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 .
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:
- The SSNRI home page – https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/SSNRI/Index.html
- SSNRI implications for providers – https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/SSNRI/Providers/Providers.html
- Information on the Transition Period – https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/SSNRI/Index.html#target
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.
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.
CROWNWeb will hold a one-hour CMS-2744 Annual Facility Survey Training webinar on March 16, 2017. For more information and to register, see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/cms-2744-annual-survey-training-march/ .
CROWNWeb will present a New User training session on March 14, 2017. For more information and registration see http://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/crownweb-new-user-training-march/ .
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
The March 2017 CROWNWeb Newsletter contains articles on Data Quality Goals, the Annual Facility Survey, CROWNWeb System Discharges, and Facility Personnel. It also announces a CROWNWeb Town Hall for March 30, 2017. Find the CROWNWeb Newsletters at http://mycrownweb.org/news/newsletters/ .