Patient Care

One Minute Guide to: Type & Screen Testing

One Minute Guide to: Type & Screen Testing

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Q: How often should I order a type and screen for my patients? The Bottom Line: A single type and screen upon admission is sufficient for most patients who are at low risk of bleeding, are not pregnant and have not had a prior positive antibody screen. Context: A type and screen (T&S) determines ABO(...)

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Professional Fee Billing News

Professional Fee Billing News

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This past spring the Department of Medicine leadership conducted a survey of section chiefs, clinical directors and division administrators in order to elicit means to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the DOM’s professional fee billing operation. On behalf of myself, Production Unit Manager Amanda Holmes, and Coding Manger Denise Burke, we thank all who(...)

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On May 11-12, the BCU team traveled to Emory University to participate in the inaugural meeting of the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC). The team met with representatives from the other eight regional Ebola and Other Special Pathogens Treatment Centers and participated in workshops designed to strengthen our current training and preparedness protocols(...)

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21st Annual Golf Classic

21st Annual Golf Classic

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The leadership of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center invites you to the 21st Annual C.R. Bard Inc. Golf Classic, benefitting patient safety programs, which reduce preventable harm to patients and improve clinical outcomes. Schedule of events: 7 a.m. Registration, continental breakfast, driving range 8:30 a.m. Shotgun start 1:30 p.m. Lunch & awards ceremony For more information(...)

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What’s the Buzz in Johns Hopkins Ambulatory Medicine?

What’s the Buzz in Johns Hopkins Ambulatory Medicine?

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The Department of Medicine supports diverse outpatient practices that offer a range of highly sought-after clinician groups. This strength can also present challenges when trying to apply clinic standards for ambulatory medicine. What initiatives are most important to improve patient care and safety? Who decides the priorities? How do we achieve the goals? These questions are(...)

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Hepatitis C Free Baltimore: 1,000 Cured and Counting

Hepatitis C Free Baltimore: 1,000 Cured and Counting

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The Division of Infectious Diseases will host a celebration on Thursday, May 19 in honor of National Hepatitis Testing Day to commemorate their efforts to eradicate hepatitis C in Baltimore--with over 1,000 cured--and to identify how to continue serving the community to cure even more people moving forward. Featuring keynote speaker John Ward, MD, director of the Division of(...)

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Improving MHAC rates: How Answering DocuCheck Queries Helps Represent the Outstanding Care We Provide and Improves the Hospital’s Bottom Line

Improving MHAC rates: How Answering DocuCheck Queries Helps Represent the Outstanding Care We Provide and Improves the Hospital’s Bottom Line

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Why are we talking about MHACs? To promote quality improvement and financial responsibility, Maryland and the federal government have instituted hospital pay for performance programs. Maryland is unique nationally in that the state sets hospital reimbursement rates for all payers. Maryland hospitals have a waiver from CMS’s Value Based Purchasing incentive program (limited to Medicare(...)

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Discussions, Drills and Training

Discussions, Drills and Training

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It has been a busy month on the BCU! On April 5, the BCU hosted a tabletop discussion with other stakeholders in HHS Region 3, including representatives from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, DC and the Federal Government. The tabletop addressed activation of the regional response plan and the potential transport of Ebola virus disease(...)

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Hopkins Technology Aiding in TB Elimination

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Harris Country Texas Public Health Environmental Services was recently named a 2016 TB Elimination Champion for use of Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their success is largely based on their use of miDOT, a smartphone-based technology for DOT developed by Maunank Shah, assistant professor in the Division(...)

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Ambulatory and Access Updates

Ambulatory and Access Updates

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The Department of Medicine has provided a great deal of leadership and direction when it comes to access and ambulatory operations. Our access team continues to out-perform the hospital average and produce high levels of service. Our ambulatory groups have succeeded in lowering the rate of provider-initiated cancellations, decreasing the number of open encounters, all(...)

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