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Healthcare Professionals / Progress Notes / Quality/Risk Management

A successful year in patient blood management, at LG Health

Because of your focus on patient-centered decisions, we are successfully managing blood product supply.

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Informed consent and blood transfusions

The provider’s role in helping patients understand risks, benefits and alternatives.

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Rounding physicians: Remember to check-in

Physician Check-in, a LEAN process improvement initiative aimed at reducing length of stay, is underway on Lancaster General Hospital inpatient units.

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Physician dashboards will benchmark transfusion practices

IMPACT® Online will provide physician dashboards that can drive a change in practice by linking transfusions to patient outcomes.

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Preoperative anemia screening in elective surgical patients improves outcomes

Preoperative anemia screening and management prior to elective surgery is one of seven Blood Management Performance measures recommended by The Joint Commission.

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Bridging the gap between clinical documentation and coding

Clinical coding is never a favorite topic with physicians, but its importance is increasing daily.

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Improving documentation of heart failure
7/3/2013 – Because Medicare does not recognize the term “CHF” as a co-morbid condition in its coding guidelines, heart failure must be diagnosed with severity and type of heart failure, explains Jean E. Banzhof, RN, MSN, Clinical Documentation Improvement Manager.  Read more

22 LGHP practices work toward Patient-Centered Medical Home designation

“Work at the top of your license”— that’s a top focus of Lancaster General Health Physicians primary care as all 22 practices strive to become Patient-Centered Medical Homes by early next year, noted Dr. Brian Young.

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Discharge summary completion rates continue positive trend for Dept. of Medicine

The Department of Medicine reports an overall rate of discharge summaries completed within 24 hours of discharge has increased to 92.3%.

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