An undisclosed number of patients at Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants in Newark, N.J., received letters alerting them about a data breach incident that occurred on June 7 or June 8 of last year. Officials launched an investigation, which ended March 14, and discovered that the cyberattack singled out an email account at the practice that contained patient names, medical data, health information, financial data, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and government-issued IDs.
Missouri lawmakers recently declined to pass a law establishing a prescription drug monitoring program, leaving the state as the only one without a statewide electronic database to prevent drug misuse. Though St. Louis County has a federally funded voluntary PDMP and physicians' prescriptions are tracked in a statewide monitoring system, privacy concerns have prevented the establishment of a formal statewide PDMP like other states have.
Boards should remember that digital technology offers opportunities, not just risks, and that education can include asking the right questions of chief information officers, according to this Deloitte analysis. One way to focus this effort is by having board technology committees, says Jessica Blume, who is on the boards of Publix Super Markets and Centene.
Even though CDI professionals are not providing care at the bedside, they are still helping patients -- just in a different way. Read more in the Journal of AHIMA.
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The National Association for Healthcare Quality has issued a study that outlines 486 behavior-based competencies recommended for a quality workforce. Lifespan Health System of Rhode Island said it has saved about $12 million by putting a greater focus on workforce quality.
Leadership coaching for clinicians is offered in just one-third of 1,202 medical practices polled by MGMA. Some practices make leadership training an annual goal while others offer in-service programs to cross-train clinicians.
Physician satisfaction with their jobs is not tied to compensation but instead depends on respect, a supportive work environment and feeling valued, said physicians who participated in a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. "I think that in this high stress, high responsibility profession, the ability to actually just be able to share concerns and vulnerabilities is essential," said lead author Arabella Simpkin.
Clinics should customize their social determinant screening systems to meet the needs of their patients, a new study shows. It found different centers screen for different SDOH, and within the same center screenings may differ between adult and pediatric patients.
Physicians who want to sell their practice should first take some time to address their accounts receivable and should craft an A/R plan, writes Cheyenne Brinson, MBA, CPA. This should include assessing A/R, going after any "low-hanging fruit" and breaking the work up into manageable daily and weekly time slots.
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