From the Desk of Matt Fisher – ICYMI
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Balancing on an Edge: State of Primary Care
What is the state of primary care physician practices as a result of COVID-19? The answer is at best not clear, but very likely in a bad place. Primary care faced significant stress even before the pandemic, but months of not seeing patients and continuing to be on the front line of care will only compound stresses. It all adds up to balancing on an edge. Continue reading on HealthIT Answers.
Training and Education: Path to HIPAA Awareness
Much is often said about non-compliance with HIPAA as well as a missing understanding for all that HIPAA does. While those sentiments are all too often true, the question of why that is that case, especially within an organization, is not always sufficiently explored. Nothing can be done about willful ignorance or other deliberate actions to avoid coming to an understanding. However, efforts can be made to put the necessary information into the hands of individuals to do the right thing. That means providing training and education. Continue reading on HealthIT Answers.
Mitigate Pandemic Risks: Track Government Guidance
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about numerous changes to the healthcare industry, most notably on the regulatory front. When the pandemic reached emergency levels in the mid-March time period, the order officially declaring a state of emergency was quickly followed by many regulatory waivers, announcements of enforcement discretion, or outright changes to the regulations. Those changes along with the interpretive guidance came out on what felt like a daily or even more frequent basis. The flurry of changes meant that all, whether the government agencies, hospitals, physicians, and others, were all scrambling to figure out what to do. Continue reading on HealthIT Answers.
HIPAA In Front of the Camera
HIPAA and the media can be a risky combination for healthcare organizations. Prior HIPAA settlements imposed by the Office for Civil Rights have dinged hospitals for allowing reality television shows to be filmed in the hospital and speaking with a reporter to refute a patient complaint. The focus always comes back to maintaining privacy and respecting personal information about patients. Continue reading on HealthIT Answers.
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