Since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act was implemented in 2009, HHS' Office for Civil Rights has received a total of 347,090 reports on breaches of patient data, according to a report published by Health Information Privacy/Security Alert.
This week’s Medicare updates include the introduction of new drug spending dashboards to improve transparency, new cost reporting forms for community mental health centers and rural health clinics, the quarterly update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database, and more!
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to put Medicare Part B payments for outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation under the microscope, according to the agency’s recently updated Work Plan.
Patient care is strengthened by the RN case manager and social work relationship. Social workers should consider patient psychosocial needs alongside the RN case manager’s assessment of the patient’s disease trajectory and recovery requirements.
HIPAA says staff should only access the minimum necessary amount of information to do their jobs. But defining roles, access, and minimum necessary can quickly become a complicated exercise in frustration. Use this tool to help your organization form a practical minimum necessary policy.
CMS held a listening call May 16 to answer questions about the Quality Payment Program (QPP) posed during the 2018 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Annual Conference & Exhibition and related inquiries received by the Quality Payment Program Service Center. The agency also addressed questions submitted by listeners during the call.
It’s no secret that social factors can create sizable barriers for case managers who are working to prevent readmissions, plan for discharges, and meet length of stay targets. Unfortunately, government regulators often don’t factor these issues in when they are looking at quality measures. But that is starting to change.