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Hello everyone – As of 2/16/2017, we have introduced the ability to customize your printed medication lists. You can now save paper and select only the most relevant medication information for your patient care needs by printing a patient’s active, historical, or complete medication list from the chart Summary or encounter.
You can read more about how to print customized medication lists here:
There are some real issues with the med list when printing either a visit summary or an encounter.
If I choose to print an encounter, and include the medication list, the ENTIRE list is printed, including historical medications. This is unnecessary and a waste of paper (and time for the person receiving the encounter note).
When printing an encounter as part of the patient's chart, it's often to send to another provider. That provider doesn't need to know that the patient had eye drops for pink eye 2 years ago, it's not relevant to what is going on for the patient right now. That provider probably also doesn't need to know every time I have refilled the patient's anti-hypertension medication, so including each incident prescription is also unnecessary and wasteful.
Clean up this option, please. If you don't exclude the historical medications, at least allow us to choose if the med list should include historical medications. Don't print more than maybe the last 2 times a medication was prescribed. I don't have time as a provider receiving and reading these notes to sort through a bunch of historical medications (which also includes previous doses of current meds) to get to the meat of the note. I don't want to have print all of that, nor do I want to scan/fax it all. I just want a list of the patient's current medications, I don't need a detailed list of every last time those medications were prescribed.
As of 12/14/2015, copay is now displayed as a column in the Scheduler.
You can read more about how to track copays here: http://knowledgebase.practicefusion.com/knowledgebase/articles/761493-how-can-i-track-copays-in-the-schedule
Actually this problem ISN'T resolved, as it doesn't allow us to mark a patient as paid when no payment is due (for preventive visits, which are covered 100% under the ACA). Please allow us to mark them as paid or to indicate no payment is due so that it doesn't look in the copay view of the schedule that they didn't pay or that they owe when they don't.
What other sections of the EHR would you like to have templates? Messages? Documents comments? Diagnosis comments? Medication comments? Tasks?
Messages would be ideal, in that it would allow us to create a note that doesn't require vitals (obviously, if it's a phone interaction, there are not vitals measured), but will allow us to use the "plan" format of the SOAP note to create a plan based on the message received, and potentially to prescribe medications, if appropriate as a provider response.
As of 12/14/2015, you can now mark a patient’s appointment as confirmed on the scheduler.
There is a great knowledge base article that explains this here: http://knowledgebase.practicefusion.com/knowledgebase/articles/773469-how-do-i-update-an-appointment-s-confirmation-stat
Currently, our office uses both the automated email feature through PF, but for those without email or who would prefer phone calls, we're calling them for appointment reminders.
Obviously, for those patients for whom email was sent, it would be nice to have an automated (email sent) type notification. And for those that we call, it would be nice to have a drop down/check box system that indicates no answer, left message, patient notified.
In other EMR systems I've used, the appointment on the calendar changes color: white for scheduled but not confirmed(pending) , yellow for confirmed, dark green for cancelled, and light blue for arrived/checked in, lavendar for seen/checked out. That system had a built in automated calling system, so it made these changes intrinsically (aside from the arrived status, obviously).
My observation of the schedule is that it just doesn't take advantage of color choices. Right now an appointment on my schedule viewed in the day or week view is just green. There is no differentiation for type of appointment (despite being able to choose/assign different colors for different appointment types in the set up), and there is no color differentiation for appointment status. It's disappointing that such a simple, but powerful option isn't being used better. Being able to check at a glance on my schedule which patients are confirmed helps me to predict my schedule (it gives me a sense of who is most likely no show). Being able to check at a glance what type of appointments I have scheduled also helps me plan my day and my pace.
While I understand that looking at the "week" view of the calendar should really be as simple as only using the providers' colors for appointments, once you get down into the "day" view, each provider has their own schedule listed, so that differentiation is no longer needed, and it would be nice to see specific appointment types delineated by color (it could be as simple as adding a colored bar across the top of the appointment box).
Our problem at this point is that we have to give our medical assistants the same level of permissions as our physician providers so that they can sign off documents. The primary documents they're having to sign are things like scanned ECG or in office lab results. Since the provider has already signed the hard copy, there's no need for electronic signature.
As mentioned above, we'd like to be able to assign specific permissions to each user, while allowing them to have the appropriate label (physician or mid-level, nursing staff, medical assistant, etc). This would also eventually include specific permissions for staff authorization on medication refills (allowing a staff member to deny an e-refill request per standing orders, for example), generating prescriptions for providers to sign, scanning and signing documents, etc.
You can hide inactive users on the schedule by adjusting your filters: https://help.practicefusion.com/s/article/How-can-I-hide-inactive-users-in-the-Schedule
Have there been any updates or has there been any progress on this? Again, an easy fix would be just to eliminate inactive users from being part of the schedule or the messaging process. I understand that you want to keep the users included, particularly if they've done any activities in the EMR, but the inconvenience is that they still show up in areas where we don't want/need them (specifically messaging and the schedule).
It's sort of ridiculous when we are reassigning tasks in the task list that we have to scroll through all of these inactive users to find the user we're hoping for. Particularly since there are no keyboard shortcuts (typing the first letter to get to that name in the list).
As of 8/11/2015, we have deployed ICD-10 coding for Practice Fusion superbills in all PF practices to make sure you are prepared for the October 2015 CMS ICD-10 deadline.
We have also incorporated ICD-10 diagnosis coding directly in the clinical and lab ordering workflows.
To learn more, you can visit our ICD-10 Center here: http://www.practicefusion.com/icd-10/
Additionally, there are 3 helpful knowledge base articles available:
Great suggestion. We are also considering other more advanced filtering ability for the Patient Timeline.
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This warning feature was added to the PF EHR in Q4 2015.
For more information about this feature, please read the article here: http://knowledgebase.practicefusion.com/knowledgebase/articles/486118
YES!!! This happens so many times in our office because of the failure of autorefresh on the schedule. On person may mark a patient as arrived, which generates the SOAP note for that day, and then another person (who had the schedule page up already) goes back and does the same thing, which generates another note! That sort of thing shouldn't happen in the first place (and could be fixed with an auto refresh of the schedule every 5 minutes or so), but it would be great if there were a warning when it does happen.
I absolutely agree with this. We have some international patients who need a printed patient appointment card for their follow up that they can give to the visa office to help aid in their travels and right now I have to print a screenshot of their appointments in their timeline (which has none of our clinic information in it).
Hi everyone—we are happy to report that ePriorAuthorization functionality for medications has passed beta and is now rolled out to all of our practices as of 10/23/2015.
You can learn more about how this feature works here: http://knowledgebase.practicefusion.com/knowledgebase/articles/580701-how-do-i-use-eprior-authorization
You have the ability to see who inserted an appointment for which patient and at what time the appointment was created all in the Activity Feed and Audit report. Simply go to your reports section and click Activity Feed and Audit Report. This is where you can sort and filter personal and practice activities.
We've had some SNAFUs in our schedule lately and we're trying to figure out which user might have accidentally mis-scheduled a patient.
If this is something that is added, I would like to BEG that it be made an option and not mandatory for all users (or even all notes: a phone note or letter wouldn't need that, for example). We do not participate in meaningful use, we don't care about it, and it would be very frustrating to add yet another click to being able to sign a chart.