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Epic Tip of the Week June 11, 2021

Ambulatory: Epic Efficiency Series

  • The Epic Sprint team is hosting the Epic Efficiency Webinar Series targeted to ambulatory providers. The webinars are held virtually via Zoom on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Wednesday of the month.
  • To receive future webinar notifications about various Epic topics, subscribe by sending an email to In the Subject line enter “subscribe epic-efficiency-series LastName, FirstName”

Mark your Calendars for the Next webinar: “What Happened? Using Chart Review, Results Review & Chart Search”
Learning Objectives: Quickly scan Chart Review by creating filters, customize and reorganize tabs

  • When: Wednesday, June 23, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
  • Where: Zoom => “Join with computer audio” using this link:
  • Qualifies for ONE AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) TM
    Note: CME credit is available for live viewing only. Sessions will be recorded and posted on the Mastery Training tile of the Epic Training Portal.

Ambulatory: New Patient-Reported Vitals SmartPhrase

  • The new SmartPhrase (dot phrase), .PTREPORTEDVITALSCURRENTENC, replaces the existing .PTREPORTEDVITALS phrase and displays when patient-reported vitals are entered within the current encounter.
  • .PTREPORTEDVITALSCURRENTENC will display in your personal SmartPhrases as well.
  • If no patient-reported vitals are entered during the encounter, a message displays that no data was recorded.

Ambulatory: Telemedicine Hot Topics – States of Emergency Telehealth Services Expiring [Data as of 5/25/21, 12 PM]

  • Emergency orders/states of emergency are starting to expire in many states. This impacts provider’s ability to perform telemedicine visits for out-of-state patients.
    • Delaware: unless you are a mental health professional (psychologists, mental health counselors, chemical dependency professionals and social workers) or currently hold a professional license issued by the State of Delaware, per the Division of Professional Regulation, telehealth visits with patients located in Delaware are no longer permitted.
    • Washington, D.C.: telehealth practice with established patients has been extended and is set to expire on 5/25/21 [allows for 60 day grace period to wind down patient visits following waiver expiration date]
    • Pennsylvania: Approved for all licensed healthcare providers listed here, until the end of the Pennsylvania State of Emergency, which currently has no end date.
    • Florida: extended through 6/27/21
      • Providers are encouraged to obtain a Florida Telemedicine Registration to continue to see patients once the waiver expires. A tip sheet for this process can be found here.
      • This license is no cost to you; however, some states may require a fee to send Florida proof of your existing licenses. The typical turnaround time is 1-2 business days.
    • New Jersey: expires 6/30/21
    • New York: extended through 6/16/21
  • Refer to legal FAQs for information related to individual state waivers and licensing requirements
  • Direct general questions to JHM Telemedicine or legal-specific questions to Telemedicine Legal

Inpatient: Updates to Service Attending Workflow

  • The “Service Attending” designation should be removed prior to discharge.
  • A BPA appears if the patient has a Service Attending listed at the time of admission. Providers can place an ‘Update Attending Provider’ order from the BPA.
  • A banner will appear in the discharge navigator if the patient has a Service Attending on file for discharge.
  • Update the the required “Update Attending” question in the discharge order if the Service Attending is listed as the attending upon discharge.

Screenshots of the above can be found here.

COVID-19 Epic Training Portal link

Epic Training Portal link

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Kelsey Bennett