Agencies that have grown accustomed to hiring hurdles in recent years found even more challenges this year during the pandemic. Home health tech firm Axxess of Dallas, Texas, is helping hiring managers meet staffing needs with its AxxessCARE scheduling program to address unexpected staffing shortages, unique care needs or surges in patient referrals.
Answers to the following questions were provided by Chris Apgar, president of Apgar & Associates, LLC, in Portland, Ore. This information does not constitute legal advice. Consult legal counsel for answers to specific privacy and security questions.
In the world of security, there is one question that never seems to go away: Are ransomware attacks automatically considered to be breaches?
Q: We recently took a survey and many of our employees admitted to saving their passwords in a Word¨ document or a Notes¨ file on their phone.
Health care organizations in the U.S. have experienced a significant increase in ransomware attacks, and the trend has continued upward during the pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has surged, providers have increasingly taken advantage of technology to provide routine care to patients and monitor them after discharge.
As soon as COVID-19 entered the U.S., reports began to surface detailing an increased rate of cyberattacks against health care entities.
Look for opportunities to use technology to automate processes before the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.
Consider expanding the use of telehealth to improve efficiencies ahead of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) while ensuring high-quality care with great outcomes.
If you’re thinking of switching electronic health records (EHRs) as you transition to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) but are afraid of the potential hassle, don’t be intimidated: know your rights, ask the right questions and get answers in writing — especially when it comes to your new contract.


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