Edit and Manage Block Template Files
The Consistent Sick Call Blocker (
cscb) is the most commonly used tool for placing blocks. It takes a list of blocks and places them for the dates you enter. Before you run
cscb, you should review and revise the template file that contains the list of what blocks will be placed. First you edit the file that describes the blocks, then you run
cscb to place those blocks.
Evaluate Your Schedule Blocking Needs
To add effective blocks to your schedule, you need to understand your blocking needs. Partner has several different tools for manipulating blocks. Once you have decided how you want your providers' schedules blocked, you can choose the block types and blocking programs that best suit your needs.
Review and Place Scheduling Blocks
Most medical offices schedule appointments weeks or months in advance. As a result, providers may be booked solid for weeks ahead of time. While keeping providers busy is vital, it is important to leave some time available in a provider's day.
Place Schedule Blocks (addblock)
addblock program adds single blocks to your schedule. Is a provider going to be out of the office for an important meeting? Enter the date and time into
addblock to block scheduling at that time. You can also review existing blocks, read block notes, and remove blocks from within
Place Scheduling Blocks: CSCB
Editing the list of blocks in the template files has no effect on your schedule. You must run the Consistent Sick Call Blocker (
cscb) to put the templates in place, creating the blocks.
Place Schedule Blocks: ESCB
escb, you can handpick times you want blocked for each week. Enter a date, a time frame, and the provider's name, and
escb will block that time for you. This is convenient for offices whose blocking times change quite often, because
escb allows you to personalize the blocking schedules on a daily basis.
Remove Partner SAM Scheduling Blocks
If you are trying to schedule for a busy day next week, you may decide to remove some of the upcoming sick blocks early. If a previously scheduled meeting is canceled, you may want to remove a block that was placed to prevent scheduling during the meeting. How do you remove scheduling blocks?
The Standard Sick Call Blocker
The Standard Sick Call Blocker, or SSCB, is the original sick call blocker designed for
sam. The SSCB automatically places blocks for you, and it can vary the amount of sick call time to block based on the number of doctors scheduled to work on any given day. Once configured, Partner makes sure your providers' schedules are adequately blocked several months ahead of time.
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.