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Meaningful work in Occupational Medicine: A strategic approach to moving staff beyond technical work

In occupational medicine, moving beyond technical work to meaningful engagement is crucial for both employee and client satisfaction. Stephanie Murdock, RN, MSN, MBA, COHM, shares insights on fostering a workplace where staff feel connected to their roles. Through a strategic five-point approach, including building a collaborative culture, investing in professional development, recognizing safety champions, aligning service with value, and providing emotional support, Sanford Health enhances both team morale and service quality. This approach ensures a healthy, safe work environment while promoting profound job satisfaction.

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AMA E/M 2021 Checklist

The AMA is dedicated to reducing documentation burdens that interfere with patient care. We worked together with CMS to overhaul Evaluation and Management (E/M) office visit codes for the first time in more than 25 years.

To learn more about these significant code set revisions, visit our CPT E/M webpage. Additionally, the AMA has created an interactive educational module and a detailed description of the code and guideline changes (PDF), along with a table of the elements for each level of medical decision making (MDM) (PDF). The MDM grid illustrates office revisions to educate physician practices.

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Staffing for Maximum Productivity

We are told to use RVUs. They don’t work. What can we use?

The challenge is the RVUs are not pertinent to OHS, being able to tag the appropriate procedures and the visits. They don’t provide the best approach to productivity. RVUs are predicated on the Medicare model for productivity. We strongly recommend the NAOHP productivity model that covers the insurance model as well as the retail model. Many programs use a straight compensation model with a base salary and incentive package for specific tasks.

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Medical Record Storage

Currently, all of our records are stored electronically and have been for the past few years. Prior to that we acquired a hospital’s Occ Health program and there are paper records that we have been paying a medical record storage facility to store for us.

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Utilizing a Medical Director’s Talents and Skills

As technology advances, services have become contactless, faceless, and automated. Telephone systems answer calls. Emails and video conferences have replaced verbal and face-to-face communications. As the amount of human interaction decreases, the value of each interaction increases. This holds true both for external clients and internal employees. A medical director utilizes their skills to bridge communication gaps and facilitate workplace efficiency.

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The Power of a Productive Morning

Mornings can either make you or break you depending on what type of person you are. According to recent studies, 57% of Americans hit the snooze button when their alarms go off. That means more than half of the U.S. population has trouble getting up in the morning. The truth of the matter is that how you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. Whether you are an early bird or a night owl, everyone benefits from having a productive morning. Here are some helpful tips to help make your mornings more productive.’

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Identifying Your Stress Signals

During the last couple of months, many people are viewing a constant barrage of disturbing news and experiencing emotional, physical and mental fatigue while sheltering in place and practicing social distancing. While this is hopefully getting better in different areas of the country, many of us are still facing demanding and exhausting work schedules.

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Defined as ‘the guidance provided by a mentor, especially an experienced person in a company or educational institution’, mentorship has a definition that only begins to scratch the surface of what a true mentorship program should include. As an organization, we recognized the gaps in our mentorship program during an analysis of our employee retention.

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