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Dr. Rajesh Agarwal of Hillcrest Hospital Accounted for 286 Pneumonia Discharges, More than Double the Volume of Nearly Every Other Ohio Physician

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By: Jeffrey Maser  Apr. 27, 2018

Dexur analysts recently examined Medicare discharge data from CMS between 2013-2016 and found that Dr. Rajesh Agarwal, of Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, accounted for 286 pneumonia discharges, the most of any Ohio physician. During the four year period, Dr. Agarwal also treated patients at Select Specialty Hospital - Cleveland Fairhill in Cleveland, Regency North Central Ohio - Cleveland East in Warrensville Heights, and South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights. Dr. Harbhajan S. Parmar of West Medical Center in Willoughby ranked 2nd with 214 discharges and joined Dr. Agarwal as the only physicians in the state with over 200 pneumonia discharges. Dr. Gohar Ghazarian of Galion Hospital in Galion ranked 3rd with 140 discharges while Dr. Rocky E. Pittman of Hillsdale Hospital in Hillsdale ranked 4th with 137. Dr. Ajay Chawla of OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital in Mansfield rounded out the top five with 135 discharges, just behind Dr. Pittman.

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Dr. Mark Edwin Mckenzie was Nevada’s Only Physician to Discharge More than 100 GI Hemorrhage Medicare Inpatients

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By: Saparja Nag  Apr. 25, 2018

According to a recent analysis performed by Dexur, Dr. Mark Edwin Mckenzie of Valley Hospital Medical Center led Nevada physicians in gastrointestinal hemorrhage discharge volume with 103 discharges between January 2013 and December 2016. He was one of only five physicians in state to discharge more than 50 GI hemorrhage Medicare inpatients during the four year time period. Dr. Craig Steven Rau and Dr. Ricardo Ramirez Almaguer, both of Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, ranked 2nd with 85 discharges and 3rd with 67 discharges, respectively. Ranking 4th was Dr. Lamont Ellis who practiced primarily at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and discharged 55 Medicare inpatients with GI hemorrhages, followed by Dr. Murray M. Rosenberg with 53 discharges to rank 5th.

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Nash General Hospital’s Dr. Shandal S. Emanuel and Dr. Daniel L. Crocker are North Carolina’s Highest Volume Physicians for Nutritional & Metabolic Disorders

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By: Jeffrey Maser  Apr. 24, 2018

A Dexur study of Medicare inpatient nutritional and metabolic disorder discharges shows that Dr. Shandal S. Emanuel of Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount accounted for more nutritional and metabolic disorder discharges than any other North Carolina physician with 109 discharges between 2013-2016. She was the only physician in the state with more than 100 such discharges during the timeframe. Dr. Daniel L. Crocker, who practiced at Nash General Hospital along with Dr. Emanuel, ranked 2nd with 98 discharges. Dr. Crocker also practiced at Rocky Mount's LifeCare Hospitals of North Carolina. Dr. Emanuel and Dr. Crocker were the only two physicians in North Carolina with more than 60 discharges for these conditions during the four year period.

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Dr. Gyanchand J. Khicha of Wesley Medical Center Led Kansas Physicians with Over 300 Coronary Bypass Procedures in Four Years

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By: Saparja Nag  Apr. 19, 2018

A Dexur analysis of CMS Medicare claims data showed that the highest volume physician in Kansas for all coronary bypass procedures was Dr. Gyanchand J. Khicha, who practiced at Wesley Medical Center and Via Christi Hospital St. Francis both in Wichita. Dr. G. Khicha discharged 324 coronary bypass Medicare inpatients between January 2013 and December 2016. He was followed by Dr. Sanjay G. Khicha, who had a discharge volume of 285. Dr. S. Kicha was associated with Wesley Medical Center and Via Christi Hospital St. Francis alongside the other Dr. Khicha, as well as at Kansas Heart Hospital. The only other physician in the state to surpass 200 coronary bypass discharges was Dr. Matthew A. Arneson of Kansas Heart Hospital with 281 discharges over four years. Dr. Brett E. Grizzell ranked 4th as the only Kansas physician to discharge more than 150 coronary bypass inpatients during the time period.

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Dr. Aileen Garcia-Gayoso Led the Top 5 Highest Volume Tennessee Physicians for Renal Failure, Each of Whom Practice at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis

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By: Jeffrey Maser  Apr. 19, 2018

A recent study by Dexur analysts indicates that Dr. Aileen Garcia-Gayoso of Methodist University Hospital in Memphis accounted for 256 Medicare inpatient discharges with renal failure, the most of any Tennessee physician between 2013-2016. She was the only physician in the state with more than 200 discharges for this condition. Methodist University Hospital was also the practicing location for the next four highest volume physicians for the condition. Dr. Hany M. Habashy ranked 2nd with 184 discharges, while Dr. Randy Villanueva ranked 3rd with 154 discharges. Dr. Oluwatoyin J. Agbaosi ranked 4th with 152 discharges and Dr. Charles L. Carter ranked 5th with 150 discharges. These were the only physicians in the state with 150 or more renal failure discharges over the four year period.

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Mississippi Kidney & UTI Physicians: Dr. Joseph L. Pratt of Magnolia Regional Health Center had the Highest Discharge Volume and the Lowest Readmission Rate

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By: Jeffrey Maser  Apr. 16, 2018

Dr. Joseph L. Pratt of Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth accounted for 226 Medicare inpatient kidney and urinary tract infection (UTI) discharges between 2013-2016, the most of any physician in Mississippi, according to a Dexur analysis. Dr. Pratt was the only physician in the state to report over 150 such discharges during the time frame. Dr. Nurudeen Shekoni of St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson ranked 2nd with 147 discharges, while Dr. Gabriel Zevallos of Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb ranked 3rd with 114. Dr. Don A. Gibson ranked 4th with 112 discharges practicing at both St. Dominic Hospital and Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. These were the only four Mississippi physicians with over 100 discharges for the condition. Dr. Zina D. Lee, also of Baptist Medical Center, rounded out the top five with 96 discharges.

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Dr. Francis S. Rotolo and Dr. James Joseph Zalucki Both Averaged 4.3 Day LOS for Major Large and Small Bowel Procedures, the Lowest in Maryland

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By: Saparja Nag  Apr. 13, 2018

Dexur analysts studied Maryland physicians who performed major large and small bowel procedures between January 2013 and December 2016 and determined that two physicians, Dr. Francis S. Rotolo of Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Dr. James Joseph Zalucki of Howard County General Hospital tied for the lowest average LOS at 4.3 days. Dr. George Apostolides of Greater Baltimore Medical Center ranked 3rd in the state with an average LOS of 4.6 days. The 4th ranked Dr. Mari Madsen of Anne Arundel Medical Center rounded out the only four physicians in Maryland to average a LOS for major small and large bowel procedures under 5 days, averaging 4.9 days per case. Dr. Joseph Donovan Dirocco, also at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, averaged 5.2 days for major large and small bowel procedure LOS.

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Dr. John W. Beckner of Hamilton Medical Center has a 12.3% Readmission Rate for Psychoses, the Lowest Rate in Georgia and Under Half the State Average

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By: Jeffrey Maser  Apr. 11, 2018

According to a study of Medicare inpatient discharges by Dexur analysts, Dr. John W. Beckner, of Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, had a 12.3% readmission rate for psychoses discharges between 2013-2016, the lowest rate of any physician in Georgia. The only other physician in the state with a readmission rate below 15% was Dr. Dan Phillips of Navicent Health, who ranked 2nd with a 14.4% rate. Dr. Muhammad Sandvi, who practices at Hamilton Medical Center along with Dr. Beckner, ranked 3rd with an 18.4% readmission rate while Dr. Deepti Bhasin of Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins ranked 4th with a 19.1% rate. Dr. Prema Sanne ranked 5th at 19.4%, while splitting time between Peachford Hospital in Atlanta and Georgia Regional Hospital at Savannah, located in Savannah.

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Centura Health’s Dr. William Choi Discharged the Most Medicare Patients with Spine Conditions in Colorado, Treating Over 450 Cases

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By: Saparja Nag  Apr. 10, 2018

Dexur analysts studied Colorado physicians who performed operations on the spine between January 2013 and December 2016 and found that Dr. William Choi outperformed any other physician in the state treating almost 100 more inpatient cases than the 2nd highest discharging physician. He led the state with 453 discharges, which was 92 more than the 2nd ranked Dr. Paul Stanton with 361 discharges. Dr. Roger D. Sung and Dr. Robert J. Benz joined Dr. Choi and Dr. Stanton as the only four physicians in the state to have operated on over 300 inpatients for conditions of the spine. Dr. Sung saw 333 Medicare inpatients, while Dr. Benz treated 324 during the same four-year time period. Dr. Hans C. Coester ranked 5th in the state with 290 spinal operations.

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Dr. David A. Brown was Ohio’s Highest Volume Coronary Bypass Physician Over a Four-Year Period with his Medicare Patients Spending the Fewest Days in the Hospital

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By: Jeffrey Maser  Apr. 06, 2018

A Dexur study of Medicare inpatient coronary bypass data indicates that Dr. David A. Brown of OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital accounted for the lowest average length of stay (LOS) among all Ohio physicians at 4.7 days between 2013-2016. This was more than a day and a half lower than both the national and state averages of 6.49 and 6.46 days, respectively. Dr. Syed Zaman of Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton ranked 2nd at 5.2 days, while Dr. Fayyaz Haider Hashmi ranked 3rd at 5.3 days. These were the only three physicians in the state to report an average LOS under 6 days during the timeframe. Dr. Steven B. Duff of OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus ranked 4th at 6.1 days and Dr. Farzin Fotouhi of St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima rounded out the top five at 6.2 days.

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