Death and dying processes require sensitive discussion between patients, next-of-kin, and inpatient providers (i.e., attending/hospitalist physician) to facilitate decision-making and coordination of care. Social workers can facilitate such communication and may coordinate meetings between relevant persons.
Workstation and physical security should be a collaborative effort between the privacy officer and security officer in your organization, but someone, regardless of who, should take the lead on physical security issues.
Trauma-informed care is an approach to providing care that recognizes and understands how past trauma—such as child abuse, domestic violence, or events like natural disasters, car accidents, or crime—may affect a person so the provider can respond in a way that promotes safety and avoids re-traumatizing that person.
UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, Iowa, notified approximately 1.4 million patients in late July that their personal information may have been breached after hackers used phishing techniques to enter the company’s email system.
Q: If a patient is immobile or comatose for an extended period of time in the hospital and develops a stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcer of the left upper back, would this be considered a hospital-acquired condition (HAC)?
Q: Are we allowed to use case studies involving real incidents that occurred at our facility as part of training for things like safety and policies, or is there a risk that someone could identify the real people who were involved?
This week’s Medicare updates include final rules for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System, Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System, and more!