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August Vital Sounds

Online Registration Now Open for KAMMCO's Fall 2018 Loss Prevention Program |

Online registration is now open for KAMMCO's Fall 2018 Loss Prevention Program. For detailed program information and to register online, visit www.kammco.com/events.


Six Lessons Learned from Negative Online Patient Reviews |

Now, more than ever, online patient reviews have the ability to influence healthcare consumers, which can ultimately drive business to or away from your practice.  In all honesty, receiving a negative review feels unfair, right? Instinctively, you would like to respond and give your side of the story.  But before you do, keep in mind by giving your side of the story, you may be violating patient privacy laws.


Medication Reconciliation: A Potential Source of Liability |

Patients experience many transitions navigating the healthcare setting. Transfers to and from acute care facilities, rehab units and long-term care homes are common. Obtaining and maintaining an accurate list of a patient’s medication at every transition of care is imperative for proper medication reconciliation; failure to do so is a potential source of patient harm, leading to adverse drug events, emergency room visits, readmissions and legal liability1.


Clinical Practices Embracing Texting for Basic Patient Communications |

According to a recent poll by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), when it comes to cutting down on patient no-shows and staff time spent confirming appointments, the most preferred and effective method is texting.  


An Update on New Medicare Cards |

As a reminder, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status. Delivery of cards in Kansas began in July 2018.  


New Resources Available from CMS |

CMS has posted new resources on CMS.gov to help eligible clinicians and groups understand their Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) final score, performance feedback, and payment adjustment, as well as the targeted review process. The new resources include:


Keeping Pace with the Interoperability Landscape |

TEFCA, What It Is and How It Will Work The Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) will define standards for interoperability as required by the 21st Century Cures Act signed into law in December 2016. The 21st Century Cures Act contains a number of interoperability requirements, including the creation of a Trusted Exchange Framework being built through TEFCA with oversight by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC).  


LinkCapital Refinancing Solutions Offered to KAMMCO Members |

When it comes to borrowing money, an interest rate is the most important detail to review. It can mean thousands of dollars in payments over the life of a student loan.  A seemingly small reduction in the interst rate could result in significant savings.


ECRI Institute to Continue Hosting Clinical Guideline Resources |

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announced in July the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) website would close. However, ECRI Institute has announced it plans to continue providing this service to the healthcare community.