Create and Configure Block Types

Before modifying your blocks, you should make sure your block types are set up correctly. To do this, you will use the Table Editor (ted) and the Configuration Editor (ced). If you are not familiar with these tools then you should refer to your office’s system administrator or contact PCC for assistance.

Blocks in the Table Editor (ted)

Block types are listed in ted along with the visit reasons in the Reasons for a Visit table. A block is basically a place-holder visit. You should see an entry for every kind of block you use. You may see entries for block types you do not currently use. Here is an example of some block entries:

26) Permanent Block       N   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0  
27) Recheck Block         N   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0 
28) Sick Call Block       N   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0

If you need to add a new block type, press C to clone one of the existing block types and change its name. Notice that the time length for all blocks is set to zero minutes for every provider. This is because the blocking program or the block template file will set the length of the block. It is also important that you set the “Print Encounter Form” option to “N”. You do not want an encounter form for every block.

Blocks in the Configuration Editor (ced)

Next, you should review the block type definitions in “The Scheduler” section of ced. The definitions are controlled by the following questions:

 
58. What is the name of the first disappearing block type?
          Sick Call Block
59. How many days in advance should this block type be ignored?
           1
60. What is the name of the second disappearing block type?
          Recheck Block
61. How many days in advance should this block type be ignored?
          14

The name of the disappearing block type should be the same as the block name in the Reasons for a Visit table. The days should indicate how many days ahead of the scheduled date of the block you want the block to disappear. You should have an entry for every block type you use except for permanent blocks. You do not need to add permanent blocks to this list because they do not disappear.

  • Last modified: August 3, 2015