Update from the Well-Being Committee

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 in Announcements | 0 comments

The Well-Being Committee’s mission is provide education on self-care and better physician-patient communication and to identify and alleviate institutional causes of stress and burnout.  If you have any ideas, please let me know.

We want our medical center to do a better job of supporting us after stressful cases and those with poor outcomes.  We are meeting with ” big Sutter” to bring in an established program here to help us with this.  We will keep you updated on our efforts!

We are co-sponsoring an event that is sure to be fun and relaxing; it will also help build camaraderie and resilience among those who go.  Here is the promo for it:

One Day Mindfulness Retreat for Physicians: Saturday, May 6, 2017 –  “Responding to physician burnout”
This retreat introduces mindfulness to physicians who are facing burnout and want to learn this approach for their own health and well-being and that of their patients, colleagues, and families. The retreat will be held at Green Gulch Farm in Muir Beach, CA, with ample time for conversation, rest, and time outdoors. Led by StressCare instructors, Karin Pfluger and David Weinberg, and Jack Edelen, MD. Co-sponsored by the ACCMA.

Here is further info and signup info:

Also feel free to join John Mouratoff, MD and Scott Lee, MD at our 5 p.m. mindfulness sessions every Wednesday.


Leif Hass MD

Sutter Community Connect

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 in Announcements | 0 comments

Please click on link to review the Sutter Community Connect: MACRA (MIPS) is coming:

From Larraine Ewing, Sales Representative
Sutter Community Connect

Risk Management and Patient Safety Introduces an Electronic Reporting of Unusual Occurrences

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 in Announcements | 0 comments

The Midas RDE (Remote Data Entry) Electronic Incident Reporting System has come to ABSMC.  The Unusual Occurrence Forms (pink sheets) are going away.

ABSMC is undergoing a system-wide implementation of MIDAS RDE. The Summit Campus is up and running as of March 1, 2017. The Alta Bates Campus will “go-live” on April 3, 2017 and Herrick is scheduled to go-live in May 2017.

Employees and physicians can access the system via the Intranet and enter and submit an incident in the Hospital Patient Safety Report portal.  The Risk Management Team and the EHR–liaisons are available to train physicians.  Look for us at your upcoming “Grand Rounds” and Specialty Department meetings.

For more information and assistance, please contact the Risk Department at (510) 204-6455.

Thank you for your support of this very exciting system implementation to promote patient safety and process improvement, and the overall patient’s experience at ABSMC.

The Risk Department,

Lois Wong, ABSMC Risk Officer, Cathy Werner, Risk Specialist; Fran Ohashi, Risk Specialist

Get to Know Your Compliance, Privacy, and Information Security Officers

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in Announcements | 0 comments

At Sutter Health, following our core values of honesty and integrity enables us to deliver positive patient experiences.  We build trust with our patients and colleagues by protecting their confidential information and doing the right thing every time.

Our Compliance, Privacy, and Information Security Officers are here to help us achieve these goals.  Many of you have met us in training’s and meetings and at last fall’s very popular Ethics and Compliance Campaign.  By partnering with one another, we raise awareness about recognizing, preventing, and reporting potential issues.

We welcome any questions from you and are glad to join your teams’ huddles and meetings.  Please also feel free to contact us if you are working on a project that involves patient information.   Below is our contact information and some common reasons to reach out to us.  Thank you for promoting our culture of ethics, honesty, and integrity across the organization.

Nathan Perumal, Compliance Officer

 Fraud, waste, and abuse

  • Billing and coding compliance
  • Proper documentation
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Physician contracting
  • Research compliance
  • Identity theft

Nicholas So, Privacy Officer

  • Patient information disclosed to wrong person/place
  • Privacy training
  • Patient privacy rights
  • Access to electronic systems with patient information
  • Business associate agreements
  • Advice on privacy laws and regulations

Dana Carter, Information Security Officer

 Email encryption

  • Information Security training
  • Phishing or whaling emails
  • Strong passwords
  • Lost or stolen computers
  • Advice on Information Security laws and standards

Nicholas So
Privacy Officer

Investigation of Seoul Virus Outbreak

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in Announcements | 0 comments

Please click on link to review the official CDC Health Advisory regarding the Investigation of Seoul Virus Outbreak Associated with Home-based, Rat-breeding Facilities in Wisconsin and Illinois:

Sutter Community Connect

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in Announcements | 0 comments

Please click on link to review the Sutter Community Connect: Providing Clinical Connectivity for Independent Practices: