Here at UL, we are thrilled that Joyce Hood is the first occupational health nurse to receive our new Workplace Health and Safety Stewardship Award.
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is the “common language” for all federal, state and local responders. Healthcare must learn to speak that language and function as part of a coordinated multi-agency response. The goal is to strengthen medical surge capacity, and it is not optional. HHS requires hospitals to implement 11 specific NIMS objectives […]
As an industry observer who has interviewed hundreds of human resource professionals in focus group sessions across the country, it seems to me the contributions made by HR folks often go unrecognized, especially in smaller organizations where they are required to wear a pile of hats.
Since the Department of Health and Human Service has again delayed ICD-10 coding implementation, now is a good time to brush up on diagnosis coding skills and improve ICD-9 coding accuracy in your clinic or private medical practice. Accurate coding demonstrates medical necessity and justifies treatment choices by linking them to an appropriate diagnosis, symptom […]
Electronic medical record certification continues to be a hot topic in the healthcare space. The latest conversation is around whether certification and incentive programs should be extended to some of the less mainstream healthcare markets. While no government incentives have been created, Certification Commission for Health Information Technology or CCHIT has instituted certification programs for […]
Healthcare is a rapidly growing industry, and its jobs are among the most risky in the nation. A tradition of caring and giving patient safety top priority has placed healthcare workers at a disadvantage in terms of protecting their own health and well-being.
The greatly anticipated transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding was postponed again on Feb. 15 by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. HHS said the action was taken in response to concerns from the medical community about administrative burdens associated with implementing the new coding system.
We all know there is a significant problem with respect to work-related injuries and illnesses among healthcare workers.
It goes without saying that a lot of things that you don’t want to catch live in a human body. Employees in many occupations, including housekeeping personnel, emergency response team members, and healthcare workers (especially because of needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries) are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. These pathogens include hepatitis B, […]
When I was a senior medical student, I became obsessed with finding the reason why certain of my professors and fellow students were so much better at medical diagnosis than I was. My search for the answer led me to the mathematics of probability theory. I continued my research when I was a surgery resident […]