Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

Protecting your school from risk

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 28, 2015 10:02:23 AM

Last week we wrapped up our spring expert webinar series with a 360° view of independent school risks. Guest expert Martin Kelly, President of ISM Insurance Inc., presented on the topic, and now you can get a taste of what he covered.

Independent schools are subject to contractual law and, as such, have liability exposure in a number of areas, including employment practices and lawsuits brought by parents because of a failure to provide a safe environment.

In this webinar, Martin examined these and other areas of risk, such as crisis planning, HR practices, facilities, trips, use of volunteers, bullying and misconduct, acceptable use polices, and more. Watch a recording of the webinar now!

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management

A 360° View of Independent School Risk (Protecting your school)

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 8, 2015 3:17:00 PM

We're wrapping up our spring webinar series with a 360° view of independent school risks, presented by guest expert Martin Kelly, President of ISM Insurance Inc.

Independent schools are subject to contractual law and, as such, have liability exposure in a number of areas, including employment practices and lawsuits brought by parents because of a failure to provide a safe environment.

In this webinar, Martin examines these and other areas of risk, such as crisis planning, HR practices, facilities, trips, use of volunteers, bullying and misconduct, acceptable use polices, and more.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management

Risk vs. Reward: The Magnus journey for me and you

Posted by Allen Cobb on Mar 5, 2015 9:08:00 AM

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That was the email that started my Magnus journey close to seven years ago. I would officially sign on board about three weeks later.

I think this same message translates into what we are offering schools that join the Magnus family. I would word it like this: Considering software for better student care at your school? You might think there is risk, but we know it is very rewarding.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management SMR

NBOA 2015 Recap: 7 Questions Business Officers Should Ask Themselves

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Mar 3, 2015 1:30:00 PM

If you're a business officer, you have a lot on your mind. From budgets and audits to delegating tasks across departments, there's likely no department you don't have contact with, except one: the health center. 

The missing link between the independent school business office and its school health center isn't new - in fact, health centers often feel like an island within their school. But this trend doesn't have to be permanent, nor should it. That's why we're using data from the Annual Report of Independent School Health Services to show why business officers should be concerned about their health center. The result is a list of seven questions every independent school business officer should ask themselves on a daily basis. With these questions, business officers can be better prepared to manage risk, liability, and emergencies at their school.

Allen Cobb, Magnus Health CPO, and Wendy Barnhart, Director of Business and Finance at The Westminster Schools, recently presented these seven questions at the National Business Officers Association Annual Meeting. You can get a recap of that presentation by watching the video below, plus we've compiled all seven questions (plus extra data) right here. 

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management Emergencies Business Office

How to chart student visits with multiple school nurses

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Feb 6, 2015 10:11:00 AM

The structure of each school's health center varies quite a bit. Some schools share a nurse with neighboring schools, while others may have three nurses regularly on staff. (Curious what the trends are? You can see them in the Annual Report of Independent School Health Services.) 

nurse_team_smaller_croppedWhichever your school's situation may be, keeping student health information secure is a priority when multiple staff members need access to the information. Plus, knowing which nurse or counselor charted a student visit is necessary for maintaining visibility within your health center. It may sound difficult to maintain this level of security and visibility, but the steps below are truly simple. Follow them, and you'll be on your way to charting student visits with multiple school nurses.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management Technology School Nurses Work Smarter, Not Harder

School liability and student health information Q&A

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jan 21, 2015 12:01:43 PM

Chas-Scarantino-landing-pageTo limit your school’s liability risks, you must protect students from all kinds of safety threats. It’s important to not only be prepared for the obvious and established threats, but also for the emerging threats that could catch you off-guard. One of those emerging threats relates to the management of student health information. To dig a little deeper into this topic, we did a brief Q&A with our CEO, Chas Scarantino.

Q: What types of student health information are schools managing today?

A: Schools have to manage any medical information required for healthcare and treatment, concussions, enrollment, or attendance purposes. Data on immunizations, sports physical data, consent to dispense prescription or over the counter medication, consent to treat, action plans, and health history are just a few of the many types of health information that schools may be managing. Nearly all of this information is private information, and as such, it presents liability for a school if it is handled incorrectly.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management Emergencies Regulations & Legislation

16 Health guidelines for students & staff traveling internationally

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Dec 16, 2014 11:55:00 AM

International_Travel_AbroadTo prepare for international travel with students and staff takes quite a bit of time, and I don't think I overstep my bounds when I say keeping everyone alive and healthy are the main goals. Ebola and polio have dominated the headlines in recent months, but it's no secret that health concerns exist everywhere, not just in high risk areas of the world.

As with many great and wonderful things in life, preparation is key, as is revising any existing policies and procedures. To assist you in those efforts, below are some resources and tips gathered from around the web, geared toward traveling abroad with students and staff.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management Emergencies School Nurses

5 Action plan templates for schools

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Oct 9, 2014 9:56:00 AM

5_sample_action_plans_edited-917753-editedAction plans are the first step to understanding, and being prepared for, complex student health needs. They document known health conditions, provide treatment guidelines, and keep everyone's minds a little more at ease. 

The goal of an action plan is to provide school nurses and administrators with the necessary information to treat a student for a condition they may have - this includes allergies, diabetes, seizures, and more. In fact, action plans are so vital that we included them in our list of the seven essential components of a student health file

Now, join us as we provide you with five action plan templates for schools that you can use to better understand your students' health needs. Distribute these forms to parents before the beginning of the year, or better yet, utilize conditional questions so that parents aren't burdened with unnecessary paperwork. The bonus for Magnus Health SMR customers is that your action plans are digitally distributed to parents (using conditional questions if you choose) - meaning everything is already set!

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management Emergencies

Treatment notes and online student medical records

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Sep 5, 2014 10:19:47 AM

Charts. Notes. Treatments. Screenings. Logs. Reports. Visits. Whatever you call them (I prefer treatment notes) the documentation you make on student visits and treatment is important. Check that, very important.Chart

Every time a student is treated at the health center, a record needs to be in place, not only for the sake of protecting the health care provider, and the school, but more importantly so that the student has a complete health history. With a full student health history, providers can look at the total picture of health, observe trends, accurately note when something occurred, when a shot was given, or simply note that the student is a frequent flier to the health center.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management SMR

3 steps to getting student health forms in on time

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Aug 28, 2014 9:23:00 AM

It's the beginning of a fresh new school year. Parents are rushing to the store to pick up backpacks and washable markers, while students are texting their friends to find out if they're in the same World History class. The last thing on anyone's mind is making sure all of their student health forms are filled out and submitted to the school.

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management Compliance School Nurses