Minimizing Risk Is Top of Every Great Leader’s Mind

Posted by Digital Manager on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 @ 02:01 PM

by Despina Kotis, Pharm.D., director of pharmacy, Northwestern Medicine

Hospital leadership and its teams are focused on cost management and risk-reduction strategies while also juggling government mandates, patient safety and quality. Managing risk is challenging especially as hospitals acquire more offsite locations and care shifts from inpatient to outpatient settings. By example, in 2003, The American Hospital Association reported 145 free-standing emergency rooms in the country. By late 2013, there were more than 400. As a leader, how do you mitigate risk and cut costs in our shifting operating landscapes?

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Topics: Managing Waste, Risk Management, Leadership

Taking a Harder Look at HIPAA Compliance Is Good Common Sense.

Posted by Digital Manager on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Failure to identify and address basic risks or to actively follow what is documented in policies and procedures puts PHI at risk and can compromise the financial well being and reputation of your organization. That’s why every business can benefit from a harder look at their HIPAA compliance.

To comply with the HIPAA Security Rule, you must continue to review, correct or modify, and update security protections for electronic PHI. All health care providers who are “covered entities” under HIPAA are required to perform a risk analysis. (This analysis is also required if you are receiving EHR incentive payments).  

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Topics: hipaa training, hipaa staff training, hipaa security training, hipaa risk assessment, hipaa privacy training

The Importance of Protecting Your Patients’ PHI

Posted by Digital Manager on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

Newest HIPAA Settlement Underscores Consequences of Failing to Identify and Address Basic Risks to Protected Health Information (PHI)

Protecting your patients’ personal health information continues to take precedence for those in the medical field.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights has posted a bulletin regarding an enforcement action from OCR that resulted in a $150,000 fine and a 2-year Corrective Action Plan. This was a result from an organization that was not performing basic security functions such as having up to date security policies implemented and followed along with the use of software that had not been updated and was unsupported which allowed for security vulnerabilities.  

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Topics: HIPAA Compliance

Five Strategies for Managing Compliance through Technology

Posted by Digital Manager on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

Medical practices are facing limited resources, decreased margins and growing patient populations in the current healthcare environment. These factors are greatly impacting workflows of already strapped practice staff, causing essential tasks to take a backburner, such as compliance efforts.

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, Compliance, HIPAA Compliance

Mark Your Calendar

Posted by Digital Manager on Mon, Feb 02, 2015 @ 11:28 AM

As a leader in compliance for health care facilities, Stericycle wants to ensure physicians meet all necessary government deadlines. So when we see an article with pertinent information for physicians, it matters to us, as well. We want to make sure all physician practice managers are aware of the key dates for 2015 deadlines provided by MGMA.  Mark your calendar to ensure you don’t miss the seven deadlines related to federal government initiatives--including three deadlines on Feb. 28 alone. Please note that these deadlines are subject to change based on the actions of Congress and the Obama Administration. 


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Topics: Compliance

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