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Thumbs Up on Safety Scalpels - May 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 1 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 1 9 Situation What does not work Scripting that works Patient arrives earlier than she was supposed to and is now upset for the wait. "Sorry, we always tell a patient to come in a half- hour before, not 1-hour just for this reason. We are not first-come-first-serve." "I am sorry if there was a misunderstanding on your arrival time. I will see if there is a way to go ahead and have an RN get you started in pre-op. In the meantime, is there anything I can get you to make your wait more comfortable?" Patient does not want to have ID scanned due to privacy concerns. "Our policy is to scan your ID into our system. And I must follow our policy." "I understand your concern for privacy, and we have the same concern. We do follow HIPAA laws, and our systems are secure. However, I think we can work with your request so that your needs are met, and we follow our requirements. I can also put a note in your chart stating your concern." Patient is frustrated with your patient portal and does not want to use it. "I agree, the portal is very confusing. You don't have to use it." "I will try to help or find someone who can help you navigate through the portal. I think that you will find it helpful in communicating with us about your care and your account." Patient asks why they're delayed. "We're short-staffed." "We have one doctor here today, and the other patients before you are here to see that doctor." "We had equipment issues." "I apologize for your delay. We have had some unforeseen events today, but I want to assure you that you will receive our complete attention once we are ready to serve you. Would you like to call and alert your family that you'll be longer than expected (try to give an estimate)?" You can also give the patient an option to reschedule: "I can schedule you for another day, if this delay is making you late." Missing paperwork (testing, labs, insur- ance verification). "I know that I sent your information to ______ . They should have received it." "I am going to follow-up with ______ to verify that your information has been received. Would you give me a moment?" E ver cringe when you overhear your front desk receptionist answer a patient's question (complaint) with all the warmth and compassion of a cactus? You might want to try scripting, Scripting for Your Front Desk Receptionist Tactful responses for 5 common patient questions and complaints. Business Advisor Angela Williams, MHSA, LHRM

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