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New Medicare Cards Coming Soon

Medicare recipients will soon be issued new cards, with a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier. Due to the risk of identity theft, social security numbers will no longer be used for processing claims and for determining eligibility for services. The new card will not change benefits.

The change was made possible by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The transition period from the old cards to the new will begin this month with new beneficiaries and run through December of 2019. Most Colorado recipients will receive their new cards in the next few months.

If you or your patients have questions about the new cards, please contact Julie.Hood@sclhs.net, or Ext. 22148.

Safety Behavior of the Month: Reporting Problems, Errors & Events

A key part of organizing for high reliability includes a preoccupation with failure. We are humans working in complex systems, and we are not expected to be error-free. Instead, we appreciate opportunities that we identify for improvement as we collectively try to prevent, detect and correct events that may cause associate and patient harm. We continually work to support our One Safety culture by making ourselves and the systems we work within more reliable and safe.

What do I report?
Report anything that went differently than you or the team would have expected. Also, if an error almost happens, report the Good Catch/Near-Miss, because we need to learn how to prevent the problem from occurring in the future.

Where do I report problems, errors and events?
SCL Health has an online reporting tool called PEARL (Practicing Event Accountability in RL). It is located on The Landing under ‘Applications’, and the link is called, ‘Safety Event Report (PEARL). If you need support with PEARL, please contact your local Risk Management/Safety/Quality Department.

How do I know that what I’ve reported is addressed?
Every submitted PEARL report is reviewed by at least three individuals, including managers/directors of involved areas. Reports are also sent for additional feedback from others when appropriate. Learnings from PEARL reports are shared across our organization at Daily Check-Ins, Unit Huddles, and other venues. Contact your local department/unit leaders for information on individual PEARL events and/or safety event trends.

Celebrate Lab Week: April 23-27

It is that time of year again, Lab Week is this week, April 23 – 27! If you have some time, go visit the laboratory staff and give them a “thank you” for all the hard work they do. Don’t be shy, they would love to see you!

Did you know these facts about laboratory medicine?

  • The first research into blood transfusion dates back to the 17th Century when British physician William Harvey fully described the circulation and properties of blood in 1628. The first blood transfusions were also attempted around this time, although these were often unsuccessful and proved fatal in humans. It’s a good thing they refined the process!
  • Several thousand years ago, whether you were an Egyptian with migraines or a feverish Greek, chances are your doctor would try one first-line treatment before all others: bloodletting. He or she would open a vein with a lancet or sharpened piece of wood, causing blood to flow out and into a waiting receptacle. If you got lucky, leeches might perform the gruesome task in place of crude instruments. WOW!

Respiratory Fit Testing: One Date Left at PVMC!

There is one final date for Annual Respiratory Mask Testing at Platte Valley. For your convenience, you can attend sessions at ANY Front Range care site. It only takes 10 minutes, so drop in soon:

  • Wednesday, May 9, from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. in Conference Rooms B & C.
  • *Testing will close for lunch from 11:50 – 12:45.

If this date doesn’t work with your schedule and you would like to test at another SCL Health care site, click here to download a flyer with additional dates and times. But hurry! Availablity is winding down as we approach the testing deadline! Bring your completed annual Respirator Fit Test Questionnaire to the testing session. Click here to download the Questionnaire.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT TESTING SESSION:

If the questionnaire is completed prior to testing, testing will take approximately 15 minutes.
After you have passed the test, obtain your annual fit test respirator card.

WHO IS REQUIRED TO BE FIT TESTED:

Full time, part-time, and PRN Associates who may potentially be exposed to airborne diseases. Your department Manager will advise if your department is required to participate.

****If you do not complete respiratory mask fit testing by May 21, 2018 at 2:30pm, your care site will remove you from the schedule; and you will not be allowed to work. You will not be in compliance with OSHA requirements and as a consequence, may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and termination. Disciplinary action will lead to disqualification of your 2019 merit increase (performance reviews in March/April 2019).

RedBrick Health Screenings

By now we hope you know RedBrick is our new HealthWISE. Remember our old biometric screenings process? RedBrick does that too.

RedBrick will visit Platte Valley on Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30 for health screenings. These screenings are a quick and convenient way to check in on several key health measures such as your total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index. And it only takes 20 minutes to complete!

It is free to you and you can earn $250!  Be sure to invite your spouse or Legally Domiciled Adult* (LDA) to sign up if they’re enrolled in the medical plan so they can be rewarded too! Register today!  Appointments are limited and will go quickly. Schedule your appointment today to get your preferred time and date! Go online to:

Click Here for Registration

*What is a Legally Domiciled Adult?!

A Legally Domiciled Adult is an individual over 18 who has for at least 6 months lived in the same principal residence as the Associate and remains a member of the Associate’s household throughout the coverage period; and who either:

  • has an on-going, exclusive and committed relationship with the Associate similar to marriage (not a casual roommate or tenant), shares basic living expenses and is financially interdependent with the Associate, is neither legally married to anyone else nor legally related to the Associate by blood in any way that would prohibit marriage, and is neither receiving benefits from an employer nor eligible for any group coverage, or
  • is the Associate’s blood adult relative who meets the definition of his or her tax dependent as defined by Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code during the coverage period and is neither receiving benefits from an employer nor eligible for any group coverage.

New Healthstream Assignment – High Reliability Organization Training – Sign up today!

Platte Valley is committed to safely delivering care and eliminating harm for patients and associates.  In fact, the entire SCL Health System wants to increase patient safety – that’s why all care sites in the system are working to become High Reliability Organizations (HRO).  What does that mean?

Accidents sometimes occur in hospitals because our work is risky and complex.  HRO’s are organizations that have succeeded in avoiding accidents and catastrophes despite their high-risk environments. To reach our goal of becoming one of these organizations, everyone who works here will need to be involved and trained on how and why errors occur. We’ll also need to adopt safety behaviors that will improve our safety culture.

To help you learn these skills, a Healthstream assignment sent via e-mail will allow you to register for a two hour training course.  Almost two dozen HRO training courses are scheduled at various times and on multiple days in our conference center over the next 5 months.  Every PVMC hospital associate is required, and compensated, to attend one training session. The number of seats are limited by the size of our conference rooms so register for your preferred session as soon as possible and no later than August 31, 2018. Sign up to learn more about your role in making PVMC an HRO!

For questions please contact Patient Safety Manager Colleen Casaceli at 303-498-1553.

 

Hand Hygiene: Clean Hands for Kids

For the next two weeks, Platte Valley will continue to focus on hand hygiene awareness. Practicing great hand hygiene is not only the best way to protect our patients, it’s also expected as a part of our behavior standards. And, who knows, you may get caught hand washing and be rewarded with a $1 off coupon for the Bistro!

Stay tuned to the ICE for the next 2 weeks for more information on great hand hygiene.

Kids need clean hands, too!
Help children stay healthy by encouraging them to wash their hands frequently. Wash your hands with your child to show him or her how it’s done. To prevent rushing, suggest washing hands for as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. If your child can’t reach the sink on his or her own, keep a step stool handy.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are OK for children and adolescents, especially when soap and water aren’t available. However, be sure to supervise young children using alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Swallowing alcohol-based sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning. Store the container safely away after use.

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