Austin Regional Clinic

Austin Regional Clinic

Austin Regional Clinic

Melissa Sauls

Melissa P. Sauls, APRN, FNP-C

Gastroenterology

ARC Patient Feedback

Guide to ARC Patient Feedback and Ratings

Austin Regional Clinic (ARC) doctors, staff, and leadership are committed to providing our community with high quality convenient care. One of the ways we demonstrate this priority is through our online transparency.

You can review our provider ratings and comments on our web site with the confidence that they are all based on verified visits. We post all patient feedback relevant to the visit and only refrain from posting comments that are libelous, profane, or those that risk the privacy of our patients.

The below guide provides details about how we collect and share our patient feedback.

Who runs the survey?

ARC partnered with the local Austin company Humm Systems to collect patient feedback about their doctor’s visit. We gather feedback from tablets in our exam rooms and text surveys. Humm is an independent third party customer feedback company that provides the technology to collect the feedback and display ratings and comments on our web site. All ratings are submitted by actual patients and verified by ARC.

How do patients receive the survey?

Patients for whom we have a mobile phone number receive a text survey within two hours of checking in for their visit. Tablets with the feedback survey may be available in the exam room or at the front desk. Patients are asked to complete the survey and provide ratings and comments regarding their experience at different touch points of their visit. We use this feedback to recognize doctors and staff, identify issues we can correct, and enhance our care.

Do you post all positive and negative comments?

ARC posts all positive and negative patient feedback that is relevant to the visit. We refrain from posting comments that are libelous, profane, or those that risk the privacy of our patients.

What questions do we ask?

ARC asks five basic questions that touch on the overall patient experience related to their visit. Anyone seeking detailed information about each question can view the ratings for each specific question on the Reviews tab on the provider bio page on the website. We calculate our provider star ratings based on the responses to question number four below. We calculate our location star ratings based on the responses to all the below questions.

  1. Ease of making appointment
  2. Helpfulness of front desk staff
  3. Helpfulness of medical staff
  4. Did doctor or NP/PA provide you with the care you expected?
  5. How likely is it that you refer a friend or family member to this doctor or NP/PA?

Why don’t all providers display a rating?

Since more recent data provides a more accurate picture, we require a minimum of 30 patient surveys per doctor in the last 12 months before we post a physician’s rating.

Why can I only see comments from the last 30 days?

ARC physicians and staff review all comments and act to rectify issues. Since the purpose of the feedback is to allow us to improve the overall patient experience we display the last 30 days of comments which are the most relevant for the practice.

Can anyone complete a survey or post a comment about a physician?

No. Only patients having an outpatient visit by an ARC physician receive a survey. The results are based entirely from patients who have actually been treated by the physician in our clinics.

How is patient information protected?

Patients are anonymous when they fill out the feedback tablets. There is no personally identifiable information displayed at any time.

Melissa Sauls is currently accepting new patients at: ARC Far West Medical Tower
📞 512-346-8888📞 512-346-8888

More Info

I have had a passion for medicine and science as long as I can remember, beginning when I volunteered at a children’s hospital while in high school. My love for science and math sent me off-path into engineering, but I found myself continually drawn to medicine. I chose to be a nurse practitioner for its unique ability to combine medicine with the art of caring for people. Specifically, I have found a love for caring and providing a path to wellness for those experiencing gastrointestinal ailments. I believe in keenly listening to my patients, being astute to their needs, and then jointly creating a treatment plan.

Personal Summary

A Texas native (Fort Worth), Melissa Sauls enjoys exercising and taking her dog for runs on the local trails. She also enjoys watching movies and college football, listening to live music, and exploring the ever-expanding local eateries with her husband and two children. Her favorite local spot is boating on Lake Travis!

Services Offered

Professional Positions and Honors

Ms. Sauls is a member of:

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Texas Nurse Practitioners
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society

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Joined ARC

2019

Education

B.S. in Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1997 Associate Degree in Nursing, Temple College, Temple, TX, 2014 B.S. in Nursing, Summa Cum Laude, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX, 2016 Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner, Texas A&M University,

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