October 2018

New Cerner SmartZone Alerts Replace Old Patient Alerts

Click here to view a brief video (2:29) presented by IU Health's Chief Health Information Officer, Dr. Seung Park, discussing the new way to display patient alerts in Cerner utilizing SmartZone Alerts.

Dynamic Documentation (DynDoc) One-on-One Coaching Sessions Appointments

The Cerner Coaching team are available to all IU Health providers that utilize Cerner.  Providers can request a one-on-one appointment utilizing the Coaching Request Form and one of 18 Cerner Adoption Coaches dispersed throughout the majority of IU Health facilities will coordinate time to work with providers for the adoption of Cerner Dynamic Documentation prior to the the discontinuation of PowerNote in July 2019.



Social Determinants of Health ICD-10 Codes

The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) is encouraging providers to begin recording data on members' social determinants of health utilizing the International Classification of Disease (ICD) version 10.  The September 25, 2018 IHCP bulletin cites that socioeconomic factors have a meaningful impact on health outcomes and in order to mitigate these negative impacts they must begin properly identifying, tracking and evaluating these social determinants.  Coders may use notes from any member of the care team, such as social workers, nurses, or case managers, as evidence to code for potential health risks not typically included in a clinical diagnoses.


In the first quarter of 2018, the American Hospital Association (AHA) issued a Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS with an effective date of February 18 providing clarification the purpose of these codes and guidance for provider documentation.



Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementia's to Double by 2060

According to a press release issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Alzheimer's disease and related demetias (ADRD) will double by 2060.  Alzheimer's disease is currently the fifth most common cause of death for Americans age 65 and older.  African Americans have the highest prevalence followed by Hispanics, non-Hispanic whites, American Indian/Alaska Natives, and Asian/Pacific Islanders.

For more information on CDC’s activities related to Alzheimer’s disease and the Healthy Brain Initiative, visit https://www.cdc.gov/aging/index.html and www.cdc.gov/aging/healthybrain. For more information on the National Plans to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, visit https://aspe.hhs.gov/national-plans-address-alzheimers-disease

Indiana Hepatitis A Outbreak

According to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) since November 2017 Indiana has reported 507 cases of hepatitis A in contrast to its typical 20 cases per 12 month period.  Populations at higher are risk are those who are:  homeless, transient, incarcerated or use illicit drugs and those that are in close contact with these populations.

ISDH has created a Hepatitis A fact page with weekly updates and resources on vaccinations and other ways to reduce risk of transmission.

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