Documentation of Malnutrition

As a follow up to Quality Update: Key Feature of Wave 3 Helps Providers Improve Documentation of Major Comorbid Conditions, let’s look at documentation of malnutrition: Malnutrition should be specified by degree: Mild, Moderate or Severe. There are several criteria that our registered dietitians review when determining the degree of malnutrition. These criteria follow guidelines […]

Quality Update: Key Feature of Wave 3 Helps Providers Improve Documentation of Major Comorbid Conditions

Accurate documentation of major comorbid conditions (MCC) is critical for patient care and hospital reimbursement. It also directly impacts our publicly reported quality scores and value-based purchasing. In Wave 3 of the Epic Refuel, the Admission Navigator will have a new “Co-morbidities” section that suggests patient-specific diagnoses based on real-time vitals, labs, and other data […]

Chart Lockdown Policy Goes Into Effect April 29

Effective April 29, 2019, the ability to edit charts for hospital visits only will be locked down in Epic after specific timeframes. If a provider needs to edit a chart for a specific encounter after the established timeframe, they will need to access the chart through a designated lockdown PC monitored by medical records (HIM). […]

Lab Updates: New Test Codes Available in Epic

In the past, there were a few tests that did not have test codes available in Epic for our Englewood Hospital lab. Because of this, many ordering practitioners used the miscellaneous test code and free texted the test they wanted. Starting April 9, some of these tests have been added to the menu and you […]

Epic Refuel Wave 3 Begins April 29: What’s Changing for Providers?

Wave 3 of the Epic Refuel project begins next Monday, April 29. Here are eight changes and enhancements that providers will see: Blood Administration: Providers would no longer need to choose the number of units for nursing Transfuse XMatched order. It will automatically default to the units ordered. Blood Component BPA: To reduce blood transfusions, […]

Patient Safety Reminder

To ensure a patient does not miss any required medication doses, use caution when modifying an existing medication order in Epic.  When you modify an order, the times for administration of the medication revert to the default settings.   Depending on the time the order is placed, the patient may be at risk to miss a […]

Have You Signed Up for MyChart Yet?

Getting patients to sign up for MyChart, the Epic patient portal, is an important part of our quality and patient engagement efforts. This online portal gives patients easy and secure access to their health information (and helps reduce some of the administrative tasks handled by telephone in the offices). The features include: Managing appointments, including […]

EHPN News in Brief: February 27, 2019

From Dr. Stephen Brunnquell, EHPN President Save the Date – May 1 Business Meeting. We will discuss important information at our spring business meeting, including a change in the Quality component of most doctor’s contracts. From the very first day of EHPN (Oct 1, 2011) there has a Quality component to our compensation. Most often […]