From the President, April 2017

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 in President's Message | 0 comments

Dear Medical Staff Colleagues,

I hope you enjoyed the Doctor’s Day buffet breakfast and lunch on March 30. I want to extend a thank you to the Administration for the delicious meals and for the physician fleece jackets donation.

CDI– Clinical Documentation Improvement has now been rolled out. As you may know, there is a bigger emphasis on accurate documentation. This is not just coming from the hospital but also from governmental regulations like MACRA. Whether we like it or not, documentation now impacts physician reimbursement. In addition, accurate documentation reflects the severity of illness which  we should get credit for in the form of length of stay should be observed to expected mortality. I would encourage you to respond to the queries you may receive in your inbox or as questions posed within the progress notes. Many of you reading this may be rolling your eyes that this is another demand on your time and contributing to burnout, and I understand the frustration. I share the same frustration and this is difficult to message. I hope that as we become more accustomed to the use of accurate terminology, this will become more second nature and the queries will drop off. But this takes attention and a group effort. Please read the detailed explanation below by our CDI Physician Champion, Dr. Beth Gong

 Language interpreters– As a reminder, foreign language interpretive services are available by person and by phone. I encourage you to take advantage of these services since we do have a multi-cultural patient population. From a patient safety standpoint, we are identifying that the use of an interpreter can play an important role in preventing falls.

Wellness and Burnoutplease see the article below by Dr Hass. In addition there is an all day  presentation “The Science of Burnout”  in Berkeley on April 29th . If you wish to learn more and to register, please see the link below. 

http://greatergood.berkeley. edu/news_events/event/the_ science_of_burnout_what_is_it_ why_it_happens_and_how_to_ avoid_it/objectives#. WOblBTxHaEc

 Until next time, be well,

Donna D. Tigno, M.D.
President of Summit Medical Staff
Co-Director of Critical Care at Summit Medical Center.



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