The bottom line: All hospitals and other healthcare organizations need to be careful about protecting sensitive patient, financial and other data.
Doing so requires a mix of employee education, smart use of technology and physical security for buildings.
Aside from being expensive, healthcare data breaches are also pretty widespread.
Other health care concerns covered by HEDIS are immunizations, cancer screenings, treatment after heart attacks, diabetes, asthma, flu shots, access to services, dental care, alcohol and drug dependence treatment, timeliness of handling phone calls, prenatal and postpartum care, mental health care, well-care or preventive visits, inpatient utilization, drug utilization, and distribution of members by age, sex, and product lines.
IAC is recognizing the stellar examples of influenza vaccination mandates in healthcare settings.
The best way to prevent transmission of influenza to our patients is to mandate vaccination of healthcare personnel.
An incentive for many health plans to collect HEDIS data is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement that health maintenance organizations (HMOs) submit Medicare HEDIS data in order to provide HMO services for Medicare enrollees under a program called Medicare Advantage.
HEDIS was originally titled the "HMO Employer Data and Information Set" as of version 1.0 of 1991. For example, a measure for the length of stay after giving birth was deleted after legislation mandating minimum length of stay rendered this measure nearly useless.