CORRIDORS: News for North Carolina Hospitals - Spring 2010


In This Issue:

Here Comes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: What Does It Mean for Hospitals? by Kim Licata

President Obama’s signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the Act) into law this past month was welcomed as a historic change to our nation’s health care system. The 2,400-page reform bill (H.R. 3590) cleared Congress on March 21, 2010, after a heated and mostly partisan vote. Naturally, hospitals and other health care providers benefit (financially) from the Act’s insurance market and coverage reform to the extent these measures increase the number of patients with insurance coverage (an estimated 32 million newly insured individuals) and reduce self-pay and charity care cases. In the event that you haven’t had time to digest the voluminous text of the Act, we have identified 10 aspects of the new Act of likely interest to hospitals.

Is Your I-9 Policy Vulnerable to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Sanctions? A Review by Jennifer Parser

As you probably know, Form I-9 is a mandatory employment eligibility verification form. Completion of the I-9 by both employer and employee must occur within three days of hire for every employee hired after November 6, 1986, regardless of nationality or immigration status.

Delegation versus Supervision — What’s the Difference? Do You Have It “Right”? by Mike Hale and Cindy Morgan, RN, MSN, CHC

“You can delegate authority, but you can never delegate responsibility for delegating a task to someone else. If you picked the right man, fine, but if you picked the wrong man, the responsibility is yours—not his,” said Richard E. Krafve, a past Vice-President and General Manager of Ford Motor Company. No matter the setting, whether the auto industry or health care, this statement remains true. Registered nurses (RNs) have the ultimate decisions when it comes to delegating care to patients in hospitals. This is a huge responsibility and should never be taken lightly.

No Surprises Found by the Government Accountability Office: Sharing Personal Health Information Through Health Information Exchanges Improves Patient Care by Kim Licata

On February 17, 2010, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its Report to Congressional Committees on Electronic Personal Health Information Exchange (GAO- 10-361), a study initiated to promote the use of information technology for the electronic exchange of health information among providers and other health care entities involved in the delivery of health care services.

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