NRHA's Rural Health Voices blog offers informed commentary on the latest news in rural health care from NRHA staff and editorials from selected contributors.

When and how to build post-COVID revenue

With months of nothing but COVID-19 in the news, the promise of better days seems to be that much closer. Many states have started dialogues with residents about what reopening will look like and when it may begin. In Wisconsin, criteria for reopening includes “95 percent of hospitals being in a position to treat all patients without crisis care and test all direct-care staff with symptoms for COVID-19.” When will hospitals reach 95 percent? No one knows exactly – which...

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The last line of cyber-defense: a well-trained employee

Health care organizations are no strangers to security awareness training. The HIPAA privacy rule’s administrative requirement and administrative safeguard clearly state minimum training requirements for covered entities and business associates. The most common approach to meet these requirements is new-hire and annual computer-based training (CBT) courses, which range anywhere from a few minutes to several hours in length. Security awareness generally boils down to a few basic...

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