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September Vital Sounds

Register NOW for KAMMCO’s 2018 Fall Loss Prevention Program |

There is just one week left to register for KAMMCO’s Fall 2018 Loss Prevention Program “Provider Safety: Managing Patient Aggression and Violence in the Healthcare Setting,” presented by Monica Cooke, CEO/Consultant of Quality Plus Solutions, LLC.  

2018 Kansas Medical Society Annual Meeting: September 22 |

Plan to join your colleagues at the upcoming KMS Annual Meeting, Saturday, September 22, at the KMS office, 623 SW 10th Ave., Topeka from 9 am-2:30 pm. A key portion of the event is a facilitated, open discussion of important topics facing medicine in Kansas, including the challenges regarding opioid abuse and the physician’s role in that changing environment.

Healthcare needs to catch-up; it’s time to #killthefax |

In medical facilities throughout the country, physicians, nurses, and staff are placing medical records in a tray, dialing a number, pressing send to fax private health information across town, across the state, or around the world. According to one private firm’s estimate, 75 percent of all healthcare communications are sent by fax. Isn’t it time we change this picture and #killthefax?

Impromptu Rounding for Safety |

As the seasons change so can the surfaces of the facility and adjacent structures. Periodic impromptu rounding throughout the campus to identify potential safety issues for patients, visitors and staff can prevent potential liability claims from occurring along with work comp injuries. It is important impromptu rounding never take the place of regularly scheduled formal safety rounds complete with checklists and action plan documentation; however, identifying and acting on smaller issues as they arise may make formal safety rounds less cumbersome.  

KHIN 101: Patient Query and Direct Messaging Training |

New employees start, responsibilities change, new processes develop. KHIN understands, and plans to offer four new user training webinars in September!  

Tips from the Trenches: Claims Update |

Specialty: Family Practice with Surgery  

Study Published in Applied Clinical Informatics Based on Kansas Health Information Network Data |

Applied Clinical Informatics recently published “Using Clinical Data Standards to Measure Quality: A New Approach,” a peer reviewed article based on a study utilizing data from the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN), one of the largest health information exchanges in the nation with over 10,000 providers and almost 6 million patients.  

Don’t Miss Out - 2019 Premium Credit Opportunities Expire September 30 |

KAMMCO continues to offer an online curriculum through Med-IQ (formerly ELM) for both CME and possible premium credit for eligible members. The courses can be accessed 24/7 from any computer (or mobile device) with internet capability through the KAMMCO website.

Releasing Medical Records Created by Other Providers |

Q. A patient requested a copy of her medical records that contained treatment notes originated by another medical provider. Should we release all of the records in our possession or only the records created by our office?  

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2019 Medicare Quality |

InJuly, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed policies for Year 3 (2019) of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The provisions included in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) are reflective of the feedback received from stakeholders. CMS continues to provide additional flexibilities to reduce burden and smooth the transition so doctors and other clinicians can spend more time with patients.CMS is seeking comment on a variety of proposals in the NPRM; comments are due bySeptember 10.