Post Tagged with: "hospitals"

David Harlow, host of HealthBlawg

Practice Pointers in the Wake of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Privacy Settlement

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August 17, 2014

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POLICY:

Photography is clinically appropriate in a wide variety of situations, but given the attention that this case has been getting nationally, Covered Entities would be well-advised to review photography and recording policies and their implementation, and be sure to explain them carefully to patients.

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Christina Thielst, Host of Christina's Considerations

Declining hospital inpatient volumes

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February 28, 2014

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Health Finance News has a great list of reasons for the decline in hospital inpatient volumes and most of these are indicative of what we will also see in the future. Hospital administration has entered a whole new world and its leaders will need to be truly innovative and creative in order to survive.

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David Harlow, host of HealthBlawg

HIPAA compliance audits coming; bits of detail emerge. Get ready now!

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February 26, 2014

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Once those questionnaires hit the street, the full force of OCR will not be far behind. In light of the latest multimillion dollar HIPAA penalty — this one levied by the Puerto Rican government against an organization that might actually be around long enough to cough up the big bucks, as opposed to Cignet (and there’s no telling what OCR might do in addition to that) — let’s just say it behooves all covered entities and busienss associates out there that have not yet put their house in order from a HIPAA/HITECH compliance perspective to do so now.

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Judging Hospital Quality and Narrow Networks––Barking Up the Wrong Tree?

Judging Hospital Quality and Narrow Networks––Barking Up the Wrong Tree?

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February 12, 2014

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A recent paper published in the journal Health Affairs, “Understanding Differences Between High- and Low-Price Hospitals: Implications For Efforts To Rein In Costs” makes some excellent points regarding the pricing power of the largest hospitals and the wide variation in local prices. But then it attempts to make some comparisons between cost and quality of care concluding that “the high-priced hospitals’ performance on outcome-based quality measures was mixed.”

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Tom Emerick, Host of Cracking Health Costs

Ho Hum. Yet another hospital chain has been caught with their hands in the cookie jar

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February 3, 2014

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This time it is Health Management Associates, based in Naples, Florida. Or should I say it is H.M.A. yet again. A whistleblower said H.M.A. was scoring ER doctors on their admit rates.

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Christina Thielst, Host of Christina's Considerations

Patient Safety Awareness Week – Focusing on the Consumer and Patient Role

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January 24, 2014

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March 2nd – 8th is Patient Safety Awareness Week and the theme , Navigate Your Health…Safely, urges health care providers to help patients and consumers become more engaged in the health care process, whether visiting the doctor for a routine exam or entering the hospital for surgery.

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Paul Levy, Host of (Not) Running a Hospital

Back to the future

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January 12, 2014

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EDUCATION, SYSTEMS:

Harkening back to the mid-1990s, they noted that today’s environment in health care is remarkably similar: a rush to mergers and acquisitions; financial pressures on hospitals; and big changes in the relationships between doctors and hospitals.

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Adrian Gropper, contributor, The Health Care Blog

It’s Doctors versus Hospitals Over Meaningful Use

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December 13, 2013

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The Massachusetts Medical Society may be the first to notice that Meaningful Use EHR mandates favor large providers and technology vendors. Control over the Nationwide Health Information Network sets the stage for how physicians refer, receive decision support, report quality, and interact with patients.

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Christina Thielst, Host of Christina's Considerations

Social Technologies: Meeting the Challenges of Population Health

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November 9, 2013

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Social Media:

Social technologies offer powerful tools that can be applied in healthcare settings to improve the quality of care and patient safety, especially as the U.S. healthcare delivery system transforms to accommodate changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act and aging baby boomers.

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Christina Thielst, Host of Christina's Considerations

Hospital Employee’s Facebook Post Results in Identity Theft for Patient

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October 26, 2013

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IT, Social Media:

A hospital employee took a simple picture in his/her Emergency Department workspace for a Facebook post. However, the picture also captured his/her computer screen and a patient’s personal information.

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