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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Oct. 21, 2016 | Archived Issues

Karlan Honored With Pioneer in Medicine Award

Beth Y. Karlan, MD, director of the Women's Cancer Program in the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, can add one more accolade to her considerable list of achievements: recipient of the prestigious 2017 Pioneer in Medicine award, which recognizes the clinical and research contributions of a Cedars-Sinai medical staff member.

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Figlin to Lead Initiative to Integrate Cancer Care

Figlin

In an effort to standardize cancer care and ensure optimal treatment of patients, Cedars-Sinai has appointed Robert A. Figlin, MD, to integrate research and clinical strategies across the organization. Figlin will serve as deputy director of the Integrated Oncology Service Line at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

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Cedars-Sinai Wins National Award for Patient Care

Cedars-Sinai has earned a top award for the quality and efficiency of its patient care. The health system received a 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award by ranking eighth out of more than 100 academic medical centers participating in a study by Vizient Inc., a healthcare performance improvement company.

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MD/RN Collaborative Survey Seeking Feedback

Physicians and registered nurses are encouraged to participate in the MD/RN Collaborative Satisfaction Survey, which is open through Nov. 4. The confidential survey is intended to give clinicians the opportunity to share valuable feedback on how to enhance collaboration, trust and respect among caregivers. Survey results will also be used to help set goals and initiatives for the MD/RN Collaborative Committee.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Runs Through Dec. 7

Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to change their coverage during the annual open enrollment period that runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. In addition to accepting traditional, fee-for-service Medicare plans, Cedars-Sinai also participates in three Medicare Advantage plans.

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Central Processing Is Now Sterile Processing

Central Processing, which helps make sure operating rooms have clean and sterilized surgical instruments, has a new name — Sterile Processing Department. It’s now a department within Perioperative Services.

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Presidential Health Is Topic of Nov. 4 Lecture

Leo Gordon, MD, will discuss "When Your Patient Is the President: Vignettes in Presidential Health." Gordon is a longtime member of the medical staff in the Department of Surgery. The event will take place Friday, Nov. 4, at noon in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for September

The Circle of Friends program honored 92 people in September. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

» Read more

Point of Care Tool Allows Clinicians to Earn Credits

UpToDate, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, is a point-of-care tool that allows clinicians to research clinical problems and earn continuing medical education, continuing education and continuing professional development credit.

» Read more

Training Available for Nov. 6 CS-Link Upgrade

The new CS-Link™ upgrade begins Sunday, Nov. 6. Physician training sessions have been scheduled.

» Read more

CS-Link Tip: Listing Common Diagnoses

CS-Link™ can help you avoid the sometimes-cumbersome task of picking from a long list of specifics when typing in a common diagnosis. Instead you can add the diagnosis to a common diagnoses button list.

» Read more

Karlan Honored With Pioneer in Medicine Award

"She's never once stopped giving me hope," an ovarian cancer patient said of Beth Y. Karlan, MD.

Patients call Beth Y. Karlan, MD, a brilliant and compassionate physician. Scientists call her an innovative researcher for her discoveries in the inherited risk, early detection and treatment of ovarian cancer. Students call her an inspiring mentor.

Now, Karlan, director of the Women's Cancer Program in the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, can add one more accolade to her considerable list of achievements: recipient of the prestigious 2017 Pioneer in Medicine award, which recognizes the clinical and research contributions of a Cedars-Sinai medical staff member.

"Through the Women's Cancer Program, Dr. Karlan has helped establish Cedars-Sinai as one of the preeminent cancer centers in the world," said Ilana Cass, MD, who nominated Karlan for the award and presented it at the annual meeting of the medical staff on Oct. 17.

"Her passion for science and clinical care and her dedication to her family drew me to Cedars-Sinai," added Cass, vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "Beth welcomes anyone who's willing to do hard work and be good at what they do. She'll always advocate for that person."

Mark J. Ault, MD, was honored with the Chief of Staff award.

At the same ceremony, Mark J. Ault, MD, was honored with the Chief of Staff award in recognition of his support, mentorship and dedication to maintaining safe, quality patient care at Cedars-Sinai.

An innovator in procedural medicine, Ault founded the Cedars-Sinai Procedure Center, where faculty members perform thousands of medical procedures annually, including dialysis access, lumbar punctures and skin biopsies.

Two days before the Cedars-Sinai ceremony, Karlan, the Board of Governors Endowed Chair in Gynecologic Oncology and a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in health and medicine. The academy is a branch of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the top U.S. source of expert advice on science, engineering and health.

She was joined in Washington, D.C., by fellow inductee Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, chief nursing executive, vice president for Nursing and chief nursing officer. Burnes Bolton is recognized as one of the nation's most visible and respected figures in the nursing profession.

Karlan, director of the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program, joined the Cedars-Sinai staff in 1989. She is senior author on 60 of the more than 300 peer-reviewed publications to which she's contributed. She has been awarded more than $20 million in research grants, fellowships and funding for therapeutic trials from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and the American Cancer Society.

"Dr. Karlan's attitude is that of a pioneer," said Steven Piantadosi, MD, PhD, director of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. "She is willing to deal with adversity and to enter into territory that other individuals have shied away from, scientifically and in a leadership role."

Karlan's patients simply think of her as a partner in their cancer care.

"The day I walked into Dr. Karlan's office, she said, 'Put your warrior woman pants on and get into the battle,'" said Dana Baratta, an ovarian cancer patient.

"'I'm going to be there with you, shoulder to shoulder for the entire journey,'" Baratta added. "That was five years ago. She's never once stopped giving me hope."

At the end of the day, Karlan says, that's what her job is all about.

"I consider being a physician a great privilege," Karlan said. "I try to understand how the cancer affects and impacts the rest of my patients' lives, never forgetting that they're also a mother, daughter, a wife."

Figlin to Lead Initiative to Integrate Cancer Care

Robert A. Figlin, MD

Robert A. Figlin, MD

In an effort to standardize cancer care and ensure optimal treatment of patients, Cedars-Sinai has appointed Robert A. Figlin, MD, to integrate research and clinical strategies across the organization.

Figlin will serve as deputy director of the Integrated Oncology Service Line at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. Previously, he was director of the Hematology Oncology Division at the institute. He will remain in this position until a successor can be found.

In his new role, Figlin will work with clinicians and investigators to unify the health system’s approach to treating cancer. The integration of cancer care means that patients will get the same level of quality services whether they’re treated at Cedars-Sinai’s main campus or at one of its highly regarded affiliates, including Tower Hematology Oncology and The Angeles Clinic.

"Dr. Figlin was tailor-made to do this," said Steven Piantadosi, MD, PhD, director of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai. "He’s an experienced leader who knows cancer care in the Cedars-Sinai system, throughout Los Angeles and beyond."

A kidney cancer specialist, Figlin will continue working to develop clinical trials, translate research findings from the laboratory to the clinical setting and lead initiatives such as Cedars-Sinai’s effort to contain the high cost of cancer drugs.

Figlin, who joined Cedars-Sinai six years ago, is the Steven Spielberg Family Chair in Hematology Oncology. Since his arrival, he has established the Experimental Therapeutics Program and successfully recruited clinical and research faculty in critical specialty areas such as breast cancer, bone marrow transplant, gastrointestinal oncology, genitourinary oncology, survivorship and cancer biology, among many other achievements.

His new position, he says, will provide additional opportunities to enhance the lives of cancer patients, while advancing significant research goals.

"This position presents an opportunity to improve cancer care for our patients at Cedars-Sinai," Figlin said. "Contributing to cancer science allows me to wake up each day and feel as though I’m making an important difference."

Cedars-Sinai Wins National Award for Patient Care

Cedars-Sinai has earned a top award for the quality and efficiency of its patient care.

The health system received a 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award by ranking eighth out of more than 100 academic medical centers participating in a study by Vizient Inc., a healthcare performance improvement company. The 13 highest-rated hospitals earned the recognition.

Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO, accepted the award at the recent Vizient Clinical Connections Summit in Dallas.

"This honor reflects our deep commitment to delivering the best-quality care to the diverse populations Cedars-Sinai serves," Priselac said. "We strive to give our patients the high-value healthcare they deserve while meeting our own rigorous standards."

The Quality Leadership Award honors academic medical centers that meet high standards for mortality, safety, efficiency, effectiveness, patient centeredness and equity. Vizient noted that the 13 award winners consistently demonstrated a shared sense of purpose, hands-on leadership, vertical and horizontal accountability, a focus on results and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Vizient's annual study analyzes a year's worth of data from a variety of sources, including its own databases, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network.

MD/RN Collaborative Survey Seeking Feedback

Physicians and registered nurses are encouraged to participate in the MD/RN Collaborative Satisfaction Survey, which is open through Nov. 4.

The confidential survey is intended to give clinicians the opportunity to share valuable feedback on how to enhance collaboration, trust and respect among caregivers. Survey results will also be used to help set goals and initiatives for the MD/RN Collaborative Committee.

Nurses and physicians should have received an email invitation to complete the online survey. The survey can also be accessed on the internet via computer, tablet or smartphone.

The survey takes only a few minutes to complete and is anonymous. Individual answers are protected and are never disclosed to anyone at Cedars-Sinai.

Following the survey, department- and unit-level results will be shared so that teams can discuss survey responses, ideas and suggestions to develop action plans.

For more information, please contact Peachy Hain at patricia.hain@cshs.org.

Medicare Open Enrollment Runs Through Dec. 7

Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to change their coverage during the annual open enrollment period that runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. In addition to accepting traditional, fee-for-service Medicare plans, Cedars-Sinai also participates in three Medicare Advantage plans.

These Medicare Advantage agreements are part of the institution’s efforts to provide the community with a variety of ways to have coverage for care from Cedars-Sinai. Medicare Advantage (also called Medicare Part C or a Medicare Health Plan) is purchased from a private insurance company and typically organized like an HMO.

Coverage takes effect Jan. 1, 2017. During open enrollment, Medicare beneficiaries can change their plan coverage, including entering into a Medicare Advantage plan, for the following year.

Through physician agreements with Cedars-Sinai Medical Group and Cedars-Sinai Health Associates, Cedars-Sinai participates in the following Medicare

Advantage plans:

  • Blue Shield 65 Plus HMO
  • CareMore HMO and HMO Special Needs Plans
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage HMO
    • AARP MedicareComplete SecureHorizons Plan 1, 2 and 3 (HMO)
      • Note: Cedars-Sinai Medical Group and Cedars-Sinai Health Associates providers are not included in the provider-specific network for Plan 2.
    • AARP MedicareComplete SecureHorizons Essential (HMO)

For the most up-to-date information and guidance, please access the following resources:

Central Processing Is Now Sterile Processing

Central Processing, which helps make sure operating rooms have clean and sterilized surgical instruments, has a new name — Sterile Processing Department. It’s now a department within Perioperative Services.

While the name is new, the department continues to be an integral part of the world-class healthcare team that supports the delivery of high-quality care to Operating Room Services, Labor and Delivery and procedural areas.

The realignment within Perioperative Services is designed to enhance cross-functional collaboration between all areas.

Presidential Health Is Topic of Nov. 4 Lecture

Leo Gordon, MD, will discuss "When Your Patient Is the President: Vignettes in Presidential Health." Gordon is a longtime member of the medical staff in the Department of Surgery.

The event will take place Friday, Nov. 4, at noon in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

Gordon has served as the associate director of Surgical Education, coordinator of the Cedars-Sinai physician re-entry program and physician adviser to Community Relations and Development.

He is the senior consultant in Clinical Surgery for the Surgery Group of Los Angeles, a multispecialty surgical group based at Cedars-Sinai. Gordon has had a careerlong interest in the health of U.S. presidents.

His talk, the Dr. Edward Shapiro/Dr. Leon Morgenstern Memorial Lecture, is sponsored by the Cedars-Sinai emeritus society. Gordon was a colleague and a friend of Shapiro and Morgenstern.

Circle of Friends Honorees for September

The Circle of Friends program honored 92 people in September.

Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai. When a gift is made, the person being honored receives a custom lapel pin and a letter of acknowledgement.

Click here for more information about the program and for a list of past honorees.

  • Michael J. Alexander, MD
  • Daniel C. Allison, MD
  • Maria C. Alvarado
  • Tina G. Ban, RN
  • Sylvia C. Bendimez
  • Valerie Betley
  • Keith L. Black, MD
  • Gene Howard Booth, MSN, RN, CNL
  • Neil A. Buchbinder, MD
  • Linda Burnes Bolton, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Brendan J. Carroll, MD
  • David H. Chang, MD
  • Susan B. Clark, RN
  • J. Louis Cohen, MD
  • Myles J. Cohen, MD
  • Stephen R. Corday, MD
  • Nicole Cutidioc, BSN, RN
  • Catherine M. Dang, MD
  • Jeannie M. Decuir
  • Alice R. Dick, MD
  • Naomi Drucker, RN
  • Cheryl L. Dunnett, MD
  • Shervin Eshaghian, MD
  • Blake S. Feldman
  • Edward J. Feldman, MD
  • Randy Feldman, MD
  • Louis S. Fishman, MD
  • Dorothy Forneris, RN
  • Larry Froch, MD
  • Gerhard J. Fuchs, MD
  • Bruce L. Gewertz, MD
  • Raisa N. Gimpelman
  • Eli Ginsburg, MD
  • Judy R. Glover, RN
  • Jaime Hope Goldberg
  • David B. Golden, MD
  • Sherry L. Goldman, RN, NP
  • Catalin I. Grigore
  • Omid Hamid, MD
  • Shibisha M. Hegwood, RN
  • David M. Hoffman, MD
  • Steven Joseph Hsu, MD
  • Marney Jakubowicz, LVN
  • Jametrice James
  • J. Patrick Johnson, MD
  • Stanley C. Jordan, MD
  • David Y. Josephson, MD
  • Ali Khoynezhad, MD, PhD
  • Michelle M. Kittleson, MD, PhD
  • Honore G. Kotler, NP
  • Caroline Lee, MD
  • Shannon Lee, RN
  • Madeline S. Lerman, BSN, RN
  • Yuliya Linhares, MD
  • Cynthia A. Litwer Schwieger, MD
  • Rajendra Makkar, MD
  • Tina M. Marque, RN
  • Blanca S. Martinez
  • Guy S. Mayeda, MD
  • Michael Casey McGuire
  • Troy D. McLeod
  • Gil Y. Melmed, MD, MS
  • Amin Joseph Mirhadi, MD
  • Monica M. Mita, MD, MDSc
  • Esther Morrison, RN
  • Nicholas N. Nissen, MD
  • Paul W. Noble, MD
  • Guy D. Paiement, MD
  • Natasha Panenko
  • Robert S. Pashman, MD
  • Edward H. Phillips, MD
  • Elinor Pullen, PA
  • Danny Ramzy, MD, PhD
  • Sonja Louisa Rosen, MD
  • Barry E. Rosenbloom, MD
  • Jesica R. Salguero, LVN
  • Nancy Salinas, RN
  • Amar J. Shah, MD
  • Stuart L. Silverman, MD
  • Andrew Ira Spitzer, MD
  • Andrea D. Sutherland, RN
  • Charles D. Swerdlow, MD
  • Alfredo Trento, MD
  • Elizabeth Rose Tria
  • Timothy Tsui, MD
  • Robert A. Vescio, MD
  • Xunzhang Wang, MD
  • Jonathan M. Weiner, MD
  • Janet Y. White, MD
  • Sandra K. Wilson, RN
  • Marcianne Windbiel, RN
  • Hong Zhou, NP

Point of Care Tool Allows Clinicians to Earn Credits

UpToDate, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, is a point of care tool that allows clinicians to research clinical problems and earn continuing medical education, continuing education and continuing professional development credit.

Cedars-Sinai has upgraded its UpToDate subscription to allow Cedars-Sinai users to access and redeem credits using UpToDate.

If you are interested, please click the link to register and begin using UpToDate to take advantage of unlimited CME credits.

For more information about UpToDate, see the website's FAQ or customer support, or call 800-998-6374 or 781-392-2000 from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Training Available for Nov. 6 CS-Link Upgrade

The new CS-Link™ upgrade begins Sunday, Nov. 6. Physician training sessions have been scheduled for the following dates:

Inpatient user group:

  • Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:30-9 a.m., Harvey Morse 4-5
  • Thursday, Dec. 22, 7:30-9 a.m., Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, PEC 8

Outpatient user group:

  • Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30-9 a.m., Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, PEC 8

For more information, please visit the Service Center site.

CS-Link Tip: Listing Common Diagnoses

CS-Link™ can help you avoid the sometimes-cumbersome task of picking from a long list of specifics when typing in a common diagnosis.

Instead you can add the diagnosis to a common diagnoses button list. For example, you could add "Type 2 diabetes without complication, without insulin" and "Type 2 diabetes with unspecified complication." You can click the wrench to give the button an easier name to remember such as "DM 2 w comp." This is patient specific, and the information will be there for the next visit.

Learn to be more efficient by attending a Physician Efficiency Training session. The classes are held in Cafeteria Conference Room C. The schedule:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7:30-9 a.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 10, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 8, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.

If you have questions, email groupeisphysicians@cshs.org.