PATIENT ADVISORY AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT FORMS
PREPARING FOR POST-COVID-19 OPERATIONS CHECKLISTS
Strategies for Healthy Buildings
Dr. Joseph Allen, Director of the Healthy Buildings program and Assistant Professor of Exposure Assessment Science at Harvard University’s Department of Environmental Health discusses strategies for healthcare practices as they begin re-opening. Dr. Allen advises Fortune 100 companies across the U.S. and is co-author of the book Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity.
MedPro has received numerous questions from insureds about how to document changes or variations in care as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recommend developing a consistent approach to documentation that includes an explanation such as “In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, …” and further describes clinical decision-making, actions, variations in care, follow-up treatment, etc. For example:
“We are rescheduling [PATIENT NAME] appointment because it is not considered an essential treatment under the state’s emergency declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The appointment was rescheduled for [DATE], and the patient was advised to contact the practice or go to the emergency department if any changes occur.”
“We are administering [DRUG NAME] regimen” OR “We are administering [DRUG NAME] because [DRUG NAME] is unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Patient Advisory and Acknowledgment Forms
Ambulatory healthcare settings — such as surgery centers, medical offices, and dental practices — face challenges in determining how to best serve patients and maintain safety. Although many ambulatory facilities are postponing appointments and procedures or offering telehealth consultations, they are still providing onsite care for patients who have emergencies. To help protect the health and well-being of patients and healthcare providers/staff, MedPro has developed a form titled Patient Advisory and Acknowledgment Regarding Receiving Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic. To download an editable PDF of the form, select a version below:
Preparing for Post-COVID-19 Operations Checklists
In the weeks and months to come, as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to recede, healthcare providers will likely have questions about how best to reopen their practices or resume their typical routines. The process that each healthcare organization should follow will vary depending on the type of facility, its patient/resident population, and the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on its operations.
Although no “one-size-fits-all” approach will cover every scenario, MedPro is developing a series of checklists to provide guidance to various facility types. Click below for: