CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

By Anne Sweeney | 9/12/17 11:00 AM

September is National Preparedness Month, and while it typically speaks to families and home life,bigstock--135665363.jpg we see it as an opportunity to talk about the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule. Especially with the November 16th deadline approaching.

We know you’ve been working all year to ensure your organization is compliant with CMS’s new standards. At HospitalPORTAL, we want to help as much as we can. So as you enter the final stretch, here is a checklist we’ve put together for you to ensure you meet the standards. 

Facilities affected by this rule are Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), Hospices, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs), All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Transplant Centers, Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities, Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF/IID), Home Health Agencies (HHAs), Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (CORFs) Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agencies as Providers of Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services, Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facilities.

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How Your Long-Term Care Organization Can Utilize A Policy Manager

By Anne Sweeney | 1/31/17 11:00 AM

Long-term care organizations have had their fair share of critique in terms of cost and competitiveness. Policy_ProcedureP&SImage.pngThat said, those with loved ones in a nursing home, assisted living, etc. want to know that they are receiving the best possible care. Like any healthcare or medical establishment, keeping up-to-date on policies and procedures is major. Not only does it keep you compliant and audit ready, but it ensures your patients are receiving leading care. A policies and procedures management system can work wonders. Besides assisting with compliance, it keeps documents organized, automates workflow to make you more efficient, and integrates easily with your existing portal or system. Here are some of the highlight features of a policy manager that will be most beneficial to your long-term care organization.

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Star Ratings and Patient Satisfaction

By Anne Sweeney | 1/10/17 11:00 AM

CMS Hospital Star ratings have made an impact on patient satisfaction by creating transparency and Depositphotos_42812197_original.jpggiving the patients more control in making informed decisions on what is best for them.

Despite it’s intentions, controversies have swirled around the program, including the introduction of the Hospital Transparency Act to delay the updates of the program, stating the calculations for the ratings were incorrect.

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Evaluate Preparation and Implement an Effective CMS Compliance Program

By Jason Oshita | 7/12/16 12:22 PM

With tight standards and policies, having an effective compliance program that is ready to be audited against is crucial. In addition to ensuring best practices are in place, it's essential to evaluate your own program.Audit_photo.jpg

Are you prepared to be audited against? This step-by-step guide helps you check your preparation and determines if you are CMS compliant and audit-ready. It covers seven elements of an effective compliance program, allowing you to evaluate your organization's CMS readiness.

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By Anne Sweeney | 7/7/16 10:00 AM announced the addition of a new client, Star Valley Medical Center in Afton, WY. Star Valley purchased a Full Intranet Content Management System that includes a built-in Policies and Procedures solution.

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Overcoming Communication Challenges Between Employers and Hourly Employees

By Anne Sweeney | 6/22/16 3:50 PM


Many employers have a challenging time communicating with their hourly workers. We have outlined some tips on ways your organization can reach these employees better.

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4 Reasons NOT to use Sharepoint for your Hospital Intranet

By HospitalPORTAL | 7/31/13 10:03 AM

Choices"Sharepoint is the gold standard for intranets right?" This is what you tend to hear and read around the web. Some folks in your IT department may also have used it in the past at another organization or have had some limited experience using it. The fact is that Sharepoint intranet software can be a great intranet solution; but does it work for small and mid-size hospitals? Our experience tells us no. The majority of small and mid-size hospitals attempting Sharepoint implementations run into the same problems over and over again. I would like to point out some of the challenges that you might consider before wasting a lot of time and effort trying to implement a Sharepoint site.

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