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Current active medication list – Paragon

To view the current active medication list on a patient in Paragon use the following settings for the filter.

  • View all meds under the “Meds” tab
  • Set time to “Last 6 months” this will ensure that you capture all meds ordered the last 6 months
  • Check the box next to “Active Orders” this will ensure that only active orders are seen
  • The combination of the two settings will show only currently active orders that have been ordered in the past 6 months. This is your current med list.
  • Now save this setting as your default by clicking the “save” button next to the label “Pharmacy orders”.

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Medicare to release physician payment information

Medicare will be releasing information on payments that it made to physicians in 2012 payments publicly on April 9th.

Happy-Doc-Week-Schedule

Doctors week is April 7th – 11th

Monday April 7th

Full service car wash gift card mail to home

Tuesday April 8th * 7:30am – 9:30am

Neck and shoulder massage at Centegra Hospital Woodstock physician lounge

Wednesday April 9th * 11:30am – 1:30pm

Savory lunch buffet at Centegra Hospital Woodstock, physician lounge

Thursday April 10th * 11:30am – 1:30pm

Delicious lunch buffet at Centegra Hospital McHenry physician lounge

Friday April 11th * 11:30am – 1:30p

Neck and shoulder massage at Centegra Hospital McHenry physician lounge

Cryptococcal pneumonia

Pneumonia antibiotic selection added to core measure quick list

For the convenience of clinicians a list of approved antibiotics for the treatment of pneumonia is available here. A quick link is also added to the right sidebar.

Illinois law now requires breast density notification

As of January 1, 2014, the state of Illinois will require health facilities that provide mammograms to notify women if they have dense breast in accordance with Senate Bill SB2314.  Illinois is one of at least 28 states that either are working on legislation or have already passed it.  Minor details of breast density legislation differ by state.  For example, Illinois is one of the only three states that currently mandate insurance reimbursement for supplemental screening exams for women with dense breasts. Continue reading

LDCT lung cancer screening

Low dose CT for lung cancer screening @ Centegra

Screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT (LDCT) is available at Centegra Health System!

Lung cancer continues to cause more deaths in the United States among men and women than breast, colorectal and prostate cancers combined

It was reported that in McHenry County, lung cancer is the leading cause of death among men and women ages 45–74 years of age.

The 2011 multicenter National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) demonstrated a 20 percent lung cancer specific mortality benefit in the LDCT screening group.

Centegra began a free LDCT lung cancer screening program for the benefit of your patients and our community in November 2013. To schedule CT lung screening, call 815-334-5566.

List of locations that offer LDCT.

Who should be screened?

  • Patients ages 55 to 74 with a 30 pack-year history of smoking. This includes people who still smoke or have quit within the past 15 years
  • Patients who meet criteria should be screened annually
  • Those who have symptoms of a lung condition at the time of screening, such as a new cough or shortness of breath, are not eligible.
  • If your patient is a candidate our navigator will contact you for an order.

To help you advise your patients, answer their questions and guide their follow-up care, I am enclosing selected articles of importance that have led to the current guidelines as well as a copy of the guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), which we are using in our program.

As the lung cancer screening process has only recently begun in earnest in this country and with recent endorsement for screening using LDCT by the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), I expect rapid evolution of guidelines in the near future as various other professional societies publish their opinions.

If you have any questions or comments about the LDCT lung cancer screening program at Centegra, please do not hesitate to contact John J. Guido, MD @ 815-759-4262.

Freedom from smoking classes are offered at several times throughout the year at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Centers in Crystal Lake and Huntley as well as Centegra Hospital-McHenry. For more information or to register, call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).

Referral form for Low Dose Ct screening for Lung cancer

References

Tuberculosis

World TB day

March 24th is World TB day. This commemorates the date in 1882 when Robert Koch first announced the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Though still in steady decline across the United States it still remains a worldwide problem.

For more information on World TB day please visit the CDC site.