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New SAMHSA rule reduces required consent for substance abuse records

February 21st, 2018 | Posted in Uncategorized

Appropriate sharing of records for patients with substance abuse disorders should be easier under a second final rule issued Jan. 3 by HHS and its Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). But in some cases, the new rule adds some considerations that might mitigate the advantage. Rules for handling patient records that includeRead More

End-of-life advice: More than 500,000 chat on Medicare’s dime

August 15th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized

By JoNel Aleccia | Kaiser Health News The 90-year-old woman in the San Diego-area nursing home was quite clear, said Dr. Karl Steinberg. She didn’t want aggressive measures to prolong her life. If her heart stopped, she didn’t want CPR. But when Steinberg, a palliative care physician, relayed those wishes to the woman’s daughter, the younger womanRead More

Navigating Aging: Project creates playbook for managing problems in the last chapter of life

March 14th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Long-Term Care, Patient Tools, Quality Care, Uncategorized

By Judith Graham | Kaiser Health News CHICAGO — At least once a day, Dr. Lee Ann Lindquist gets an urgent phone call. “Mom fell and is in the hospital,” a concerned middle-aged son might report. “Dad got lost with the car, and we need to stop him from driving,” a distraught middle-aged daughter may explain.Read More

Expect growing provider emphasis on advance care planning to spur patient conversations

February 14th, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized

Remind patients to have and keep updated advance directives to include with their electronic health records (EHR). Doctors will be asking about advance directives even more now that CMS committed last year to paying them for those conversations during annual wellness visits (AWV). Medicare paid providers $15.9 million for advance care planning services provided toRead More

New patients’ rights requirements, rule changes may help clients in need of services

January 17th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Long-Term Care, Quality Care, Uncategorized

Recent announcements from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could help make getting care for your clients a little easier, including the possibility that providers can offer transportation to and from appointments, benefits to financially needy patients and new requirements for clear instructions to patients who require home health services. Providers can nowRead More

Large employer health plans could also see some impacts from Obamacare overhaul

January 17th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage, Uncategorized

By Michelle Andrews | Kaiser Health News While many consumers may think that an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to impact them because their health insurance is through their job at a big company, that’s not exactly true. Several of the law’s provisions apply to plans offered by large employers too (with some exceptions forRead More

Take wait-and-see approach when fielding patient questions on post-election changes

November 15th, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized

As questions come in from patients who may be wondering how the change in presidential administration may impact their health care, stay informed but refrain from offering opinions because the health care industry is in flux right now, recommend patient advocacy experts. President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to repeal the controversial Affordable CareRead More