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Welcome to the November issue
Progress Notes continues to cover a wide range of topics that are of interest to members of the LGH Medical and Dental staff. Be sure to review Dr. Paul Casale's overview of the Clinical Integration initiatives that are underway at LGH. The new IVU, e-Health updates and summaries of medical staff activities are also stories of special interest.

Clinical Integration: a drive towards quality and efficiency at LGH
In an effort to align the Medical and Dental Staff and Lancaster General Health to provide quality care efficiently at a reasonable cost, LG Health is actively pursuing a Clinical Integration initiative. The many- faceted strategy consists of several programs, some originating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and others developed in-house. Read More

New Interventional Vascular Unit: A focus on multidisciplinary care
LG Health's new $2.5 million Interventional Vascular Unit (IVU) is designed as a safer and more efficient environment for physicians to perform minimally invasive procedures for a variety of conditions. Read More

The Clinic for Special Children to acquire Ion Torrent Personal Genome machine
The world-renowned Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg is due to get a boost soon via an Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine, which is the new frontier in genetic diagnostic technology. Read More

e-Health Tip of the month
Physicians now can document History and Physicals and Discharge summaries directly in e-Health. This functionality is voluntary at this point to start to familiarize providers with electronic documentation within e-Health. Other pilot documentation projects are expected in the beginning of 2012. Read More

Meaningful Use: What it means and why you should care
You've probably heard the term "meaningful use," one of the latest buzzwords in healthcare. In a nutshell, it describes rules and regulations that physicians and hospitals must meet to qualify for federal incentive funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Read More

New musical members welcome! Auscultation Brass to play at holiday party
Harkening back to a time when most doctors made hospital rounds and had time in between patients to have lunch in the Doctor's Dining Room, the Auscultation Brass was born. Read More

GME payments eyed by Joint Select Committee
Graduate medical education payments may be targeted for cost cutting by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Read More

Graduate of LGH residency program elected to Pennsylvania Medical Society board
At its annual House of Delegates meeting, held on October 15-16 in Hershey, Pa., members of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) elected several physicians to positions on the statewide organization's board of trustees, including LGH residency program graduate Thomas J. Weida, MD – a family physician from Hershey, who will serve a four-year term as the society's Primary Care (Family Medicine) Trustee. Read More

Dr. Janak Doshi chosen to serve as an examiner for board exams
Janak Doshi, MD, with the Electrodiagnostic Center of Lancaster, has been chosen to serve as an examiner for the oral portion of the EMG board exam administered by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine in Chicago. Read More

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