Standing out by providing physicians with uncommon supportAn important key to the success of our Foundation of Care starts on the front lines, at the point of care. Our collaborative practice model is designed to provide Attending Physicians and Medical Directors with comprehensive support for patients in long-term care settings.
We provide PHS Physicians and Nurse Practitioners (NP) who have a passion for geriatric care. While the PHS NP and Physician follow individual state regulations for scope of practice and chart review, direct supervision of the Nurse Practitioner is not required.
As a result, teaming with a PHS NP to manage the day-to-day rigor of patient care provides several important advantages for the physician and facility Medical Director:
- Frees the physician to attend to other areas of need
- Improves the efficiency of services that physicians can provide to patients
- Decreases the number of calls to the physician and his/her office
- Helps the care center meet state and federal regulatory guidelines
Attending Physicians and facility Medical Directors can confidently rely on the PHS
Nurse Practitioner to:
- Make regular rounds at the long-term care center
- Provide call coverage for long-term care and SNF patients
- Assess patients, review medications, orders, and laboratory tests
- Perform annual history and physical assessments
- Review and respond to abnormal laboratory values
- Review and respond to pharmacy and consultant recommendations such as psychiatric, dietary, speech therapy, and physical therapy
- Attend to acute and chronic problems presented on a daily basis
- Conduct critical visits:
- Patients experiencing acute illness such as infections, respiratory problems, urinary tract, and wound management
- Patients whose chronic condition changes
- Patients with unkown mental status changes
While ultimately, the effectiveness of our Foundation of Care is measured by patient satisfaction and outcomes, it starts with those who deliver it at the point of care. That's why every day we strive to make a positive difference in the lives of the patient, as well as the physician.
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A NP can address code status, preventive interventions, surgical and other workups with patients and families. NPs can save you time and increase patient and family satisfaction on your behalf.
With the shortage of registered nurses in the nursing home setting, the NP provides skilled oversight of nursing issues when necessary.
The NP may perform procedures on site that other nursing personnel may not be able to perform such as venipuncture, suturing, catherization, replacing G-tubes, impacted cerumen removal, PAC flushes.
NPs are an excellent resource for attending Care Plan conferences on your behalf, meeting patients and their families and discussing issues with the interdisciplinary team. This saves you time and increases patient and caregiver satisfaction.
Most importantly, the NP can reduce unnecessary hospitalizations by being onsite and addressing acute clinical issues promptly. This can save the facility from providing non-emergency transportation to the hospital, reduce unnecessary laboratory and radiological testing and costs to the patient, family and facility and increase patient and caregiver satisfaction.