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The Sentinel: August 2018


Infection Control: Shore Up Your Practice's Plan

Risk Topics  |  Julie Loomis, RN, JD

It’s back to school time which means cold and flu season isn’t too far away. Although a medical practice’s infection control plan consists of much more than preparing for cold and flu, now might be a good time to shore up your practice’s plan. According to the Centers for Disease Contr...

Perception Can Be Everything

Closed Claim Review  |  Zynthia T. Howse, JD

“It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation, but you can lose it in a minute.” - Will Rogers In general, physicians are widely respected. They are perceived as “healers” with good intentions. Physicians are members of society with remarkable abilities to help others. Statisti...

Government Releases Medicare Proposed Rule for 2019

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

Choosing the appropriate level of an evaluation and management (E/M) codes is a daily occurrence for providers, but it’s no easy task. The “correct” code for an E/M is dictated by two guiding principles – the 1995 and the 1997 Documentation Guidelines; providers must select one or the ...

Best Practices for Handling Missed Appointments

Risk Matters  |  Julie Loomis, RN, JD

Medical practices are often challenged with how to handle a missed appointment during which follow-up care or treatment was to be provided. It is important that the practice have a procedure to ensure that no-shows and cancellations are communicated to the treating provider and any actions taken are documente...

The Mutual Value Plan is Here: Have You Opted In?

Company News

SVMIC is excited to launch the Mutual Value Plan® (MVP), a program designed to reward and thank our doctors for their long-term commitment to SVMIC. The MVP is a new benefit for our insured doctors, created to allow the company to set aside funds over time which are then paid to policyholders upon retirem...

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