Leadership coaching for clinicians is offered in just one-third of 1,202 medical practices polled by MGMA. Some practices make leadership training an annual goal while others offer in-service programs to cross-train clinicians.
Physician satisfaction with their jobs is not tied to compensation but instead depends on respect, a supportive work environment and feeling valued, said physicians who participated in a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. "I think that in this high stress, high responsibility profession, the ability to actually just be able to share concerns and vulnerabilities is essential," said lead author Arabella Simpkin.
Clinics should customize their social determinant screening systems to meet the needs of their patients, a new study shows. It found different centers screen for different SDOH, and within the same center screenings may differ between adult and pediatric patients.
The National Association for Healthcare Quality has issued a study that outlines 486 behavior-based competencies recommended for a quality workforce. Lifespan Health System of Rhode Island said it has saved about $12 million by putting a greater focus on workforce quality.
Physicians who want to sell their practice should first take some time to address their accounts receivable and should craft an A/R plan, writes Cheyenne Brinson, MBA, CPA. This should include assessing A/R, going after any "low-hanging fruit" and breaking the work up into manageable daily and weekly time slots.
Boston Medical Center has primary care patients fill out a one-page screening tool, which is linked to their EHR, that assesses whether they are affected by social determinants of health. The EHR then prompts physicians to bring up SDOH during the patient's visit.
Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association cited slow progress on interoperability as one of seven factors related to poor physician experience with EHRs. Greater government regulation, obsolete servers and software, and training and implementation were also among the factors.
Patients at Episcopal Health Services in New York received a second breach notification related to a phishing attack last year that had compromised 218,055 records at the time of its report to HHS in November. Meanwhile, about 7,600 of Amherst, N.Y.-based Independent Health's plan members were alerted of a March data breach incident that may have exposed their personal health information in which an employee mistakenly emailed documents to a recipient who wasn't authorized to view them, while Oregon State Hospital issued an early notification to patients apprising them of a spear-phishing attack the facility discovered in May that could have affected their information, including medical record numbers, treatments and diagnoses.
The future of CDI will require expanding the reach of CDI programs into new areas of expertise because the traditional realms of CDI are increasingly becoming automated. This Perspectives in HIM article demonstrates how CDI professionals can evaluate the effects of changes in clinical definitions and work with other institutional programs to decrease length of stay. These models may serve as a springboard to make research and analytics a foundation of future CDI activities.
A survey released by AHIP found most commercial, Medicare Advantage and managed Medicaid health insurance providers are already offering some type of virtual care, and they report benefits including improved health outcomes, increased patient satisfaction and better access to care. Most commercial and Medicaid managed care providers, however, said patient engagement remains a barrier to full adoption of virtual care.
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