Thursday, April 16, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Patient Identification Called "Paramount" to the formation of an Interoperable Learning Health System.
So say the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS).
|A joint statement sent by CHIME and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems to the ONC is asking that patient identifiers be included in the interoperability draft roadmap. |
Earlier this year The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released for public comment its shared nationwide roadmap for interoperability.
Find the CHIME/AMDIS statement.
"Without a standard patient identifier, the creation of a longitudinal care record, composed of data and created through disparate systems, geographies and chronology is simply not feasible," the statement said. The American Hospital Association has asked the federal government to at least allocate funding to study consumer views about the patient identification system.
You can read more at FierceHealthIT.
In the same vein, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has called the need for a standard patient identifier urgent, notwithstanding the congressional law now on the books for over a decade that prevents the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from creating a unique patient identifier.
The main themes of the CHIME/AMDIS statement are summarized at the beginning of their submission:
Good food for thought for all of us, including policy makers. What do you think?
Friday, April 10, 2015
Did you miss the April 3 NAHAM webinar that rolled out the new NAHAM Patient Identity Integrity Toolkit?
If so, go here for a replay:
This webinar, just under an hour, with Q&A, highlights the main features and elements of the toolkit. These include question sets and checklists to help focus your Patient Access Staff, sample patient identity policies and procedures, such as newborn naming conventions, and numerous journal articles that highlight the importance of patient identity integrity strategies in our organizations.
If you are a NAHAM member, you may also access the PII Toolkit, as well as NAHAM's Joint Commission Survey Toolkit and NAHAM's CMS Survey Toolkit.
Start here to explore the PII Toolkit: http://www.naham.org/?page=GovernmentRelations.
Special thanks to the NAHAM Public Policy Development and Government Relations Committee for developing the PII Toolkit! And special thanks to Committee Chair Michael Sciarabba, MPH, CHAM, and Committee members Nancy Farrington, CHAM, FHAM, and Carmen Voelz, FHAM, CHAM, FHFMA for participating as webinar presenters!
For even more exposure to NAHAM's thought leadership on patient identity integrity, plan to attend the preconference Patient Identity Symposium at NAHAM's 41 Annual Education Conference & Exposition, at the J.W. Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 19 to 22. The preconference Patient Identity Symposium runs from 2:45 to 5:00 on Sunday, April 19. For more information go here: http://www.naham.org/?page=PreCon.
The full conference schedule may be found here: http://www.naham.org/?page=Conference_Schedule and here: https://naham.site-ym.com/?ConferenceProgram.
To register, start here: https://naham.site-ym.com/?page=Conference15.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
You may find the article here:
Medical identity theft has impacted over 2.3 million Americans. The ramp up in this type of identity theft makes it the fastest growing identity crime in the U.S. The authors make note of the recent Anthem data breach and conclude that one in three Missourians are impacted by medical identity theft.
The two most common forms of medical identity theft?
Healthcare providers should take note. There is a patient expectation that providers are proactive in guarding against identity theft.
So what is a provider to do?
The report notes the growing importance of patient satisfaction surveys, driving in large part by the prospects of pay levels from Medicare and some private insurers.
Since Medicare began requiring hospitals to collect information about patient satisfaction and report it to the government in 2007, these patient surveys have grown in influence. For the past three years, the federal government has considered survey results when setting pay levels for hospitals. Some private insurers do as well.
Read the article in full and search for hospital patient satisfaction survey results.
Hospitals randomly survey former patients to learn about the quality of their stays. These surveys are collected and information from them is published by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which also uses the results when setting Medicare pay rates.
Follow the link to the article above and use the imbedded tool to see how patients rated hospitals across the country on 11 topics and how each hospital compares with state and national averages. These scores reflect responses from patients who were discharged between January 2013 and December 2013. They include responses from adult patients and are not restricted to those on Medicare.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
CNN provides an easy to understand primer on what's at stake this time around. Find the article, "The latest Obamacare challenge: What you need to know" here.
The article explains that the law establishes the creation of exchanges "through which individuals can purchase competitively priced health insurance". Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have set up their own exchanges. Folks living in the other 34 states must use the exchange run by the federal government. And the law provides federal tax credits to income eligible individuals "to help offset the cost of the policies".
Most of us remember all of this. States set up their exchanges where you shop for your healthcare coverage. Lots of governors or state legislatures chose not to create their own exchanges, so their citizens go to the exchange run by the federal government. And because everyone is supposed to sign up if they don't have coverage elsewhere, the Affordable Care Act provided federal tax credits to help lower income individuals and families buy coverage.
Simple enough. Except, those bringing the case that is now before the Supreme Court say the law did not authorize those tax credits for those having to use the federal run exchange. That's where the four words in the law passed by Congress comes in.
A synopsis from the CNN article:
So this time around the law in its entirety is not at stake. But apparently the help through tax credits for 5 million individuals is at stake. (CNN reports that in 2014, more than 5.3 million individuals selected an insurance plan through the federal exchange.) We'll find out if Congress goofed or not.
Here is how CNN explains it:
Those challenging the law this time say: Congress limited the subsidies in order to encourage the states to set up their own exchanges. But when only a few states acted, the IRS tried to "fix" the law and wrote a rule allowing subsidies for those living in states with state-run exchanges as well as states with federally run exchanges.