American Board of Pediatrics MOC Update

As many know, the hospital was awarded portfolio status in December from the American Board of Pediatrics to supervise and approve Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 projects. This essentially makes it possible within our administrative walls to evaluate and approve for credit the many quality improvement projects which our physicians participate in. We currently […]

December Notes from the Medical Staff President

To the Medical Staff: The New Year arrived with an arctic chill, but living in Northeast Ohio we know it can change quickly, and warmer weather is here for a few days. I hope you all enjoyed a safe, happy holiday season and had downtime to spend with family and friends. I want to thank […]

Inpatient flu vaccine protocol: November update

Global Goal: Prevent morbidity and mortality from influenza, especially for our high risk population (by default, most of our hospitalized population) Smart Aim: Increase our percentage of eligible hospitalized patients receiving influenza vaccines prior to discharge by 15% for the 2017-2018 influenza season at all Akron Children’s Hospital acute care units. Secondary Aim: Increase percentage […]

Information for ICD-10 transition on Oct. 1

On behalf of the Epic, Coding, CDI and management teams who have worked on the build and transition to ICD-10, I would like to extend thanks to all of our providers who assisted us on this journey.  Because of the preparation that has been going on over the last 2 years, we are anticipating a […]

How to ensure the discharge summary is complete

This month, I would like to focus on the Discharge Summary. Perhaps one of the most important elements of documentation, the Discharge Summary serves as a communication tool for primary care providers, summarizes the hospital course for future reference and is a primary source of information for coding and billing. Despite its multiple uses, discharge summaries often lack the core elements that allow them to serve such functions.

SmartSets help guide ambulatory care

Order Sets in Epic help guide and standardize inpatient care. SmartSets serve a similar function in the ambulatory arena.

Improving clinical documentation: ICD-10 tips on influenza

From the time we began planning for the implementation of ICD-10, we maintained the position that our mission is to help providers become better documenters, not coders.

Top items from latest Medical Staff Executive Committee

There are a lot of changes coming this year related to Health IT, and we want to help you be prepared for them.

MyChart features auto-release of test results

In October, Akron Children’s Hospital enabled the automatic release of information through MyChart, a secure Web portal that gives patients access to their personal health records. This means that certain information, such as test results, will go directly to patients’ MyChart accounts, enabling faster and more dependable access for patients. In certain instances, patients may […]

ICD-10 coming in 2014

By Oct. 1, 2014, all physicians, hospitals and payers across the country will be using ICD-10, the next generation of diagnostic and procedure codes. Akron Children’s Hospital began planning for this transition earlier this year. Our switch to ICD-10 is a collaborative between our coding teams and our providers. “At first glance, ICD-10 may seem to […]