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CMS Reminder: Texting Orders Not Allowed

In a recent memorandum, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds health care organizations that CMS does not permit the texting of orders by physicians or other health care providers. The memorandum summary states that:

  • Texting patient information among members of the health care team is permissible if accomplished through a secure platform.
  • Texting of patient orders is prohibited regardless of the platform utilized.
  • Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) is the preferred method of order entry by a provider.


Ensure your organization has policies and processes for communicating patient information among the health care team that provides a standardized checklist or template for an effective handoff, documents the communication in the EHR, and protects patient privacy and security. For help contact your risk and patient safety consultant.

Constellation Announces Strategic Collaboration with CliftonLarsonAllen

Agreement expands Constellation’s support of health care clients beyond medical professional liability insurance


Minneapolis – Jan. 26, 2018 – Constellation, Inc., today announced a strategic collaboration with CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), a leading health care professional services firm whose clients include more than 8,300 health care and senior living clients across the country.


“Our agreement with CLA marks a significant milestone as we expand our offerings beyond managing the risk of medical professional liability,” said Bill McDonough, CEO of Constellation. “CLA is a reliable advisor who understands the business of health care. As CLA puts it, its advisors ‘transform complexity into opportunity’ by considering its clients’ financial, strategic, and operational needs. CLA’s deep industry specialization and ability to integrate with customers’ existing programs and products, combined with its desire to truly understand and help its customers makes it an excellent fit for Constellation. We are proud to help connect CLA with our physician, hospital, and long-term care clients.”


“The passion and advisory approach that Constellation provides to its client base facilitated for a collaborative alignment which we foresee as very beneficial to the clients that we will serve together in the future,” said Jeff Vrieze, chief industry officer of CLA’s health care practice. “Forging this relationship with a trusted medical professional liability firm with an excellent reputation will allow us to demonstrate our capabilities to a larger health care network.”


Under the agreement, Constellation member companies MMIC, UMIA, and Arkansas Mutual Insurance Company will market CLA’s portfolio of health care services in the 16 states where it is currently conducting business. Those states include Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.


The collaboration marks Constellation’s second expansion of services beyond medical professional liability insurance. Last year, it introduced the Physician Empowerment Suite, an online platform designed to help health care providers deliver a better patient experience and improve operational performance and effectiveness.

About Constellation


Minneapolis-based Constellation is a collective of like-hearted medical liability insurers and health service partners dedicated to improving the delivery of health care and providing effective business solutions to group practices, hospitals and long-term care communities. Constellation, MMIC, UMIA and Arkansas Mutual hold an “A” (Excellent) Financial Strength Rating from A.M. Best.

About CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA)


CLA is a professional services firm delivering integrated wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax, and consulting to help enhance our clients’ enterprise value and assist them in growing and managing their related personal assets — all the way from startup to succession and beyond. Our professionals are immersed in the industries they serve and have deep knowledge of their operating and regulatory environments. With more than 5,000 people, more than 100 U.S. locations, and a global affiliation, we bring a wide array of services to help clients in all markets, foreign and domestic. For more information visit CLAconnect.com. Investment advisory services are offered through CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor.

2018 UMIA Risk Management Education Schedule

Register 2-Ways

Event questions: Cynthia Tyhurst at ctyhurst@umia.com

Date Time Venue Location
Tuesday, April 10 6pm to 8:30pm Provo Mariott 101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah 84601
Tuesday, May 1 6pm to 8:30pm Hilton Garden Inn 2520 14th Street SW, Great Falls, MT 59404
Tuesday, May 15 6pm to 8:30pm Hilton Garden Inn 1150 N Poplar Street, Casper, WY 82601
Tuesday, June 19 6pm to 8:30pm Hilton Garden Inn 3720 N Reserve Street, Missoula, MT 59808
Tuesday, June 26 6pm to 8:30pm Fairfield Inn & Suites 1415 Stillwater Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82009
Tuesday, August 21 6pm to 8:30pm Hilton Garden Inn 2023 Commerce Way, Bozeman, MT 59715
Tuesday, September 11 6pm to 8:30pm Hilton Garden Inn 2271 S Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84401
Monday, September 24 6pm to 8:30pm Hilton Garden Inn 1731 S Convention Center Dr., St George, UT 84790
Tuesday, November 27 6pm to 8:30pm Little America 500 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

AHA Releases Guide on Emerging Strategy for Virtual Care

AHA has released a one-page guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement virtual care strategies or telehealth. These strategies would allow hospitals to help maintain or supplement access to health care services in vulnerable rural and urban communities that have difficulty recruiting or retaining an adequate health care workforce.

Join us for our Webinar on Wednesday, Evolving Models of Care: Eight Questions to Ask Before Diving into Telemedicine, January 10, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. CST. This program will cover eight questions to ask before diving into telemedicine. Providers armed with answers to these essential questions will be better prepared to protect themselves from risk and deliver safe care as the technology and regulatory environments evolve.

ISMP Tool to Assess High-Alert Medication Risk

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has released a new tool, ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment® for High-Alert Medications, offering hospitals, LTC facilities, and outpatient organizations the opportunity to assess the safety of systems and practices associated with high-alert medications. High-alert medications are those drugs that bear a heightened risk of causing significant harm when used in error.

ISMP encourages facilities to submit their self-assessment findings to ISMP online to obtain weighted scores. Participating organizations will be able to compare their results with other demographically similar organizations.

New Guidance on HIPAA Information Sharing to Address the Opioid Crisis

Following the declaration of a nationwide public health emergency regarding the opioid crisis, the HHS Office for Civil Rights is releasing new guidance on when and how healthcare providers can share a patient’s health information with his or her family members, friends, and legal personal representatives when that patient may be in crisis and incapacitated, such as during an opioid overdose. 

 

For more information on HIPAA, visit https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/index.html

AHRQ Updates TeamSTEPPS®

AHRQ is modernizing TeamSTEPPS©, its 10-year-old flagship teamwork and communications program, by focusing on online training, with continuing education credits and a mobile app available at no charge. AHRQ offers ready-to-use curricula, including the base curriculum and specialty modules for office-based care providers, long-term care settings and rapid response teams.

MMIC, UMIA and AR Mutual will present a webinar, TeamSTEPPS© to enhance your culture of safety, on November 1, 2017 at 12:00 noon CT.

Register Here.

National Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Program

AHRQ, in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and NORC at The University of Chicago, created the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use to develop and implement a bundle of interventions designed to improve antibiotic stewardship and antibiotic prescribing practices across acute care, long-term care, and ambulatory care facilities across the United States.

Acute-care hospitals across the United States and Puerto Rico can now register for this 12-month project, which begins in December 2017. Register for one of the informational webinars to learn how participation can benefit your patients and hospital.

Future cohorts are planned for long-term care facilities (beginning December 2018) and ambulatory and urgent care facilities (December 2019).

September is Sepsis Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently launched Get Ahead of Sepsis, an educational initiative emphasizing the importance of early recognition and timely treatment of sepsis, as well as the importance of preventing infections that could lead to sepsis.

Sepsis clinical resources https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/clinicaltools/index.html
Surviving Sepsis clinical guidelines http://www.survivingsepsis.org/Guidelines/Pages/default.aspx
Surviving Sepsis improvement bundles http://www.survivingsepsis.org/Bundles/Pages/default.aspx

Constellation Announces Sale Of Health IT Business to Med Tech Solutions

Minneapolis – July 12, 2017 – Constellation, Inc., today announced the sale of its Health Information Technology (IT) business unit to Med Tech Solutions, (MTS), an information technology and cloud computing company serving U.S. health care companies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“In seeking a buyer for our Health IT business unit, we sought a company that would continue to serve our Health IT customers and protect the jobs of our employees,” said Bill McDonough, Constellation president and CEO.

“We are delighted that MTS intends to do both. The company is exclusively dedicated to services and solutions for health care customers and is experienced in the electronic medical record applications our customers use,” said McDonough.  “In addition, MTS intends to retain the majority of our employees.” 

Almost a year ago, Constellation announced plans to sell its HIT unit to JDL Technologies. After several delays and the expiration of JDL’s letter of intent to purchase, Constellation announced it would consider other buyers. 

The sale of Constellation’s Health IT business comes as the company implements a growth strategy aimed at augmenting its traditional medical liability insurance business with an array of support and risk-management services for health care providers challenged by a changing landscape.

About Constellation
Minneapolis-based Constellation is a holding company of policyholder-owned insurers and other organizations providing medical liability insurance and services that support physicians and other health care providers. Through partnerships offering solutions that help providers deliver better quality patient care, a better patient experience and lower costs of care, Constellation, founded in 2012, aims to become a leader in health care provider support and risk solutions. For more information, visit: www.ConstellationMutual.com.

About Med Tech Solutions
Med Tech Solutions is a leading national health care cloud computing company that works exclusively with payers and providers to provide simple and cost-effective health information technology and cloud solutions. MTS is headquartered in Valencia, CA., with regional offices in St. Louis and Morristown, N.J. For more information, visit: www.medtechsolutions.com.

Contact
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onstellation, Inc.
Heidi Thom, 952-838-6706
Heidi.thom@constellationmutual.com

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