Change to Physician Parking: Began on Monday, August 31
To: Suburban Hospital Medical Staff
From: Gene E. Green, M.D., President and CEO
Date: August 19, 2015
Subject: Changes to Physician Parking
I am very excited that Suburban’s Campus Enhancement Project is moving forward and that progress continues to be made. Physical changes to the campus can be seen daily as we prepare to demolish the existing parking garage to make way for a new, larger and more modern parking structure. Upon completion of the new garage, we will then begin with the addition of our new clinical building. As we have announced in many physician forums in the past, in order to accommodate the demolition of the garage and site work on campus, changes in physician parking arrangements are required.
On Monday, August 31, 2015, a new dedicated physician parking opened at the end of Lincoln Street, which can only be accessed from Old Georgetown Road. The current physician lot will then be reconfigured to accommodate all patient and visitor parking. This parking arrangement will be in place until the opening of the new garage in 2017.
To access the building, physicians may walk through the valet lot to utilize the main or physician entrance(s), or they may utilize a badge accessed door in the D Wing. If you use the D wing entrance, you will enter near the 2400 nursing unit and the back elevators. Click here for a drawing to help visualize the changes.
As always, we appreciate your patience and flexibility. We will have additional parking staff on site during the transition to help with campus traffic operations. If you have any questions, concerns or additional recommendations, please feel free to reach out to Margaret Fitzwilliam at 301-896-3806 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michelle Christ at 301-896-3678 (email@example.com).
I know we all realize that living through a major construction project will be challenging. I hope you agree that the temporary inconveniences are more than compensated for by the long-term benefits to our patients and our community
Multifactor Authentication Rollout – Began August 31, 2015
As you may know, Johns Hopkins Medicine is implementing multifactor authentication for Epic through the Hopkins Enterprise. What this means is that an extra layer of security has been added for users who want to access Epic remotely (from their office, home or outside of the Hopkins network). This is like the security that currently exists in banking.
Viewing Suburban Images in Epic
When the image link is selected, Vitrea Viewer will now launch and the study will open. Centricity Web will no longer be the viewer launched from Epic. On the top menu bar, a “History” button will show how many historical studies are available for this patient on GE PACS. When the “Historical” button is selected a drop down menu will display the studies, including date. These historical studies will also include all studies performed at the Bethesda (SOMC) GCM office as well as the Rockville GCM office. Instructions on using the Vitrea Viewer are here.
Changes to Blood Transfusion Order Sets and Decision Support
[SMH, HCGH, SH] The Johns Hopkins Health System Blood Management Clinical Community and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality have identified changes needed in order to promote best practices when prescribing transfusion. Providers will now see best practice advisories (BPAs) based on recent lab values and transfusion trigger guidelines for red blood cells, plasma and platelets.
JHM Weekly Inpatient Newsletter: Click here.
JHM Weekly Ambulatory Newsletter: Click here.
Preparing for ICD-10: CMS Guidance and Updates to Forms, Orders and Referrals, Provider Training & Resources
CMS Guidance on ICD-10 Flexibilities for Provider Community
On July 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) released a joint statement about their efforts to help the provider community get ready for ICD-10. This statement included guidance from CMS that allows for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting processes.
In response to questions from the health care community, CMS has released “Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities,” which provides answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Updates to Forms, Orders and Referrals
All surgery case posting forms, standing orders and referrals continuing into October 2015 must contain ICD-10 diagnosis information. Providers will be required to submit ICD-10 information for scheduling and patient financial clearance at Suburban. For patients actively being seen that will extend into October, you may be asked to provide ICD-10 diagnosis information now. Surgery case posting and referral forms for cardiac rehabilitation, physical, occupational and speech therapies and Psych Day Treatment will be revised by the end of July. Please be sure to use the new forms and discard the old forms. All revised forms are available here.
Provider Training – Start Preparing Now
Training focuses on “good” documentation and not on how to memorize or select codes and an understanding of the tools in Epic to assist in the selection of ICD-10 specific codes. Therefore, there are a minimum of two on-line modules that we strongly recommend physicians and other professional staff take between August and September which include:
- Using ICD-10 in Epic – 10 min.
- Specialty modules (listed in alphabetical order) – 10 min.
You will be able to obtain CEU credit for your specialty specific module. If you have taken general ICD-10 training elsewhere, please remember to still take the Epic workflow module.
To access these training modules, log on to myJHMI using your JHED ID and password. Navigate to myLearning under Education. Once at myLearning, select “Catalog” and then the ICD-10 tab/Provider. For detailed instructions, click here. To assist providers with documentation clarity, our clinical documentation improvement team will reach out to providers with queries.
For additional resources to help your practice prepare for ICD-10, click here.
Click here for the first edition of the JHM ICD-10 Newsletter and accompanying Tip Sheet.
You are Invited: Patient Safety Forum on September 2
All Suburban Hospital employees and physicians are invited to participate in a patient safety forum on Wednesday, September 2 from 12:30-2pm in the Auditorium. You are welcome to bring your lunch to the forum.
This forum will provide you with the opportunity to learn about upcoming Lean Sigma trainings, the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), inpatient safety and quality improvement priorities and how Suburban is performing on our HCAHPS star ratings.
This important meeting will be co-hosted by Dr. Peter Pronovost, director of the Armstrong Institute, Gene E. Green, M.D., president, and executive vice president Jacky Schultz.
A flyer with additional information can be found here.
Don’t miss this important opportunity to share your thoughts and questions in an informative Q & A session.
Dr. Pataki Retirement
Pathologist Kenneth Pataki, M.D., will retire from Suburban Hospital this Friday, September 4. Please stop by the Pathology Department on Thursday, September 3 from 1-3pm to wish Dr. Pataki well.
OR Committee Meeting on September 10
The next Operating Room Committee meeting will be combined with the Department of Surgery meeting and will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:00AM in Conference Rooms 6 and 7 on the lower level of the hospital.
Please make every effort to attend.
With Our Condolences
Carl I. Margolis, MD 78, who had a medical practice specializing in internal medicine and psychiatry in Montgomery County from the late 1970s to 2011 and who also served as the county’s deputy medical examiner from 1998 to 2006, died July 27 at a nursing center in Adelphi, Md. The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease, said his wife, Randy Margolis.
Dr. Margolis, a Rockville resident, was born in Brooklyn. He settled in the Washington area in the early 1970s and spent several years as a psychoanalyst and internist at the old Chestnut Lodge Hospital in Rockville, Md.
He was the past chairman of the family practice department at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., where he also was co-director of the lipid lab. Among other jobs, he was a past assistant clinical professor at George Washington University’s medical school. Through his deputy medical examiner’s job, he served on a sniper task force amid the Beltway sniper attacks in 2002.
Save the Date: Suburban Hospital Cardiovascular Symposium
Featuring the Annual Mark F. Weinstein Memorial Lecture
The symposium offers providers an opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in heart disease prevention, imaging, and interventions. It will feature cardiovascular specialists from Johns Hopkins Medicine and the NIH Heart Center.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 | 7:30 am – 1:00 pm | Suburban Hospital Auditorium
The Annual Mark F. Weinstein Memorial Lecture: “Getting Smarter: The Future of Medical Education at Johns Hopkins”
Roy C. Ziegelstein, MD
The Sarah Miller Coulson and Frank L. Coulson, Jr.
Professor of Medicine
Vice Dean of Education
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Breakfast and Lunch will be served.
To register, please call 301-896-3939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the symposium, please contact Michelle Christ at 301-896-3678 or email@example.com.
Suburban Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Suburban Hospital Grand Rounds: No Grand Rounds This Week
Mark Your Calendar: The Caldwell Lecture Series:Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
Friday, September 11, 2015 | SH Auditorium |
7:30 – 8:00am: Special Q&A with physicians about the Use of Statins
Breakfast will be served
8:00 – 9:00am: Lecture
Speaker: Michael Lauer, M.D, Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Click here to see the objectives for this presentation.
Call 301-896-3869 with questions.
The September 2015 Grand Rounds schedule is here.
Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
Chevy Chase Auditorium – Zayed 2119A
Thursday, September 3 2015| 7:30 – 8:30am | Live via Streaming Video
Contemporary Surgical Management of Pancreatic Cancer
Matthew J. Weiss, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Oncology
Department of Surgery
Johns Hopkins Medicine
To watch this week’s presentation from your computer, click here.