Practice Pro Newsletter


Practice Pro Newsletter

Munson Healthcare publishes a monthly newsletter, Practice Pro, to help keep northern Michigan practice managers and practice professionals informed on topics of interest.

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May 2024

  • Direct Trust: Securely Refer and Share Patient Information
  • Provider Moves
  • Transforming Care: Neurologists Joining Munson Healthcare This Summer
  • Please Let Us Know the Wait Times for Your Practice
  • New Paging Solution – PerfectServe – Launching in June
  • Remain Vigilant: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
  • The Science of Substance Use Disorder
  • MPN Launches New Process to Support Timely Medical Records Completion
  • One Team, One Name: All Employed Orthopedic Providers Move under MOI 
  • Grayling Milltown Primary Care Clinic Update
  • Update: Although Detours Changing, Grandview Parkway Construction Continues 
  • Street Medicine Collaborative Earns AHA Award 
  • Education

April 2024

  • Direct Trust: Securely Refer and Share Patient Information
  • Change Healthcare Updates
  • Regional Care Transformation Plan
  • Provider Moves
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program
  • Remain Vigilant on Infectious Pathogens
  • Advance Care Planning (ACP)
  • N. MI Flu Activity Report 
  • Munson Offers Cash Pay Option for Some Radiology Services
  • Grayling Milltown Primary Care Clinic Update
  • Radiology Services Now Available at MPB
  • Help Our MHC Switchboard Help You! (and our Patients too!)
  • Munson Launching New Clinical Paging Solution – PerfectServe – in June
  • Ambulatory Experian Users: Patient Estimates Tool Now Available
  • Education

March 2024

  • Change Healthcare Updates
  • Direct Trust Addresses
  • Provider Moves
  • Witham Family Donates $2.5M to Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Delays Reported: Grandview Parkway Reconstruction in Traverse City
  • 2024 Inpatient Only (IPO) Procedure Lists Now Available
  • Technology Solutions - How to Answer Patient Questions
  • New Study Supports Effectiveness of RSV Immunization for Infants
  • Remain Vigilant: Measles
  • FDA Alert: Some Cinnamon Products May Contain Elevated Levels of Lead
  • LabMedReport | Body Fluid Lower Reportable Cell Count Ranges
  • N. MI Flu Activity Report | Week of 03.10.24
  • Joe Hurshe Selected as President of Munson Medical Center  
  • MMC Chief Medical Officer Announcement
  • Education

February 2024

  • Munson Now Offers Cash Pay Option for Some Radiology Services
  • Charlevoix Urgent Care Transitioning to Walk-in Clinic
  • Patients Can Now Self-Refer for Screening Mammograms
  • Pulmonary Function Testing Now Available in Charlevoix
  • Munson Anticoagulation Clinics Monitor Patients on Blood Thinners
  • FDA Approves First Medication to Treat Severe Frostbite
  • N. MI Flu Activity Report | Week of 02.11.24
  • Provider Moves
  • Reminder: Outpatient Infusion Orders
  • One Patient Record: Wave 2 End User Education Plan Update 
  • Charlevoix Hospital Receives Human Experience Pinnacle of Excellence Award®
  • Copper Ridge Surgery Center Earns Top Ranking
  • Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Receives Recognition for Patient Experience
  • Education

January 2024

  • January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • Traverse City Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic Updates
  • Updates to MHC’s East Region Leadership Team
  • Northwood Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Healthcare Team Guidance: Increase in Respiratory Outbreaks
  • Opioid Prescribing Updates
  • Vitamin D Assay Testing
  • Breastfeeding and Medicine Resources for Providers and Patients
  • Provider Moves
  • How to Order Referral Forms for Your Office
  • Upcoming MHC CME Virtual Conferences
2023 Issues (click to open):

December 2023

  • Munson Medical Center is a Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Grand Traverse Mental Wellness Center
  • Da Vinci XI Surgical System Arrives at Charlevoix Hospital
  • Foster Family Primary Care Opened Nov. 27
  • Virtual Spine Center Now in Roscommon
  • Home Infusion Pharmacy Services
  • Uptick in Regional HIV Diagnoses
  • Provider Moves
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program
  • Munson Healthcare One of Nation's 15 Top Health Systems
  • Munson Medical Center and Munson Cadillac Hospital Receives Leapfrog ‘A’ Grade
  • Manistee Hospital Receives Level IV Trauma Designation
  • Munson Healthcare Provider Symposium | Jan. 12-13, 2024

November 2023

  • Ask-A-Nurse Now Available 24/7/365
  • Petoskey Community Health Hub
  • Jason Bennett, DO, Receives ROSA Certification
  • Outpatient PICC Line Insertion Available at OMH
  • Ordering Lab Coats and Business Cards
  • Birthing Classes
  • Lab Updates
  • Infusion Order Requirements
  • Hepatitis C Testing Guidance
  • Provider Moves
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Time to "Talk Turkey"
  • Voting Now Open - Voices for Youth Mental Health Art Contest
  • Lung Screenings
  • Provider Symposium Registration Now Open

October 2023

  • Regional Care Transformation Plan
  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Informed Consent: Witness Not Required for Phone Consents
  • Ambulatory Standing Order Pre-procedure COVID-19 Testing
  • Charlevoix Women's Health Expands Services to Harbor Springs
  • New Traverse City MHC Home Medical Equipment Location
  • MHC Receives Grant Towards Pediatric Behavioral Health Services
  • Infusion Order Requirements
  • RSV Updates
    • RSV Testing Not Recommended
    • RSV Vaccine for Babies, Toddlers Now Available
    • Vaccine for Pregnant Individuals to Prevent RSV in Infants
  • Vaccine Preventable Diseases in Children
  • Provider Moves | September 2023
  • Registration Opening Sooon! MHC Provider Symposium  | January 12-13, 2024

September 2023

  • Sepsis Awareness Month
  • Cadillac Lab Updates
  • Additional Site for MRI Services
  • CT SI Joint Injection Medical Necessity Guidelines
  • mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Update
  • ICD-10 Now Required for Ancillary Services
  • Provider Moves
  • Upcoming Community Events and Education

August 2023

  • Expanded Neurosurgery Services
  • Manistee Wellness Center Now Open
  • Available Soon at OMH: Outpatient PICC Line Insertion Service
  • New Workflow: How to Request Radiology Images
  • Reminder: Collaborative Practice and Prescriptive Authority Delegation Agreements
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions for Patients
  • Provider Moves
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Provider Onboarding/Offboarding Resources
  • Updated Home Mailing Address for Providers
  • CMS 5-Star Recognition Awarded to Cadillac Hospital and Munson Medical Center
  • Registration Now Open for Northern Lights Fun Run | September 8, 2023
  • Farms, Food, and Health Conference: Culinary Medicine | September 22-24, 2023
  • 2023 Northern Michigan HIV Summit | September 29, 2023
  • Save the Dates! Munson Healthcare Provider Symposium | January 12-13, 2024

July 2023

  • Munson Healthcare and Partners Receive Funding for Mental Health Center
  • Pregnancy Health and Postpartum Depression
  • Same-Day Care
  • CDC Health Advisory | Measles
  • RSV Vaccine for Older Adults
  • ICD-10 Now Required for Ancillary Services
  • Collaborative Practice and Prescriptive Authority Delegation Agreements
  • Provider Moves
  • Updated Home Mailing Address for Providers
  • New Substance Use Disorder Services in Wexford

June 2023

  • OBGYN Offers New Treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • 3D Mammography Available Systemwide
  • Collaborative Practice and Prescriptive Authority Delegation Agreements
  • New CDC Respiratory Illness Data Dashboard
  • Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance
  • Updated MHC Surgical/Procedure Guidelines Following COVID-19
  • Providers Moves
  • Updated Home Mailing Address for Providers
  • New Training Requirements for DEA License Renewal

May 2023

  • Readership Survey
  • For Provider Website | New Look
  • Medicaid Enrollment
  • Northwoods Obstetrics and Gynecology Joins Munson Healthcare
  • OMH Anticoagulation Clinic Closing
  • Neurology E-consults
  • COVID-19 Stats
  • Masking Policy Changes
  • Visitation Policy Changes
  • OMH Anticoagulation Clinic Closing
  • Every Child Deserves a Healthy Future
  • Science of Substance Use Disorder
  • Provider Moves

April 2023

  • Narcan Now Available Over-the-Counter
  • N. MI Flu Activity Report | Testing No Longer Recommended
  • Medical Records Must be Completed Within 7 Days
  • Informed Consent FAQs
  • Grand Traverse Area Laboratory Appointments
  • Manistee's Traverse Heart and Vascular Location Change
  • Diabetes Toolkit
  • Rollin' With the Colon | Colorectal Cancer Awareness Event
  • My Way to Wellness
  • Provider Moves
  • Cures Act | Information Blocking
  • Cadillac Hospital Named Top 20 Hospital for 3rd Time

March 2023

  • Nephrology | New Clinics Outreach
  • Elmira Occupational Health and Medicine Clinic Now Open
  • Centralized Patient Transfer and Placement Center
  • Munson Medical Center Outpatient Labs | New Hours in Effect
  • Informed Consent Forms | New Process
  • CMS Auditing MIPS Eligible Providers
  • Provider Office Toolkit
  • Thank a Physician for Doctors' Day | March 30

February 2023

  • 3D Mammography
  • Virtual Spine Center
  • Outpatient Behavioral Health
  • Informed Consent Forms
  • Opioid and SUD Treatment
  • FDA Withdraws Evusheld Authorizations
  • COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ending in May
  • MDHHS Long COVID Support Group
  • Advance Care Planning Education Materials
  • Radiology Compendium Update
  • Provider Moves
  • MSMS Care Management Bill Services

January 2023

  • Update from MHC Sleep Services
  • Getting to Know... Your Providers
  • Prescription for Health
  • Principals of Motivational Interviewing Series: Support Self-Efficacy
  • New Cadillac Occupational Health and Medicine Clinic
  • Provider Moves
  • Virtual MI Licensure Sessions
  • Childbirth Education Courses
2022 Issues (click to open):

December 2022

  • Behavioral Health Providers Serving Northern Michigan
  • Munson Healthcare Manistee Wound and Hyperbaric Center
  • Northern Michigan Flu Activity Update
  • Principals of Motivational Interviewing: Roll with Resistance
  • Incoming Image Requests for Patient Records
  • Holiday Hours
  • Provider Moves | November
  • MHC Research and Sponsored Programs
  • Advance Care Planning Training
  • Munson Healthcare Provider Symposium

November 2022

  • Interprofessional Headache Consults
  • Getting to Know: Colon & Rectal Surgery Team
  • Northern Michigan Flu Activity Update
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Principals of Motivational Interviewing Series: Develop Discrepancy
  • Holiday Hours
  • Cures Act: Electronic Health Information to Include Billing Records
  • E-prescribing Required by Jan. 1, 2023
  • Provider Moves
  • Informed Consent Best Practice
  • Online Scheduling Available for Primary Care Clinics
  • BLS Renewal Process Change
  • 2023 Provider Symposium
  • Fixed PET Scanner Open House

October 2022

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month | Mammography and Breast Cancer Care Resources
  • Getting to Know: East Region General Surgery Team
  • Provider Moves
  • Munson Healthcare Orthopedic Institute Press Conference
  • Updated Onboarding Documents
  • Principals of Motivational Interviewing: Express Empathy
  • Pre-procedural Testing No Longer Required
  • Flu Vaccine Requirements
  • Munson Partners in Health Closed on Mondays
  • 2023 Provider Symposium

September 2022

  • Update Anesthesia Services at Munson Healthcare Sites
  • Neurosurgery Team Enhances Stroke and Neurointerventional Care
  • Moving Beyond Crisis: Munson Healthcare Behavioral Health Services and Resources
  • Provider Moves
  • COVID-19 Update
  • Regional Radiology Scheduling
  • Breastfeeding Education
  • Breast Cancer Screenings

August 2022

  • Munson Orthopedic Institute Brings New Technology and Comprehensive Model of Care
  • Meet the Munson Orthopedic Institute Team
  • Munson Healthcare West Front Medical Office Building
  • Provider Moves
  • Evusheld Order Process
  • Additional COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards
  • How to Navigate Vaccine Conversations with Parents, Patients
  • Four General Principals of Motivational Interviewing
  • Physician Web Scheduler: Save Time by Using Online Scheduling
  • CME Relicensure Requirements for Providers

July 2022

  • Munson Healthcare System New Provider Orientation: A Year in Review
  • People on the Move: Renae Fogarty
  • COVID-19 Vaccine for Ages 6 Months – 5 Years
  • Smoking and Tobacco Cessation Programs and Resources
  • Welcoming Rheumatologist Katrina M. Lawrence-Wolff, DO
  • Name and Address Change for MHC Nephrology Office in TC
  • Provider Moves
  • How to Protect Lab Specimens from the Summer Heat
  • Per Department of VA: No Backdating of Prior Authorizations Permitted
  • Enhanced Find a Doctor Directory Has Launched
  • Physician Web Scheduler: Create Efficiencies Using Online Scheduling
  • New On-Demand CME Courses Available for Providers

June 2022

  • The Role of Our Regional Medical Staff Offices (MSOs)
  • Getting to Know our MSO Leads
  • Treatment of COVID-Positive Outpatients
  • Community Connections: Helping Patients Find Community Resources
  • Every Child Deserves a Healthy Future
  • Specialty Clinics Available in Frankfort
  • Provider Moves
  • Global Shortage of Iodinated Contrast Used for CT Scans
  • Electronic Prescribing: Required by Jan. 1, 2023 for All Prescriptions
  • Munson Healthcare Direct Trust Email Search Names to Start with “MHC”
  • Cerner Patient Portal Upgrades Now Live
  • Implicit Bias Recognition and Remediation Training
  • MHC Provider Symposium | Block Your Providers' Calendars Jan. 13-14, 2023!

May 2022 | 1st Issue

  • Welcome
  • Getting to Know our Physician Liaisons
  • COVID Vaccine Allocation to Practices: A Year in Reflectioon
  • Manistee Oncology and Infusion Services Becomes Department of Cadillac Hospital
  • Provider Moves | April 2022
  • Please Notify Munson Healthcare When Either a Provider or Employee Is Leaving Your Practice
  • Munson Med Talks Podcast | Social Media Impacts on Pediatric Mental Health
  • Education Spotlight: Get to Know eeds™