One of the most challenging barriers to patient health is often patients’ own behavior. Case managers encounter them daily: the patient who won’t follow the treatment plan, the patient who persists with unhealthy habits, or the patient who opts against making lifestyle changes that can improve his or her condition.
St. Peter’s Surgery & Endoscopy Center notified patients that their protected health information (PHI) may have been impacted in January during a breach when an unauthorized third-party accessed their servers. Letters notifying patients were mailed out on February 28, reported St. Peter’s Surgery & Endoscopy Center in a statement.
Q. We acquired a home health agency and now employ home health nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, etc. Can we permit workforce members to use their personal cell phones to communicate with patients? Is there a HIPAA-compliant means of doing so for calls, email, and text messages?
This week’s Medicare updates include the April 2018 quarterly update files for drug pricing, DMEPOS, and ambulatory surgical centers; a prolonged comment period for an NCA on a type of cancer treatment; an announcement of a new technological initiative for Medicare beneficiaries; and more!
Changes to HCPCS and CPT® codes, drug and biological payments, and a new separately payable procedure code are coming in April. The transmittal announcing the updates also includes clarification on the application of the modifier –FY payment reduction.
Case managers in today’s healthcare world face a challenge in confronting growing opioid abuse while also managing the use of opioids in certain circumstances as an effective treatment option for acute and chronic pain.
Completing a risk analysis can be a tall order for most organizations. A significant amount of work is required before the risk analysis can even be started—and more work must be done afterward to address the vulnerabilities identified by the risk analysis.