Friday at Five – Our Lists of Five Continue

Is five a magic number that people will click on to find out what’s on the list? Is it just the right number you think you have the time to read? I don’t know but there are lots of lists out there with 5 things you should know. These got me to click through and I think they were worth sharing.

EHR Best Practices for Remote Providers

Samantha Eubanks, Content Specialist, Iris Telehealth
Twitter: @IrisTelehealth

Every healthcare organization has to strike a balance between ease of use and security when it comes to their EHR. And, if an organization is utilizing a virtual solution, like telepsychiatry, there are several special considerations to keep in mind.

Thankfully, there are best practices your organization can implement to ensure your teams are set up for success.

5 Tips for Today’s Immunization Program Leaders

Tonya Philbrick-Labbe, Senior Product Manager, Gainwell Technologies
Twitter: @GainwellTech

The last few years have yielded many new or different challenges in the wake of COVID-19 and its numerous variants. Employers in most industries are experiencing a shortage of employees, resulting in overworked staff and reduced hours in some cases. The healthcare industry is in the same boat, with a massive turnover of ~47% among immunization program managers (Source: Public Comment: July 22, 2021 ACIP Emergency Meeting – Association of Immunization Managers). This is a combined result of pandemic burnout, individuals retiring or finding new positions, a lack of access to the right resources and other factors creating this perfect storm.

Given that we need people to serve in the vital role of immunization program manager, I thought it might be helpful to offer some guidance to support people currently in this role or considering it. I’ve served in the Maine Immunization Program for 23 years—the last 10 as the director—and would like to share five valuable tips for succeeding in this role as you gain knowledge and expertise.

Breach Prevention: 5 Best Practices to Protect Your Data

Twitter: @MROCorp

It is well known that there has been a digital boom in various industries from retail to education to, of course, healthcare. Noticeably, with the expansion of digital comes a surge in data breaches particularly in the healthcare industry. With this surge comes a great need for proper breach prevention tactics.

In 2021, more than 550 organizations reported healthcare data breaches to HHS, impacting more than 40 million individuals, with a single data breach estimated to cost $9 million. Considering record-breaking inflation, it is safe to assume that this number will continue to soar.

5 tips for building an effective cost reduction program

Lisa Eramo, MA, Contributor to HFMA
Twitter: @hfmaorg

An HFMA-Strata survey found only 6% of hospitals characterize the effectiveness of their cost reduction programs as extremely effective. One commonality among the most successful programs? Formal, ongoing cost reduction processes.

Nearly 89% of healthcare organizations have some type of cost reduction program in place; however, only 6% say their program is extremely effective, according to a recent HFMA poll.

This trend was identified in a 2022 survey of 185 healthcare finance, accounting and revenue cycle executives, sponsored by Strata Decision Technology. Other findings included:

5 Ways to Drop Your Stroke Risk

Michael Hunter MD written in Medium
Twitter: @Medium

Several factors make it more likely that you will suffer from a stroke. Today we’ll explore who is at risk and the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

A stroke happens when something interrupts the blood supply to a part of the brain or a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Either event leads to brain cell damage or death. Our brain needs oxygen, delivered by arteries carrying oxygen-rich blood. Compromise this oxygen delivery, and brain cells begin to die within minutes. Unfortunately, may suffer long-lasting damage, disability, or death.

Let’s briefly explore some lifestyle habits and health conditions that can raise your risk for stroke. We’ll end with five ways you might drop your chances of having a stroke.

There Is Hope: 5 Takeaways from the Great Resignation and the Added Impact on Healthcare Revenue Cycle

Twitter: @akasahealth

The Great Resignation has significantly affected all industries in the U.S., but suffice to say, healthcare has been one of the hardest hit. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare is among the top three industries with a 3% rise in monthly “quits rate” in November. Yet workforce shortages are nothing new to healthcare, with staff turnover rates reaching 19.5% in the last five years. At the same time, wages have steadily increased. This combination has led to increased costs and lost productivity every time an organization has a team member resign.