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Case Study: Using Schmitt-Thompson Protocols to Triage Acute Pain

When addressing adult patients with acute pain, telephone triage nurses benefit from Schmitt-Thompson protocols in two ways: 1) most older adults already have chronic conditions that complicate identifying their pain’s source; and 2) they may have multiple injuries that need to be assessed and prioritized. Schmitt-Thompson protocols ensure that responding triage nurses identify all symptoms and do so in order of severity. Let’s see how

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What are Schmitt-Thompson Protocols?

As telehealth gains in popularity, it’s even more important for physicians to ensure that their patients receive consistent, accurate advice on every call. When it’s in regard to a patient’s symptoms, nurses are usually the first line of care. In order to determine if those symptoms can either be managed at home, with a primary care physician, or at the Emergency Room, triage nurses need

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Home Health Agencies Using RPM Will Be Rewarded by Medicare

The shift from volume-based care to value-based has extended from hospitals and doctors’ offices to home health agencies. According to Fierce Healthcare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created a payment model that “incentivizes quality of care improvements without denying or limiting coverage or provision of Medicare benefits for all Medicare consumers and includes updates to payment rates and policies…” This change is

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What Does a Triage Nurse Do in a Doctor’s Office?

Triage nurses can play an essential role for any doctor’s office by addressing patient callers and providing the best dispositions for their care. This work can be performed during the day using a simple protocols checklist, or using more robust reporting and symptom protocols when the doctor’s office is closed. But what exactly does that look like? And how can these nurses provide consistency on

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Are Answering Service Operators Asking the Right Questions?

When a patient calls a nurse triage phone line, they’re first greeted by an answering service. This includes an operator whose job it is to ask questions regarding the reason for the patient’s call, which allows patient requests to be organized into urgent and non-urgent categories for nurse triage staff to address. However, there are times when the complaint an operator documents isn’t reflective of

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Press Release: Play-it Health Partners with TriageLogic on Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM)

Jacksonville, Fla., August 9, 2021 – Play-it Health, a virtual care management organization, has coupled its Remote Patient Monitoring services with TriageLogic’s telephone nurse support for patient symptom-checking and follow-up. Play-it Health has continued to provide exceptional virtual care management since the COVID-19 pandemic through the use of its Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) program. This is one of the most effective tools that doctors can implement

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Legal Perspective on Telephone Nurse Triage Documentation and Tips for Success

There’s no question that telephone triage nurses provide a valuable resource for patients seeking guidance on medical care. But like all areas of healthcare, they must also understand the legal responsibilities and liabilities involved in telephone nurse triage documentation. Here are the main points they must keep in mind to provide the most accurate dispositions and avoid legal or negligence issues: They don’t make diagnoses

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Triage Nurse Explains Delta Variant: Symptoms, Vaccinations, and Prevention — An Interview With Ravi Raheja, M.D.

The most recent concern for the U.S. regarding COVID-19 has been the spread of the contagious Delta variant. It first appeared in India in December of 2020, spread to the U.K. and other countries, and is now poised to become the dominant strain stateside. This is attributed to its higher transmissibility, as well as lower vaccination rates and reduced social distancing measures. As a result,

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Important Steps for a Triage Nurse Evaluating Male Abdominal Pain

When your male patients call your practice to report abdominal pain, it’s important that the responding nurse considers all possible reasons — and obtains all necessary information — to get a clear picture of the patient’s symptoms. Not only is abdominal pain fairly common, the root causes of it can vary greatly, as can the severity of its discomfort. Each case requires a triage nurse

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Care News – Summer 2021

In this issue of Care News, we cover the three questions medical practices are faced with now that COVID restrictions have loosened; Dr. Ravi Raheja talks about the importance of cybersecurity for protecting your telephone nurse triage and patient data, and addresses the growing cases of COVID-19 in younger age groups; and we highlight the importance of new Schmitt-Thompson protocols that allow triage nurses to

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Cybersecurity: How to Safeguard Your Medical Call Center

Healthcare organizations are recognizing the need for heightened cyber defense in the wake of increased ransomware and other malware attacks this year. Becker’s outlines the main points of entry that hackers are likely to exploit, including networks, equipment connected over the Internet of Things (IoT), personal devices, data storage, records disposal, and remote users. That last vector is increasingly important as more patient care shifts

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Schmitt-Thompson Update: Telephone Triage Nurses Can Now Schedule Your Telehealth

The pandemic accelerated the use of telemedicine, and indications are that it’s here to stay. Patients and families have largely embraced it as a convenient means of medical care for concerns and questions that do not require an in-person visit, while more providers — including primary care and specialists — have continued to adopt it. As a result of the increasing demand for telehealth, the

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