Dr. Eric Forsthoefel Tackling The Issue Of ER Overcrowding

Dr. Eric Forsthoefel recently talked to a newspaper about the dangers of overcrowded emergency rooms in the state of Florida. The longtime ER doctor says that more patients are using the emergency room for non-urgent care. There are a variety of intriguing reasons as to why this is happening.

First off, the dangers of ER overcrowding should be understood. People that show up to the emergency room for non-emergency injuries or ailments simply get in the way. Physicians need to tend to these non-critical patients as well as nursing and supporting staffs. This can make it very difficult for the ER staff to prioritize care and someone with a real emergency may suffer a bit longer than need be.

Dr. Eric Forsthoefel is careful to note that he wants his ER’s door open to everyone. He doesn’t care about a particular patient’s circumstance because he and his staff are determined to treat everyone. He also points to the dangers of trying to shut people out of the ER. This can actually kill people. But there must be a solution to this emerging problem.

It turns out that the vast majority of people using the ER for non-urgent care are insured. In fact, 80% of the non-critical patients in an emergency room already have health insurance. And this statistic is further complicated Medicaid, primary physician availability and personal circumstances.

Oftentimes, primary care physicians do not pick up Medicaid recipients as patients. This could be motivated by profit or it could be motivated by the attention requirements of the chronically ill patient. This forces Medicaid recipients to use the emergency room as their primary point of care. While Medicaid covers co-pays for both primary physicians and ER visits, the insurance does not cover costs for visits with a specialist. Going directly to the ER is a way to circumvent these costs.

Many people turn to the ER because they lack personal transportation. Bus and train lines often have stops at hospitals making them easily accessible. Many of the offices for primary care physicians are inaccessible through public transportation. This forces those who lack transportation means to go straight to the ER for care, according to Dr. Eric Forsthoefel.

And many insured patients find it difficult to schedule an appointment with their own doctor. Most primary care physicians keep office hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. which conflicts with the patient’s work days. Scheduling an appointment has become increasingly difficult, as well. Physicians may not be available for weeks and visiting the ER solves an immediate health solution.

Dr. Eric Forsthoefel believes that the key to making emergency rooms safer is to make primary medical services more available with expanded hours, easier scheduling and accessibility.


Brian Torchin: Staffing Business Owner With Real Life Expertise

Brian Torchin is the founder and owner of Health Care Recruitment Counselors or HCRC, one of the largest healthcare recruitment companies in America with locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York City. His unique medical and sports background in conjunction with his renowned positive attitude have been useful tools to help launch a successful company.

Brian Torchin has a wide variety of experience in the medical field allowing him to know quite well what is needed in professional level medical staffing. He studied at the University of Delaware and New York Chiropractic College, ultimately earning his pre-med bachelor of science degree from the University of Delaware and a doctor of chiropractic degree from NY Chiropractic College. After receiving his chiropractic degree, Brian Torchin set up his first practice in Philadelphia. This experience provided a great deal of knowledge and expertise about running a medical practice as Torchin saw patients and hired staff to support his practice. He would later utilize this experience to best understand how to properly staff a medical office.

Brian Torchin opened the doors to his staffing company in 2007. Despite the less than stellar economy of that time period, Torchin was able to thrive through discipline, problem solving, and the establishment of long-term relationships with clients. HCRC offers assistance in locating the best fit, most highly qualified doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapists and therapy assistants, and emergency medical personnel. In addition to serving the medical community, HCRC is able to set up legal offices with precise skill and well-qualified legal talent including attorneys, paralegals, assistants, and administrators.

Informative articles regarding strategies for the improvement of office efficiency, good hiring practices, the simplification of online marketing, tips for questions to ask during interviews and much more can be found online as written by Brian Torchin. The easiest location to peruse these would be on the HCRC company blog.

Check: http://postings.com/23543/jobs/Healthcare-Medical


Leadership At InnovaCare Health Strengthened By Rick Shinto

The company accomplishes this by putting patients first and developing solid patient-provider connections, making quality medical care available and providing pioneering medical practices and networks.

Just as important is the skilled leadership behind InnovaCare which includes Dr. Richard Shinto, Chief Executive Officer and President and Penelope Kokkinides, Chief Administrator Officer.

Making the most of more than two decades of healthcare experience, Shinto previously worked for Aveta, North American Medical Management, Medical Pathways Management Corporation as well as MedPartners.

Shinto, who began his medical term as a specialist in internal medicine and as a pulmonologist in southern California, has also published several articles in the healthcare field.

His education includes receiving degrees from the University of California, the State University of New York and the University of Redlands.

Rick Shinto has been recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New Jersey and Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Health Care Executives awards. Learn more on XRepublic about Rick Shinto.

Working together with Shinto, Penelope Kokkinides rejoined InnovaCare in 2015 after previously serving as vice president of clinical operations and chief operating officer.

In 2016 InnovaCare announced Kokkinides was among three additions to its leadership team which includes Jonathan Meyers, chief actuary officer and Mike Sortino, the accounting officer.

Kokkinides brings her more than 20 years experience and expertise in areas that take in public health, government programs and healthcare operations.

In an interview with IdeaMensch Kokkinides talked about being part of an impressive team that works well together to develop and implement ideas from start through completion.

She also mentioned she is energized by the evolution of communication and how technology has revolutionized how business is now carried out, adding she could not envision her life without email as a crucial tool in her everyday life.

Prior to joining InnovaCare, Kokkinides experience includes working at Aveta, Centerlight HealthCare and Touchstone Health.

She graduated from Binghamton University with a bachelor’s degree and received a master’s degree from Columbia University.