Dr. Kevin Buckwalter is a physician in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the director of a local medical office for almost a decade. Dr. Kevin Buckwalter’s professional affiliations include membership in the American Medical Association (AMA), which released new guiding principles on integrated leadership in early June 2015.
Known as the Integrated Leadership for Hospitals and Health Systems: Principles for Success, the guiding principles help physicians and hospitals interested in creating integrated leadership structures at their facilities. Specifically, the principles offer aid to physicians and hospitals that lack the necessary resources and direction to implement the structures on their own. The AMA created the principles with assistance from the American Hospital Association (AHA) after two years of work.
New principles support team-oriented environments and stronger relationships among professionals by encouraging hospitals to include more physicians at various management levels, such as the boardroom and executive levels. Additionally, the guidelines emphasize the need for strong relationships between physicians and administrative personnel to promote quality joint decision making by medical professionals and health system managers. The guide’s new framework also outlines core elements and challenges for implementing integrated healthcare leadership.
A certified physician in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter has nearly 18 years of experience treating a variety of ailments in patients of all ages. Dr. Kevin Buckwalter is a member of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), which released the results of a new study on the correlation between comprehensive care and lower hospitalization numbers.
Despite comprehensive care being one of the five core virtues of primary care, its relationship with patient outcomes remains unclear. The study sought to shed light on the relationship by measuring the scope of care provided against healthcare costs for Medicare beneficiaries. Samples in the research pool consisted of approximately 31,000 direct patient care physicians from the American Medical Association Masterfile and oversampled physicians in smaller states to allow for more approximate state-level estimates.
According to the study results, family physicians who offered a broader range of services to patients reported lower costs and fewer patient hospitalizations. The study’s findings established a strong connection between comprehensive care and hospitalization numbers. Researchers determined comprehensive care to be an essential component of healthcare measures. However, it only included exploratory data and thus remained unable to provide a complete and full understanding of the correlation between comprehensiveness and hospitalization numbers. For instance, the study was unable to include the full spectrum of ailments, ages, and modalities encompassed by family medicine.
Researchers concluded that the study’s findings and limitations demonstrate the need for further exploration of the connection between comprehensiveness and care costs, quality, and access.
A longtime family practitioner with many years of experience in the Las Vegas area, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter has served as the director of his local office for nine years. Aside from his medical practice, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter supports the efforts of the American Red Cross, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing health-related services across the United States. The American Red Cross offers a broad range of training and certification programs, particularly in healthcare and public safety.
Through its healthcare and public safety courses, the American Red Cross delivers the training necessary to improve patient outcomes. In addition to providing CPR training to emergency medical responders, the American Red Cross offers a certification course for Basic Life Support (BLS). Individuals can attend local classes and participate in hands-on training, learning from experienced instructors and receiving full certification at the end of the program. The American Red Cross also offers online classes that allow participants to work at their own pace.