April 30, 2007

Volume discounts for MedicalTemplates

Volume discounts for MedicalTemplates are now available from RegNow.

MedicalTemplates cost $50 per individual practitioner.

Volume Discounts

Pleural Effusion Evaluation MedicalTemplate Released

MedicalTemplates has launched a pleural effusion evaluation template. This template is suitable for any health care provider that evaluates patients with pleural effusions.

Download sample pleural effusion evaluation medical note template


A pleural effusion is a collection of excess fluid in the pleural space which is between the lungs and the chest wall. Chest pain and difficulty breathing are the most common symptoms.

Pleural effusions are concerning because they can indicate the presence of malignancies, such as lung cancer, lymphoma, metastatic cancer, or rarely, mesothelioma. Fortunately, the most common causes of pleural effusions are a wide range of treatable medical conditions such as congestive heart failure (CHF), pneumonia, pancreatitis, lupus, kidney disease, liver disease,
tuberculosis, and others. Because so many medical conditions can be associated with pleural effusions, it can be difficult to positively determine the etiology.

Determining the cause of the pleural effusion requires a detailed medical and occupational history that includes outside interests, such as hobbies, and a complete physical exam. All new pleural effusions of substantial volume must be evaluated by a thoracentesis. This is done by inserting a needle or tube into the pleural fluid, and sending the fluid for laboratory analysis. Laboratory analysis includes evaluation of the presence of bacteria, inflammatory cells, cancer cells, proteins indicative of tuberculosis, esophageal rupture or urinothorax, or antibodies indicative of autoimmune disease.

The pleural effusion evaluation medical template provides historical and laboratory prompters for the physician, facilitating a thorough and efficient investigation. Much of the documentation is done by clicking on checkboxes. Text boxes are provided to facilitate individualized documentation of the history, physical exam and impression and plan.



Interstitial Lung Disease Medical Templtate Released

MedicalTemplates has launched a interstitial lung disease evaluation medical note template. This template is suitable for any health care provider who may evaluate a patient with interstitial lung disease.


Download interstitial lung disease evaluation medical note template


Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) is a diverse group of more than 200 diseases that cause progressive fibrosis (scarring) of lung tissue, which leads to chronic, progressive breathlessness and respiratory failure. The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org) estimates that more than 200,000 Americans have ILD, and nearly 40,000 Americans die each year from ILD.

The primary symptoms of ILD are nonspecific, such as non-productive cough and progressive breathlessness. These symptoms are seen in many other medical conditions such as asthma, heart failure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The lack of specificity of the presenting symptoms makes the identification of ILD challenging, particularly in individuals with known heart or lung disease. Early and accurate diagnosis of ILD is essential so that treatment options can be considered before extensive and permanent damage occurs, resulting in disabling breathlessness. While there is currently no proven, FDA-approved treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, many forms of interstitial lung disease can be treated, if detected early in the disease process. Thus, having a low threshold for suspecting interstitial disease, and assessing a patient’s risk of developing pulmonary fibrosis by obtaining important historical information is critical to early diagnosis.

April 18, 2007

Clinic Follow Up Note

MedicalTemplates released a primary care clinic follow up medical note template. This medical note template is suitable for internal medicine physicians, family practice physicians, and other health care providers.


Sleep Medicine Evaluation Template

MedicalTemplates has released a sleep medicine evaluation medical note template. This medical note template is suitable for any physician or health care provider that evaluates patients with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, or restless leg syndrome.



April 7, 2007

PQRI reminders added to COPD evaluation medical note templates

Our two COPD evaluation templates has been expanded to include 4 Medicare PQRI reminders.

Medicare 2007 PQRI Quality Measure reminders included for

  • #46 Medication Reconciliation

  • #47 Advanced Care Plan

  • #51 COPD: Spirometry Evaluation

  • #52 COPD: Bronchodialator Therapy

  • Download the Medicare 2007 PQRI Quality Measures from here.



The COPD patient encounter template also includes Clinical Performance Measures for COPD developed by the
Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.

The Clinical Performance Measures for COPD can be downloaded from
here.

April 6, 2007

Hospital H&P expanded to include 11 PQRI reminders

We expanded the Hospital H&P medical note template to include 11 reminders for the 2007 Medicare PQRI program.

These new features may help physicians qualify for the bonus pay for reporting incentives of the Medicare PQRI program.

Medicare 2007 PQRI Quality Measure reminders included for

  • #1 Hemoglobin A1C Poor Control in Diabetics

  • #4 Screening for Future Fall Risk

  • #5 Heart Failure: ACE or ARB for LVSD

  • #7 Beta blocker therapy for CAD

  • #8 Beta blocker therapy for LVSD

  • #10 Stroke/TIA CT or MRI within 24 hours of admission

  • #11 Stroke/TIA Carotid imaging

  • #28 Aspirin at Arrival for AMI

  • #29 Beta blocker at arrival for AMI

  • #46 Medication Reconciliation

  • #47 Advanced Care Plan

  • Download the Medicare 2007 PQRI Quality Measures from here.

April 5, 2007

PQRI reminders for Asthma medical note template

Our asthma medical note template has been expanded to include Medicare PQRI quality measure reminders.

Medicare 2007 PQRI Quality Measure reminders included in the asthma medical note template are

  • #46 Medication Reconciliation

  • #47 Advanced Care Plan

  • #53 Asthma: Pharmacologic Therapy

  • #64 Asthma Assessment

  • Download the Medicare 2007 PQRI Quality Measures from here.


The asthma medical note template also includes Clinical Performance Measures for Asthma developed by the
Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.

The Clinical Performance Measures for Asthma can be downloaded from
here.

PQRI Measures for Clinic H&P Medical Note Template

The Clinic H&P medical note template has been expanded to include Medicare PQRI quality measure reminders.

Medicare 2007 PQRI Quality Measure included in the clinic H&P medical note template are

  • #1 Hemoglobin A1C Poor Control in Diabetics

  • #2 Low Density Lipid Control in Diabetics

  • #3 High Blood Pressure Control in Diabetics

  • #4 Screening for Future Fall Risk

  • #5 Heart Failure: ACE or ARB for LVSD

  • #7 Beta blocker therapy for CAD

  • #8 Beta blocker therapy for LVSD

  • #9 Antidepressant medication during new episode major depression

  • #46 Medication Reconciliation

  • #47 Advanced Care Plan

  • Download the Medicare 2007 PQRI Quality Measures from here.