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Editor's e-Note
While the next avalanche of regulatory changes looms in the distance, there’s still HIPAA. Good old HIPAA. It’s befudded and betwixted health care organizations for years.

What prevents hospital leaders from reveling in the knowledge that they have done everything possible to keep their organization in compliance? Perhaps they have strayed too far from the fundamentals.

To perhaps remedy that oversight, this month’s E-News Exclusive produces a short but sweet recap of the latest HIPAA happenings sprinkled with a dose of advice.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
HIPAA Compliance: What Stands in Your Way?
By Troy Young and Bobby Seegmiller

As a provider, you are responsible for protecting your patients’ information. Data access must be restricted both in house and throughout the entire process of electronic protected health information transference among authorized parties. There are many places this safeguarding can go awry, a reality that can be overwhelming to providers in general, and to health information professionals in particular.

Not sure where to begin? You’re not alone. Read on for yearly must-dos, frequent auditor questions, common compliance threats, and go-to guidance tips for a smooth compliance journey.

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AHIMA19 Inspires People to Lead
By Heather Hogstrom

AHIMA General Session attendees received a wooden token stamped with AHIMA’s new mission—”Empowering People to Impact Health”—on one side and “Leader” on the other. While some may think the term “leader” doesn’t apply to them, David Barbe, MD, MHA, past president of the American Medical Association (AMA), pointed out, “Leadership is not a title. It’s how you exert a positive influence in your environment.” Barbe joined AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, and AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, for a discussion on leadership.

What does it take to be a leader in health care? Working through change (because change is constant), having a vision for moving forward, embracing failures and learning from setbacks, developing interpersonal skills, and leading with authenticity by using your voice and standing in your truth are some of the necessary factors mentioned by the panel. They advised attendees to be where the action is because the way you shape your environment is by taking leadership.

AHIMA’s vision includes positioning itself as global health care leaders. “We will not—we cannot—stop until our value is known and we have transformed health care information,” Wylecia Wiggs Harris said. HIM professionals can help by continuing to build a strong house of health information and leading the industry to greater integrity and access.

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Products & Services
Partnership Offers Masters in Global Management Degree
Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management and Dignity Health Global Education have announced a new partnership to offer a Masters in Global Management (MGM) degree with an emphasis on health care services.

The MGM will be offered in spring 2020, and a certificate program in health care management will also be offered in fall 2019. The MGM and certificate programs are designed to help prepare students to explore changes in the health care industry worldwide. They will be useful for professionals in a wide variety of health care services or in services supported by the health care industry. Learn more »

UCLA Health Adopts Microsoft Azure to Better Integrate Data
UCLA Health is deploying Microsoft cloud computing services to enable UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine to synthesize vast amounts of clinical and research data to speed medical discoveries and improve patient care.

Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing service, will provide UCLA Health with a standard platform through which disparate clinical information and research tools can be secured and managed by the health system. The solution will provide UCLA Health with advanced computing tools to more rapidly interpret and mobilize insights from such data and to enhance collaboration among researchers. The platform’s capabilities will also enable UCLA Health to use predictive analytics to aid in disease prevention.

The Azure platform employs industry-leading technology to help protect and secure sensitive data, allowing UCLA Health to continue to ensure compliance with HIPAA. Patient data in UCLA Health’s platform will not be shared with Microsoft as part of this agreement. Learn more »

Tool Provides Automated MIPS Reporting
ClinicTracker, a mental health and substance abuse EHR, has announced a partnership with Health eFilings, a national leader in quality data management and automated Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting.

Health eFilings’ MIPS module seamlessly integrates with the functionality of ClinicTracker and provides a complete turn-key, end-to-end solution that does not require any additional IT or administrative resources. Its customizable web-based dashboard enables health care organizations to leverage the data in ClinicTracker to advance the quality of care, reduce costs, and optimize their performance for CMS reporting. The cloud-based, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology–certified software fully automates the time-consuming process of data extraction, quality measure calculation, and measure prioritization to maximize a practice’s MIPS score (and therefore its Medicare reimbursements). Learn more »
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Here Are the Kind of Data Hackers Get About You From Hospitals
To better protect patients’ sensitive information, research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine studied the specific types of information hackers are after. The majority of breaches compromised demographic or financial data that could be used for identity theft or financial fraud, reports Michigan State University.
Industry Insight
Partnership Digs Into New York Patient Data

Clinithink and Healthix—the largest public health information exchange (HIE) in the United States—are partnering on a program designed to leverage Healthix clinical data to facilitate assessment of pretrial feasibility, ensuring the validity of protocol design. The effectiveness of the collaboration will improve population health in New York City and Long Island by eventually making cutting-edge treatments available to patients.

With health data of more than 17 million individuals, Healthix spans a comprehensive range of organizations, from large hospital systems and health plans to small community health centers and physician practices. More than 1,000 organizations across more than 7,000 facilities are connected through Healthix, contributing a rich clinical data set that is updated with each patient encounter. Clinithink’s artificial intelligence and clinical natural language processing (AI/CNLP) platform will run queries on this HIE data to generate insights that can be used to improve patient well-being, both now and in the future.

“We are constantly looking for ways to deliver enhanced value to our patients and health care community. Our partnership with Clinithink uniquely positions us to support an important industry need by driving innovation and supporting efficiencies in the design and implementation of clinical trials—all while remaining compliant with New York’s privacy policy guidelines,” says Todd M. Rogow, president and CEO of Healthix.

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