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TELEPHONE PROCEDURES AND SCHEDULING Chapter 4. 2 Telephone Procedures and Scheduling Learning Objectives Describe the telephone skills that an administrative.

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2 2 Telephone Procedures and Scheduling Learning Objectives Describe the telephone skills that an administrative medical assistant should have to properly handle incoming calls. Discuss the importance of planning outgoing calls and the procedure for making them. Explain the various ways an administrative medical assistant follows through on calls. Discuss the major methods for scheduling appointments and the guidelines for determining in what order patients should be seen by the physician.

3 Chapter 43 Telephone Procedures and Scheduling Learning Objectives Discuss the ways in which an administrative medical assistant can help keep the office on schedule. Discuss the types of appointments that may be scheduled out of the office and the patient information required for each type.

4 Chapter 44 Key Terms Double-booking appointments Fixed office hours No show Screening calls Telephone etiquette Triage Wave scheduling

5 Chapter 45 Telephone Etiquette Use a “voice with a smile” Speak distinctly and clearly Be prompt in answering Use an appropriate greeting “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon” Identify the practice and yourself End call with “goodbye” and the caller’s name

6 Chapter 46 Screening Calls Means evaluating calls to decide on appropriate action First determine the nature of the call Message-taking situation Call to be transferred to the physician or nurse Emergency call Nonmedical screening situation

7 Chapter 47 Taking Messages Always have pencil and paper or message slips on hand Make notes as information is given Ask to have important information repeated Verify information Coordinate with answering service

8 Chapter 48 Outgoing Calls Planning the call Whom to call/ask for Information to give/get Questions to ask When to call What-if situations Resources Telephone directories Automated telephone features

9 Chapter 49 Outgoing Calls Placing the call Identify physician and yourself State reason for call Provide necessary information Ask for information Listen and make notes Verify information Answering machine Confidentiality

10 Chapter 410 Using the Fax Machine Stand-alone fax machine or computer fax Guidelines Contact receiver before transmitting the fax Send a release of information with a fax cover letter File the original fax cover letter in chart Request a signed return receipt of fax

11 Chapter 411 Using E-mail Saves time Conveys messages quickly Allows flexibility Subject to same strict privacy rules as other communications Confidentiality

12 Chapter 412 Follow Through on Calls Important to follow through on all requests and instructions Enter messages in patient’s medical record Attach message slip to patient medical record File any notes dictated by physician

13 Chapter 413 Appointment Schedules Physician’s policy Office hours Basic schedule of physician(s) and office Length of time required for appointments Based on procedure, equipment used, and amount of time usually spent with patients Other policies, preferences, and obligations of the physician

14 Chapter 414 Types of Scheduling Scheduled appointments Fixed office hours Wave scheduling Double-booking appointments Computer scheduling Medical record notation of cancelled or missed appointments (no shows)

15 Chapter 415 Triage Using good judgment to determine how soon a patient needs to be seen “Stat or today” appointments “Tomorrow” appointments “Later” appointments Emergencies Have patient hang up and dial 911, OR Go directly to emergency room Patient preference in scheduling

16 Chapter 416 Necessary Data for Scheduling Patient’s First and last name Telephone number Address DOB Reason for appointment Patient’s status NP or EP Referring physician Insurance provider Notes on tests or x- rays

17 Chapter 417 Keeping on Schedule Irregular appointments Walk-ins, emergencies, work-ins (referred patients) Late patients May need to be rescheduled Extended appointments Out-of-office emergencies Inform patients if running late Leave open slots for catch up

18 Chapter 418 Registering Arrivals Verify patient’s name, address, and other information Verify insurance information Complete any necessary forms Make sure patient uses sign-in sheet Keep patient names on sheet confidential

19 Chapter 419 Canceling and Rescheduling Suggest scheduling a new appointment time Make notation in patient medical record In manual schedule, draw line through appointment Record no shows in patient medical record

20 Chapter 420 Recall Appointments Follow time frame given in physician’s instructions Give patients appointment cards For appointments far in the future, have patient complete a postcard to be sent as a reminder Computerized scheduling will print out reminders automatically

21 Chapter 421 Out-of-Office Appointments Hospital admissions Surgical and diagnostic procedures Complete name, address, DOB, and telephone number of patient Diagnosis or problem Date and time desired Preadmission or preprocedure tests, instructions/preparations Previous admissions/procedures

22 Chapter 422 Quiz Matching Triage Screening calls Fixed office hours Wave scheduling No shows Combining fixed office hours with scheduled appointments. Using good judgment to determine how soon a patient needs to be seen. Evaluating calls to decide on the appropriate action. Hours in which the physician is available to see patients. Patients who, without notice, fail to appear for the appointment.

23 Chapter 423 Critical Thinking Why is it important for an administrative medical assistant to follow through on all requests made in phone calls? Students should include reasons such as the importance of providing competent and complete medical care, keeping accurate medical records, and courtesy.

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