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Angelo Falcone
Germantown, MD
CEO of Medical Emergency Professionals (MEP)
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The MEP blog has moved! Please change your bookmarks and links and visit - The MEP Team Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at Life in the ER
After five months of helping to manage the emergency department at Bristol Hospital, it is tempting to talk about the various changes in the department - our metrics, efficiencies, ongoing efforts to improve throughput, or our relations with nursing, ancillary services, and other departments within the hospital. But I fall... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at Life in the ER
Traditional observation units often focus on chest pain and a few other diagnosis. But as the health care market continues to change, so has the need to decrease length of stay, decrease re-admissions, and streamline patent care. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2012 at Life in the ER
The national trend toward overcrowding in emergency rooms is having an interesting effect on a process that was conceived to handle a large number of injured patients: triage. One might expect that as more and more patients flow into the ER, the process of triage would become even more central... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2012 at Life in the ER
There are a thousand places to look for cost savings in healthcare, but this week in Washington State officials grappled with one of the most visible of those: emergency care. Thankfully, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire has suspended implementation of a rule that would have denied emergency rooms payment from Medicaid if the patient was diagnosed with a range of certain diagnosis deemed to be non-emergencies. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at Life in the ER
Ben Franklin’s famous dictate that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is true when it comes to malpractice prevention as well. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Life in the ER
In the Emergency Department, our team is made up of varied players: from healthcare providers, to clerical staff, to housekeeping. Each “player” needs to recognize his or her importance in making the team perform at optimal efficiency. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at Life in the ER
As a citizen it’s easy to clamor for rights. It’s much harder to live up to our responsibilities. And so it is in health care. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2012 at Life in the ER
The old saying about the doctor who tells a patient to “take two of these and call me in the morning” is losing its meaning in today’s modern healthcare system. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2012 at Life in the ER
It’s easy to lose sight of the difference between our role as acute care providers and all the other front-line clinicians who also deal with chronic pain and chronic abusers. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at Life in the ER
I read with some interest, and some amusement, stories like “A real ‘doc fix,’” published this week in the New York Times. Basically it says we need to pay docs for quality and in the end that will generate lower costs for the system. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2012 at Life in the ER
Thanks Peter. Requires someone willing to appease too many people and cater to the extremes. I have all the respect for people who decide on this path, just not for me. Reality is a hard thing for most people to face. If each of us faced our own we'd all be better off.
The Maryland health information exchange (HIE) described in the Washington Post last week represents a step that is a long time coming, but it is not nearly the end. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Life in the ER
As MEP begins to roll out quality improvement programs at its new hospital partner in Bristol, the STEMI Shark program is being replicated. Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at Life in the ER
When it comes to recruiting, many of the emergency physicians and residents at AAEM in San Diego this year want many of the same things that drew me to MEP in the first place. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Life in the ER
I recently spent a week working clinically at MEP’s new partner, Bristol Hospital in Connecticut. I heard many comments from nurses and techs about how happy they are that our top leadership is there and that they can already see quite a difference, Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at Life in the ER
I was recently reminded by a patient experience that the best medicine sometimes is no medicine at all. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at Life in the ER
As a preparation for my next few night shifts in a place where I never thought I would be practicing, I am bringing a few tools with me. These tools include the ability to listen to patients and to extend a hand in a time of need, 20 years of experience treating patients in emergency medicine and a willingness to continue to learn to do it better. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Life in the ER
It’s no big surprise that there is anxiety when a new management group takes over an Emergency Department. The question is, what can a group like Medical Emergency Professionals do to effectively confront that anxiety? Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Life in the ER
ER docs as you might imagine are pretty good at dealing with emergencies. In fact, we are so trained in the practice of triage in our daily work lives that it is easy to get distracted from what is critical in the long term. As 2012 gets rolling, there are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Life in the ER
Once, a really long time ago, before blogs if you can conceive of such a time, I embarked on a part-time writing career. My subject matter was the parade of frailty, the courage and the just plain bizarre that were to be found daily – hourly – in the ER.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2011 at Life in the ER
Nobody is perfect. This is especially true in the emergency department. It is an inherently chaotic environment with no set schedule, dealing with a wide array of problems, often with incomplete resources and information. This setting leaves plenty of room for error but also improvement. Improvements can be dictated from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2011 at Life in the ER
There is a middle group of patients whose complaints and symptoms are more difficult to diagnose and therefore cannot easily be placed either into a clear emergency or non-emergency scenario. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at Life in the ER
USA Today this week published another story on the continuing theme of innovative health systems and physician leaders who are finding big cost savings while providing better patient care. I know most if not all physicians are interested in providing more cost-effective care, but a recent encounter in the ER led me to wonder whether patients are ready for the same thing. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at Life in the ER
Two years ago, Sade Davis was technically dead. Now, two years after being revived by EMTs and brought to the Southern Maryland Hospital Emergency Room, MEP is pleased to welcome Sade back to the ER, where she has been hired as a Chart Manager. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at Life in the ER