• It’s Easy to Secure I.T.! - Cloud Solutions

    By Kindred Healthcare

    ss06015Cloud-based services are applications or infrastructure that users access via the Internet. While cloud solutions can be easy to set up and are affordable compared to traditional IT infrastructure and software, there are risks that need to be considered when reviewing cloud-based services for use at Kindred. The Contract Policy for Third Parties Hosting Kindred Data is a new Enterprise policy that governs the review and acquisition of all types of cloud-based services. The following highlights the policy and some questions to ask when considering a cloud-based solution: 

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  • It’s Easy to Secure I.T.! - Removable Media

    By Kindred Healthcare
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    In our fast paced, digitally driven world, we are becoming accustomed to having business and personal information on hand whenever and wherever we need it. Though convenient and flexible, removable media such as flash drives, external hard drives, CDs/DVDs and smart phones can pose risks to Kindred networks and sensitive data.

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  • It’s Easy to Secure I.T.! - Workstation Security

    By Kindred Healthcare

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     It's easy to feel a sense of security about your work-space, but even in locations with strong physical security it's important to secure sensitive data when you're away, sometimes called a "clean desk policy." Why? You never know when there may be visitors in the building, including vendors or even employees from other parts of the business who are not authorized to view sensitive information you have access to. Keep your work-space secure by following these best practices:

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  • Healthcare Headlines - February 2016

    By Kindred Healthcare

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    AHA Urges Congress to Remove Legal Barriers to Value-Based Payment Arrangements

    Congress should adopt a single broad exception to federal fraud and abuse laws for financial relationships designed to foster collaboration, efficiencies and improvements in health care, AHA told leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees today. Read More   

    How a New Payment Stream Could Come to Senior Care

    As baby boomers age over the next several decades, the demand for senior care options will increase-and there currently are limited ways for middle-income earners to pay for these services. Read More  

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  • Healthcare Headlines Week of January 18, 2016

    By Kindred Healthcare

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    Are Dual-Eligible Demos Succeeding? GAO Says it Will Be Hard to Tell

    The CMS needs to do a better job overseeing the 12 state-administered demonstration programs intended to improve care of people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Read More   

    AHA Issue Brief Looks at Bundled Payment Initiatives

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Bundled Payment for Care Improvement and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement initiatives will be important tests of how well Medicare bundled payment efforts can encourage hospitals, physicians, and post-acute care providers to coordinate care to lower spending and improve quality and the patient experience, according to an issue brief released today by the AHA. Read More  

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  • In Case of Emergency... How a Cell Phone Can Save Your Life

    By Maggie Cunningham
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    Every day, patients are brought into emergency rooms or other medical scenarios. Often, depending on their symptoms and situations, they are unable to let the clinicians know certain medical information that may be critical to their care and recovery. As medical providers, Kindred Healthcare and our clinicians are familiar with patients' medical information as it pertains to charts, patient interactions and patient advocates. While our facilities generally don't operate typical emergency room settings, we understand the benefits of having your medical information on hand in case of emergency.

    Over the years, many of us have been advised to save our next-of-kin or emergency contacts in our contacts list under the moniker "ICE," short for "In Case of Emergency." The problem with this practice in today's world is that many of us lock our phones, so no emergency medical providers or first responders would ever be able to access a full list of contacts.

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  • Healthcare Headlines Week of January 11, 2016

    By Kindred Healthcare

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    Healthcare Expected to Drive Big M&A Activity Again in 2016

    Healthcare providers and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are expected to produce the most merger and acquisitions activity this year behind only the technology sector, according to a new survey by accounting and consulting giant KPMG. Read More   

    Twenty Years in, the Hospitalist Landscape is Shifting-and Prompting New Debates

    The drive for efficiency in health care has led to a boom in hospitalists-and growing pains for the profession as hospitals seek to increase efficiency and demonstrate high quality outcomes, reports the New York Times. Read More  

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  • Healthcare Headlines Week of January 04, 2016

    By Kindred Healthcare

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    Location, Location, Location May Impact Hospital Readmission Rates

    The socio-economic status of patients in a given community may explain some of the variation in hospital 30-day readmission rates. Read More

    At the Hospital, Better Responses to Those Beeping Alarms

    In hospitals, alarms on patient-monitoring devices create a cacophony of noise day and night-beeping, pinging and ringing so often that doctors and nurses ignore them, turn them off or just stop hearing them. Read More

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  • Federal Health IT Policy

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Larry Wolf, Kindred’s Health Information Technology Strategist, spoke at the
    Larry addressed the importance of information technology as one component for improving care. He reviewed the changes over the past few years that have resulted in widespread adoption of electronic health records and the beginnings of their use to improve care coordination. Looking to the future, he discussed the opportunity created by the IMPACT Act of 2014 which will require interoperable information in a few key areas that include functional and cognitive status, medications and care preferences.
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  • Break-out Session Addresses Care Assessments

    By Kindred Healthcare
    CIS Pam Duncan Nov 12 3:00 aIn a break-out session at the 2014 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium, Pam Duncan, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FAHA, Wake Forest Baptist Health, spoke to a small group attendees about the evolution she feels is necessary in the development and use of care assessment tools.

     

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