New Physicians: January and February, 2014

Mercy Medical Center welcomes the following new physicians approved by the Medical Affairs Committee of the board effective January 24, 2014.    Active, Provisional Giovanni Ciuffo, M.D. Surgery, Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery Progressive Surgery, LLC 2600 Sixth St., S.W., Suite A2-620 Canton, OH 44710 Phone: 330-363-1341 Fax: 330-363-0074   Active, Provisional Franciska Kiraly, M.D. Internal Medicine,…

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Joint Commission Tips

Mercy is due for its unannounced Joint Commission survey visit. Please review the following tips:   • Legibility: Write clearly so others can read your orders and progress notes. • Operative Reports: Operative reports or other high risk procedure reports are written or dictated upon completion of the operative or other high risk procedure and…

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New Standardized Measurements Help identify Malnourished Patient

Patients present to Mercy Medical Center and other facilities nationwide with sub-optimal nutrition status. Our challenge is identifying the malnourished patient so that their nutrition status is recognized and treated as co-morbidity.  Definition of malnutrition has been found to vary from institution to institution and physician to physician. The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral…

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Documentation Critical for “2 Midnight Rule”

This new inpatient admission order certification rule became effective October 1, 2013. It is now absolutely critical for all admitting physicians to document in the chart why they feel a Medicare patient will need to stay 2 midnights for their treatment. CMS is now requiring many physicians to certify an inpatient order and also document…

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Education Opportunities

Critical Care Grand Rounds are held in Mercy Hall Auditorium. 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. Cardiac Genetics May 21 Rabia Arshad, MD Delirium June 18 Robert Packer, MD NORTN Regional Trauma Conference April 16 11 am – 1 pm ACC…

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HealthStream Education and 5.66 Processes

HealthStream Education HealthSteam is a web based education module that requires a unique username and password. HealthStream is accessible at your convenience through your computer, as well as most mobile devices (Androids and Apple Devices). Your online education will be tracked and credited to you upon the completion of your assigned courses. Be sure to…

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Patients rate their experience with physicians

With 2013 patient satisfaction survey results almost complete, here are the ratings from over 2,500 Mercy inpatients on physician-related questions. The scores are reported as percentile ranks to allow us to see how Mercy physicians compare to physicians at hundreds of other hospitals in the National Research Corporation database. The response choices are “always,” “usually,”…

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Mercy Updates: March 2014

Medical Library Adds E-Books and E-Journals to Online Collection In 2013, Mercy Medical Library replaced MD Consult database with Clinical Key, a larger and more comprehensive database that covers every medical and surgical specialty. Clinical Key consists of more than 1,000 full-text books, 500 full-text journals, a collection of videos and graphs that can be…

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ICD-10: Improving Clinical Documentation

Let’s retrace our steps from the last edition. We were discussing the documentation of fractures in ICD-10. Dr. Robert Gold, from DCBA, Inc., encourages physicians to take a clinicopathologic approach when documenting about the musculoskeletal system¹. Documentation should address the following areas: Was the injury enough to fracture a normal bone? Or, was it a pathological…

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