Whooping Cough Making A Comeback

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsWhooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious airborne bacterial disease characterized by coughing fits that can last several minutes, often followed by a high-pitched “whoop” noise when a patient gaps for breath. The condition, a childhood scourge in the 1940s, has had a resurgence in Connecticut as part of a national epidemic.

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Rigid Requirements For Stage 3 Meaningful Use

A health information technology committee under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently drafted preliminary recommendations for stage 3 of the EHR meaningful use program. But many physician organizations are urging federal officials to review and improve the first two stages of paperless record standards before jumping ahead too hastily.

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Changes To Medicare eRx Incentive Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted the 2013 & 2014 ePrescribing measure specifications and has extended the ability to submit a hardship exemption for 2013.  Physicians will be able to file for one of four existing hardship exemption categories until January 31, 2013.

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Affordable Care Workshop

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsThe Connecticut Health Council is presenting an Affordable Health Care Workshop on Thursday, January 31 in the Middlesex Room of the Crowne Plaza, 100 Berlin Road
Cromwell, CT. The program runs from 8:00-9:30a.m., with continental breakfast and networking opportunities beginning at 7:30a.m.

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Tiptastic Tuesday: Avoiding Internal PHI Breaches

Preventing data breaches doesn’t just involve keeping protected health information (PHI) safe from outside hackers and thieves. In fact, a significant number of PHI violations are caused by the actions of employees.

  • Limit Employee Access To PHI: Limiting employee access to protected health information and remind authorized staff members never to share computer passwords or patient files with anyone who doesn’t have a prior approval to use them.
  • Human Error: Many breaches happen because of simple mistakes such as misplacing charts or accidentally leaving a confidential file open in an area where someone can see it. Emphasize the importance of keeping patient secure to cut down on such carelessness.
  • Attention To Detail: Paper charts and portable devices should never be left unattended. Instead, store them in a secure area and lock them away when not in use.

Following these simple steps can protect PHI information and ensure against breaches.

Q&A On Health Insurance Exchanges

Health insurance exchanges, government-regulated and standardized healthcare plans in the United States from which individuals may purchase health insurance, are poised to help millions of uninsured people obtain a private plan.

With open enrollment beginning less than 10 months from now, the Associated Press poses some questions and answers on how the exchanges will work.

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