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Webinar Replay: Are You Ready for Strengthened HIPAA Regulations?

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On April 26 2016, HMA Information Services hosted the webinar, “‘Business Associates’ Redefined: What Healthcare Organizations Need to Know to Comply with Strengthened HIPAA Regulations.”

Attention healthcare providers, managed care plans and other entities that are covered by HIPAA regulations pertaining to patient data. Your relationship with third-party contractors and other outside “business associates” is coming under increased regulatory scrutiny from the federal government. Revised HIPAA rules have created important new responsibilities and instituted new penalties related to “business associates” who handle personal health information or personal health records for covered entities.

During this webinar, HMA experts Heidi Robbins Brown and Margarita Pereyda, MD outline the new regulations, provide a framework for protecting patient data, and present a set of best practices your organization and business associates can use in efforts to ensure HIPAA compliance. Listen to the recording and:

  • Understand the new enforcement tools and penalties established by the strengthened HIPAA regulations and identify your organization’s most likely areas of vulnerability.
  • Obtain best practices for contracting with business associates, monitoring HIPAA compliance and ensuring accountability.
  • Find out how to work collaboratively with business associates, agreeing upon clear expectations and keeping the lines of communication open in the event of a problem.
  • Learn how to identify business associates who aren’t in compliance with federal HIPAA regulations and help establish a plan of remediation.

The slide deck for this webinar can be retrieved by clicking the “DOWNLOAD” button below.

The content of these materials is for general informational purposes and does not constitute a guarantee of compliance or legal advice. Please contact HMA if you would like to learn more about this topic or to schedule a consultation.

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Webinar Replay: Trauma-Informed Care

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On April 26 2016, HMA Information Services hosted the webinar, “Trauma-Informed Care: Overview and Best Practices in Patient Screening.”

More than three-quarters of Medicaid recipients report experiences of trauma and violence during their childhoods. These experiences may include verbal, physical or sexual abuse; living in poverty or violent surroundings, including war zones; or living with family members who struggle with substance abuse, mental illness or extreme disability. Research demonstrates that there is a direct correlation between traumatic experiences and the 10 most common causes of death in the United States.

The U.S. healthcare system continues to struggle to reach this high-risk population, many whom also have multiple comorbid chronic health conditions. It is imperative that today’s patient-centered and whole-person healthcare teams take a proactive trauma-informed approach to care delivery. Trauma-informed care begins by first understanding the problem and then identifying patients who have endured or witnessed over the course of their lives any number of adverse or traumatic experiences.

During this webinar, HMA experts Karen Hill, PhD, MSN, ANP-C; Laurie Lockert, MS, LPC; and Jeffrey Ring, PhD, provide information about the biopsychosocial impact of adverse and traumatic experiences; identify screening tools; and explore how provider practices can support this at-risk population. Listen to the recording and:

  • Understand adverse/traumatic experiences and trauma-informed care delivery.
  • Examine the correlation between trauma and physical health as well as the importance of integrating treatment through trauma-informed care.
  • Identify who is at risk for adverse or traumatic experiences.
  • Learn how to recognize and mitigate patient behaviors that often are the result of trauma.
  • Discuss screening tools for primary care practices.

The slide deck for this webinar can be retrieved by clicking the “DOWNLOAD” button below.

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Webinar Replay: Empowered Leadership Can Transform Care for Vulnerable Populations

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On April 19, 2016, HMA Information Services hosted the webinar, “Empowered Leadership Can Transform Care for Vulnerable Populations.”

The emerging transformation of healthcare delivery for safety net populations is forcing clinical and administrative leaders into unfamiliar territory. Successful leadership requires an enhanced set of skills, combining the traditional emphasis on clinical proficiency with the kind of non-traditional leadership qualities necessary to engage teams, impact delivery system transformation, and respond to community, social, and clinical needs.

During this webinar, experts from Rush University Medical Center and Health Management Associates outlined strategies for developing a deep bench of collaborative leaders and empowered providers – the kind necessary to prepare your organization for the challenges of a changing healthcare environment. Listen to the recording and:

  • Understand how the emerging transformation of the healthcare delivery system is driving the demand for leadership and team development skills.
  • Utilize a framework for guiding the assessment of leadership capacity for transforming care across your organization.
  • Identify best practices and skillsets of the most effective leadership teams.
  • Understand the importance of engaged leaders in the transformation process

The slide deck for this webinar can be retrieved by clicking the “DOWNLOAD” button below.

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Webinar Replay: ‘Business Associates’ Redefined: What You Need to Know to Comply with Strengthened HIPAA Regulations

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This webinar was held on April 26, 2016. 

Attention healthcare providers, managed care plans and other entities that are covered by HIPAA regulations pertaining to patient data. Your relationship with third-party contractors and other outside “business associates” is coming under increased regulatory scrutiny from the federal government. Revised HIPAA rules have created important new responsibilities and instituted new penalties related to “business associates” who handle personal health information or personal health records for covered entities.

During this webinar, HMA experts Heidi Robbins Brown and Margarita Pereyda, MD will outline the new regulations, provide a framework for protecting patient data, and present a set of best practices your organization and business associates can use in efforts to ensure HIPAA compliance.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the new enforcement tools and penalties established by the strengthened HIPAA regulations and identify your organization’s most likely areas of vulnerability.
  • Obtain best practices for contracting with business associates, monitoring HIPAA compliance and ensuring accountability.
  • Find out how to work collaboratively with business associates, agreeing upon clear expectations and keeping the lines of communication open in the event of a problem.
  • Learn how to identify business associates who aren’t in compliance with federal HIPAA regulations and help establish a plan of remediation.

HMA Speakers
Heidi Robbins Brown, JD, Principal, Seattle
Margarita Pereyda, MD, Principal, Southern California

Who Should Attend
Executives of Medicaid managed care plans, hospitals, health systems, and clinics serving Medicaid populations; state and federal regulators and healthcare policy analysts; Medicaid directors and staff; state and federal officials for public health.

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Webinar Replay: Targeting Readmissions

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On March 30, 2016, HMA Information Services hosted the webinar, “Targeting Readmissions: A Collaborative Strategy for Hospitals, Health Plans and Local Communities.”

Even as hospitals work to reduce readmissions through internal quality improvement efforts, local healthcare communities must also play an active role in addressing factors outside the hospital’s control. The truth is that a significant percentage of hospital readmissions are associated with community-related factors such as unemployment, poverty, lack of education, and inadequate access to care.

During this webinar, HMA experts outline the rationale for a collaborative approach to reducing readmissions, involving hospitals, health plans, community-based organizations, and other providers who can address cultural and community-related factors that impact healthcare outcomes. Listen to the replay and:

  • Understand the role that community-related and demographic factors play in driving hospital readmissions, including a look at the most recent research.
  • Identify successful partnerships and programs in which collaborative care can reduce hospital readmissions and improve care quality and outcomes.
  • Find out how team communications, early discharge, care management, and follow-up are key components of any readmissions strategy during and after discharge.
  • Understand the economic and business rationale for hospitals to develop strong collaborative efforts to address readmissions.

The slide deck for this webinar can be retrieved by clicking the “DOWNLOAD” button below.

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Webinar Replay: Trauma-Informed Care: Overview and Best Practices in Patient Screening

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This webinar was held on April 26, 2016. 

More than three-quarters of Medicaid recipients report experiences of trauma and violence during their childhoods. These experiences may include verbal, physical or sexual abuse; living in poverty or violent surroundings, including war zones; or living with family members who struggle with substance abuse, mental illness or extreme disability. Research demonstrates that there is a direct correlation between traumatic experiences and the 10 most common causes of death in the United States.

The U.S. healthcare system continues to struggle to reach this high-risk population, many whom also have multiple comorbid chronic health conditions. It is imperative that today’s patient-centered and whole-person healthcare teams take a proactive trauma-informed approach to care delivery. Trauma-informed care begins by first understanding the problem and then identifying patients who have endured or witnessed over the course of their lives any number of adverse or traumatic experiences.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand adverse/traumatic experiences and trauma-informed care delivery.
  • Examine the correlation between trauma and physical health as well as the importance of integrating treatment through trauma-informed care.
  • Identify who is at risk for adverse or traumatic experiences.
  • Learn how to recognize and mitigate patient behaviors that often are the result of trauma.
  • Discuss screening tools for primary care practices.

HMA Speakers
Karen Hill, PhD, MSN, ANP-C, Senior Consultant, San Francisco
Laurie Lockert, MS, LPC, Senior Consultant, Portland, OR
Jeffrey Ring, PhD, Principal, Southern California

Who Should Attend
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners; executives of health systems, physician practices, FQHCs, and other provider organizations; executives of Medicaid managed care plans; Medicaid directors and staff.