The 2012 primary care research and summaries of best practices are available in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services; Select to access a copy of the Guide. The age-group based recommendations include disease-based screening, counseling, and preventive medications. This year’s Guide includes some changes that will make it more user-friendly for practicing clinicians. The Guide comprises 64 preventive services, which now are presented in an easy-to-use, one-page summarytable format. In addition, the Guide provides information on resources that clinicians can use to educate their patients on appropriate preventive services, as well as brief descriptions of and links to tools that they can use to improve theirpractices, including the electronic Preventive Services Selector, MyHealthfinder, and the Guide to Community Preventive Services (for more details, see Appendixes D and E).
This 4 minute video is focused on oral health care for kids. The video is the second in a 5-part consumer oral health video series titled Drool is Cool. DVDs of this video and others in the series are available on their website, www.deltadental.com .
In case you haven’t seen it, here is a link to the first video in the series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IDXhLr0ULU Titled How Spit Can Save Your Life, this video is about salivary diagnostics.
Are your bones healthy and strong? Learn more about osteoporosis with this interactive Web tool.
MI:PRESTO is a free interactive on-line course that focuses adopting Motivational Incentives in a clinical setting. By design, this course builds upon the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network’s Technology Transfer Conceptual Model. This self-guided, on-line learning tool assists Clinical Supervisors and other behavioral healthcare practitioners to:
- learn and experience how to utilize the 7 Principles of Motivational Incentives introduced in PAMI,
- to facilitate the adoption of Motivational Incentives as an effective evidence-based practice aimed at reducing drug abuse and
- promoting positive outcomes for patients.
NACHC Offers Managing Ambulatory Health Care II (MAHC II): Advanced Course for Clinical Leaders in CHCs
The Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148, sec. 3011) called on the Secretary of HHS to establish a National Quality Strategy to “improve the delivery of health care services, patient health outcomes, and population health.” The Strategy, initially published in March 2011, is to concurrently pursue three aims: better care, healthy people and communities, and affordable care.
Within the 2012 Report, in addition to the original 3 aims, the National Quality Strategy focuses on 6 priorities. HHS has established nationwide initiatives for each of the six priorities set by the National Quality Strategy. These include:
- The Partnership for Patients (patient safety)
- Use of patient experience results in determining provider payment (Person and Family-Centered Care)
- The Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration (Communication and Coordination of Care)
- The Million Hearts (Preventive Care)
- The Community Transformation Grants program (Community Health)
- The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, which has introduced 21 initiatives since its launch in November 2010 (Making Care Affordable).
Over 2012, starter measures were identified that will be used to track national progress in each of the six National Quality Strategy priorities. These measures were selected after a robust and enthusiastic public stakeholder input process, led by the National Priorities Partnership.
The recently published changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules have a compliance enforcement date of September 23, 2013. Some of the more significant developments include:
- Expansion of a patient’s right to receive electronic copies of health information;
- Requirements for modifying and redistributing notices of privacy practices;
- New standards for determining when a breach occurs and when reporting is necessary;
- Direct applications of privacy and security obligations to business associates and subcontractors;
- Modifications regarding the disclosure of genetic information; and
- Increased penalties for violations.
Due to increased enforcement activity, covered entities and business associates that ignore, or are unaware of, their HIPAA obligations risk significant penalties for noncompliance. The HCAN HIPAA PowerPoint addresses these new topics and may be used with your staff for the required education. It is HRSA approved.
CFOs were introduced to planning for the ICD-10 conversion during last week’s HCAN call: The Project Team, Budgeting, Staff and Resources affected and Communications. Key resources are attached to this eBrief for distribution to accomplish Checkpoint (1)—“Review ICD-10 Resources” and Checkpoint (2) — “Inform your staff / colleagues” from the CMS checklist discussed below.
Here is the timeline of activities that should be taking place in your facility over the coming months.
(Retrieved from the CMS website http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/Downloads/ICD10SmallMediumTimelineChart.pdf ).
CMS’ checklists offer an easy-to-understand lists of tasks. Each task also includes an estimated timeframe, allowing you to plan based on your current progress. Depending on your organization, you may be able perform some of the tasks on a compressed timeline or at the same time as other tasks. HCAN will be sending weekly materials to make progress.
A new study highlights “the need to promote policies that encourage more primary care providers and community health centers to practice in areas with the greatest expected need for services.”
A new federal grant will launch a national family-medicine residency program placing 87 graduates in CHCs around the country over a three-year period.
Coventry Health Care of Nebraska has signed the NeHII Participation Agreement. NeHII functionality to enhance its care coordination and management efforts for all patients enrolled; which includes the Medicaid Managed Care Programs. Patients are on an opt-in unless they individually decide to opt out when informed at their provider appointments. Blue Cross and Blue Shield has already contracted. If you are a member of NeHII, you will be able to access the patient data as well.
Participating Hospitals include:
- Alegent-Creighton Health System (AHS)
- Bergan Hospital – Omaha, NE
- Community Memorial Hospital – Missouri Valley, IA
- Immanuel Hospital – Omaha, NE
- Lakeside Hospital – Omaha, NE
- Memorial Hospital – Schuyler, NE
- Mercy Hospital – Council Bluffs, IA
- Midlands Hospital – Papillion, NE
- Nebraska Spine Hospital – Omaha, NE
- Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) – Omaha, NE
- Children’s Hospital & Medical Center (CHMC) – Omaha, NE
- Methodist Health Systems (NMHS)
- Methodist Hospital – Omaha, NE
- Methodist Women’s Hospital – Omaha, NE
- The Nebraska Medical Center (NMC)
- University Nebraska Medical Center – Omaha, NE
- Nebraska Medical Center – Omaha, NE
- Bellevue Medical Center – Bellevue, NE
- Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital (MLMH) – Hastings, NE
- Great Plains Regional Medical Center (GPRMC) – North Platte, NE
- Regional West Medical Center (RWMC) – Scottsbluff, NE
- Regional West Physicians Clinic (RWPC) & FlexiSuite Lab
- Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) – Columbus, NE
- Sidney Regional Medical Center (SRMC) – Sidney, NE