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1 CHAA Examination Preparation
Pre-Encounter – Session II Pages 33-41 University of Mississippi Medical Center

2 What to Expect… This module covers various aspects of Patient Access knowledge found on pages of the Pre-Encounter section of the 2010 CHAA Study Guide. A quiz at the end will measure your understanding of the knowledge covered.

3 Resource Scheduling RESOURCE SCHEDULING is necessary to ensure that there are STAFF, RESOURCES and EQUIPMENT available to meet the patient’s needs. COORDINATING with different departments assists them in MAXIMIZING their department’s PRODUCTIVITY by managing their schedules accordingly. The overall goal of Resource Scheduling is to MAXIMIZE PATIENT FLOW and MINIMIZE PATIENT WAIT TIME.

4 Document, Document, Document!!!
The following phrase cannot be overstated: “If it is not documented, it did not happen.” Be sure to note anything unique or special about the patient’s account in the appropriate section. Doing so protects your reputation by providing evidence that you did your job completely and accurately.

5 Continual Growth & Development
As a professional, you must constantly improve your ability to provide excellent customer service. Continually focus on the following areas: DON’T APPEAR RUSHED, even if you are. Treat the patient as if they are the ONLY ONE THAT MATTERS. Listen WITHOUT INTERRUPTING. RELATE WITH YOUR EYES. Don’t gaze at your computer screen during the ENTIRE interview. EMPOWER your patients by encouraging them to ASK QUESTIONS. Provide MORE INFORMATION IN LESS TIME.

6 Pre-Registration On a patient’s first visit to the facility, they
are assigned a unique ID number. This number can be referred to as an: Enterprise Number Master Patient Index Number Medical Record Number

7 Medical Records A patient’s medical record will be maintained for a minimum of 10 years. Patients can request a copy of their medical records at any time. A patient’s signature will be required any time a non-referring/ordering physician, etc. requests a copy of their medical record. Patient’s medical records are always to be protected from any unauthorized review.

8 Patient Rights and Organizational Ethics
Patient’s have a fundamental right to receive considerate care that safeguards their personal dignity and respects their CULTURAL, PSYCHOSOCIAL, and SPIRITUAL values. Do so by: Promoting consideration of patient values and preferences, including the decision to DISCONTINUE TREATMENT Recognizing the hospital’s responsibilities UNDER LAW Informing PATIENTS of their RESPONSIBILITIES in the care process Managing the hospital’s relationships with patients and the public in an ETHICAL MANNER

9 Patient & Family Education
The goal of patient and family education is to provide accurate, consistent, and understandable information to patients and their family about their healthcare TREATMENT and ENVIRONMENT.

10 Clinical Pre-Requisites
Clinical pre-requisites are a MEDICALLY RELATED list of “do’s and don’ts” for the patient to follow prior to their appointment. Examples may be: Don’t eat or drink anything other than water on the day of the appointment. Avoid using your inhaler (if possible) on the day of your pulmonary test.

11 Financial Clearance Also known as “Financial Pre-Determination,”
this is where the provider: Identifies actual payment sources Assists patients in determining their expected reimbursement, out of pocket expenses, and alternative funding sources. The goal is for the patient to understand their financial obligation PRIOR to providing services and avoid billing SURPRISES.

12 Point of Service Collections
Refers to collecting the patient’s portion of the bill AT THE TIME SERVICE IS RENDERED. For patients who cannot pay their portions in full at time of service, make every effort to collect full payment before offering alternatives. Access Representatives working in outpatient departments are responsible for collecting DEDUCTIBLES and CO-PAYS whenever possible.

13 EMTALA EMTALA is a federal law stating that all patients who enter the Emergency Department must be SCREENED and STABILIZED before we can ask for payment. It was written to protect patients from discrimination based on ECONOMIC STATUS. Access Staff CAN ASK ED patients for a copy of their INSURANCE CARD PRIOR TO BEING SCREENED and STABILIZED but cannot discuss coverage or payments until the patient is stabilized.

14 The Joint Commission This goal of this agency is to IMPROVE the QUALITY of healthcare for the public by providing ACCREDITATION to support PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT in healthcare. They regulate or police healthcare organizations to ensure a nationwide standard quality of healthcare.

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