Archive for the ‘Compliance’ Category

Infographic: Patient Communication Compliance

January 11th, 2017 by Melanie Matthews

Communication with current and potential patients is pivotal to maintaining and growing your practice, but your practice must ensure that you are compliant in all of your communication points with HIPAA, FDA and FTC rules, according to a new infographic by Response Mine.

The infographic touches on all points of patient communication—from digital advertising and marketing to scheduling appointments and patient reminders—to help practices protect patient information and stay compliant.

Patient Communication Compliance

Framework for Patient Engagement: 6 Stages to Success in a Value-Based Health SystemIntermountain Healthcare’s strategic six-point patient engagement framework not only has transformed patient care delivered by the Salt Lake City-based organization but also has fostered an attitude of shared accountability throughout the not-for-profit health system.

Framework for Patient Engagement: 6 Stages to Success in a Value-Based Health System details Intermountain’s multilayered approach and how it supports its corporate mission: Helping people live the healthiest lives possible.

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Infographic: Bizarre ICD-10 Codes

June 15th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

ICD-10 codes will provide a more robust classification system, providing vastly more detail for diagnoses and procedures, revealing more about quality of care and allowing data to be used to better track outcomes.

However, according to a new infographic by CureMD, some of the new codes border on the bizarre in their specificity.

ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation Action PlanOf all the tapes and books on the market about ICD-10, this important book by an Approved ICD-10 CM-PCS Trainer is a standout. Hospital, physician practice, ambulatory surgery center, freestanding clinics, and long-term care staff who are primary or secondary users of medical coding data will want it as their constant companion as they begin the implementation of ICD-10 at their facility.

ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation Action Plan goes beyond its comprehensive coverage of ICD-10 CM/PCS to provide you with training tools, as well. This 135-page book also includes an 81-page customizeable document, as well as a customizeable spread sheet log.

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Infographic: ICD-10 Industry Readiness

January 5th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Nearly 75 percent of health plans have completed their ICD-10 impact assessment, while only 50 percent of providers have completed theirs, according to results from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), August 2014 ICD-10 Industry Readiness Survey, depicted in a new infographic by Healthsomely, a healthcare communications firm.

The infographic also looks at vendor readiness and testing by both providers and health plans.

ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation Action PlanOf all the tapes and books on the market about ICD-10, this important book by an Approved ICD-10 CM-PCS Trainer is a standout. Hospital, physician practice, ambulatory surgery center, freestanding clinics, and long-term care staff who are primary or secondary users of medical coding data will want it as their constant companion as they begin the implementation of ICD-10 at their facility.

ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation Action Plan goes beyond its comprehensive coverage of ICD-10 CM/PCS to provide you with training tools, as well. This 135-page book also includes an 81-page customizeable document, as well as a customizeable spread sheet log.

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Infographic: Clinical Documentation

September 5th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Correct coding based on complete clinical documentation boosts first time clean claim rates and decrease denials.

MRS Information Services has developed an infographic that details the regulatory impacts of correct clinical documentation and how to improve your health information management department for maximum performance. The infographic also highlights how ICD-10 will impact healthcare organizations and how organizations are preparing for ICD-10.

Electronic Health Records: Strategies for Long-Term Success Electronic Health Records: Strategies for Long-Term Success is a comprehensive reference for the design, implementation, and optimization of electronic health records (EHRs). The authors offer a detailed road map for avoiding common pitfalls during conversion and achieving higher-quality care after system implementation. A glossary of important terms and references to additional resources are also included in the book.

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Infographic: 7 HIPAA Security Risk Analysis Myths

August 4th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

An initial Office of Civil Right (OCR) HIPAA security compliance audit found that the top missing item needed for HIPAA security compliance was a risk analysis.

A new infographic by Coalfire outlines the top seven myths about HIPAA security risk analyses and what covered entities need to know about a risk analysis.

7 HIPAA Security Risk Analysis Myths

Covered Entity Manual The Covered Entity Manual is a template-style download manual that can be easily adapted to align with your compliance needs as a covered entity. All content complies with the Omnibus Rule. The Covered entity-specific manual provides you with a generic, yet comprehensive set of policies and procedures: 33 privacy policies; 30 security policies; 6 policies that address common requirements of both the privacy and security rules; 1 breach notification policy; and 12 forms and templates, including a notice of privacy practices.

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Infographic: 7 Reasons to Engage With Patients Before Their Appointments

February 26th, 2014 by Jackie Lyons

The need to engage patients by preparing them before their appointments is rapidly growing. Positives include efficiency and increased patient satisfaction due to less manual data entry and shorter patient wait times among other benefits, according to a new infographic from Leading Reach.

This infographic provides the top seven reasons to engage with patients before their appointments and 10 examples of information that can be sent to patients before their appointment to ensure satisfaction.

You may also be interested in this related resource: Healthcare Innovation in Action: 19 Transformative Trends. Need more ways to increase patient satisfaction? This 40-page resource examines a set of pioneering efforts supporting the industry’s seismic shift from a volume-based culture to one rewarding value and patient-centeredness.


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Can Telemedicine Improve Patient Care and Reduce Hospital Readmissions?

February 6th, 2014 by Cheryl Miller

Where technologies such as videoconferencing for remote diagnostics are deployed, adopters report impressive gains in the care of remote and rural patients, as well as a decrease in health complications, according to responses to the Healthcare Intelligence Network’s Telehealth in 2013 survey.

Take, for example, the numerous initiatives in the area of remote monitoring, the top clinical telehealth application reported by this year’s respondents. Fifty-seven percent monitor patients or members remotely; fully 100 percent of those employing this technology track vital signs and weight in monitored individuals, two critical red flags in treatment of individuals with chronic illness.

Active users of telehealth and telemedicine also experience fewer hospitalizations, hospital readmissions, emergency room visits and bed days, respondents reported.

Researchers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital recently found that telemedicine consultations with pediatric critical-care medicine physicians significantly improved the quality of care for seriously ill and injured children treated in remote rural ERs, where pediatricians and pediatric specialists are scarce.

The study also found that rural ER physicians are more likely to adjust their pediatric patients’ diagnoses and course of treatment after a live, interactive videoconference with a specialist. Parents’ satisfaction and perception of the quality of their child’s care also are significantly improved when consultations are provided using telemedicine, rather than telephone, and aid ER treatment, the study found.

Excerpted from 2013 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Telemedicine.

Women’s Health Must be Priority for States’ Health Exchanges

March 13th, 2013 by Cheryl Miller

Women are finally getting the respect they deserve.

According to a new report from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS), women’s health issues are key to the health of the nation and should be a major consideration when policymakers design and set up new insurance exchanges. And states need to maintain transparency so women can know up front what their coverage includes, including enrollment processes, scope of benefits, out of pocket charges and exemptions, so they can best provide for themselves and their families.

Transparency is also key to HHS’s aggessive list of health information technology (HIT) goals for 2013. Among them: at least 50 percent of physician offices will be using EHRs, and a majority will use electronic exchange among providers, ensuring that patients’ health information will be accessible wherever they access care. These goals are considered crucial to reducing healthcare costs and improving care quality, HHS officials say.

Increased access is behind a new primary care medical home (PCMH) certification from the Joint Commission. Designed for hospitals and critical access hospitals that have ambulatory care services that include primary care services offered by clinicians, the certification is considered beneficial to patients because it provides them increased access to the clinician and interdisciplinary team, and care from other clinicians and facilities is tracked and coordinated and regulated by evidence-based treatment protocols.

And increased virtual access is welcome to the majority of consumers, says a new Cisco Customer Experience Report recently released at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference.

Consumers and healthcare decision-makers across the globe were surveyed on sharing personal health data, participating in in-person medical consultation versus remote care and using technology to make recommendations on personal health. Results showed that the majority of Americans favored the increase of technology and remote care.

Three-quarters of consumers find access to care more important than face-to-face contact with their clinician, and are comfortable with the use of technology for medical interaction. The bottom line: consumers will overlook cost, convenience and travel, in order to be treated at a perceived leading healthcare provider to gain access to trusted care and expertise.

And don’t forget to take our new online survey on care transitions in 2013. Describe how your organization strategizes care transitions and you’ll receive a free executive summary of survey results once it is compiled.

These stories and more in this week’s issue of the Healthcare Business Weekly Update.

Infographic: The 5 C’s of Healthcare for 2013

March 11th, 2013 by Patricia Donovan

2013 will be the most important year in U.S. healthcare industry in modern history thus far, according to Deloitte. The nation’s fiscal challenges and the healthcare industry’s bulk are on a collision course, says the consulting firm, predicting that the story line about healthcare in 2013 will center on five themes: Clarity, Costs, Compliance, Consolidation, and Consumers.

The infographic below highlights each of these themes and what the nation might expect in 2013 from each.

2013's 5 C’s of Healthcare

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Infographic: Smoking Statistics for U.S. Adults with Mental Illness

March 8th, 2013 by Patricia Donovan

People with mental illness smoke at much higher rates than the U.S. population as a whole, but are as interested in quitting as other smokers and can quit successfully with more intensive smoking cessation treatment.

Those are the conclusions of a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which found that adults who suffer from mental illness are 70 percent more likely to be cigarette smokers. About 36 percent of adults with mental illness smoke, compared to 21 percent of adults with no mental illness.

Smoking Statistics for US Adults with Mental Illness

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