And other news items for hospital leaders, practice managers, and other healthcare executives to review this week
- What can small medical practices do to prevent hackers and other cybercriminals from stealing private information ranging from credit card particulars to Social Security numbers? Physicians Practice highlights six recommendations from cybersecurity experts to help administrators safeguard patient information and other confidential data.
- If you want to improve your organization’s bottom line, think about adding more physician assistants (PAs) to your staffing mix. A recently published RevCycleIntelligence.com article looks at leveraging PAs to benefit revenue cycle management and how retooling your facility’s staffing model could help.
- Are you a CEO in need of someone who could manage the C-Suite, support process improvement initiatives, and serve as a consultant and occasional surrogate? Consider hiring a chief of staff. Hospitals & Health Networks highlights suggested prerequisites for an executive in this role, potential functions, and more.
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would revise 2018 Medicare payment and policies when patients are admitted to hospitals. Relieving regulatory burdens for clinicians, supporting the patient-provider relationship, and promoting transparency, flexibility, and innovation in the delivery of healthcare are its objectives. What’s more, CMS has issued a Request for Information to solicit ideas for regulatory, policy, practice, and procedural changes to better achieve its goals.
- Did you know mobile activity is expected to increase threefold by 2018? To help healthcare leaders realize more robust returns on mobile health (mHealth) investments, Healthcare Finance shares four tips from IBM’s Institute for Business Value. (To gain insight on mHealth issues, Big Blue surveyed 1,000-plus C-suite and mobile executives worldwide.)