The Souper Bowl

Throw on your favorite football jersey and sample some of the best soups in Stark County at Mercy Service League’s Souper Bowl. On Sunday, Jan. 25 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Meyer’s Lake Ballroom, you’ll enjoy unlimited soup tastings from some of the area’s best restaurants and desserts prepared by local culinary art students….

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A Lifesaving Surgery, Stark County First, and New Weight Loss Option at Mercy

Australian Woman with Rare Heart Tumor Receives Lifesaving Surgery from Mercy Heart Surgeon Giovanni Ciuffo, M.D., Mercy Cardiovascular Institute (MCI) associate and medical director of Mercy’s Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery program, removed a rare heart tumor using minimally invasive, bloodless heart surgery from Madalyn Copcutt, an Australian and Jehovah’s Witness. The 26-year-old newlywed was…

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Improving Clinical Documentation: Malnutrition Part 2

Here is a short recap from the last edition. Malnutrition should be diagnosed when at least two or more of the following six characteristics are identified: Insufficient energy intake, weight loss, loss of muscle mass, loss of subcutaneous fat, localized or generalized fluid accumulation that may sometimes mask weight loss, or diminished functional status as…

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Order Sets, E-Prescribing and CPOM Training

Mercy’s Clinical Transformation Team is here to help you from 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with your Meditech questions. Just call ext. 4681 from any in house phone. In addition, we are also able to set up an appointment time that is convenient for you. Benny Baclawski, physician liaison, is available to…

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We are Listening and Ready to Help You Meet CPOM Deadline

We are moving forward with the January 13, 2015, date for the CPOM initiatives. While we have some post-procedures and post-operative hurdles, we are confident that we can trial these pieces by the deadline, with a go-live shortly afterwards. Physician CPOM training sessions will be held in the physician training room from 7:30 to 11:30…

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We are Listening

  We are listening to our physicians. We have identified space in ED2 & ED3 for Meditech Computers to be installed. Along with the Meditech Computer in ED1, this will give our physicians a dedicated Meditech Computer in each zone. The Zone 3 computer should be in operation by the time you are reading this…

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ICD–10: Malnutrition

Newest guidelines from the Academy and ASPEN are applicable to ICD-9 and ICD-10. Malnutrition should be diagnosed when at least two or more of the following six characteristics are identified: insufficient energy intake, weight loss, loss of muscle mass, loss of subcutaneous fat, localized or generalized fluid accumulation that may sometimes mask weight loss, or…

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Education Opportunities: Dec.–Jan. 2014

  Critical Care Focused Grand Rounds “Abdominal Compartment Syndrome” Wednesday, Nov. 19 11:45 a.m. – Lunch 12:15 p.m. – Lecture Mercy Medical Office Building Auditorium Speaker: Lisa Coughlin, M.D.   “Yearly Updates on Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD)” Thursday, Nov. 20 7 – 9 p.m. AMPHITHEATER – Mercy Hall Speaker: Louise Aquila Allen, Ph.D.  …

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Medical Staff Officer Elections and Committee Interests Due This Month

  ELECTION OF MEDICAL STAFF OFFICERS If you are a member of the Active or Ambulatory Active, you have either been mailed a ballot or had one placed in your mailbox at Mercy. Please take the time to vote for the President-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer for the 2015-2016 term and return your ballot by November 17 to…

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Joint Commission Survey Complete

As you are aware, the Joint Commission completed their survey of Mercy Medical Center on September 23–26. We would like to thank each of you for your participation in the preparations and in the survey itself. We are grateful for all of your efforts in maintaining survey readiness, specifically related to medical record completion. While they were…

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Additional PharmD to Assist with ED Medication Reconciliation

Joint Commission requires that medications must be reconciled across the continuum of care. Eighty percent of medication reconciliations completed by health care providers other than pharmacists are incomplete or contain erroneous data. At Mercy Medical Center, 79 percent of all admissions originate in the emergency department. That’s why Mercy is hiring 3.5 FTE PharmD to…

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New Physicians: September-October 2014

Mercy Medical Center welcomes the following new physicians approved by the Board of Directors effective July 25, 2014.   Active, Provisional Jason P. Evanchan, D.O. Internal Medicine, Cardiology Cardiovascular Consultants 2600 Sixth Street, S.W., Suite A2-710 Canton, OH 44710 Phone: 330-454-8076 • Fax: 330-454-3927   Active, Provisional Jonathan P. Congeni, M.D. Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Gastroenterology…

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Education Opportunities: September, October 2014

Critical Care Grand Rounds are held the third Wednesday of each month. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m., and the lecture is from 12:15–1:15 p.m.  To register, call 330-489-1409 or email kathy.ruppert@cantonmercy.org. New Guidelines for Atrial Fibrillation Wednesday, Sept. 17 Mercy Medical Office Building Auditorium Speaker: Rabia Arshad, M.D. Mechanical Ventricular Support Wednesday, Oct. 15 Mercy…

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ICD–10: Renal Diseases and Skin Disorders

This edition of the newsletter will concentrate on renal diseases and skin disorders. For acute kidney failure, document the etiology, if known or suspected, such as acute tubular, cortical, or medullary necrosis, postprocedural, or posttraumatic. Be clear on your intended diagnosis. Note that “acute renal insufficiency” results in an “unspecified” code. Chronic kidney disease (CKD)…

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CMS Surveyors Visit for Final Site Review: August 2014

CMS returned to Mercy Medical Center last month for the final site visit to verify the completion of our plan of correction for the life safety issues. At the closing session, we were advised that Mercy Medical Center is now in substantial compliance with all of the Conditions of Participation; everything has been accepted in regard to…

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Patients Can Now Access HEALTHeChart Portal

The HEALTHeChart Patient Portal is now available for our patients. Patient information, lab results and reports will be uploaded to the Patient Portal 35 hours after discharge.   The HEALTHeChart Patient Portal allows patients to: Print medical history to share with primary care provider Review test results and dictated reports Access discharge instructions View upcoming…

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CPOM Deadline is January 13, 2015

In July, Mercy Medical Executive Committee passed a resolution for the following requirements for physician CPOM usage: Biweekly reports starting 9/1 to physicians detailing their percent of CPOM orders. Requirement of >50% CPOM orders by 10/31. CPOM usage > 65% by 11/30. CPOM usage > 80% by 12/31. CPOM usage @ 100% after 1/13/15. The…

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Joint Commission Readiness: September 2014

Please remember that we are expecting our Joint Commission Survey any day, as it must be done by the end of September. We appreciate your efforts with regard to the completion of your medical records and with maintaining an environment of continued readiness. Medical Records Requirements All medical records must be completed within 30 days…

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New Physicians: July-August 2014

Mercy Medical Center welcomes the following new physicians approved by the Medical Affairs Committee of the board effective May and June 2014. Consulting Jennifer Ahn, M.D. OB/GYN, Maternal/Fetal Medicine Akron Children’s Hospital 215 W. Bowery St., Suite 5500 Akron, OH 44308 Phone: 330-543-4500 Fax: 330-543-4508 Ambulatory Active Kelly C. Alexander, DDS Surgery, Dentistry St. Paul’s Primary Care…

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Tips to Improve Patient Satisfaction

A complaint received in June was from a patient who said his physician did not see him over the weekend, and he felt nothing was being done. Therefore, the patient felt he should not have to pay for the weekend expenses.  To increase patient satisfaction, try following these simple tips: Always sit down with your…

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Mercy Implements New Medical Records Delinquency Policy Following CMS Survey

As you are aware, the Ohio Department of Health completed the full CMS survey during the week of April 28. We received the official summary from CMS, and the hospital did get a conditional deficiency in Medical Records, due to the legibility and the number of incomplete medical records. Per the CMS Standards of Participation:…

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