New PA and NP Privileges in Idaho Hospitals

Historically, privileges to admit patients to Idaho hospitals and healthcare facilities were reserved only to physicians, thus creating a limitation for physician assistants and nurse practitioners who were not permitted to admit their patients when necessary for their care. This limitation has become outdated and burdensome due to the expanding roles of physician assistants and nurse practitioners in health care … Read More

Does Ransomware make you WannaCry?

On May 12, 2017, a worldwide ransomware attack assaulted businesses and government entities in 150 countries, including Britain’s national health system, FedEx, Spain’s Telefónica, and the Russian Interior Ministry. The virus dubbed “WannaCry” was designed to access servers through vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows software. Many users’ systems were infected by opening a seemingly harmless email. This virus was different from … Read More

CMS Prohibits Arbitration Provisions in LTC Admission Agreements

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks to provide basic protections to residents of long-term care (LTC) facilities in signing an agreement for the arbitration of disputes between residents and LTC facilities. On September 28, 2016, as part of a massive overhaul of consumer protections applicable to LTC facilities, CMS issued a rule prohibiting LTC facilities that accept Medicare … Read More

Do you know how to handle a HIPAA breach?

In the ever-growing world of electronic health records, cloud-based storage, and IT hacks, it is of the utmost importance to know how to handle a breach of protected health information (PHI). Individuals, organizations, and agencies that meet the definition of a covered entity under HIPAA must comply with requirements to protect the privacy and security of health information. Health plans, … Read More