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August 1, 2010

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  • Text may not always be enough when giving written instructions

    Some say a picture is worth a thousand words. People in the field of patient education might add the word: "sometimes."
  • Tailor education on heart disease to women

    A one-size-fits-all education about heart disease is not a good strategy, according to Holly Andersen, MD, director of education and outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.
  • Cancer education in the workplace

    Education about a cancer diagnosis and the impact of treatment is not limited only to patients and family members treated at OhioHealth Cancer Services in Columbus, OH. Cancer education sometimes extends to patients' colleagues in their workplace
  • Patient flow takes on new importance

    As hospitals face cuts in reimbursement and patients who become insured under health care reform legislation seek care, moving patients safely and quickly through the continuum of care is going to become important, experts say.
  • Communication key to improving throughput

    Improved communication, coordination, and collaboration among all members of the treatment team is the key to improving patient throughput, says Roxanne Tackett, RN, MBA, vice president of clinical services for Compirion Healthcare Solutions, a health care consulting firm with headquarters in Elk Grove, WI.
  • Don't violate patient privacy regs for anyone

    Have you ever been put into the uncomfortable position of being asked for confidential health information about an employee by a senior leader or administrator? Be ready for this "sticky situation," as it may violate patient privacy regulations, says Patricia B. Strasser, PhD, RN, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN, principal of Partners in BusinessHealth Solutions in Toledo, OH.
  • Know penalties for privacy reg violations

    The unauthorized release of employee health information can result in civil, and sometimes criminal, liability under both federal and state laws. For example, covered individuals under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) face civil fines ranging from $100 to $25,000, depending on one's level of intent. Criminal penalties include fines ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to 10 years.