In an effort to continue to provide you with updated and clinically relevant information to your practice and care of patients, I make every effort to make sure the information is accurate, timely and of value to you. I know that you are being inundated with information, so I will keep the information I provide limited. If you would like to have more information or if you would like me to elaborate on any particular topic, please contact me directly. I welcome any and all contributions to this newsletter that would fit into those aforementioned constraints.
Additionally, Dr. Jeff Brackett, Chief of Staff, provides a conference line update every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 am. All Medical Staff are invited to call in and ask questions of Jeff. Contact the Medical Staff Office for the conference call number and ID at (805) 948-5662.
“Code Intubation” Service
Our anesthesiologists have put together a Code Intubation service. Special thanks to Drs. Coppa and Barbosa for leading the effort to create this service.
We have outfitted one of our existing portable carts with meds/airways/ppe to be able to respond to airway emergencies. There are also specialized supplies available in the ED and Critical Care units.
The on call anesthesiologist can be reached anytime for intubation through the house supervisor or operator, or by dialing direct (805) 340-2437. I’d recommend differentiating this service by asking for ”code intubation” rather than requesting the ”anesthesiologist on call” who will be a different person covering the operating rooms. Please notify the team as soon as you begin to consider intubation, as the physicians prefer to be notified sooner rather than later.
CMHS Radiology/Imaging Department Scheduling Changes – Important
As a temporary measure and in an effort to minimize exposure to patients and staff, the Imaging departments at CMH (Radiology, Ultrasound, MRI, Cat Scan, IR, Nuclear Medicine) have moved the scheduling of new non-urgent, elective, outpatient exams/ procedures and Interventional Radiology procedures to May.
- If you feel the imaging study for your patient is urgent and cannot wait until May, please call the Radiology department at (805) 948-8160 and they will assist in scheduling the patient sooner. (for Nuclear Medicine, please call (805) 948-5026)
- For elective outpatient exams and procedures which are currently on the schedule, the department will be reaching out to the referring physician and inquiring as to the feasibility of moving the exam/procedure to May.
- For outpatient Interventional Radiology procedures which are considered urgent, please call (805) 948-8160 to speak directly with the Interventional Radiologist prior to scheduling.
- As a reminder, all patients are screened prior to entering the Hospital. If your patient is experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, headache, shortness of breath, sore throat), please call (805)948-8160 so that we can work with the screeners
Daily update on COVID-19 cases in the County of Ventura for 4/5/20
18 new cases
221 total cases
62 recovered cases
153 under home quarantine
Billing for Digital Visits – California Governor Executive Order on Emergency Telehealth Guidance, April 3, 2020
Health plans shall reimburse providers at the same rate, whether a service is provided in-person or through telehealth, if the service is the same regardless of the modality of delivery, as determined by the provider’s description of the service on the claim. Reimbursement should be the same for a service rendered via telephone as they would if the service is rendered via video. Requires Medi-Cal managed care plans to allow member to obtain health care via telehealth when medically appropriate.
Any out-of-state personnel, entering California to assist in preparation for, responding to, mitigating the effects of, and recovering from COVID-19 shall be permitted to provide services in the same manner as prescribed in Government Code section 179.5.
Telehealth Codes: Videoconferencing and Telephone Virtual Visits
New public health comments about masks Ventura, CA
Ventura County Public Health Officer changes position on face masks, no longer advising against wearing them in public. Instead, he supports those residents who wish to cover their nose and mouth when leaving home for essential travel to doctor appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits. The face coverings should not be hospital grade at this time because there is a shortage and our health professionals need them. Masks should be homemade and cover the nose and mouth. There are numerous sites online which demonstrate or give patterns for how to make fabric masks. The Camarillo Sewing Brigade provides video instruction at the following link. Additional instruction at the following link. Fabric masks can be washed and used again.
CMH Brent Street Café (cafeteria) Physician and Employee Grocery Pop-up Market
The Brent Street Café and the team at Morrison is offering a physician and employee grocery pop-up market starting next week. This market is providing various grocery items for people to take home.
While the non-barcoded meals in the café are free for our physicians, it should be noted that these grocery items are not free for physicians at this time.
Designed to support our incredible physicians and staff, this market offers a variety of grocery items you can purchase and take home including loaves of bread, soup, dry pasta, rice, pancake mix, dairy products, toilet paper and much more!*
Here’s how to order:
- Visit the Brent Street Cafe and request an order form.
- Complete the order form and select an order pick-up time.
- Submit your order to your cashier and collect an order receipt.
- Bring your receipt to THE GRILL at your designated pick-up time to collect your order!
THANK YOU to the Brent Street Cafe and our partners at Morrison for providing this service to our physicians and staff!
*Pricing details are available in the Brent Street Cafe and items for purchase are subject to availability.
Michael Datlow, M.D. – In Memoriam
It is with profound sadness that I report the untimely passing this week of Dr. Michael Datlow. Dr. Datlow was a respected and loved Family Physician by patients, friends and family. He trained at the Ventura County Medical Center Family Medicine residency program, along with many of his colleagues who continue to practice medicine in Ventura. Memorial services have not yet been announced and I will forward that information when it is available.
CMHS Weekly Medical Staff Calendar – April 6 – April 10
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Teleconference Update for Medical Staff
7:30am OBGYN Department COVID Report (Teleconference)
5:30 pm MEC – BR
5:30pm COVID19 Task Force Meeting (Teleconferenced
7:30am COVID19 Update for Medical Staff (Teleconferenced)
12:00 pm General CA Conf – BR
Passover begins at sundown
12:00 pm QA & Patient Safety Cmte – BR
12:15pm Pediatrics COVID Report (Teleconference)
5:30pm COVID19 Task Force Meeting (Teleconferenced)
7:30am COVID19 Update for Medical Staff (Teleconferenced)
“I’ve never known any trouble than an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.”
Keep the faith,
Stan Frochtzwajg, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Community Memorial Health System
www.cmhshealth.org/voice – Medical Staff Voice Blog link
Tracey Shoop – Physician Liaison – email@example.com & (805) 490-3860
Megan O’Neill – Business Development Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org & (805) 207-8216
Scott Goodfriend, M.D. – Physician Advisor – email@example.com & (805) 701-3514
Medical Staff Office – (805) 948-5662