healthcare policy updates

3 Changes the New HHS/OCR Director has Planned

Since being named the Trump Administration’s new director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, Roger Serverino has been hard at work to make a splash in the healthcare world. Recently he spoke at the 10th annual “Safeguarding Health Information” HIPAA conference, jointly hosted by OCR and the National Institute…

CMS Final Payment Rule

CMS Final Payment Rule: 4 Things to Know

As with all decisions made by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it’s important to be aware of any changes so that you may take appropriate action. In April of this year, the CMS had proposed numerous updates and changes to their Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and to the Long-Term Acute Care…

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7 Ways to Reduce Healthcare-Associated Legionnaires’ Disease

Does your facility have an effective water management system and policies to reduce healthcare associated legionnares’ disease? In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published on June 9, 2017, the CDC highlighted the issue of healthcare-associated Legionnaires’ disease (LD). An analysis of data from 21 jurisdictions in the US that reported ≥90% of Legionella infections…