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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.

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

CDC Releases New Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection

The CDC recently released the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 2017  and estimates that approximately half of SSIs are deemed preventable using evidence-based strategies. The CDC notes that human and financial costs of treating surgical site infections (SSIs) are increasing, and the number of surgical procedures performed in the United States continues to rise, while surgical patients have increasingly complex comorbidities.

This CDC says this guideline is intended to provide new and updated evidence-based recommendations for the prevention of SSI and should be incorporated into comprehensive surgical quality improvement programs to improve patient safety.

2017 UMIA Live Risk Management Education

UMIA physicians may earn a 5% risk management premium discount by attending a 5-hour session.

April 4, 2017 – Provo Marriott – Provo, Utah
May 11, 2017 – Hilton Garden Inn – Great Falls, Montana 
May 23, 2017 – Hilton Garden Inn – Casper, Wyoming
June 15, 2017 – Hilton Garden Inn – Missoula, Montana
CANCELED – June 21, 2017 – Holiday Inn – Sheridan, Wyoming
August 22, 2017 – Hilton Garden Inn – Bozeman, Montana
September 14, 2017 – Hilton Garden Inn – Ogden, Utah
September 25, 2017 – Hilton Garden Inn – St. George, Utah
November 8, 2017 – Gardner Village – Salt Lake City, Utah

For details contact

UMIA Risk Management and Patient Safety Solutions
Email: Patientsafety@umia.com.

Free Webinar: The Safe Use of Health IT for Patient Identification

Join the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety and ECRI Institute PSO on Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:30-1:30 p.m. CT, as they review the Health IT Safe Practice Toolkit on the Safe Use of Health IT for Patient Identification.
This free webinar is designed to help health care leaders implement the steps outlined in the toolkit. Participants will receive the toolkit, plus the evidence-based literature report, and implementation strategies.
Trish Lugtu, Sr. Manager, Advanced Analytics Solutions, participated on this workgroup to offer an analytical perspective based on malpractice claim data.
Register here

AHRQ Toolkit Designed to Reduce Urinary Tract Infections and Other HAIs in Senior Living Communities

AHRQ has released a new evidence-based toolkit that can help senior living communities reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and other health care-associated infections (HAIs). According to AHRQ, the toolkit provides resources to enhance leadership and staff engagement, teamwork, and safety culture, to facilitate reliable use of evidence-based practices. The toolkit includes instructional materials and resources in infection prevention best practices (e.g., foundational infection prevention strategies, CAUTI prevention, antibiotic stewardship), resident and family engagement, quality improvement, and sustainability to guide your facility through implementing an improvement project to reduce HAIs.

New Toolkit for Patient Identification

The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a multi-stakeholder collaborative convened and operated by ECRI Institute, has released a new toolkit – Health IT Safe Practices: Toolkit for the Safe Use of Health IT for Patient Identification. Thetoolkit outlines eight safe practice recommendations for safe health IT practices for patient identification along with actionable resources to facilitate implementation of the recommendations.

The recommendations are a robust culmination of a multi-stakeholder workgroup based on a deep dive of patient identification-related safety events reported to ECRI Institute PSO. Trish Lugtu, Sr. Manager, Advanced Analytics Solutions, participated on this workgroup to offer an analytical perspective based on malpractice claims data and continues to represent Constellation, a committed Collaborating Organization of the Partnership since 2015.

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