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Aug. 23, 2015
gordonAffiliation update
The latest news in the affiliation process includes information about Tuality and OHSU's letter of intent, upcoming forums, and details about implementation of the new brand. Read the affiliation update for all the details.

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gordonProposed revision to Medical Staff Bylaws
The current policy for privileging licensed independent practitioners in a disaster does not meet Joint Commission Emergency Management standards. Changes are being proposed to the Medical Staff Bylaws and Credentials Procedure Manual to bring the policy into compliance. Read the details of the proposed changes. 

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vteICD-10 training update
Thank you for all of your excellent work so far on the ICD-10 Precyse trainings. As of Aug. 18, 45 percent of providers have completed their training. Please continue to finish the modules this week, as they are due on Aug. 31.

Though not required, additional ICD-10 training is available for you or your office staff, including specialty specific modules. Please review the Precyse catalog and reach out to Robyn Lannigan to have the trainings assigned.

If you have not read this letter from Cort Garrison, CIO, and James Parr, CFO, regarding ICD-9 codes, please do so. Salem Health cannot process ICD-10 order codes until Oct. 1, 2015. If your office has switched over early, please include an ICD-9 code as well.

In future Common Ground newsletters, we will share some industry best practices and tips and tricks for using ICD-10 codes.
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ICDProposed revision to treatment order rules
A change has been proposed to the Salem Hospital Medical Staff Rules & Regulations relating to treatment orders. The change is being recommended because of the recently revised and approved physician assistant privilege request form. Read the text of the proposed changes.
clinicalA message regarding STD treatment
Karen Landers, MD, MPH, Marion County Health Officer
We are seeing increases in both gonorrhea and early syphilis cases in our community this year.
I wanted to make you aware of a couple of new resources for treating sexually transmitted diseases. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the 2015 evidence-based treatment guidelines for sexually transmitted infections in June. The other new resource is a clinician consultation service through the University of Washington STD Prevention Training Center. This online system provides STD clinical consultation services in one to three business days, depending on urgency, to health care providers. Requesting providers only need to complete a short form and indicate the urgency of their consult and their preferred method of contact.   

Please share this information with your health care provider network, and thanks for helping us reduce the transmission of communicable diseases in Marion County.

Here is a list of individuals voluntarily resigning from the medical staff:  

  • Hussain H. Aboud, MD - Internal Medicine, effective June 30, 2015
  • Kai E. Engstad, MD - Cardiothoracic Surgery, effective July 1, 2015
  • Arthur S. Maynard, III, MD - Diagnostic Radiology, effective June 30, 2015
  • Simrat S. Sethi, MD - Psychiatry, effective June 30, 2015
  • Odessa Steigleder, PA-C - Cardiology, effective June 22, 2015
  • Curt C. Stilp, PA-C - Orthopedics, effective June 25, 2015
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barnhartPatient care transformation
A recent patient wrote a letter to the editor in the Statesman Journal highlighting the positive transformation in patient care at Salem Hospital over the past seven years. Read the letter, from the Aug. 11 edition.  
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forumsDiversity Week CME opportunity
You have the opportunity to earn CME credit during Diversity Week this year, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16 in Wedel Auditorium. Come enhance your communication and connection skills by hearing from a panel of patients and experts.  Read more in the flier, Human Connection - Caring that Heals.
forumsAffiliation forums
Take advantage of the opportunities to learn more about affiliation and ask your questions. Leaders from both Salem Health and OHSU will be present.
  • Salem Hospital medical staff: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 5 p.m., Building B, Wedel Auditorium
  • Salem Health medical staff, employees and volunteers: Friday, Aug, 28, noon, Building D, Creekside Room. Feel free to bring your lunch to this session.

You can also print off this forum flier and share it with your colleagues.  

checsUpcoming classes at the CHEC  
Select class headlines to download a flier to print and share with your patients. For more information and to register, visit the CHEC website or call 503-814-2432 (CHEC). 
This class is offered by the Salem Spine Center and is taught by an experienced physical therapist. An Achilles heel bone density screening is included for each participant.
Date: Thursday, Sept. 10
Time:  1 to 2 p.m.
Cost: $5
The American Lung Association's gold standard program has helped thousands of smokers quit for good.
Date: Thursdays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 22
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $120. Scholarships are available. No cost for Salem Health employees.
Participants will learn practical, research-based solutions to challenges.
Date: Thursdays, Sept. 10 through 24
Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5
The Mended Hearts meetings offer peer-to-peer support for cardiac patients and their families and caregivers.
Date: First Monday of each month
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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