Connecting patients with community-based organization often has little impact on the frequency with which a patient is seen in the emergency department or hospitalized, according to a study released January 4 by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
With massive data breaches rocking industries and the public, and policymakers scrutinizing how organizations respond, it’s time to dust off policies and ensure organizations have meaningful, compliant reporting and response plans.
Q: Our coding department has been reviewing the AHIMA Standards of Ethical Coding but were interested in learning more about standard seven. I didn’t realize that continuing education credits help with ethical coding.
A recent study, led by researchers at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, found that using pharmacy professionals to take medication histories in the emergency department reduced errors associated with medication history and orders by more than 80%.
Q: If a news crew is reporting on an event or a notable individual who is a patient and they have a film crew stationed outside the hospital, are we responsible under HIPAA for stopping them? If ambulances and patients are visible in the background, is that a HIPAA violation? Can we go off of our property to ask them to move or remove their cameras?
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission announced January 4 that it certified 17 healthcare organizations qualified to be part of the Accountable Care Organization Certification program, which implements payer standards for care delivery across the state.
This week’s Medicare updates include an advisory opinion on sharing cost savings created by cost-reduction measures, a correction to the Medicare provider enrollment application fee, a new data submission system for the Quality Payment Program, and more!
Project REFRESH brought the deletion of many standards and elements of performance (EP), and you will see even more changes beginning in January. This column will also review the changes to the Evidence of Standards Compliance (ESC) corrective action plan for Requirements for Improvement (RFI) that must be submitted after a survey.