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The Sentinel: November 2020

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Using Secure Portals for Patient Test Results

Risk Topics  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

In last month’s article, we discussed how better patient communication can help prevent missed appointments and improve follow-up. One of the safest and most convenient methods of communication with established patients is a portal. A patient portal is a secure online website that gives patients 24-hour...

Mandatory Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS) Effective January 1, 2021

Risk Topics  |  Julie Loomis, RN, JD

Most prescribers are aware of the upcoming requirement for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) as mandated by the federal SUPPORT Act of 2018 and effective January 1, 2021. Primarily, this federal mandate affects Medicare Part D EPCS. In addition to the federal law, many states have new or ...

Closed Claim Review: Opie and the Bully

Closed Claim Review  |  John T. Ryman, JD

“I don’t want him to be the kind of boy lookin’ for fights, but I don’t want him to run from one when he’s in the right” – Sheriff Andy Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show, Opie and the Bully (1961) Once upon a time in the fictional hamlet of Mayberry, young Opie Tayl...

QPP Exemption Application Open

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

As the end of the year draws near, it is an opportune time to consider your participation in the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Launched by the Medicare Access to Care and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) in 2015, the QPP exacts mandatory participation from physicians and other eligible clinicians who meet ce...

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