What You Need to Know About Leqembi August 31, 2023 | 6 min. read Behavioral Neurologist Ian Michael Grant, MD, discusses Leqembi®, the first drug on the market proven to slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease, and outlines how NM will provide it. NM-Q Medical Device Studio August 17, 2023 | 2 min. read NM is collaborating with the Innovation & New Ventures Office at Northwestern University on the NM-Q Medical Device Studio. If you are interested in submitting a medical device idea, please submit your application by September 1.
Check Your ILPMP Account for Suspicious Activity July 6, 2023 | 1 min. read With a recent increase in fraudulent prescription activity, clinicians are reminded to check their Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program account regularly and report any anomalies.
Clinical Update: Impacts of Public Health Emergency End May 1, 2023 | 5 min. read With the end of the public health emergency on May 11, clinicians should be aware of resulting impacts and the mitigations for each. Plus, new CDC recommendations allow more flexibility to give additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to patients who are 65 or older, or immunocompromised. Key Takeaways of OTC Narcan for Physicians May 1, 2023 | 3 min. read Clinical Pharmacist Sterling Elliott, PharmD, and Emergency Medicine Physician Howard S. Kim, MD, reflect on the impact of federal approval of Narcan® for over-the-counter sale.
What Physicians Need to Know About Illinois License Renewals and NM CME Offerings Updated April 10, 2023 | 3 min. read License renewal began in April, and all requirements can be completed through a variety of free CME courses offered by NM. IDFPR also announced that all licensing and renewal fees will be waived for physicians and other health professionals next year to acknowledge untiring COVID-19 efforts.
Epic Lumens Go-Live Is February 1 January 20, 2023 | 2 min. read Locations in downtown Chicago as well as the west and north suburbs will transition to Lumens on February 1, building on the scheduling workflows introduced this past June with the implementation of Epic Cadence, the new procedure scheduling application.
Privacy Monitoring Expands to PAC Enterprise System January 20, 2023 | 1 min. read On February 1, NM will expand the monitoring of electronic medical record (EMR) access to include Visage, the enterprise picture archiving and communication system (PACS).
New DEA Scam Targets Physicians January 19, 2023 | 1 min. read In this tactic, callers spoof legitimate DEA phone numbers and reference National Provider Identifier numbers and state license numbers to try to extort money or get personal information.
Review Latest Updates to Lung Cancer Screening Program November 10, 2022 | 2 min. read Masks must continue to be worn in clinical buildings in all public and shared areas, and all locations where direct patient care is provided. Days, times and locations have changed for bivalent booster availability, and the LFH testing site will close.
All Iodinated Contrast-Enhanced Exams Reactivated Except CT Chest June 16, 2022 | 1 min. read After thorough analysis of contrast usage across all hospitals and deliveries from the supplier, NM is increasing contrast usage to allow for a return to all contrast-enhanced CT orders, except CT chest, which remains non-contrast for now.
Result Management Initiative Optimizes Adrenal Model March 31, 2022 | 3 min. read A system to alert physicians about radiologists’ findings of adrenal nodules on diagnostic images and track follow-up has been optimized to enhance accuracy and is now live in Epic.
View Recent Epic Changes that Went Live In March Updated March 30, 2022 | 4 min. read The March Clinical and Collaboratives News highlights inpatient and ambulatory enhancements to the electronic health record, effective March 29. Discounted Coronary Calcium Scans Available at NM Updated March 9, 2022 | 2 min. read Coronary calcium scans are available to NM patients at a discounted rate of $60. Scheduling is available via both self-referral and physician order. DEA Scam Alert for Physicians Updated March 3, 2022 | 1 min. read Be aware that an active scam is targeting healthcare professionals, including Northwestern Medicine physicians.Immediate support with Epic and other technology is now easier to access via a dedicated 24/7 phone line at 312.926.4357 (press 2, then press 1).
February 2022 Group O Blood and Cryoprecipitate Supply Update February 17, 2022 | 1 min. read Efforts to conserve Group O red blood cells resulted in stable hospital inventories, and clinical use has returned to normal. Cryoprecipitate conservation measures remain in place.
Action May Be Required to Keep Your Paging Services February 3, 2022 | 1 min. read NM is performing an audit of paging devices and accounts to continue paging services for active users only. You may receive a request to confirm use of your pager or Spok Mobile app.
Conserve Blood Collection Tubes Due to Ongoing Shortage October 14, 2021 | 1 min. to read Supply chain breakdowns due to the pandemic have led to a shortage of nearly all blood collection tubes. NM has identified conservation measures that can be implemented without impacting patient care.
September 2021 Update on Expanded Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines September 23, 2021 | 1 min. to read NM is taking steps to expedite use of expanded federal recommendations for lung cancer screenings, including working with commercial carriers to adopt the new criteria sooner than the January 1, 2023, deadline.
New Expanded USPSTF Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines July 22, 2021 | 2 min. to read The U.S. Prevention Services Task Force has broadened their recommendations for lung cancer screenings, expanding the age range to 50 to 80 and lowering packs per year to 20. SureScripts Dispense Units to Change August 5 July 22, 2021 | 1 min. to read Providers will need to use the common size report instead of generic dispense quantities, such as bottle or inhaler, to determine the correct quantity and unit for e-prescriptions. SmartSets and preference lists will also be affected.
Epic Beaker Goes Live January 31 January 27, 2021 | 1 min. to read The West Region will implement a single-lab information system as the first step to streamline ordering and specimen tracking across NM.
New Systemwide Smoke-Free Environment Policy January 27, 2021 | 1 min. to read Multiple teams across NM work together to integrate previous smoking policies into one systemwide document that impacts physicians, employees, patients and visitors.
Prepare for December Epic Updates November 20, 2020 | 3 min. to read Learn about the requirement to consult decision support for high-volume images, and prior authorization functionality within Epic.
Palliative Care HSCC Has Launched November 20, 2020 | 3 min. to read The newest Health System Clinical Collaborative will focus on standardizing workflows, documentation and tools across the system with the goal to improve quality and consistency of care, and enable data sharing with a national registry.
The Benefits of Therapeutic Interchange at NM November 20, 2020 | 3 min. to read When the at-home medication of an inpatient is not on the hospital formulary or a national shortage limits availability of a medication, NM uses therapeutic interchange to ensure the
Epic and Informatics Update September 24, 2020 | 2 min. to read Use the Opiate 90 Day Smartset to get more accurate dose calculations for opioid medications, create an Epic report for medication recalls and learn about new enhancements.
New Medication Access Guide Now Available July 28, 2020 | 1 min. to read This new resource can assist physicians in accessing medications for patients in need, and provides information on patient assistance programs, prescription copay cards, free-trial cards and retail pharmacy discounts.
HSCCs Resume to Align Care May 28, 2020 | 1 min. to read Most Health System Clinical Collaboratives reconvened in May to continue multidisciplinary work to achieve better clinical integration and improve patient care.
Epic Alert: 'Test' Prescription Price Checks January 23, 2020 | 2 min. to read To prevent multiple prescriptions being filled in error by community pharmacies, please follow these steps when sending “test” prescriptions for price checking in Epic.
Clinical Decision Support Required by CMS in 2020 November 19, 2019 | 2 min. to read A new government-mandated clinical decision support for advanced imaging will go into effect next year. A Northwestern Medicine clinical committee is developing a plan.
Payment Plans to be Managed in NM MyChart, MyNM App November 19, 2019 | 1 min. to read Beginning December 3, all NM patient payment plans will be set up and paid in NM MyChart and the MyNM app. Patients will receive letters and email with additional information. For questions, please ask patients to call 855.694.2866.
Epic Storyboard to Replace Patient Header September 17, 2019 | 2 min. to read Coming December 7: Epic Storyboard will replace the Patient Header to offer quick access to key patient details. Plus, more improvements to Epic coming this fall.
Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Updates September 17, 2019 | 1 min. to read New additions to the Antimicrobial Stewardship website include the Allergy Toolkit with the NMH Graded Challenge, as well as a safety update on Fluoroquinolones.
July 2019 New Hardware Deployment to Begin in NWR July 30, 2019 | 2 min. to read To prepare for the transition to Epic, all Northwest Region hospitals and affiliated locations will get new computers and migrate to Microsoft Office 365. Get a high-level overview of the changes and what they mean for physicians. Epic and NM MyChart Updates from Health Informatics July 23, 2019 | 2 min. to read New updates require private physicians to check their Epic In Basket regularly. Also, learn more about Health Informatics weekly rounds, Epic Quarterly releases, MyChart preventive care reminders and opiate prescribing changes.
Vocera Phase Two Expands Access July 23, 2019 | 4 min. to read Rollout to extend the secure-texting application to the full inpatient care team has begun, and other enhancements are in the works.
Now Live on Epic in the Northwest May 28, 2019 | 1 min. to read The former Centegra Physician Care, now part of Regional Medical Group, and the Northwest Region’s Immediate Care Centers are now using the same electronic health record system as the rest of Northwestern Medicine.
Delnor Family Medicine Residency May 28, 2019 | 2 min. to read The Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program at Delnor is excited to announce its first class of residents.
Supply Chain Value Analysis March 19, 2019 | 3 min. to read After just one year, the Value Analysis Program team is already transforming the way medical products and technologies are evaluated across the health system’s clinical enterprise, saving the health system $5 million.
Track and Earn CME Credits with New UpToDate App March 19, 2019 | 1 min. to read UpToDate is an information application and learning tool available to all physicians, residents, pharmacists and medical students that allows you to fulfill continuing professional development requirements.
Planning for the March 24 Epic Upgrade January 22, 2019 | 1 min. to read The Epic upgrade will provide new and enhanced functionality to improve patient care and safety, ease navigation, boost clinician productivity and increase patient access.
New Breast Density Legislation Now In Effect January 22, 2019 | 2 min. to read A law requiring physicians to inform patients about breast density and the cancer risks associated with having dense breast tissue is now in effect across the state.
Antimicrobial Stewardship Program January 22, 2019 | 1 min. to read The Northwestern Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Program continues to develop tools to promote wise antibiotic prescribing. Here are two important updates for physicians.
Gadolinium-Based MR Contrast Agents Update January 22, 2019 | 4 min. to read The FDA has issued a new class warning for GBCAs used for MRI, which requires MRI centers to provide a medication guide the first time an outpatient receives a GBCA injection.
New NM Breast Imaging Clinical Pathways November 5, 2018 | 3 min. to read Earlier this year, Northwestern Medicine implemented two new clinical standards systemwide that will help streamline the physician ordering process, as well as provide patients with direct access to screening mammography.
Health System Collaboratives Align Regions November 5, 2018 | 4 min. to read From averting falls to establishing new opioid protocols, Health System Clinical Collaboratives unite physicians across Northwestern Medicine to improve patient care and the caregiver experience.