Jersey Shore Hospital receives nuclear medicine accreditation
Jersey Shore Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Nuclear Cardiology and General Nuclear Medicine by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories.
Accreditation by ICANL means that Jersey Shore Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts.
ICANL accreditation serves as a "seal of approval" that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of nuclear medicine.
Nuclear medicine procedures are able to diagnose or rule out diseases in every major organ system in earlier stages than other available medical procedures.
"This accreditation is great for the hospital and its patients because it demonstrates our focus on performing quality imaging," said Ed Sowul, director of radiology. "In today's environment, most major insurance providers are linking quality standards with reimbursement. Being accredited by ICANL shows that we are meeting those standards and it ensures our patients that we are a facility where they can feel comfortable that they are receiving high-quality healthcare."
Electrophysiologist joins Geisinger Medical
DANVILLE - Dr. Gregory T. Altemose, an electrophysiologist, recently joined the Geisinger Heart Institute at Geisinger Medical Center.
He most recently served as an electrophysiologist at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., where he had been since 2003, and an assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., where he had also served since 2003.
In addition to his faculty and physician appointments, Altemose serves on seven editorial boards. He has published 36 written works and 29 abstracts, contributed to five textbook chapters, been awarded three research grants and is a sought-after lecturer. He is a member of both the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association, an associate member of the American College of Physicians and a fellow of both the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.
He also is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.
Altemose completed his undergraduate education at Dickinson College in Carlisle in 1989 and received a medical degree from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 1993. He completed an internal medicine residency and a cardiology fellowship at Temple University Hospital and an electrophysiology fellowship at Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis.
Family Practice Center achieves MGMA 'better performer' status
The Medical Group Management Association's "Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups: 2011 Report Based on 2010 Data" has identified Family Practice Center as a "better performer" because of superior operational performance compared with similar medical group practices nationwide.
Family Practice Center has 24 primary care offices in central Pennsylvania and has been recognized on a regular basis for high quality patient care. Its offices include Hughesville, Montoursville, Watsontown, Williamsport-Cornerstone, Williamsport-Southside, Williamsport-Warren Avenue and Williamsport-Westminster.
The MGMA report, a benchmarking standard among medical groups for more than a decade, was produced using data from respondents to the MGMA Cost Survey: 2011 Reports Based on 2010 Data as well as data from a questionnaire that assessed management behaviors, practices and procedures of better performers. The report profiles medical practices that have demonstrated success in one or more areas: profitability and cost management; productivity, capacity and staffing; accounts receivable and collections; patient satisfaction; and managed care operations.
MGMA-ACMPE's mission is to continually improve the performance of medical group practice professionals and the organizations they represent, helping medical practices provide efficient, safe, patient-focused and affordable care. MGMA-ACMPE is headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and maintains a government affairs office in Washington, D.C.