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The Sentinel: October 2018

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Eight Simple, Inexpensive Tips to Improve Patient Flow

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

Automation can create opportunities to enhance patient flow, but sometimes it’s the little things that make the day run better for you and your patients. None of these tips require any fancy equipment, and most can be done for a few dollars – or no expense at all. Let’s review eight simple i...

Physician Burnout: Other Viewpoints

Physician Interest  |  Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM

Editor's Note: This is part four in our four-part series on physician burnout. Part I was published in the January 2018 edition of The SVMIC Sentinel; part II was published in the April 2018 edition; and part three was published in our July 2018 edition. Physician burnout syndrome is a pe...

Contemporaneous Documentation

Risk Pearls  |  Julie Loomis, RN, JD

An old Chinese proverb says that “the faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory.” Timely documentation is critical in order to ensure an accurate and complete record of the patient encounter. Office notes and dictated procedure notes should be completed, reviewed and signed within 2...

Applications for QPP Exception Due Soon

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

The financial impact of the Quality Payment Program will soon be felt. On January 1, 2019, the reimbursement for Medicare will be shifted based on your performance in 2017. Although it's too late to avoid the 2019 penalty of 4%, you have until December 31, 2018, to possibly dodge the 2020 sanction, or at leas...

Judge a Man by His Questions Rather Than by His Answers

Closed Claim Review  |  Jamie Wyatt, JD

Communication is one of the most important facets of human life and interaction. The ability to exchange information is a skill learned early on in our lives. Yet, despite our early introduction to communication and the vital role it continues to play in our lives as we mature, it is frequently underestimated...

HIPAA Myths and Misconceptions

Practice Management  |  Loretta Duncan, FACMPE

Trying to comply with HIPAA can be a challenge for healthcare providers, especially when there is so much confusion about specific aspects of the Rules. On almost a daily basis, policyholders contact SVMIC for assistance with HIPAA-related issues. In fielding those calls and emails, some commonalities have be...

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