ICD-10 Learning Opportunities for September

RSVP by September 23
Danette Santana, Physician Outreach
815-788-5859 /dsantana@centegra.com

ICD-10 Fair Days will provide the opportunity for all providers & clinicians to stop in and talk with members of the CDI team, Facility Coding team, Physician Coding Team with any questions you may have with ICD-10.

ICD-10 Fairs

  • Facility Coding- Hospital
  • Professional- Office/Practices
  • CDI- Hospital
  • Common Cards will be handed out for specialties

Date: Monday, September 28
Open House from: 9 to 11am
Place: Centegra Hospital-McHenry, Classroom A


Date: Wednesday, September 30
Open House from: 11am to 1pm
Place: Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, Conference Rooms A & B

Access MPF during Paragon Downtime

Did you know that you can access the patient chart, MPF during Paragon downtime?

Just launch Internet Explorer from any Centegra workstation and go to favorites => Centegra Internet Applications => MPF OnceContent.

The username is password is the same as your Paragon login.

NOTE: Remember to set the domain to Centegra.

This will give you access to patient chart such as H&P, consults and progress notes.

September is National Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Month

In recognition of Recovery Month, we ask you to take a moment to consider those around you who may be suffering from an emotional or substance use problem.

Here are five signs that may mean someone is in emotional pain and might need help:

Their personality changes.

You may notice sudden or gradual changes in the way that someone typically behaves. He or she may behave in ways that don’t seem to fit the person’s values, or the person may just seem different.

They seem uncharacteristically angry, anxious, agitated, or moody.

You may notice the person has more frequent problems controlling his or her temper and seems irritable or unable to calm down. People in more extreme situations of this kind may be unable to sleep or may explode in anger at a minor problem.

They withdraw or isolate themselves from other people.

Someone who used to be socially engaged may pull away from family and friends and stop taking part in activities he or she used to enjoy. In more severe cases the person may start failing to make it to work or school. Not to be confused with the behavior of someone who is more introverted, this sign is marked by a change in someone’s typical sociability, as when someone pulls away from the social support he or she typically has.

They stop taking care of themselves and may engage in risky behavior.

You may notice a change in the person’s level of personal care or an act of poor judgment on his or her part. For instance, someone may let his or her personal hygiene deteriorate, or the person may start abusing alcohol or illicit substances or engaging in other self-destructive behavior that may alienate loved ones.

They seem overcome with hopelessness and overwhelmed by their circumstances.

Have you noticed someone who used to be optimistic and now can’t find anything to be hopeful about? That person may be suffering from extreme or prolonged grief, or feelings of worthlessness or guilt. People in this situation may say that the world would be better off without them, suggesting suicidal thinking.


You connect, you reach out, you inspire hope and you offer help.

Show compassion and caring and a willingness to find a solution when the person may not have the will or drive to help him- or herself.

It may take more than one offer and you may need to reach out to others who share your concern about the person who is suffering.

If everyone is more open and honest about mental health and substance abuse, we can prevent pain and suffering, and those in need will get the help they deserve.

For more information about local resources,
Contact the McHenry County Crisis Line at 800-892-8900
Centegra Behavioral Health Services at 800-765-9999

Pharmacy Transition of Care Services Order Set

Starting September 1, 2015 a new order set will be available in which providers can put in an order for various pharmacy services for their patients upon discharge. The “Pharmacy Transition of Care Services” order set will have the three orders below:

Phrarmacy Transition of Care Services

  • Pharmacist to Provide Medication Counseling at Discharge– MTM Pharmacist follows up with discharge counseling and provides clear medication list.
  • Dispense Prescriptions at the Bedside before Discharge if the patient chooses to utilize Centegra Care Connections Pharmacy – Transition Specialist is notified to visit the patient and collect the prescriptions.
  • Pharmacist to Provide Follow Up Counseling 1-3 days after Discharge – Centegra Retail Pharmacist is notified to contact the patient after discharge to address any medication compliance issues.

For any questions or concerns please reach out to the physician support liaisons at 815-759-4330.

Very Important: Phone Extension Changes Scheduled for August 21, 2015

Why are the extensions changing?

Extensions ranges need to be expanded in order to accommodate growth within the health system and to prepare for the addition of Centegra Hospital-Huntley.

Who will be affected?

All Centegra phone system users will need to start dialing seven digits to reach users within the health system instead of the current four digits.

When will this change take place?

Starting at 10 p.m, Friday, August 21st, all phone extensions including Spectralinks will be converted to seven digits.

How long will it take?

There will be a short disruption (less than five minutes) in service as the conversion takes place. Voicemail and other ancillary systems will be converted throughout the evening.

Will any numbers stay the same?

Callers will continue to use either 696 or 911 for emergencies depending on their location. You will still dial “0” to reach the switchboard operator. Patients can continue to use 6325 to order room service.

Common extensions listed below will have 4-digit short cuts.
shortcut ext

Will this affect callers from outside Centegra?

No, all the Centegra 10-digit telephone numbers will remain the same.

Will the patient phones work the same?

The patient room extensions will change to the new numbering scheme. The new patient room extensions will be 111+bed+room. However, when family members call the hospital main numbers, they can continue to dial the bed + room.

For a printable copy of the information above click here.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact Maureen Olson at ext.7598202 or 815-759-8202.

Targeted Therapy for Colon Cancer

Please join us on Wednesday September 16, 2015 for a CME Event sponsored by the Centegra Cancer Committee. Michael Soble, M.D. will be speaking on the topic of Targeted Therapy for Colon Cancer.

For more information on the event click here.

For a printable copy of the information click here.