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April 2019

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TeleQuality Now Offering Security Assessment Services

In today’s volatile cybersecurity landscape, it’s critical that healthcare organizations identify their vulnerabilities and risks.

TeleQuality is excited to share that we now offer a comprehensive menu of security assessment services designed to help healthcare organizations pinpoint and patch network vulnerabilities.

Visit our website to learn how TQ's security assessments can help you discover hidden vulnerabilities and identify critical steps to remediate gaps in your network security.

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Join TQ in Celebrating National
Hospital Week 2019!

At TQ, we’re honored to serve hospitals every day through our networking and technology solutions. Join us May 12-18 as we celebrate National Hospital Week 2019! Hosted by the American Hospital Association (AHA), National Hospital Week celebrates hope and healing, and the hospitals, health systems, and the women and men who support the health and well-being of their communities through dedication and care from the heart.

Want to get involved? Read our latest blog post to discover how you can participate and join the conversation.

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Industry News

CMS Floats $887M Boost in Medicare Skilled Nursing Payments in Fiscal 2020

Skilled Nursing News (4/19/19) - Maggie Flynn

Under a proposed rule issued by CMS on April 19, skilled nursing facilities could get an $887 million increase in aggregate payments in 2020. Read the new proposal in this Skilled Nursing News article.

Physician Telehealth Use up 340% Since 2015, Survey Finds

Healthcare Dive (4/17/19) - Meg Bryant

Between 2015 and 2018 physician adoption of telehealth shot up 340% from 5% to 22%, a new American Well survey of 800 physicians shows. Read a breakdown of the survey's findings in this Healthcare Dive article.

Healthcare Again Tops Industries for Cybersecurity Attacks, Data Breaches

Healthcare Dive (4/11/19) - Meg Bryant

In the latest Data Security Incident Reponse Report, healthcare again led all industries in cybersecurity breaches in 2018. The report also found health information was the 2nd most at-risk type of data in cyber incidents. Visit this Healthcare Dive brief for analysis and breakdown on this critical cybersecurity report for healthcare.

CMS Releases 2019 Telehealth Fact Sheet for Medicare

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

CMS recently released its 2019 Medicare Fact Sheet for Telehealth Services which outlines what services the program will reimburse if delivered via telehealth. The 2019 Fact Sheet includes changes that were made by two pieces of legislation passed in 2018, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA) and the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (Support Act). Read the full fact sheet here.

Healthcare Breaches Reported in March Exposed Data of 883,000 People

Modern Healthcare (4/12/19) - Jessica Kim Cohen

In 31 reported breaches from providers, health plans, and their business associates, more than 883,000 people had data exposed in healthcare breaches last month. Read the staggering statistics and their impact on the healthcare industry in this Modern Healthcare article.

The CIO’s Role in Promoting Cybersecurity (4/15/19) - Michael Saad

How should healthcare CIOs promote and handle cybersecurity initiatives in an era of increasing healthcare breaches? Check out this informational blog post from Michael Saad, VP & CIO of the University of Tennessee Medical Center, who breaks down how CIOs can tackle prioritizing funding, bridging gaps, increasing awareness and communication, and building IT roadmaps for healthcare cybersecurity initiatives.

CMS to Launch New Direct-Contracting Pay Models in 2020

Modern Healthcare (4/22/19) - Susannah Luthi

On April 22nd, CMS launched a double-pronged strategy to shift primary care from fee-for-service payments to a global fee model where clinicians and hospitals could assume varying amounts of risk. Get the deails on this ambitious strategy in this Modern Healthcare article.

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