Balancing staff, office space and patient needs can be a complex equation in a busy practice. Adding new therapies that require even minimal staff time still take up space, and with a weekly treatment like PTNS, aligning available treatment times with patient needs can be key for patient engagement and retention. We’ve compiled some of our best practice efficiency tips for incorporating Urgent® PC into your practice, using knowledge from PTNS experts.
Many providers train their qualified staff to place the needle and start Urgent PC PTNS therapy. Once therapy has begun, providers are able to stop in during the treatment to see patients and review their progress.
Diane K Newman, DNP, believes that “Urgent PC is a tailor-made treatment for a urology nurse’s practice.” In the blog Creating a Nurse-Driven Urology Revenue Center for Urgent PC, Newman says, “I schedule the treatments in my regular schedule, as I find it more cost-effective and time-efficient to see other patients while the PTNS patient is receiving their 30-minutes of stimulation.” Newman goes on to describe how she manages her schedule, including training other nurses in the practice to perform the treatment.
Space in your practice can be in high demand on the most normal of days. In this blog, Leslie Wooldridge, GNP-BC, CUNP, BCIA-PMD, recommends creativity and flexibility when designating space in your office for PTNS. “We determined that the times in between other procedures were easiest to fit in a “quick” PTNS procedure. We have late hours, early hours, and lunchtime hours. As a team we decided the best thing we could do for our patients needing multiple visits is to be flexible.”
Use Shared Medical Treatments to Deliver PTNS Treatment
Have you ever considered utilizing shared medical treatments? PTNS therapy is a prime candidate!
In her blog on PTNS Treatments in Group Settings, Wooldridge discusses how she treats 6-8 PTNS patients per day with the help of shared medical treatments. Wooldridge says that many of her patients have formed relationships during their shared appointments, and as a result their appointments seem to go by faster.
The informed consent form provided by Cogentix Medical includes a checkbox for the patient to give consent to be treated in a group setting. But what about privacy concerns and reimbursement? Suggestions on handling patient privacy and answers to the most frequent reimbursement concerns regarding shared medical treatments are available on the PTNS and Shared Medical Treatments blog.
Utilize Practice Support Tools
With the help of Urgent PC practitioners, Cogentix Medical has co-developed essential support tools to help you treat PTNS patients, expand your PTNS practice, and manage OAB patients throughout the treatment continuum.
To reinforce issues related to dietary choices and fluid intake, Peggy Francis, DNP, RN, MSN, CS, CUNP, FNP-BC, uses forms provided by Cogentix Medical to collect a patient’s urinary and dietary habits in a centralized location, making it easier to point out subtle improvements that patients may not notice. To download a PTNS treatment record, various voiding diary options, or reimbursement forms, visit the Resource Center.
New Patient Education Tools
You are probably already using the Urgent PC patient education brochures and patient kits, but have you heard about the MyPTNS patient education program? This new program is designed to augment your efforts to educate patients about their treatment in a convenient way – it goes directly to their email inbox. Patients sign up at www.MyPTNS.com to receive weekly emails that correspond to each of their Urgent PC Therapy sessions. If receiving email isn’t possible for some patients, printable PDF versions of the email content are available.
To ensure the MyPTNS email content would meet the needs of both patients and healthcare providers, Wooldridge and Francis acted as advisors during program development. “Every opportunity we have as providers to manage the expectations of patients and assist them on their journey to better bladder health is a valuable asset to patient care,” Francis said. For more information, check out the MyPTNS provider overview page.
Urgent PC is indicated for the treatment of Overactive Bladder and associated symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urge incontinence. Treatment with Urgent PC is contraindicated for patients with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators, patients prone to excessive bleeding, patients with nerve damage that could impact either percutaneous tibial nerve or pelvic floor function or patients who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant during the duration of the treatment. Most patients don't experience side-effects. If side-effects occur, they are typically temporary and include mild pain and skin inflammation at or near the stimulation site. Caution: Federal law (USA) restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician. For complete instructions for use, storage, warnings, indications, contraindications, precautions, adverse reactions and disclaimer of warranties, please refer to the insert accompanying each product or online at www.cogentixmedical.com. Urgent is a registered trademark of Cogentix Medical. Models are for illustrative purpose only. © 2017 Cogentix Medical. All rights reserved.