mednewsWe know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Below is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. Post-Discharge Efficiency Incentives May Come with Consequences Medicare’s new efficiency program defines an “episode of care” as the span that begins 3 days prior to inpatient admission to 30 days after a patient is discharged.  While it’s hard to assign an exact figure to the toll that high episode of care costs could have on reimbursements, it appears that Medicare may have more to gain than patients from this widened lens approach unless doctors can figure out how to control the pre-admission and post-discharge care that patients receive.
  2. ONC Launches eHealth Resource Site The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday launched an online resource aimed at helping providers more effectively explain to patients the concept of meaningful consent and other issues related to electronic health information exchange (eHIE).  Access the site which details the laws and policies associated with eHIE and includes strategies and tools you can use to educate and engage patients.
  3. 9 Steps to Secure PHI File Transfer Under New HIPAA Rule Monday is September 23 and that means the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule officially goes into effect.  Learn more about the web of liability being created to ensure that providers and “business associates” alike work together to secure patient health information.
  4. Mostashari Launches National Health IT Week with a Question: Is the time now? After the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology kicked off Health IT Week in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Dave deBronkart, otherwise known as “e-patient Dave,” spoke regarding the industry’s shift toward true engagement of its most significant resource – the patient.