Extended Care Physicians provides primary medical care to older adults in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities and Retirement Communities. We also offer Geriatric Psychiatry whenever possible.
Our medical groups were formed by Physicians who really enjoy working in Long Term Care and Retirement Community settings. Each came from established office based practices with a Long Term Care component. Their experiences created an understanding of the need for systems to improve medical care for Long Term and Residential based patients. Building better systems of care is ECP's primary purpose.
ECP Physicians demonstrate their commitment to improving long term care by their active participation in the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), and the Long Term Care Vision Group. All primary care physicians participate in AMDA Certified Medical Director training; eleven physicians hold the CMD certificate. All the physicians on our staff are Board Certified or Eligible in their Specialty. Areas of specialty include Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Palliative Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Psychiatry. Our staff also includes, Physician Assistants, Geriatric, Adult, and Family Nurse Practitioners working in collaboration with our Physicians.
We currently have three practices:
Our business office is located in Asheville, NC.
Today, ECP announced that Rod Baird has been selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Innovation Advisors Program.
The initiative, launched by the CMS Innovation Center in October 2011, will help health professionals deepen skills that will drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs.
Rod Baird is one of 73 individuals from 27 States and the District of Columbia participating in the Innovation Advisors Program. After an initial orientation phase, Innovation Advisors will work with the CMS Innovation Center to test new models of care delivery in their own organizations and communities. They will also create partnerships to find new ideas that work and share them regionally and across the United States.
Funding for this initiative was made possible by the Affordable Care Act.
“There has been an incredible groundswell of interest in becoming an Innovation Advisor. It’s clear that doctors, hospitals and health care providers are enthusiastic about implementing the Affordable Care Act and strengthening our health care system,” said CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
The 73 individuals were selected from 920 applications through a competitive process, and include clinicians, allied health professionals, health administrators and others. By attending in-person meetings as well as remote sessions to expand their skills and applying what they learn, the Advisors will be able to deepen their knowledge in health care economics and finance, population health, systems analysis, and operations research.
Everyone loves a witch hunt. Are you a witch?
CMS recently announced in a draft policy, that they plan to open their total claims payment database to ‘qualified’ entities. This will allow specific Quality Related evaluations of individual Part B provider ( MD/NP/ PT/ etc) behavior. The data shared specifically excludes any clinical data (data not included in the claims data). This is really a scheme to unleash the world of investigative reporting on clinicians. As a point of reference, the Wall Street Journal ran a series of articles on physicians who had the highest frequency of claims based on their accessing (somewhat improperly, if not illegally) a ‘de-identified’ billing database that was then married with a provider roster. This led to the naming of individuals who had a pattern of ‘abusive’ billing and treatment. There were lots of problems with this scheme – first only Medicare data was reviewed, but the analysis lacked the totality of provider claims (private insurance and self pay), second – there was no correction for acuity. Read more: CMS Proposition to share
Google this name - Alexandra Thran. She is a Rhode Island E/R MD. She was just fined $500 by the state’s Medical Board for posting information about patients on her Facebook page. While the patients weren’t identified, the Board believed there was enough data about a specific individual’s injuries to allow subsequent identification. The MD also lost her privileges at that hospital (e.g. she was terminated).
We live in a world that is immensely curious about anything ‘unusual’; we also live in a world that is extremely unforgiving once it decides someone crossed an arbitrary line. Nearly every clinician I know shares anecdotal information about patients that might be construed as a HIPPA violation. What might be overlooked when done in a private conversation, can come back to haunt you if it ever gets on to the Internet.
Please be extremely cognizant of the possible unintended consequences of social media postings about your work.
AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson, a strong supporter of including nursing homes in ACOs, and a featured speaker at the summit, described skilled nursing facilities and ACOs as "perfect partners," according to a recent McKnight's Long Term Care News report. His statement seems to make sense. Nursing homes play a major role in their ability to keep their patients' hospital readmissions down - most likely a key factor in the as-yet-undefined accountable care regulations.
But does his statement resonate with those that work in the trenches, so to speak? Do long-term care providers and vendors see the value nursing homes bring to ACOs in the same way that Parkinson does? As with any hot topic in healthcare, it depends whom you ask.Read more: Nursing Homes Vital to ACO Success?