Epic Downtime is Scheduled for Thursday, February 11, from 3-5am
- An AlertUs message will flash on every computer screen to warn users at 2:45 am to log off.
- After this AlertUs message is seen, orders are held in the system until downtime ends. Therefore STAT orders should follow a downtime process immediately.
- Users can use View–Only SRO (Supports Read-Only) – Epic is available in a read only mode as of the point in time the system went to downtime. Reports are available.
- No new entries can be made into the system during the downtime – no new orders, documentation, ADT and new results will not display.
- Follow Department’s downtime procedures and use downtime forms.
- Epic will be available to Registration prior to everyone else so any new admissions and ADT information can be entered first.
- An AlertUs message will flash when the system is back up for everyone.
- After the system returns, follow Department’s downtime procedure and enter orders, documentation into Epic.
- Clarity reports will not be available until after 1 pm.
Weekly JHM Ambulatory and Inpatient Optimization Update: Click here.
OR Committee/Department of Surgery Meeting Tomorrow
The next Operating Room Committee meeting will be combined with the Department of Surgery meeting and will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7:00AM in Conference Rooms 6 & 7 on the lower level of the hospital.
Memo from Robert Rothstein, MD, VPMA Re: Medicare Documentation Requirements: Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty at Suburban Hospital
Please be advised that before Medicare patients can be scheduled for a kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty, specific pre-procedure documentation must be present. To support the medical necessity of vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty procedures, the medical record must contain documentation of the patient’s pain, radiology findings that correlate with the patient’s pain and validate the presence of a compression fracture, as well as documentation to support conservative treatments were tried and failed.
Referring physicians should provide this documentation in the form of legible office notes, not a checklist:
o Pain level between 1-10 and any other details and a description of how pain has affected the ability to perform ADLs.
Description of failed conservative therapy
o List previous treatments and their outcomes
o Progress notes consisting of only conclusive statements should be avoided; “failed conservative therapy” is insufficient.
Radiology report showing compression fracture that correlates with patient’s pain and site of surgery
Any additional history and physical documentation used to support the decision for the procedure
Scheduling staff will screen pre-procedure documentation under the guidance of nursing and physician leadership. Suburban will contact you prior to scheduling your patient to request additional documentation when deficiencies are found. The full Local Coverage Determination (“LCD”) L33652 which outlines medical necessity and documentation requirements is retrievable at www.novitas-solutions.com.
Please note that Medicare will not reimburse for sacroplasty. Patients will be required to complete a Medicare Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) before any procedure that is not covered by Medicare is scheduled.
Click here for the full memo. Thank you for your cooperation.
Doximity Physician Surveys
Online reputational surveys for the US News & World Report rankings for 2016 have been sent out from Doximity. You are strongly urged to complete this survey should you receive one.
Since these surveys are sent to only a fraction of practicing physicians, your completed survey plays a significant role in the final reputation scores reported by US News & World Report. As you know, the US News & World Report annual rankings are widely used by consumers seeking the best healthcare and considered by many to be the “gold standard” of healthcare ranking surveys.
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4th Annual Johns Hopkins Medical Staff Leadership Retreat
Please join us on Friday, April 8 from 7:15am to 2:30pm for the 4th annual Johns Hopkins Medical Staff Leadership Retreat at the Chevy Chase Club. Topics will include “Thriving” vs. Surviving During Times of Change: The Science of Enhancing Resilience presented by Bryan Sexton, PhD, Duke University Patient Safety Center and Empowering Physicians to Take Care of Themselves presented by Thomas Murphy, MD, founder of Heal Thyself MD. 5.5 CME credits will be awarded.
Click here for all the details and the agenda. Continental breakfast and a buffet lunch will be provided. This event is sponsored by Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Howard County General Hospital and Suburban Hospital.
Space is limited. To register, call Alethea Johnson at 301-896-3339 or email her at email@example.com.
Message from Johns Hopkins Medicine Regarding Fraudulent Tax Filings
During the 2015 tax season, several members of the JHM faculty and staff made us aware that fraudulent tax filings were made on their behalf. Click here for important information that may help keep you from becoming a victim of identity theft. You should, of course, consult with your tax preparer if you have questions or concerns.
Navin Singh, MD, MBA, Plastic Surgeon Publishes Articles
Congratulations to Dr. Singh, who published two articles in “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery” focused around breast implants — both reconstructive, such as in women with breast cancer, as well as cosmetic.
Click on the links below to read the articles.
Suburban Hospital Grand Rounds
New Oral Anticoagulants
Friday, February 5, 2016 | 8-9 am | SH Auditorium
Shaad Abdullah, MD, Oncologist
Call 301-896-3869 with questions.
The 2016 Grand Rounds schedule is here.
Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
Biologically Inspired Engineering: The Next Technology Wave
Thursday, February 11, 2016| Turner Auditorium | 7:30-8:30am | Live via Streaming Video |
Donald E. Ingber, MD, PhD
Founding Director, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
To watch this week’s presentation from your computer, click here.
Please note: Any provider attending the live stream in the Suburban Hospital Physician Lounge conference room will obtain the same CME credits as attending in person in Baltimore.