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Medicine Matters Home Patient Care Epic Tips: February 18, 2022

Epic Tips: February 18, 2022

*** FYI: Epic Upgrade March 17, 2022

Epic Upgrade Personalization Freeze

  • Epic personalization is unavailable between 03/14/22 and 03/17/22. More to come in March 4th blog post.
  • The freeze will end immediately after Epic becomes available on Thursday, 03/17/22.
  • Tip: You can continue to create user SmartPhrases during the Personalization Freeze. Review the blog post
  • Mark your calendar for an EpicCare Ambulatory Upgrade Webinar on March 10, 2022, Noon-1 p.m. hosted by Danny Lee, MD. More to come in the March 4 blog post.

Inpatient & Ambulatory: Patient-Reported COVID-19 Test Results

  • Patients and clinicians can update the medical record with at home COVID-19 antigen test results.
    • This sets a COVID-19 flag as well updates the patient COVID-19 status in the Storyboard.
    • Patients complete the “At Home Antigen COVID-19 Testing Results” questionnaire in MyChart.
    • Clinicians enter results in the “At Home COVID-19 Antigen Test” flowsheet.
    • Enter SmartPhrase .HOMECOVIDTESTRESULT to pull the information into your note.
  • Review the tip sheet here and the blog post here.

Ambulatory: Specialty Referral synonyms added to eConsult orders

Referral synonyms display when ordering specialty eConsults to Neurology, Vascular Surgery, or Rheumatology [Lyme Disease] with the corresponding specialty referral order name and procedure ID.

Ambulatory: Storyboard Update

  • All Legal Treatment Orders are identified with the acronym POLST [Provider Orders of Life Sustaining Treatment] and will only display for adults 18 years or older.
    • Clicking the POLST link takes you to the Capacity & Advanced Care Planning Navigator [ACP].
    • Advanced Directives display above the POLST banner.
  • Referring provider is removed. If no PCP is on file, “none” will display.
  • View the patients Preferred Lab and hover to discover, if multiple labs are listed.
  • See screenshots in the blog post here.

Ambulatory: Allow up to 4 Adult Non-Oncology Therapy Plans

  • Due to the increasing quantity of IV infusions and tests, Ambulatory Non-Oncology Adult Infusion, #3 & #4 were added to all therapy plans.
  • This addresses a patient safety risk, aligns with pediatrics, and improves disease management.

Ambulatory: Mark your Calendars for the Next Epic Efficiency Series Webinar:

  • Medication Review & Reconciliation in the Ambulatory Setting: What is and what could be
  • When: Wednesday, February 23, 2022, Noon-1 p.m.
  • Where: Zoom => “Join with computer audio” using the link:
  • Qualifies for ONE AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) TM
    Note: CME credit is available for live viewing only. Sessions are recorded and posted on the Mastery Training tile of the Epic Training Portal.

Ambulatory: Telemedicine Hot Topics – States of Emergency Telehealth Services Updates [Data as of 2/1/2022, Noon]

  • The National Public Health Emergency [PHE] has been extended to April 16, 2022. Emergency orders/states of emergency have expired in many states, affecting providers’ ability to perform telemedicine visits for out-of-state patients:
    • New Jersey: licensure waiver extension until further notice
    • New York: licensure waiver extension to 3/1/2022
    • Pennsylvania: licensure waiver extension to 3/31/2022
    • Virginia: waiver to treat established patients expired on 2/11/2022. No further update.
    • Washington, D.C.: licensure waiver extension to August 10, 2022. If you are not vaccinated against COVID-19 you must fill out attestation form here.
  • 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.

Ambulatory: Interprofessional Telemedicine Education Symposium 2022

  • What: “Telemedicine in Primary and Ambulatory Care: Preparing our Healthcare Workforce for the Future of Telemedicine”
  • When: March 7, 2022 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Learn more and register here.

COVID-19 Epic Training Portal link

For more Epic Tips of the Week, click here.


Kelsey Bennett