To reinforce evidence-based C. difficile testing recommendations from Hospital Epidemiology, medical providers and nurses ordering C. difficile tests will see new Best Practice Advisory (BPA) alerts in Epic@UNC starting Wednesday, March 29, if a C. difficile test is ordered on a patient who meets certain criteria.
The verbiage and placement of follow-up orders in several discharge order sets will be updated Tuesday, March 28, to ensure the action required from each follow-up order is clear.
Starting Monday, March 27, a new respiratory care order, “Demo or Evaluate Pt Use of Aerosol Device,” will be available so that providers can order patient education from Respiratory Therapists at Chatham Hospital, Johnston Health, Pardee Hospital, and UNC REX Healthcare.
Effective Wednesday, April 5, the Care Plan activity will no longer offer the ‘New Problem’ or ‘Modify Problem’ menu options. Instead, use the ‘Apply Template’ menu button to apply care plan templates to the chart. See a preview of the new options at this Intranet link.
On Monday, April 3, providers will see several InBasket improvements in Epic@UNC .
On Thursday, March 23, the Epic@UNC Healthy Planet (Population Health) team released three new Health Maintenance Topics – DEXA Scan, Hepatitis C Screening and Lipid Screening.
On Wednesday, March 15, a new electronic Prior Authorization (ePA) workflow went live with the goal of reducing the time our providers spend responding to calls and faxes from payers, and ultimately reducing the time patients spend waiting for their prescriptions.
There will be a 2-hour SafetraceTX Blood Bank system downtime from 10 a.m. - noon on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, for required system maintenance.
Providers, do you ever have trouble finding the data you need in Chart Review? Try creating a Quick Filter to filter encounters by specific medications, orders, chief complaints, etc.
On the morning of Tuesday, March 21, there will be an upgrade to our Healthwise patient instructions found through the Clinical References (or References) link in the Epic@UNC chart. This upgrade includes new patient instructions, vaccine information statements, patient instructions with medical revisions, patient instructions with title changes and replacements, and patient instruction enhancements.
‘MACRA’, also known as the Quality Payment Program, has changed how Medicare reimburses physicians and other providers that bill Part B. The good news is that you do not need to change your current clinical practice workflows.
Epic@UNC is now connected to Coastal Connect HIE (CCHIE) through the eHealthExchange, which means that UNC Health Care providers can access patient clinical documentation from CCHIE's eastern North Carolina providers through Epic@UNC's Care Everywhere platform.
Starting Tuesday, March 14, scheduling and registration staff using Cadence will see a new 'Directions' button on the patient's 'Appointment Desk' that they can use to create directions to the selected clinic via Google Maps. The directions are automatically generated using the patient’s address on file and the clinic appointment address. View details in this Tip Sheet.
The time will 'spring forward' from 1:59 to 3 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. Review these details to avoid any issues with equipment and Epic@UNC documentation. And remember that there is a planned Epic@UNC downtime scheduled from 1:30 a.m. - 4 a.m. on Sunday, March 12.
Ambulatory providers, clinic staff, managers: On Wednesday, March 15, a new electronic Prior Authorization (ePA) workflow will Go-Live with the goal of reducing the time our providers spend responding to calls and faxes from payers, and ultimately reducing the time patients spend waiting for their prescriptions. View details on three WebEx sessions are scheduled for practice managers and providers to review the ePA workflow.
On Wednesday, March 8, the C-Section Priority choices in the 'Delivery Summary' will be updated. View details at this Intranet link.
Effective March 6, serum-free light chain (free kappa, free lambda) and beta-2-microglobulin testing will be performed using a new analyzer platform and the current analyzer will subsequently be retired.
UNC Senior Alliance, the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) of UNC Health Care, began participation in the Next Gen ACO Model on Jan. 1, 2017. As an organization, we are responsible for managing the quality and total cost of care for the Medicare ACO beneficiaries attributed to UNC Senior Alliance providers. On Monday, Feb. 27, employees and providers will begin to see a value banner notification in Epic@UNC identifying Senior Alliance attributed ACO Medicare beneficiaries as either a ‘Value Care Patient’ or a ‘Value Care Patient – Complex.’
Both ambulatory and inpatient staff are invited to join a two-part WebEx presentation highlighting how to audit charts, especially when surveyors come to our hospitals and clinics.
On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the image hyperlinks in Epic@UNC for new cardiology studies at UNC Medical Center, UNC REX Healthcare, Caldwell Memorial Hospital, Chatham Hospital, Johnston Health, and Pardee Hospital will transition from SynapseCV to UNC Health Care’s new viewer, called NIL.