Verbal Orders by physicians are transcribed into the EHR by nurses. The orders must be cosigned by a physician member of the treatment team within 48 hours. There are 3 popular methods for cosigning Verbal Orders are shown below. See quick tips here.
Using the Manage Orders Navigator to Cosign: (with this method, you can also cosign for your colleagues and other physicians on the treatment team)
Signing Verbal orders from In Basket: (to cosign your own verbal orders)
Signing Verbal Orders from Your MyPatient List (with this method, you do not need to open the charts; you can also cosign for your colleagues and other physicians on the treatment team)
For assistance, contact your EHR Physician Liaison, Patty Fitzgibbons at FitzgiP@sutterhealth.org or 510-325-9618.
Donna Tigno, M.D.
Bay Area Community Services (BACS) provides an array of behavioral health and housing services for teens, adults, older adults and their families.
Alta Bates Summit plans to donate Thunder Road, an adolescent substance abuse treatment, center to BACS. Alta Bates Summit and BACS have signed a non-binding letter of intent, which has been approved by the board of directors from both organizations.
BACS’s vision is a world where everyone is healthy, safe and engaged in community wellness. Every year, BACS makes a difference in the lives of more than 2,000 people. BACS is the leading provider of recovery-oriented behavioral health services.
The organization operates the largest program of its kind to end homelessness in the Bay Area, which sees more than 80 percent of participants go into permanent housing.
BACS’ Senior Day Programs are the most popular and affordable option in the Bay Area, providing engaging day services for elders with memory disorders.
The agency’s youth programs provide Crisis Residential Treatment and outreach and short-term services to youth in the community who are experiencing mental health and substance use challenges.
By, Carolyn Kemp, Manager Communications
Founded in Oakland in 1953, BACS provides services to individuals and families in the Greater Bay Area.
The following is educational/informational only.
Retained foreign bodies are considered to be an event that should never happen to patient. What some physicians may be surprised to learn is that “tips and bits” (such as K-wires, micro needles, drill bits and catheters) are considered serious reportable “never” events.
Specifically, even objects not present prior to surgery or a procedure that are intentionally left in when the risk of removal exceeds the risk of retention are reportable events.
The California Department of Public Health conducts an investigation on all of these events and, depending on their findings, the hospital may be subject to fines or public reporting.
By Holly Colin, director of risk management, patient safety and patient relations
Did you know?
MPI Chemical Dependency Treatment Services treats individuals suffering from drug and/or alcohol addiction. This comprehensive treatment service is on the fifth floor of the South Pavilion at the Summit Campus and offers a wide range of treatment options, including:
MPI provides pharmacological detoxification from alcohol, opioids, benzodiazepines and other substances. In all levels of care, clients attend lectures, participate in small group process and receive individual counseling.
Treatment at MPI is individually tailored to meet the needs of our clients and may include 12-step facilitation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, motivational interviewing, integrative medicine and exposure to a variety of peer support and recovery groups.
Many of our treatment counselors are in recovery themselves, offering an added level of expertise and compassion to their approach with residents. The Chronic Pain Track and programming for family members are especially robust and well-regarded by participants.
Potential clients are welcome to call 510-652-7000 to obtain more information and to schedule a free intake assessment.
Joshua Kayman, M.D., is medical director at MPI as well as the main provider of psychiatric consultation/liaison services at the Summit Campus. He is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in Addiction Medicine and is also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
Physicians and hospitalists may obtain a consultation by calling Dr. Kayman at his MPI office, 510-869-8890, or using the psychiatric consultation liaison request format in EPIC.
MPI is CARF accredited and provides 24-hour nursing care to our residents. Clients must be able to independently address their activities of daily living.
By Tom Bonas, Ph.D., administrative director MPI
All physicians providing moderate sedation are required to complete a pre-procedure assessment and document this assessment in a note containing specific required information.
In order to assist physicians in meeting the regulatory standards for moderate sedation, we have created a system smart phrase that contains all of the required elements necessary for regulatory compliance. Physicians can either cut and paste these elements into their own H&P or interval notes or use this system phrase as their H&P or interval note.
The smart phrase for moderate sedation is .promosedation
For assistance to customize your own notes using this smart phrase, please call Patty Fitzgibbons, 510-325-9618.
Since the rollout of Sutter’s secure messaging system Jan. 26, we have enrolled approximately 140 physicians at the Summit Campus.
If you have not enrolled in SPOK and need assistance, please call Patty Fitzgibbons, 510-325-9618. Please note that you will need to have your App Store password handy in order to download the app.
Sutter EHR now contains links in EPIC directly to UptoDate. Access points include the EPIC Radar dashboard, Medication and Orders, Problem List and Order Entry. For more information or for assistance to register for UptoDate, please call Patty Fitzgbbons, 510-325-9618.
You can now electronically prescribe controlled substances from Sutter EHR to most of the Bay Area pharmacies. For assistance to download the application, please call Patty Fitzgibbons, 510-325-9618. Please note that you will need to have your App Store password handy in order to download the app.
Optimization Prep Rally – April 27
Location: Patty’s Training Room, Merritt Pavilion, Nursing Administration, Ground Floor, G085
EHR Physician Liaison – onsite support as available
Patty Fitzgibbons, 510-325-9618
Do you need help with smart phrases, Order Set personalization, and Preference Lists, Coding Queries but are not available to be on campus?
You can now schedule training with members of our Documentation Team. They are available to remote into your computer in your office or even at your home using BOMGAR software. For your remote training session, please contact: S3EHRT@SUTTERHEALTH.ORG, Sam Johnson, 916-532-4783 or Adrianna Tezanos-Pinto, 916-508-4425.
By Dr. Kim, Dr. Puri and Patty Fitzgibbons
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For a limited time, Sutter Health is donating up to 85 percent of the cost a practice normally incurs to purchase, implement and support Sutter Community Connect.
DOUBLE LEFT CLICK ON DIAGRAM TO ENLARGE.
By Larraine Ewing, Sutter Community Connect
To help patients searching for a physician online, please update your personal profile.
Use this form to review and update your online profile for all public Web sites associated with the Sutter Health network. Your updated profile will appear on www.sutterhealth.org/findadoctor and on Alta Bates Summit Web site(s).
In addition, your detailed information will appear on Sutter Medical Network’s Online Physician Directory available on www.sutterMD.com. This site is a physician-to-physician, Web-based search tool created to provide doctors with more information about their colleagues’ areas of clinical emphasis when making referral decisions.
Please be sure to include specific procedures and technology under the professional interests section. This helps patients searching by procedure or technology to find you.
By Micheline LaMont, Marketing Manager
Cognitive neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., will present “Technology Meets Neuroscience – A Vision of the Future of Brain Health” at this year’s 26th Annual Picchi Lecture on Thursday, May 5.
This memorial lecture will be held at the Samuel Merritt University (SMU) Health Education Center, 400 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland.
Dr. Gazzaley is the founding director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center and professor of neurology, physiology and psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco. He co-wrote The Distracted Mind, explaining why our minds have become addicted to email, texts and social media.
Space is limited and reservations are required. The suggested donation to attend is $25. To attend or donate, please call the SMU Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, 510-869-8628, by April 29.
Proceeds from the Picchi Lecture are used to inform the community about a broad variety of medical topics and to fund the Picchi Collection of health information in the John A. Graziano Memorial Library at SMU’s Oakland campus.
From SMU Office of Development and Alumni Affairs