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The Benefits of Harassment and Discrimination Training and Why it is Necessary

April 3rd, 2023

According to a recent report by Glassdoor, 61% of U.S. employees have experienced or witnessed discrimination in the workplace based on age, race, gender, or sexual orientation. Additionally, more than one in five employees -- 23% -- worldwide have experienced violence or harassment at work.

What You Need to Know About Preventing Workplace Violence in Healthcare

September 16th, 2022

Workplace violence in healthcare is a serious issue that has become increasingly worse over the past decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that injuries from violent attacks against medical professionals grew by 63% from 2011 to 2018.

What You Need to Know About Healthcare Compliance Programs

August 8th, 2022

Whether you are a small practice or a large hospital system, compliance affects every type of healthcare organization. So, what is healthcare compliance, and why is it so important?

Healthcare compliance is defined as the process of ensuring all legal, ethical and professional requirements are met and communicated throughout an entire organization. It is an ongoing and continuous process that must be routinely reviewed to ensure adherence.

8 Patient Safety Facts for Patient Safety Week

March 12th, 2021

National Patient Safety Week is March 14-20. This week is dedicated to growing awareness about patient safety, learning more about healthcare safety, and recognizing the work already being achieved.

OSHA and HIPAA Training

January 22nd, 2021

Many of us were pleased to say goodbye 2020. As we look ahead to a new year, it is important to keep in mind that while OSHA and HIPAA training are still required, virtual options are available.

Below are several things to consider as your organization plans for training in 2021:

2017 National Health Expenditures Highlights

February 13th, 2019

CMS released the 2017 National Health Expenditures, and overall health spending saw growth, however, less than 2016. National health spending increased by 3.9% reaching $3.5 trillion, or $10,739 per person and accounted for 17.9% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Below are some of the highlights from the report:

A Holiday wish to all of our clients!

December 21st, 2018

As we embark upon the holidays, the team at MedSafe would like to take a moment to thank all of our clients who have dedicated their lives to making a difference. While the majority of us will be enjoying holiday festivities with family and friends, many of you will forego time with your families to care for patients.

New York State Passes Sexual Harassment Law with Training and Policy Requirements

August 30th, 2018

The State of New York has signed into law a bill designed to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The sweeping new legislation includes the requirement of sexual harassment policies and sexual harassment training for New York State employers. Those organizations who do not have prevention guidelines, anti-harassment policies, and training programs in place should develop and implement them immediately.

Top Ten Patient Safety Concerns for 2018

March 6th, 2018

The Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control released Ten Top Patient Safety Concerns that should be a priority in 2018, based on research from over the past year. Below is a synopsis of their findings in no particular order:

Top Health Technology Patient Safety Hazards for 2018

January 25th, 2018

ECRI Institute, a non-profit research organization, recently released its annual Top 10 List of Health Technology Hazards for 2018. The purpose of this report is to inform healthcare facilities about the important safety issues involving the use of health technology and bring attention to potential sources of danger.

Are Physician’s Becoming More Comfortable with Value Based-Payment?

January 5th, 2018

With the transition to “value-based care” well underway and healthcare’s shift from volume-based to value-based payment (VBP), significant barriers still remain for many providers while others have become more comfortable with VBP participation.

What You Need to Know about the Final MACRA Rule for 2018

December 15th, 2017

Earlier this month, CMS delivered its final rule on the Quality Payment Program, starting January 1st, 2018. The following are eight critical points from the Final Rule that you should be aware of:

Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns in 2017

October 9th, 2017

Providing safe and efficient care is a priority for most healthcare organizations. One key component to successfully doing so involves being proactive in preventing issues that may endanger or be unsafe for patients. Below is a list of top patient safety concerns for healthcare organizations in 2017.

New Proposed Rule for Quality Payment Program 2018

September 28th, 2017

As the Quality Payment Program approaches its second year in 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are proposing several changes and updates in an effort to improve patient outcomes, increase coordination of patient care, reduce the burden on small and rural practices, while increasing participation and program flexibility. The goal is to keep what is working with the program and use clinician feedback to improve policies.

The Importance of Healthcare Compliance Programs

July 26th, 2017

Compliance and ethics are not just legal requirements in healthcare; they are also critical components to safe, quality patient care. Regardless, the size or specialty of the practice or facility, all medical organizations face healthcare compliance concerns.

Transparency and Patient Safety

May 1st, 2017

Transparency is considered an essential element to improving the quality of health care. Without transparency, patients cannot make informed decisions. Without transparency, it is not possible to have a culture of safety.

The MACRA Basics

August 2nd, 2016

What is MACRA?

The “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” or “MACRA,” was signed into law on April 16, 2015. The legislation replaces the current Medicare reimbursement schedule which is based on a fee-for-service model with a new pay-for-performance program that is focused on quality, value, and accountability.

5 Ways to Improve Physician Engagement

March 11th, 2016

“Physician Engagement” has been an increasingly hot topic with a lot of buzz over the past couple of years. There have been studies, articles, seminars, websites, and entire companies based on the subject matter. Now as healthcare transitions from a fee-for-service model to value-based care, the industry is being forced to find ways to improve quality and lower costs. With these changes, physician engagement has become even more critical for the success of hospitals, outpatient facilities, group practices, and health networks.

7 Core Elements for an Effective Compliance Program

March 2nd, 2016

According to the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA), financial losses due to healthcare fraud are in the tens of billions of dollars each year. In 2013, The US Department of Health and Human Services and The Department of Justice recovered more than 4.3 billion in healthcare fraud and abuse. As medical fraud rates continue to soar, healthcare providers should expect to see an increase in governmental inquires, audits and investigations.

7 Common Questions Regarding OSHA and HIPAA Training Requirements for Dental and Medical Offices

December 16th, 2015

What are HIPAA and OSHA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was established to set national standards to protect individual’s medical records and other personal health information. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) was established to ensure safe and healthful working conditions by enforcing standards and by providing training, education, and assistance.

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