Richard Sem, CPP CSC, president of Burlington, WI-based Sem Security Management, has performed security and violence management assessments at dozens of hospitals and clinics. Thirteen of the assessments were done after “active shooter” incidents occurred.
The CMS recently proposed new standards intended to enhance patient safety and improve the quality of care in hospitals. Among several initiatives, the rule seeks to reduce overuse of antibiotics and implement comprehensive requirements for infection prevention.
Real-time interventions are needed to address issues
April 13, 2016
A registrar is finishing up entering an emergency department patient’s demographic information. Suddenly, a clinician enters the room, closes out the registration screen without saying a word to the registrar, and begins talking to the patient as though the registrar isn’t present.
To prevent potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, “we need to, first, cultivate a culture of privacy within the patient access staff,” says Julie Johnson, CHAM, FHAM, director of patient access and Health Information Management and HIPAA privacy officer at Mount Graham Regional Medical Center in Safford, AZ.