4/24 TEP for Meds Reconciliation

CMS is seeking nominations for members of  Technical Expert Panel to develop one or more quality measures related to medication reconciliation and management for ESRD patients.  Nominations are due by April 24, 2017.  For details see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TechnicalExpertPanels.html#ESRD%20Reconciliation .

HICN and MBI News

CMS has announced several new resources to help facilities prepare for the conversion from Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN) to Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI), in order to remove Social Security Numbers from Medicare identifiers.  The conversion is called the Social Security Number Removal Initiative or SSNRI.  The resources include:

Beginning in April 2018, CMS will start sending new MBI Medicare cards to all beneficiaries.  It is recommended that facilities begin using the new Identifiers as soon as possible.  A transition period, where providers can use either HICN or MBI to exchange data with CMS, will begin no earlier than April 1, 2018, and run through December 31, 2019.

Patient-Centered Care

We’ve added a brochure to the Network 16 website called Improving Patient-Centered Care: About the In-Center Hemodialysis Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (ICH-CAHPS).  Find the English version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia2016/ICH-CAHPS-survey-N16-v3.pdf and the Spanish version at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia2016/ICH-CAHPS-survey-n16-SPANISH-v2.pdf .  We’re again using ICH-CAHPS as a major part of our 2017 Patient-Engagement Quality Improvement effort; for more information see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/qia/2017/ICH_CAHPS_QIA_Kickoff_021617.pdf .

For Network-18 versions of the brochure, call Eileen Boyte, MSW, Patient Services Director, at 888-268-1539.

3/28 HIPAA and Mobile Technology

HealthInsight’s HIPAA Privacy and Security Solutions (PASS) and Mountain-Pacific Quality Health’s Health Technology Services will present a free March 28, 2017 webinar on Mobile Technology Meets HIPAA Compliance.  Mobile technologies have created regulatory challenges that will only continue to increase.  Securing mobile technologies is a top priority, with a reported 90 percent of health care providers utilizing mobile devices and security experts warning of significant risks to their organizations.  The webinar will discuss the latest threats and newest technologies designed to boost your security efforts and safeguard your organization from becoming the next easy target.  Find more information and register at http://healthinsight.org/hipaapass#events .

The website also includes links to recorded versions of previous free HealthInsight HIPAA PASS webinars on:

  • How to Meet Breach Notification Requirements
  • How to Respond to a HIPAA Breach
  • Preparing for a HIPAA Audit
  • Introduction to Essential Steps for HIPAA Compliance Webinar
  • Introduction to Building and Governing Your HIPAA Compliance Program
  • Enforcement, Breach Notification and Business Associates