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Attend panel: Tobacco-related health disparities & targeting underserved populations

November 9, 2017

On Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m., MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service (TCS) will host a panel discussion, “Social Justice and Tobacco Control: Impact on Underserved Populations,” at the U-M School of Public…

Deadline approaching: Get your flu vaccination

November 9, 2017

Don’t forget, it is everyone’s responsibility at Michigan Medicine to protect patients, families and each other from the spread of disease. Under the organization's influenza vaccination policy, faculty, staff, students and volunteers must receive their annual vaccine by Dec. 1, 2017 or receive an approved exemption or declination. Those who submitted an exemption by Nov. 1 — and it was approved — or a declination by Dec. 1 will be required to wear a mask in patient care areas for the entire flu season. AFSCME and MNA/UMPNC bargaining unit members should refer to their union contracts and memoranda of understanding…

Get in the spirit of the season

November 9, 2017

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches — it’s only two weeks away! — there are ample opportunities for Michigan Medicine faculty and staff to get in the holiday spirit by giving back to…

It’s Corporate Compliance Week! Revenue cycle compliance: Fraud and abuse

November 8, 2017

When you think of “compliance,” HIPAA privacy and security usually come to mind. But health care compliance first arose in the 1990s with Revenue Cycle compliance. Health care providers face enormous financial pressures, and Michigan Medicine is no exception. However, faculty and staff must never lose sight of their obligation to accurately document the services provided and conduct financial transactions — including coding, billing, reimbursement and referrals — in a legal and ethical manner. Examples of fraud and abuse include incomplete or inaccurate documentation, altering documents to gain higher payment, misrepresenting dates and descriptions of services, and not providing patients…

Plan ahead and expect delays: Upcoming road work

November 8, 2017

Please be advised that upcoming repavement projects are expected to cause lane closures around Ann Arbor.Plan ahead and expect delays and alert patients if they will be traveling in the area.Here’s what you need to know:Today, the two inside lanes of Washtenaw Ave. at Brockman, are scheduled to be closed for repaving.The two outside lanes are scheduled to remain open to traffic.There will be no left turn at that intersection during the project.The work is scheduled to be completed by 3 p.m. today.Beginning Thursday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m., intermittent lane closures are expected to take place on both the…

Service Spotlight: New program aims to give comfort at the end of life

November 8, 2017

This fall, Michigan Medicine will debut a new program, “No One Dies Alone” — or NODA — through the Department of Social Work. The program aims to provide compassionate companionship to…

Alert: Critical IV fluid shortages continue

November 7, 2017

Michigan Medicine is experiencing continued shortages of intravenous (IV) solutions and medications as a result of the impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  This shortage is unlike historical fluid shortages as it is not just affecting the U.S., but worldwide. Pharmacy, supply chain and several clinicians are proactively focused on adopting conservation measures in an effort to optimize the current supply and is actively identifying alternative options for medication delivery to maximize supplies.The supply interruption is expected to last well into 2018. All efforts are being implemented to mitigate changes to clinicians and their workload. The organization's end goal is…

Plan ahead: P3 parking structure sanitary sewer bypass work

November 7, 2017

Please be advised that a contractor is scheduled to conduct sanitary bypass work in the P3 parking structure over the next couple of days. To accomodate the work, heavy duty ramps will be placed at the entrance and exits to P3 beginning Tuesday and extending through the end of day on Wednesday. Once the ramps are in place, the contractor will conduct a clean water pressure test on the bypass line in preparation for televising the sanitary line on the following night.Every attempt will be made to minimize disruption.Website: http://ltp.umich.edu

Coulter Program seeks innovations to improve patient care

November 7, 2017

Do you have a great medical innovation that could improve patient care? If so, the U-M Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program — or Coulter Program — is pleased to announce its 2018…