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CDC and CMS Free Long Term Care Infection Preventionist Training

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have launched a free infection preventionist training program for senior living and long term care organizations to meet the required infection prevention training Requirements for Participation for Nursing Homes.. Read more at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/cms-cdc-offer-specialized-online-infection-prevention-and-control-training-nursing-home-staff-long

IHI Launches Better Maternal Outcomes Rapid Improvement Network

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has launched a free six-month initiative, Better Maternal Outcomes Rapid Improvement Network, designed for hospitals and health care systems with at least 1,000 deliveries per year. The goal of the network is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to needed to reliably implement promising practices and improve care delivery for all women and newborns.

The first 6 month-wave of activities will begin in May 2019. Subsequent waves will invite providers in hospitals with smaller delivery numbers. Information on how to join, along with webinar recordings can be found on the Improvement Network’s website.

AHA Telehealth Report

Telehealth is part of a larger digital transformation in health care. The electronic health record, omnipresent mobile devices and faster internet connections have provided new ways for patients and providers to interact. AHA‘s Center for Health Innovation released a report, Telehealth A Path to Virtual Integrated Care, to help hospitals and health systems create a strategy for digital transformation. AHA offers other telehealth resources, assessments, how to guides and case studies.

CONSTELLATION INTRODUCES DIRECT PURCHASE OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR DENTISTS

Option to buy online at InsureCAREteams.com aims to save time

Minneapolis, MN – March 11, 2019 – Constellation today announced that dentists in Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and Oregon will now be able to buy its medical professional liability insurance directly from member companies MMIC and UMIA via a new product available at InsureCAREteams.com.

Constellation, MMIC and UMIA are rated “A” Excellent by the insurance rating agency A.M. Best. And their customer retention rate – 97 percent in 2018 – is among the highest in the industry.

“Through InsureCAREteams.com, dentists will have 24/7 access to our insurance protection – and they will be able to purchase the coverage they need quickly and easily,” said Bill McDonough, president & CEO of Constellation. “By offering an efficient online purchase option, we aim to help free dentists from administrative work to allow more time with patients.”

The MPL insurance products available via InsureCAREteams.com are the same as those traditionally offered by brokers and agents – and they come with the same high level of support from UMIA and MMIC.

Dentists who purchase liability insurance via the website will benefit from the claim experience of UMIA and MMIC, leading medical liability insurance companies in the Mountain States and Midwest, respectively, which together serve more than 20,000 clinicians.

Using InsureCAREteams.com, dentists can apply online for insurance for themselves and other team members in just minutes, avoiding long applications and lengthy waits for a quote.

“Time is precious in today’s dental and health care practices,” said McDonough. “We’re committed to helping our clients make the most of the hours they invest in their practices.”

About Constellation
Constellation is a growing portfolio of medical professional liability insurance and “beyond insurance” companies formed in response to the ever-changing realities of health care and dedicated to reducing risk and supporting physicians and care teams, thereby improving business results. For more information, visit: www.ConstellationMutual.com

Contact information
Angela Churchill (Angela.Churchill@ConstellationMutual.com)

Patient Safety Awareness Week March 10-16, 2019

Play an active role in support of Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 10-16 by sharing your organization’s plans and by following us on Twitter for ideas and inspiration. Follow Constellation @together_4_good, to learn what Constellation and its growing portfolio of medical professional liability insurance companies, including MMIC, UMIA and Arkansas Mutual, is doing to help reduce patient risk and support physicians and care teams.

HHS Releases New Cybersecurity Practices

HHS has released Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients, a collaborative publication by HHS and its industry partners with consensus-based voluntary cybersecurity guidelines to reduce cybersecurity risks for health care organizations of varying sizes, ranging from local clinics, regional hospital systems, to large health care systems. The publication outlines five cybersecurity threats and ten practices to mitigate those threats.

AHRQ Evidence-Based Tools for Improving Primary Care

AHRQ has released EvidenceNOW Tools for Change, an online collection of more than 100 tools and resources to help primary care practices improve quality by providing evidence-based care to their patients. The EvidenceNOW Key Driver Diagram shows six key drivers – big changes – that primary care practices make to build their capacity to implement the best evidence. For each key driver there are several change strategies – specific actions that support achievement of that key driver. Read more at EvidenceNow Key Drivers and Change Strategies.

Medical Device Cybersecurity

Citing an increase in cybersecurity attacks on health care organizations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a framework to plan for and respond to cybersecurity incidents involving medical devices. The Medical Device Cybersecurity Regional Incident Preparedness and Response Playbook covers preparedness and response for medical device cybersecurity issues that impact the functionality of a device. The focus of the framework are threats or vulnerabilities that have the potential for large-scale, multi-patient impact and raise patient safety concerns.

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