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Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Chapter

Allentown, PA

Next Chapter Meeting

Title/topic: Monthly Chapter Meeting
Speaker: To be determined
Date: 05/17/2017
Time: 07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Location: Meeting held at:
St. Luke's Allentown Campus
Dimmig Education Center
1736 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18104

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Chapter News

03/29/2017 - Are you prepared and protected from a Data Breach?
The Lehigh Valley Chapter held our monthly meeting on March 29, 2017. Our presenter was Brian Courtney, RPLU, AAI, from The Safegard Group, an insurance broker and risk management firm. His topic was entitled “The School of Hard Knocks: Lessons Learned from Recent Data Breaches." The healthcare sector continues to be at risk for data breaches. Healthcare will continue to be the focal point for hackers because medical identity theft is lucrative and easy for cyber criminals to exploit. As employers and employees in the healthcare industry we need to stay vigilant and diligent in our role to protect all health information from phishing or ransomware attacks. Security breaches are no longer just possible. They are inevitable. There are some important steps that you can take to protect your organization from a potential data breach. Conduct risk assessments to see where you are vulnerable and what can you do to protect your organization. Make sure your passwords are not weak or accessible to others. Encryption on mobile devices such as laptops and smart phones is essential. Make sure that Business Associate Agreements shift risk toward the Business Associate for their negligence. Be sure to have detailed and well thought out Data Breach Response Planning. Insurance policies are important, but often do not provide enough coverage in the right areas. It is very important that you have security policies in place; review them with your staff and hold ongoing training of your staff on their responsibility in keeping your office secure and HIPAA compliant. If you have any questions for our speaker, he can be reached by email at bcourtney@safegardgroup.com.

02/20/2017 - MACRA Made Simple
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of PAHCOM hosted our February meeting in collaboration with our Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus. Jennifer Swinnich of the PA Medical Society presented "MACRA Made Simple". The presentation included a MACRA Overview including the MIPS Categories and Scoring, Alternate Payments Models, Pick you Pace, Preparation and interactive discussion including scoring scenarios. The PA Medical Society has excellent resources available via their website. Jennifer was very kind in supplying a detailed handout entitled “MACRA made Simple.” Contact Cindy Fisher if you would like a copy.

02/08/2017 - Lehigh Valley Pahcom January Meeting
Employment Law Review … Kicking off the year with a bang! Attorney George C. Hlavac was our speaker for our January meeting. George is the Chair of the Pennsylvania office’s Labor and Employment Group for the firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, PA in Allentown, PA. This has become a tradition for our Lehigh Valley PAHCOM Chapter to start off with George reviewing relevant topics as they relate to Employment Law. The topic of our January meeting was entitled “Seven Deadly HR Sins.” The “Seven Deadly HR Sins” topics: 1. Employee Handbooks 2. Harassment 3. Inadequate Supervisor Training 4. Interactive Process 5. Documentation 6. Wage and Hour 7. Job Descriptions

 

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Cindy Fisher, CMM, HITCM-PP
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Cindy Fisher, CMM, HITCM-PP

Vice-President:
Steph Hanzl, CMM, RN, CCRP

Secretary:
Aileen Naudascher, CMM, HITCM-PP

Treasurer:
Wanda Cronrath, LPN, CMM, HITCM-PP

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Kendra E Wickizer, CMM

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