Valley Emergency Physicians Medical Group

  www.valleyemergency.com
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VEP values quality and service as a function of cost.

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Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Walnut Creek, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous in Walnut Creek, CA

I have been working at Valley Emergency Physicians Medical Group full-time for less than a year

Pros

Great place to work. They take care of all employees, offer a great work environment, and emphasize delivery of high quality emergency and hospitalist medical care. Very patient oriented.

Cons

Must be with the group for one year before gaining the option to buy stock and become an owner.

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Keep it up.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Perversion of Emergency Medicine

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Valley Emergency Physicians Medical Group as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lax environment(to the extent you are more productive).

    Cons

    Economics, however, overrides virtually all other concerns, including quality of patient care. In medical school, regardless of the specialty we eventually choose, we are taught that the H&P guides our evaluation of each chief complaint. With the intent of reducing "Doctor to patient" times metric, MLPs are placed in the position of initiating the patient evaluation. To minimize waiting times, as EDs are increasingly evaluating ever more patients, the MLP simply stamps his name on the chart, which stops the clock, and labs and imaging are ordered. All well and good, if a proper H&P were attempted, if the MLP were trained to obtain a reasonable H&P, which takes time and effort. At VEP sites, under pressure to reduce waiting times, % of LWBS, reduce complaints from patients, etc. no H&P is conducted prior to ordering labs, imaging, etc. Indeed, a fever noted in triage triggers "Levaquin" for the adult pt., to reduce that time to antibiotic administration for possible sepsis. Yet without an H&P, the ordering MLP has no basis to identify the source of the fever/sepsis, "but 1 dose of Levaquin can do no harm." Patients then return from Radiology(ordered by the MLP who has not conducted an H&P). As the MD, if a proper H&P is conducted, one realizes labs and the US to evaluate for the CC:7yo abdominal pain(and appendicitis which is on the Ddx), was absolutely unnecessary, since the CC was actually "sore throat," or H&P consistent with gastroenteritis, constipation, and other Dx which do not require labs or imaging. In the end, more patients are evaluated, many with unnecessary labs, imaging, Levaquin, generating additional revenue(though not necessarily for the MD). To the Co. there are fewer complaints, more revenue. To the uninsured patient, the cost of labs, US to evaluate possible appendicitis(all ordered by the MLP "upfront" can mean a cost of many hundreds of dollars(or more), reducing already limited disposable incomes. Metric madness, quantity at all cost(over quality) overrides any semblance of a "proper" medical practice. Should MD's even care anymore, as the practice is now determined exclusively by the Co's Board of the purported "democratic group?" who are driven to acquire ever more contracts, grow its "business/revenue/stock price," and with little regard for cost controls and quality. MD's have ceded all influence in how patients should be evaluated. Patients beware...MD's look carefully in the mirror...first do no harm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    VEP is wonderful

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    Current Employee - Emergency Physician (IC Status)  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Emergency Physician (IC Status) in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Valley Emergency Physicians Medical Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    VEP is the most democratic large group in Emergency Medicine. The company's leadership is totally engaged, and really cares about its physicians and employees. There is a family atmosphere that leads to fair treatment of all, and a very supportive atmosphere. Their focus on high quality care above all other concerns is a breath of fresh air.

    Cons

    None. VEP is fair, truly democratic, transparent, and their management team is of very high quality and exceptional moral character.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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