Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Nephrology
Fellowship: Stanford University Division of Nephrology (2017) CA
Residency: Temple University Hospital (2015) PA
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2014)
Residency: Temple University Hospital Internal Medicine Residency (2014) PA
Medical Education: Thomas Jefferson University - Medical College (2011) PA
Revealing Novel IDEAS: A Fiduciary Framework for Team-Based Prescribing.
Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
The importance of safe, effective, and cost-effective prescribing habits can hardly be overstated in the current pay-for-value environment. The prescribing process taught in most medical curricula focuses primarily on accurate medical indications. While this may be of utmost importance from the clinician's perspective, it falls short of addressing the other key elements of highly effective prescribing. These other elements are often paramount in the minds of patients. A patient-centric framework that associates and incorporates the necessary components of optimal prescribing is overdue. Building this framework into medical curricula will foster increased teamwork among providers and enhance shared decision making between patients and clinicians. In addition to establishing accurate medical indications, prescribing teams need to assure every prescribed medication is desired, effective, affordable, and safe for patients who receive them. Prescription writing is an honorable prerogative and doing so safely, effectively, and cost-effectively requires both teamwork and technology. Highly effective prescribing teams can implement the IDEAS (Indicated, Desired, Effective, Affordable, Safe) framework through appropriate and deliberate delegation. By empowering members of the care team to support and educate patients, this framework will allow physicians to focus on ensuring appropriate indications and real-world effectiveness. This novel IDEAS framework serves as an important mental model for medical trainees and reinforces sound prescribing habits among seasoned clinicians. High-touch and high-tech partnerships have the potential to maximize the triple aim (i.e., improving the patient's experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care). In an era when costs overwhelm quality, providing a fiduciary framework to instill responsibility for optimal prescribing, especially among young physician-leaders, is invaluable.
View details for DOI 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003100
View details for PubMedID 31789844
- Integrated Care in ESKD A Perspective of Nephrologists CLINICAL JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY 2019; 14 (3): 451–53
- Systems Delivery Innovation for Alzheimer Disease AMERICAN JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY 2019; 27 (2): 149–61
Exploring Care Attributes of Nephrologists Ranking Favorably on Measures of Value.
Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN
Despite growth in value-based payment, attributes of nephrology care associated with payer-defined value remains unexplored.Using national health insurance claims data from private preferred provider organization plans, we ranked nephrology practices using total cost of care and a composite of common quality metrics. Blinded to practice rankings, we conducted site visits at four highly ranked and three average ranked practices to identify care attributes more frequently present in highly ranked practices. A panel of nephrologists used a modified Delphi method to score each distinguishing attribute on its potential to affect quality and cost of care and ease of transfer to other nephrology practices.Compared with average-value peers, high-value practices were located in areas with a relatively higher proportion of black and Hispanic patients and a lower proportion of patients aged >65 years. Mean risk-adjusted per capita monthly total spending was 24% lower for high-value practices. Twelve attributes comprising five general themes were observed more frequently in high-value nephrology practices: preventing near-term costly health crises, supporting patient self-care, maximizing effectiveness of office visits, selecting cost-effective diagnostic and treatment options, and developing infrastructure to support high-value care. The Delphi panel rated four attributes highly on effect and transferability: rapidly adjustable office visit frequency for unstable patients, close monitoring and management to preserve kidney function, early planning for vascular access, and education to support self-management at every contact.Findings from this small-scale exploratory study may serve as a starting point for nephrologists seeking to improve on payer-specified value measures.
View details for DOI 10.1681/ASN.2019030219
View details for PubMedID 31727849
- Patient-Reported Experiences of Dialysis Care Within a National Pay-for-Performance System JAMA INTERNAL MEDICINE 2018; 178 (10): 1358–67