Lesson 7 Small-Group Discussion. Patient Safety Step 1 In a report by the Institute of Medicine (2006), Titled, Preventing Medication Errors, “The committee concludes that there are at least 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events (ADE’s) that occur in the United States each year.” These numbers are astonishing given the number of adults that are taking prescription medications daily. Most of the errors occur during the prescribing and administering steps and during an average hospital stay, a patient can expect to have one medication error occur every day (Institute of Medicine, 2006).
According to the student supervision chart we reviewed in class, PTA services are reimbursable in a variety of different settings. Reimbursement is a way for the patient to be sure they are getting the proper treatment they need. This means that the insurance company will give the patient a refund as long as the services are given correctly. Some settings PTA services are reimbursable include skilled nursing facilities, hospital facilities and outpatient rehab agencies. Though PTA students are allowed to provide their services in these settings, they cannot work with patients without direct supervision by a licensed physical therapist.
Since 1965, Medicare was the primary payer for all Medicare covered health services except for services covered by Worker’s Compensation. From 1964 until 1980, Medicare paid benefits without considering whether another insurer could potentially cover the losses. Although litigation involving Medicare beneficiaries certainly existed, the government made no effort to subrogate claims by beneficiaries in the event that Medicare had already paid for medical expenses resulting from the injuries involved in the litigation.
Due to hospital care reaching an all-time high in America, we need nurses now more than ever before. Currently in America, we have an issue with nurses having too many paperwork to fill out. In the article “We Need More Nurses” by Alexandra Robbins argues we need more nurses in the hospital. Nursing shortage has been a common issue throughout the world. Because of this issue others are being affected in many different ways.
It is completely unethical to bill a patient to whom which you have never lied eyes on. After speaking with multiple people in the billing department and above, including the CMO, within the Valleycare system all agreeing that in fact you CAN NOT bill a patient you have never seen, my next call will be the state medical board.
Catherine, I did not realize how important the modifiers were to the Medicare billing process. Since reading some of the discussions this week I understand the role of modifiers much better. It is essential that we are able to choose the correct modifier because it can avoid fraud and abuse. After doing a little research I found that one of the top billing errors is from choosing the incorrect modifier. Because every code does not require a modifier I 'm afraid I will have trouble determining which code needs a modifier and which ones do not.
Cognate strategies in business communication are ways of promoting understanding in communication either written or oral. (McLean, 2010) Without clarity in your communication key elements of your communication will be missed. Below I will discuss five of the nine elements of cognate strategies for communication clarity, conciseness, credibility, expectation, and tone.
Discourse Community Examination Discourse communities are essential and if we are aware of it or not we are all part of come kind of community. For the sake of this assignment I will be focusing on a community that I am familiar with. I am currently expressed interest in nursing and will soon be applying into the nursing program and officially be declared as nursing once accepted. An interview was conducted on a pediatric registered nurse named Hedi, Hedi is currently a nurse a Sutter medical center and has been employed there for twenty-five years. As a novice in the nursing discourse community I have much to learn.
Healthcare ethics involves making well researched and considerate decisions about medical treatments, while taking into consideration a patient's beliefs and wishes regarding all aspects of their health. The healthcare industry has regard for the issues surrounding the welfare of their patients. Doctors, nurses, and other professionals who have the ability to affect a patient's health are all forced to make ethical decisions on a daily basis. I believe the result of ability to pay versus quality of care comes into ethical question in today’s society.
Medical errors are a tremendous issue in the medical world today. These errors can prompt incapacitation, sickness, or even death. As medicine expands, and as the world discovers more data about the universe of medicine, one would figure medical errors would decrease. The errors have begun to fall, however not as essential as many would think. As a general public, the prescription is continually changing so are the approaches to manage a medical error.