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If you’ve been looking for information on Telehealth (what it’s about, reimbursement details, legal information, implementation strategies, etc.) Telehealth Resource Centers can help. TRC is a great resource because it stays up to date and addresses several fundamental questions that arise with this new technology. Examples include:

  • “What is the recommended process for introducing Telemedicine at a remote site?”
  • “How should the local community be informed of available Telemedicine services?”
  • “How do I know if a pilot test has been successful?”
  • “What needs to be included in a protocol for a live, interactive session?”

And these are just a few of many questions that they provide solutions on. As you know, different states can have varying laws; TRC covers that too. To find your own Telehealth Resource Center check here.

They also go above and beyond by conducting free webinars and posting the slides / recordings in case you missed it. It is really an excellent resource on all things Telehealth.…

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In an earlier article we wanted to know the simple differences between the HIPAA Privacy Rule and the HIPAA Security Rule. (Check it out here if you haven’t seen it yet).

It’s a simple distinction, but what’s not simple is what’s actually in the Security Rule. So if you want to know the important facts of HIPAA’s Security Rule without going crosseyed over their documentation, give this summary a read.

Quick recap: The Security Rule was established to ensure that all Covered Entities have implemented safeguards to protect the confidentiality of ePHI while maintaining its integrity and availability to authorized individuals. This is done through three general safeguards.

We’ve summarized each of those safeguards for you here:

Technical

Physical

Administrative

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HIPAA’s definition on Administrative Safeguards: “Administrative actions, and policies and procedures, to manage the selection, development, implementation, and maintenance of security measures to protect electronic protected health information and to manage the conduct of the covered entity’s workforce in relation to the protection of that information.” HHS.gov

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Talks about how to improve mental health have long been swept under the rug and kept there, however earlier this year the House of Representatives changed that by introducing the 21st Century Cures Act. The bill emphasizes a parity between mental and physical health and has included grants to increase the number of existing mental health practitioners.…

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Beginning October 1, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) entered a program which required them to reduce payments to Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) hospitals with excessive readmissions. The goal was to promote lasting care for patients before sending them home and to end the “revolving door” of readmissions. A very honorable goal, but maybe not the only one.…

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