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.
Multi-million dollar settlements paid by Cottage Health and Touchstone Medical Imaging reveal yet another front-burner cybersecurity issue for the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR): reducing vulnerabilities that stem from the way a provider sets up its computers and networks.
If your agency hasn’t already been in contact with its electronic medical records (EMR) vendor to discuss preparedness for the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), your agency should do so right away.
For agencies using Windows 7, now is the time to consider purchasing new computers or buying new operating systems to protect your patient information.
Have clinicians sign an agreement that they will comply with tablet policies as a condition of employment. This will keep protected health information (PHI) safe and help your agency avoid unnecessary risk.
As agencies invest more in technology such as video call apps and/or text/picture messaging, they must ensure they have a sound business associate agreement in place. This will help them avoid costly legal risks with privacy and security rules under the HIPAA and HITECH regulations.
Perform unannounced, ongoing audits involving the use of electronic signatures used by physicians, nurses or other providers at your agency. This should be done as part of your agency’s performance improvement program and include checking both the signers and those evaluating documents and signatures.
Agencies should consider buying mobile hotspot devices as a way to connect clinicians to the Internet at patients’ homes and improve the security of information clinicians transmit from those homes via cell phone, tablet and/or laptop.


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