Dr. Timothy Capstack, FACP, SFHM, recently commented on the updated guidelines for syncope:
The guidelines for evaluation of syncope which were released by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association earlier this year (http://bit.ly/2wUCDwI) provide a rational framework for the emergency department and hospital-based treatment of this common condition. Most of the time, the clinical evaluation and EKG provide all the information that is needed to create a safe discharge plan. Most of the few patients who do benefit from hospitalization need only a limited evaluation, not the “million dollar workup.” Hospitalists would do well to review these guidelines and incorporate them into their daily practice to help minimize costs and potentially avoidable hospitalizations. Those who’d rather read a concise summary should check out the SHM blog post by Sarah Burns, DO (http://bit.ly/2wUpO5o) or the AHA’s own Top Ten Things to Know (http://bit.ly/2vups7S).
Dr. Timothy Capstack, Partner and Director of Clinical Integration, was the lead author for the 2016 study “A Comparison of Conventional and Expanded Physician Assistant Staffing Models at a Community Hospital,” published in the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, which demonstrated the efficacy and safety of a hospital staffing model that employed a high ratio of PAs to physicians.