We hope that this edition of the “Banding Bulletin” finds you well! Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we’re all getting ready for the “end of the year rush” as patients who have met their deductibles will want to get treated before the end of the year. In this edition, we’ll share a number of tools we have available to improve both your efficiency and quality of care, as well as point you towards some resources that may help incorporate our upgraded technology into your practice!
As you know, CRH upgraded our ligator earlier this year so that it is easier to insert, is less traumatic, and increases your safety profile. These improvements are due in large part to the patented integrated obturator and “anti-pinch” technology. There are a few subtle tweaks to your technique that we recommend and these are demonstrated in our online video that can be found HERE.
We are happy to set up a call, a “Skype-type” session, or arrange to have one of us come by your office to show you these tips in person. Please contact ME any time and we’ll make the necessary arrangements!
CRH has developed a number of resources designed to make patient care as efficient as possible. Because of the nature of the procedure, it typically takes longer to document the patient encounter and to turn the room over between patients than it does to perform the procedure! If you go to the “Clinical Forms” section of our website, you will find the following:
• Patient questionnaire
• Informed consent document
• Post-banding instructions
• Nitroglycerin instructions
• Fiber instructions
• Pruritus ani care instructions
Most of the above are in “Word” format, and so you can feel free to modify them, add your logos and contact information on them, etc. Treat them as if they are your own!
To make your charting more efficient, we also have the following on that same page:
• Abbreviated chart note – if you don’t have an efficient EMR template, or if you are still using paper, these allow for quick documentation, and many simply scan these notes into the patient records.
• Super bills – in ICD-9 and ICD-10 formats
• Rx sheet – since most e-prescribe systems don’t work well with compounded meds, this sample Rx sheet has the most commonly used compounds and other meds for perianal issues…simply check, sign and go!
We constantly harp on all of the resources that you can find on our website – videos, practice support resources, clinical pearls, FAQ’s, etc. Well, I never seem to mention that the vast majority of this same information is available on our CRH Medical App!
The App is available for your Apple or Android smart phones, and we hope that this will be a convenient way for you to keep all of our information handy.
CRH Anesthesia has been very busy this year, as we’re now providing anesthesia at 24 endoscopy centers in 7 States, doing in excess of 175,000 cases per year!
We are interested in further expansion, and so if you have a current anesthesia program, and would like to monetize some of the equity that you’ve built up in the service, we’d love to speak with you!
Alternatively, if you are interested in “building” an in-house program, we’d be glad to work with you so that you can benefit from these services moving forward.
Everyone at CRH would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Please let us know if there is anything that we can do in order to “help the cause” at your practice. We are available “24/7” to address clinical questions, and we are always happy to arrange a visit to work with you, your associates, midlevels, staff, etc.
Take care, and we’ll be back in touch with you soon.
Mitchel Guttenplan, MD, FACS
CRH Medical Corporation
C: 770.363.0125 F: 770.475.9953