HELP WHERE HOSPITALS NEED IT ®
HELP WHERE HOSPITALS NEED IT ®
Community Hospital Blog
by Melvin Ostlie, CHC Director of Information Technology
One line-item expense in every hospital budget regardless of facility size or location is telecommunications. Why do rural hospitals tend to pay more for telecom services than their urban counterparts? Carriers are able to charge for the expense of installing and maintaining communications to rural areas. Fortunately, reduced rates for broadband and telecom services are available to rural providers through the Rural Healthcare Telecommunications (RHC) Program, a federal program supporting universal service and access throughout the country. It includes two subprograms, the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program and the Telecommunications (Telecom) Program.
It’s easy to see why the program has become so popular with rural hospitals. In fact, due to a high demand for RHC Program funds in Funding Year 2016 (FY2016), the funding limit cap of $400 million was reached, and a second filing window – a fixed period when all funding requests received are treated as though they were received at the same time – was closed. In 2017, new funding requests were accepted under a revised filing window period from March 1 to June 30, 2017. Given this demand, the review process to obtain funding is more discriminating than ever before.
Also, effective January 1, 2017, Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) came into the mix. SNFs can now begin the process to obtain RHC Program funding by applying as an individual health care provider.
Along with a tighter review process, hospitals need to ensure that everything is laid out in the way and language that funders want. That’s where CHC Consulting comes in. Our experts know what systems and equipment qualify and understand the filing process, helping hospitals access telecom savings ranging from 60 to 90 percent.
How CHC Consulting can help
To meet provider needs and enhance funding opportunities, CHC Consulting offers customized support, including:
For more information
See Telecommunications and USAC to discover how CHC can help your facility save money on telecom expenses.
by Brian Doerr, CHC SVP Information Technology & Security and Privacy Officer
In this era of electronic data, we’ve come to expect that personal information stored electronically will remain private, accessible only on a “need-to-know” basis to those you identify. But what happens when organizational data becomes available to others as a result of cyber attacks? As an industry, hospitals face particular challenges.
In fact, health care organizations top the list of the most cyber-attacked industries, followed by manufacturing, financial services and the government. Data breaches place private patient data at risk, and HIPAA standards and compliance audits don’t adequately address security issues.
Some of the reasons why health care security risks have steadily increased include:
Although the healthcare industry has taken steps to manage IT intrusions, risk management ultimately falls to health systems, hospitals and physician practices. Based on my experience working with these front-line providers, here are some best practice tips to quickly identify, reduce, and manage hospital risk while balancing safety and access to data.
Learn more about CHC Information Management Services including IT technology and security.
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