All healthcare providers will want to make sure that these fixes are applied to all systems as soon as possible as the vulnerabilities will soon be disclosed and could start being used at any time by attackers to try and gain access to your systems and devices.
Microsoft considered this vulnerability so serious that they are issuing and out of band update to as the official fix. For Windows 10 this will be KB4056892.
“We're aware of this industry-wide issue and have been working closely with chip manufacturers to develop and test mitigations to protect our customers. We are in the process of deploying mitigations to cloud services and have also released security updates to protect Windows customers against vulnerabilities affecting supported hardware chips from Intel, ARM, and AMD. We have not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities had been used to attack our customers.”
At this time Windows 7 and 8 users can manually download and install the update or they can wait until patch Tuesday to receive it automatically via Windows Update.
Researchers disclosed that almost all modern processors are affected by two exploits, called Meltdown and Spectre. These two exploits can be used by attackers to gain access to things such as passwords, emails and other sensitive information.
Patches are also available for other operating systems including Linux, MacOS and more. You should check with your vendor to find out how to get and apply the necessary updates to your systems.
Being in the healthcare field means your agency needs to pay attention to threats such as this and make sure that mitigation steps are taken in a timely fashion. Of course, your agency should always follow good security practices to protect against malware and these measures can often also help protect against new exploits until updates can be applied.
Value Based Purchasing
The highest performing HHAs will receive an increase in reimbursement payments. The lowest performing agencies will see their payments reduced. Payers other than Medicare have also begun to use quality data in reimbursement calculations.
The subset of measures for VBP has two categories: outcomes and value based aggregates. Outcomes must show improvement while aggregates receive points just for reporting.
Our Quality Measures Dashboards includes what an agency needs to identify shortcomings with VBP measures, evaluate its Star Ratings against the competition, and measure its progress for improvement.
HealthWare provides a complete software solution to manage the clinical and financial needs of your home care agency while maintaining regulatory requirements. Its ease of use and comprehensive home health specific features help your agency improve in areas such as communication, outcomes, and reimbursement, as well as reduces operating costs. Since HealthWare’s applications are seamlessly integrated, information flows smoothly from intake, to scheduling, and clinical, then feeds directly into billing for timely reimbursement and accurate reporting.
With HealthWare you can provide better quality care, more efficiently, without worrying about compliance. All patient records can be safely kept in HealthWare‘s secure EMR, including collaborations between departments using TeamWork. No need to print clinical documents, both clinicians and patients can sign electronically, and physicians can sign digitally using the Physician Portal. Frequencies, authorizations, orders, and POCs are tracked so billing will not be completed without all proper documentation. HealthWare is truly One Solution with Endless Possibilities.
In HealthWare we correspond to the CoP by having a “Care Plan” as a living document:
The Care Plan always reflects the patients current plan. With a computer it is easy . They simply make the changes to the plan. The great thing about HealthWare is that it then takes that change and automatically generates the change orders and updates the POT. And our HealthWare software automatically notifies the patient and their representatives, via voice or text message, and sends the order to the physician.
Making it easier to comply with the COP!
See more at https://www.healthware.com/Products/Clinical_Compliance#CareLink-Care_Planning