Pharmacy & Therapeutics Newsletter 16.1

PT Newsletter 16.1 11.19.15PT

Winter Focus Conference

Winter Focus Conference: Infectious Disease

The Winter Focus Conference will focus on Infectious Disease. Click on the dates below for more details:

Centegra Health System is accredited by the Illinois State Medical Society to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians. Centegra Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credi (s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Scheduled Downtime for Paragon January 20, 2016

Paragon will be unavailable starting at 10:00pm Wednesday January 20, 2016 until 06:00am Thursday January 21, 2016 for server patching.

MPF will be available during the downtime. Click here for directions on how to access MPF outside of Paragon.

Signing off on deficiencies in MPF

Signing dictations

Dictated reports must be verified and signed off by the practitioner. These are instructions to sign off these reports.

Deficiencies tab

Click on the deficiencies tab to bring up the list of deficiencies. Instructions for remote login are found here.

Deficiency list

This view has a list of the current deficiencies and their status.

  1. Click on an unsigned document to activate the list
  2. Click on “process” to start the signoff process

Authentication box

User will be presented with a box to enter your PIN number. It is your physician ID number. Then click “Ok”

Sign each page

  1. Each unsigned document will be opened.
  2. Review the document and make edits where needed.
  3. Make sure to correct any blanks
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page to activate the “complete” button.
  5. Clicking the complete button will advance to the next unsigned document.
  6. User will be taken to the main screen when all the documents are signed.

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CDI Tip of The Month: Pneumonia

Below is a link to the CDI Tip of the Month. This month the CDI tip is Pneumonia.


Increase in pertussis cases in Harvard, IL

McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) has noticed an increase on cases of pertussis in Harvard IL.  Please be aware of this vaccine preventable disease when evaluating any child or adult with acute cough like illness characterized by dry hacking cough which may be worse at night associated with paroxysms, a whoop or post tussle gagging or vomiting. Especially if symptoms are lasting greater than 2 weeks.

Please remember to start treatment even before laboratory confirmation

Preferred treatment included – azithromycin, erythromycin or clarithromycin.

Please note the correct way to collect specimen as shown in this video

Pertussis cases should be reported to the county health department using the attached Pertussis_Reporting_Form.

Unified medical staff department information

Information on medical staff department meetings and activities will be posted on the respective department page. Please go to “Medical Staff” from the main menu for details.