Studies have found that an estimated 10% of patients self-report as being penicillin allergic but 9 out of 10 of those patients reporting a penicillin allergy are not truly allergic. Inaccurate diagnoses of a penicillin allergy can adversely impact medical costs for both patients and healthcare systems. Patients labeled penicillin-allergic have a threefold increased risk of adverse events. Correctly identifying those who are not actually allergic can improve antibiotic prescribing and combat the risk of super-bugs by allowing patients access to safer, less toxic antibiotics.
On Oct. 3, Guthrie is going live in Epic with ACR Select imaging decision support. ACR Select utilizes evidence-based appropriate use criteria (AUC) to determine if an imaging order is appropriate based on the patient’s age, gender and reason for exam. This change is in response to upcoming CMS mandates for AUC for PET CT, CT, MRI and nuclear medicine procedures for technical reimbursement. This change will assist providers in ensuring high quality imaging care to improve patient outcomes and decrease costs.
There will be a campus wide power outage on Friday, Oct. 6 beginning at 10 p.m. and will last until about 4 - 6 a.m. Saturday morning. The outage will affect all buildings on the Sayre campus. The emergency generators will be engaged at approximately 8 p.m. Please remember to turn off all computers that are not in use to prevent any lost information. Also, make sure that computers which are required to stay on are plugged into an emergency power outlet (red outlets).
Employees with multi-state tax allocations are required to report any change to their allocation within ten days of the change.
Please make sure that if there have been any changes to your allocation of time, you have made the necessary update to your Work State Allocation Attestation that is on file with the Payroll Department. If you have any questions related to this allocation, please contact the Payroll Department at 570-887-4263.
Guthrie Hospice is offering a five-week Community Bereavement Support Group that meets every Monday, from 3 - 4:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 23 and continuing until Nov. 20. The meetings will take place in the conference room at Guthrie Hospice at 421 Tomahawk Road in Towanda, Pa.
September is National Preparedness Month. After you have developed your emergency plan, you should build a kit to support you and your family during emergencies. Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with all the items on the Recommended Supplies List which you can view here. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life.