Technology
07/10/2019
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.
07/03/2019
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.
05/06/2019
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.
04/22/2019
For agencies using Windows 7, now is the time to consider purchasing new computers or buying new operating systems to protect your patient information.
08/21/2017
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.
03/27/2017
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.
05/30/2016
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.
02/29/2016
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.
02/01/2016
The recent discovery of new hacking threats to medical devices and systems is a reminder that you should go beyond the four walls of your agency when you perform your security risk analysis under HIPAA.
01/04/2016
There is an upward trend in the number of home health agencies switching electronic health records (EHR) systems. New regulations — including ICD-10 and value-based purchasing — could be part of the reason for the increase.

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