Patient Privacy Check Boxes
If there was a privacy check box area in the patient information area that could be electronically signed by the patient after answering the questions orally this would make check in and privacy information quicker and easier. Ex: Can we leave messages on your home phone? Cell phone? Email? With persons named?
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We type in the "leave message ok" and this would be nice just to click a box that we can leave a message on a machine or with someone
Susy Deliman commented
This section could make check-in easy and fast. All the patient info could be checked from the patient profile area (name, address, phone, email and all privacy questions) then electronically signed by the patient eliminating paperwork for new patients and updates for existing patients.
Susy Deliman commented
Presently patients have to fill out several pages of information as a new patient or to update privacy information. This would avoid that if they could answer orally and sign a signature pad. Medent has this feature and it works beautifully.
Doctor B commented
How about a PQRS/MU section?
I envision this section as follows:
It has a tab to display a list of all the periodically necessary items (disease-specific, MU-required, preventive care,etc.), organized in clinically meaningful groups (you'll need doctors to help you organize this), each with its criteria (interval, inclusion and exclusion).
Selecting an item puts it in the first column of an Excel-like section of the Profile, with columns for the Item, the date "Last Done:" and the date "Next due." There is also an "MU" box next to "Last Done" to count it in this period's PQRS/MU calculations, and a "Not Applicable" check box next to the "Next Due" (if the patient ages out, transfers care, dies, etc.). There is also a box for "Refused."
Clicking on "Add Item," or the little " + " sign that PF uses for all its lists, displays the list, prompting to select the next item. Groups of items can be saved and labeled, to select with one click for other patients' charts.
Reaching the "Next Due" date does 2 things: it generates weekly email alerts to the patient, and it puts the patient's name on a "Care Due" list that appears via a tab above the schedule (next to Appointments, Day, etc.). The list is in alphabetical order, Last Name, First Name. and has Item, Next Due date, and Next Appointment date (to show if the patient has already made an appointment).
The patient remains on this "Care Due" list and continues receiving weekly alerts, until the "MU/PQRS" section is updated in one of 2 ways:
1. On the date of completing the item, check "Add to MU" with the new "Last Done" and "Next Due" dates; or
2. Check the "Not Applicable" box, with "Comments" (a menu with "Other" box).
On the Reports page, selecting "Care Due Report" generates a printable list, with the name, contact telephone, item needed, "Last done" date, and "Next Due" date that has passed, for each name currently on the "Care Due" list on the Schedule.
You may not realize it, but adding this capability to Practice Fusion will radically improve both CMS reimbursements and the quality of medical care.
The barrier to good preventive and follow-up care is that we don't know what we don't know. If patients don't contact us, most doctors have NO way of knowing that they are overdue for care.
Only groups with the money to hire staff to review every chart every year, and individually call every patient who is overdue, and manually update their info, can do a decent job of it. Even that's not great, because determining who needs what, and when, has subtleties that the doctor knows but the staff or insurance robo-letters don't.
PF could be the only EHR (that I know of) that provides this absolutely critical function, so every doctor will know, accurately and without extra work or expense, which patients in the practice are overdue for care.
Sorry for length of comment, but you asked.
If this section was readily accessible it could streamline calls coming in and outgoing for patient information.