February Educational Webinars

January 29, 2018

Managing Endometriosis in the Rural Primary Care Setting

Endometriosis is a debilitating condition affecting up to 1 in 10 women in the United States. Delays in diagnosis and misdiagnosis are common, and optimal symptom control is challenging, given the limitations of current treatments. Women living in rural areas may be particularly at risk for poor health outcomes due to reduced access to care and a limited number of health care providers. Often, they turn to their primary care provider for evaluation and treatment. In this online CME activity, expert faculty will discuss strategies to improve the diagnosis and management of endometriosis, specifically in the rural primary care practice setting. This case-based program will review the latest advances in diagnosis, the efficacy and limitations of available and emerging treatments, and evidence-based strategies for delivering individualized care to patients with endometriosis.

Learning Objectives:

  • After completing this activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Identify signs and symptoms of endometriosis as well as strategies to improve its timely diagnosis.
  • Develop patient-centered treatment plans for women with endometriosis, based on individual drug characteristics and personal preferences.
  • Describe the role of surgery for endometriosis and the need for ongoing medical management to prevent disease recurrence

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Post-Acute Transitional Care Utilizing the Swing Bed Program: Understanding the Quality and Financial Impact to your Critical Access Hospital

Rural residents across the country have access to fewer healthcare services, lower economic and insurance status, fewer physicians per capita, and higher chronic disease rates than their urban peers. More rural hospitals have closed recently than in the prior 15 years combined (Morgan, 2014). Maintaining long-term viability of CAHs will be essential for rural healthcare delivery. Furthermore, 20% of Medicare patients are hospitalized each year and almost half require care after being discharged from the hospital to assist them in their recovery from serious illnesses.  Allevant developed by Mayo Clinic and Select Medical helps Critical Access Hospitals thrive by establishing Transitional Post-Acute Care Programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to understand the value of developing high-quality Post-Acute Transitional Care in Critical Access Hospitals in response to a growing patient population and demands and challenges in acute care hospitals.
  • Participants will be able to begin to quantify the opportunity, understand the critical steps to initiate, implement and track progress in developing high-quality Post-Acute Transitional

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Cyber Security: Is it Really a Matter of Life or Death?

Yes! Staying ahead of the growing and evolving threat cybercrime poses to your patients, your patients’ data, your hospital, and yourself has become a matter of life or death.

To find the cure for this cyber plague, join the Rural Hospital Insurance of America (RHIA) program manager in conversation with two of America’s leading experts in cyber threat protection, prevention, detection, and response.

Learning Objectives:

  • The common myths that attract cyber risk
  • Five building blocks of patient information safety
  • The typical policy pitfalls to avoid while optimizing your primary mechanism for risk transfer, cyber liability insurance;
  • How to overcome the crushing complexity of compliance, and
  • How modern risk management transforms the cyber liability into a strategic asset.

Patient’s lives are at stake when medical records go missing, are held hostage, or are corrupted by fraudulent use. And, without adequate preparation and protection, a cyber breach can put your hospital’s ability to stay in business at risk. Plus, your liability and the liability of your board could be on the line.

How severe is this risk? Consider what happened in 2017:

  • Over 200,000 data records lost or stolen every hour
  • Cybercriminals paid only $1 for a stolen credit card but shelled out $50 to $350 for a single ePHI record
  • 33% of all Americans’ medical records stolen by year end

With an average of one million new cyber threats released every day and the cost of a data breach to American businesses – including rural hospitals – ranging from $800,000 to $3.6 million, this is a life or death matter.

For an up-to-the-minute assessment of the cyber liability environment and the questions you and your board members should be asking to satisfy your fiduciary duties, register now.

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Improve the Quality & Efficiency of Nurse Onboarding

With national nurse turnover at 17% and the cost of replacing a single nurse estimated to be $37-58K, hospitals need innovative ways to retain nurses and reduce the cost of onboarding. Traditional, one-size-fits-all onboarding programs don’t meet the individual needs of the nurse, can decrease engagement, and waste resources training in areas where a nurse is already proficient. Principles of adult learning prove that an individual’s experiences impact the way he/she learns. Effective education must recognize and build on existing knowledge and skill level.

Join us for this free webinar to learn how your organization can improve the quality and efficiency of your nurse onboarding program. Learn best practices around:

Learning Objectives:

  • Increasing speed of independent practice
  • Ensuring readiness to practice to support quality and safe practice
  • Improving the nurse and preceptor onboarding experience

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