SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CCGroup is pleased to announce that Virginia Mason Medical Center (Virginia Mason) in Seattle, Wash. continues to practice in the appropriate Clinical MedMarker™ Protocol Range for utilizing MRI of Spine in diagnostics for routine, non-complicated low back pain (LBP) patient episodes-of-care.
This news is not surprising to Robert Mecklenburg, MD, Medical Director of the Center for Healthcare Solutions at Virginia Mason. “In 2005, the medical center pursued efficiency in its spine clinic by adopting systems engineering methods of Toyota Motor Corp. As we published in the Wall Street Journal in 2007, back pain patients now follow a more standardized path. They have an initial combined visit with a physical therapist and a doctor,” Dr. Mecklenburg said. “We developed evidence-based decision rules and embedded them in the scheduling process for radiology. If the provider could not document the evidence-based indication for the imaging study on the scheduling screen, then the test could not be ordered.” He continued, “Within a year, the imaging rate of MRI of Spine decreased 23% across the enterprise.” Continue reading
Cave Consulting Group (“CCGroup”) Develops Acceptable Clinical Protocol Range for Upper GI Endoscopy Use in Treating Gastroesophageal (GERD)
February 22, 2013
San Mateo, CA. – CCGroup is pleased to announce that the company has developed an acceptable clinical protocol range for utilizing upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopies in treating routine, noncomplicated GERD (or heartburn) patient episodes-of-care. CCGroup BullsEye™ statistical analysis and methodologies (protected by U.S. Patent No. 8,301,464) strongly correlates upper GI endoscopies as the key procedure to gastroenterologists’ efficiency score in treating noncomplicated GERD. Therefore, upper GI endoscopy is the MedMarker™ (or correlated service) in treating non-complicated GERD. Continue reading
San Mateo, CA. – CCGroup is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued Patent No. 7,739,126 on its grouper of medical condition episodes of care and provider efficiency methodology and system. “The main advantage of our patent is that the efficiency methods allow our health plan and physician group clients to obtain accurate and reliable efficiency scores, something that has been very elusive to date,” stated Douglas G. Cave, Ph.D., President of CCGroup. Continue reading
Cave Consulting Group (“CCGroup”) Receives Patent on MedMarkers™ to Support Healthcare Provider Efficiency Scores
CCGroup is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued Patent No. 8,301,464 on its CCGroup BullsEye™ methods of statistical analysis. The CCGroup BullsEye™ system targets those medical care services most associated with provider overall efficiency scores and provider medical condition-specific efficiency scores. Continue reading