
expended on non-funded patient care. A health system of our size can expect $1 million of medication cost savings. In addition, once
the hospital receives the medication from the manufacturer, the patient’s bill is credited this expense.
The patient assistance programs vary widely from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some programs require physician’s signatures, while
others do not. We request your prompt cooperation if you receive a request from the PHS reimbursement analyst. They will be happy to
answer any questions you may have about the varying patient assistance programs.
In this time of dwindling payments and increasing costs, it is a pleasure to have a program to assist our hospitals, and the
uninsured patients for whom we provide care. Please do not hesitate to contact Paul Mosko or Carissa Daum, should you have any questions
or comments concerning our indigent drug reimbursement program.
Atrium Medical Center
Atrium Medical Center and Premier Health recently were honored as recipients of the Community Service Award by the
Middletown/Monroe/Trenton Chamber of Commerce. We received the award in acknowledgement of all we’ve done to improve timely and accurate
stroke care for the region with the implementation of telemedicine for stroke.
The MRH Memorial Archway project, worked on by Eagle Scout Pablo Alarcon Cabrera, was selected as the Dan Beard Eagle Project of the
Year. This honor is awarded to only one Eagle Scout project per year. We are immensely proud of the hard work and dedication that Pablo
and all of the Boy Scouts showed in building this lasting monument to those who passed in service to the hospital. We are pleased to now
work with another Eagle Scout candidate – Nick Moore – who plans to build a Reflection Garden as part of our Caregivers Memorial Garden.
We look forward to seeing what his hard work will achieve.
Atrium welcomed six new physicians to its medical staff: Ibrahim Ahmad, MD; Madhu Kandarpa, MD; and Arthur Tsai, MD - nephrologists
from Kidney Care Specialists in Kettering; Susan E. Berner, MD, a family practice physician with a speciality in geriatrics; Robert
Lambert, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Premier Physician Services; and Kiran Poudel, MD, providing telemedicine service with
the Clinical Neuroscience Institute.
Good Samaritan Hospital
Love was in the air on Valentine’s Day at Good Samaritan Hospital as young people in the community reached out and did something
special for our patients. Fairview PreK-8 School delivered 49 handmade Valentine’s Day cards to be given to patients at Dayton Heart and
Vascular Hospital at Good Samaritan. The sentiments from the kids were heart-felt and the HV staff enjoyed spreading good cheer. At
Good Samaritan North Health Center, a Tippecanoe High School Senior, B.J. Donathan, was spreading his version of good cheer to some of
our cancer patients. B.J. planned and organized “Hope Is Beautiful,” a spa day for cancer patients. Various vendors were on-hand to do
hair, make-up, nails, massages, and wig fittings.
On January 29, 2014, leadership from Good Samaritan Hospital, GSH Foundation staff and board members, Good Samaritan North Health
Center patient Ann Huffaker along with her friends, family and care team gathered in the lobby of Good Sam North to celebrate. The
celebration focused around the generous gift of art Ann Huffaker donated. “The Story” by Jim Gray is an abstract painting containing
more than 20 depictions of religious imagery. A framed print of this piece now hangs in main lobby of Good Sam North for all to enjoy.
The gift was Ann’s way to say thanks to the care team who made such an impact on her life and to offer comfort and consolation to other
In February, CityWide Development manned a table in Good Sam’s cafeteria to educate and/or remind employees about HomeChoice. This
program provides financial incentives to GSH employees to purchase a home in the Phoenix Project neighborhoods surrounding Good
Samaritan Hospital. Up to $5,000 in down payment assistance is available for employees who meet program requirements. Employees are also
eligible to receive Mortgage Credit Counseling.
Miami Valley Hospital
All lanes are now open in the Miami Valley Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Center. For a little over a year, physicians and
caregivers had been living in a construction zone, but, in mid-January, renovation was finally completed.
A need for bigger rooms and more beds with monitors at one of the busiest emergency departments in the area was the impetus behind a
$12 million renovation and expansion.
The north, south, and east references once used to designate areas of the emergency department when it opened in 2001 have gone away.
New references are green, gold, blue, and rapid treatment Area. Staff work stations have been placed closer to treatment rooms, making
delivery of care more efficient.
Now that work in the emergency department is complete, the area has a total of 77 patient rooms. This includes 73 monitored beds,
four beds for psychiatric patients, and a new area called the “rapid treatment station.” This space features six cubicles to treat
patients with minor emergencies.
The emergency department gained additional square footage by annexing space once occupied by a specialty clinic. Now all patient
treatment rooms are nearly double in size, to accommodate equipment needed to care for patients.
Construction workers were busy converting a former specialty clinic adjacent to the emergency department into additional emergency
rooms at the hospital, which is owned by Premier Health. The expansion will result in more rooms with vital sign monitors, oxygen
resuscitation, and other equipment upgrades.
The hospital’s emergency department now has 70 treatment rooms, but only 31 of those rooms have monitors. When the year-long project
is completed in November next year, the department will have 81 treatment rooms with 74 beds with monitors.
Jolyn Angus MBA, BSN, RN has assumed the role as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at MVH. Jolyn has over 30 years of
professional expertise as a registered nurse. She is an experienced nurse executive in building and maintaining successful nursing
leadership teams, advancing professional nursing practice, and promoting collaboration among healthcare teams in order to promote a
customer-centered environment. Jolyn has been a nurse executive since 2006 for a healthcare delivery system based in Dallas Texas. In
her leadership roles she served hospitals in Georgia, California and Florida. Jolyn initially obtained her diploma in nursing (1982) and
completed a BSN degree (1996) from Clayton State College, GA, completed an MBA (2001) from Georgia State University and is now enrolled
in a Doctorate program at the University of Illinois. She is both skilled and prepared to lead MVH efforts to enhance the health of our
community in a cost effective manner.
The American Heart Association has awarded MVH the honor of being a “Fit-friendly Worksite.” MVH earned a Gold Award. This is the
sixth consecutive year MVH has earned the distinction which is based on having a fitness center, offering wellness and fitness classes,
providing healthy food and beverage choices in the cafeteria and offering nutrition education.
MVH continues to advance new technology for our community. Dr. John Matsuura performed the first case using the Magellan robotic
system this month. The technology was made possible through a generous gift from Robert Brethen Foundation. The technology will be
featured April 3 during a special open house. More details will be coming.
MVH has partnered with the University of Dayton for the Fifth Annual Healthcare Symposium to take place Saturday, April 5. Board
members will be receiving a brochure in the mail for the symposium with details regarding registration. Three renowned speakers will
discuss exciting new ways US healthcare is being delivered. Speakers include T.R. Reed, reporter for the Washington Post, David Moen,
MD, president of Bluestone Solutions LLC and Ken Coburn, MD, MPH, co-founder, CEO and medical director of Health Quality Partners.
Upper Valley Medical Center
Annual UVMC CEO update meetings were held with Miami County Commissioners in February. In other community outreach activities, UVMC
Leadership participated in annual Miami County Legislative Luncheon and the launch of the new City of Troy recruitment video which
included a local health care component filmed at UVMC.
Upper Valley Cardiology provided a variety of informational programs on cardiac health at Edison Community College in February in
addition to free screenings and counseling sessions provided as a part of heart month. In addition, a Cardiac Rehab patient testimonial
profile and heart healthy nutrition feature were coordinated for inclusion in a special newspaper section distributed throughout Miami
and Shelby counties.
Dr. Irina Gendler, family practitioner with UVPC/Troy Primary Care, and native of Russia, was featured in a personality profile in
the Dayton Business Journal’s Multicultural Dayton section published in conjunction with the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia.
Dr. Gendler came to the United States from Russia in 1997 and became a US citizen in 2001.
Technology linking stroke patients and the care team at the UVMC emergency department (ED) with a stroke neurologist is helping to
close the window of time needed to assess and begin treatment in the ED. The Premier TeleStroke Network, now active at UVMC, is a
secure, two-way audio/video link that allows immediate access for the stroke neurologist, patient, family, and caregivers to see and
talk with each other to effectively assess the medical situation and discuss next steps. The connection allows an off-site stroke
neurologist to check vital signs, examine CT scans, review the patient chart, and visually examine the patient.
The TeleStroke Network provides access to a stroke neurologist within minutes of the patient’s arrival. The ED physician evaluates
the patient and confirms a probable stroke; that sets off an in-house stroke alert. The stroke neurologist, who carries a specially
outfitted laptop when on call, is contacted, and a team of caregivers – from nursing, lab, imaging, respiratory, and chaplaincy (to
assist with family) – is coordinated. The technology allows for the speedy care of the patient in a situation when time, and attention
to the brain, are of the essence.
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