A survey by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices found that only 48 percent
of healthcare providers that received
texted medical orders used encryption,
highlighting how providers sometimes
choose convenience over security.
Use of sophisticated data analytics is
playing a significant role in the Office
of Inspector General’s newly aggressive
fraud investigations that took back
$4.13 billion in 2017, according to the
agency’s latest semiannual report to
In the “Top of Mind for Top U.S. Health
Systems 2018” report, 92 percent of
respondents said they plan to increase
spending on cybersecurity technology.
A Mimecast study conducted by HIMSS
Analytics found that US healthcare
providers consider email to be the biggest potential source of a data breach,
with 78 percent of respondents saying
they have already experienced an
email-related cyberattack in the past
The Office for Civil Rights has released
guidance on sharing mental health and
substance abuse records that ease
restrictions, under certain circumstances, on disclosing this information
during the treatment of opioid abuse.
The Journal of AHIMA’s website was included in Health Tech’s “2017 Must-Read
Health IT Blogger List” for its blogs on
data analytics, clinical documentation
improvement, coding, information governance, and electronic health data law.
More patients are playing an active role
in making healthcare decisions with
their doctors than ever before, with
incidences rising 14 percent between
2002 and 2014, according to a study
by Northwestern University Feinberg School
A study published in JAMA Ophthalmology found an increasing number of
ophthalmologists are seeing a decline
in financial and clinical productivity
from their electronic health record
Incorporate a checklist of actions
for managers and IT departments
to take when an individual leaves.
Consider using logs to document
whenever access is granted (both
physical and electronic), privileges are increased, and equipment
is given to individuals.
Think about having alerts in place to
notify the proper department when
an account has not been used for a
specified number of days.
Address physical access and remote access by implementing
procedures to reacquire all devices and items permitting access to facilities, such as laptops,
smartphones, removable media,
ID badges, keys.
HHS and OIG’s concerns about cybersecurity are in line with leaders in
other industries. “Cybersecurity remains top of mind with three quarters
of security leaders more concerned
about cybersecurity threats now than
they were in 2016,” according to the
2017 US State of Cybercrime survey
conducted by Carnegie Mellon University, the US Secret Service, and
Forcepoint, a press release stated.
A recent survey published by Ac-centure and the American Medical Association found that four in five doctors (or 83 percent) have experienced
a cyberattack of some kind, with the
most common attack being phishing
( 55 percent of those surveyed), followed by viruses ( 48 percent). ¢
Physician Practices Failing to Report Quality
A Health Affairs study of physician practices’ participation in Medicare’s new
Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier program—the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services’ largest ambulatory care pay-for-performance program—showed that nearly one-third of the practices surveyed failed to report
performance data and received a one percent payment penalty. It was mainly
smaller practices that didn’t report the data, with the study’s researchers saying a lack of resources or electronic health record expertise may have led to
these practices not participating, according to an article by Healthcare Dive.
Program penalties have since increased to four percent, making reporting data
even more critical. ¢
Participants in Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program
Source: Masterson, Les. “One-third of practices didn’t report performance data in value-based program.” Healthcare Dive. December 5, 2017. www.healthcaredive.com/news/one-third-of-practices-