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June 26, 2014
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ANA SmartBrief Special Report
on Policy Management, Part 2
This special report on policy management covers news related to the ICD-10 transition as well as compliance with social media and HIPAA policies. The delayed ICD-10 transition presents more time for training and preparation. Social media brings wider opportunities for professional improvement but also the risk of unintentional breaches of privacy, as shown in three actual situations outlined in The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a daily concern in health care and directly affects nursing informatics. We hope you'll find the news in this special report on those topics and others useful and interesting. Read Part 1, which was published on May 27.
HIPAA Compliance 
  • Hospital rolls out HIPAA-compliant text messaging service
    Boston Children's Hospital has rolled out TigerText, a HIPAA-compliant mobile service, to allow staff members to easily communicate with one another and exchange important health information, videos and images. In addition, the facility is planning to use a mobile version of Cerner's EHR platform. (6/17)

  • Study finds gaps in patient privacy policies
    Data from the Physicians Practice's 2014 Technology Survey found that despite rising HIPAA violation penalties, only 31% of responding medical practices have enacted rules that govern mobile device use at work, while 61% of respondents appropriately back up data. Thirty-one percent of medical practices have performed a risk analysis, according to the findings. Diagnostic Imaging/Diagnostic Imaging Blog (6/18)
  • App strives to save lives, cut delays
    IPhone application DocSpera provides secure access and collaboration regarding medical information, and more than 1,000 surgeons at 450 facilities have signed up to use it. The communications through voice and video are HIPAA compliant and the app aims to bypass the delay accompanying faxes, voice mails and e-mails in medical care. VentureBeat (6/18)
Definitive Guide to Policy Management for Nurses
If you've been searching for a resource that offers clear and complete answers about efficiently creating and managing your hospital's nursing quality risk manual, employee handbook, code of conduct, and policies and procedures, this is it!
Nurses and Health IT 
  • Nursing informatics is among many less-traveled career paths
    Most nurses work in hospitals at some point in their careers, but employment options are far from limited. Johnson & Johnson's Campaign for Nursing's Future has identified 104 nursing specialties. ANA Senior Policy Fellow Peter McMenamin says nursing informatics and geriatric nursing are two career areas with big potential. Less common nurse pathways include forensics, hospice, corrections, faith-based organizations, schools, telehealth and legal consulting. (6/12)
  • Solutions help users plan ICD-10 conversion costs
    The HIMSS ICD-10 Task Force has released updated versions of the ICD-10 Financial Risk Calculator and the ICD-10 Cost Prediction Model and included them in the group's ICD-10 PlayBook as the ICD-10 Financial Tool Suite. The updated resources will help providers plan for expenses associated with the transition to the new codes. Providers can leverage the cost prediction model to look at the impact of the conversion on project management, revenue cycle and IT use, while the financial risk calculator enables users to identify revenue cycle areas likely to be affected by the transition. Health Data Management (6/19)
  • Expert shares 5 tips for leveraging ICD-10 delay
    Many health groups participating in a recent webinar said the delay in the ICD-10 compliance deadline will necessitate major changes to their ICD-10 strategy, while some said they plan to stay the course. During the webinar, Summer Humphreys of Beacon Partners offered ways for providers to capitalize on the ICD-10 delay, including devising a clinical-document-improvement initiative and evaluating computer-assisted coding preparedness. Healthcare Informatics online (6/6)
  • WEDI recommends aggressive plan for ICD-10 transition
    The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange recently submitted a letter to HHS suggesting a more aggressive ICD-10 conversion plan to address disruption to the industry that might occur due to the delay in the transition deadline. The organization detailed steps that HHS should implement to ensure a successful ICD-10 transition, such as boosting industry testing, launching or supporting limited pilots, and enhancing education for providers. Healthcare Informatics online (6/5)
ANA Resources 
  • How can your organization promote a culture of safety?
    ANA's "Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards" will help prevent injuries and protect nurses and other health care workers. The guide contains the eight overarching SPHM national interprofessional standards, which address the responsibilities of the employer or health care organization and those of health care workers and ancillary/support staff across the care continuum. Help your organization promote a culture of safety through the development of effective SPHM programs. Learn more and order your copy!

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