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HHS releases security risk assessment tool to help providers with HIPAA compliance

security risk assessment tool to help providers with HIPAA compliance:

A new security risk assessment (SRA) tool to help guide health care
providers in small to medium sized offices conduct risk assessments of
their organizations is now available from HHS.

The SRA tool is the result of a collaborative effort by the HHS Office of the National
Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Office for Civil
Rights (OCR). The tool is designed to help practices conduct and
document a risk assessment in a thorough, organized fashion at their own
pace by allowing them to assess the information security risks in their
organizations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act (HIPAA) Security Rule.

The application, available for downloading
at www.HealthIT.gov/security-risk-assessment also produces a report that can be provided to auditors.

HIPAA requires organizations that handle protected health information to
regularly review the administrative, physical and technical safeguards
they have in place to protect the security of the information. By
conducting these risk assessments, health care providers can uncover
potential weaknesses in their security policies, processes and systems.
Risk assessments also help providers address vulnerabilities,
potentially preventing health data breaches or other adverse security
events. A vigorous risk assessment process supports improved security of
patient health data.

Conducting a security risk assessment is a
key requirement of the HIPAA Security Rule and a core requirement for
providers seeking payment through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR
Incentive Program, commonly known as the Meaningful Use Program.

“Protecting patients’ protected health information is important to all health care
providers and the new tool we are releasing today will help them assess
the security of their organizations,” said Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national
coordinator for health information technology. “The SRA tool and its
additional resources have been designed to help health care providers
conduct a risk assessment to support better security for patient health

“We are pleased to have collaborated with the ONC on this
project,” said Susan McAndrew, deputy director of OCR’s Division of
Health Information Privacy. “We believe this tool will greatly assist
providers in performing a risk assessment to meet their obligations
under the HIPAA Security Rule.”

The SRA tool’s website contains a User Guide and Tutorial video to help providers begin using
the tool. Videos on risk analysis and contingency planning are available
at the website to provide further context.

The tool is available for both Windows operating systems and iOS iPads. Download the Windows version at http://www.HealthIT.gov/security-risk-assessment. The iOS iPad version is available from the Apple App Store (search under “HHS SRA tool”).

HHS releases security risk assessment tool to help providers with HIPAA compliance:

If You Don't Listen to Others, Don't Read This | LinkedIn

{adapted on a post on Linkedin by Bruce Kasanoff offering advice to entrepreneurs}

Do not formulate your answer while the other person is talking.

People who don't listen decide how they are going to respond before you even stop talking. ........

Don't be afraid to pause for five or ten seconds to consider the question. Doing so demonstrates that you listened carefully and that you are giving them the courtesy of a thoughtful reply.

If you actually give a thoughtful reply, no one will remember that it took you nine seconds to start talking.

 Repeat each question before you answer it.

Never make the mistake of taking five minutes of time answering a question s/he did not ask. First, paraphrase the question by saying,

"If I understand you correctly, you want to know (how we are going to ...........) Is that right?"

If necessary,

allow the other person to clarify their question. Only start your answer

when you are 100% certain you understand the question.

It may seem like a waste of time to do this, but you will be demonstrating your ability to obtain and understand feedback.

Searching Dr. Google: How to Talk to Your Doc About Online Health Info

Searching Dr. Google: How to Talk to Your Doc About Online Health Info:


Many current-generation patients prefer to collaborate with their doctors.

The minute we have an ache or a pain or are given a new diagnosis, many of us turn to Dr. Google. Unfortunately the Internet is littered with people and companies that may improperly interpret or manipulate research and lead us to useless or harmful remedies. I am a huge proponent of arming yourself with as much knowledge as possible, which a huge part of the caregiver role.{EQ}


You might try to send this new information to the doctor in advance
of your next appointment.  Since no one can be expected to be current on
every last piece of research, this approach should allow the doctor
time to discern whether the information is relevant to your particular

Here are tips for engaging your doctor:

  • Rather than challenging him, explain that you found something
    interesting online and wondered what he thinks about it.  Your tone
    should impart respect for his expertise
  • If you can’t get the information to your doctor ahead of time, bring it with you and make a follow-up appointment to discuss it.
Present research from verifiable sources. Web sites dedicated to the
disease in question and run by nonprofits, such as those of the
Arthritis Foundation or the American Heart Association,  tend to be
accurate and informative; I recommend you start with those.{EQ}

Care Consultation | Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter

Care Consultation | Alzheimer's Association:

Care Consultation  in person, by phone, or e-mail
Care Consultation is an in-depth, personalized service for individuals and families who are facing many decisions and challenges associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The goal is for each family to develop a better understanding of the disease, make a plan to secure needed care, and develop strategies for the best possible symptom management and communication. Consultations are provided in person and by phone. Consultants are also available to answer questions by email.

Care Consultation may be the lifeline that can make a difference.

When Alzheimer’s Hits Home: Six Ways to Help Kids and Teens By Carrie Steckl (a.k.a. Dr. Chill)

{Q}We often talk about the impact of Alzheimer’s on the person with the disease, on the caregiver, and on “family members.” But couched within that language is the assumption that we’re only talking about adults.
What about the kids and teens who have a parent, grandparent, or other relative with Alzheimer’s disease? They are likely scared, confused, and perhaps angry or sad about the situation. And don’t forget the kids and teens who have a friend who is dealing with this challenge, which may bring up feelings of helplessness about how to be supportive or what to say{EQ}

{Q}If you are a parent with a child or teenager who is struggling to understand or cope with Alzheimer’s, you may have wondered if there are any good resources out there that you can trust. Fortunately, there are.
Here are six ways to help kids and teens learn more about Alzheimer’s and develop coping strategies. (Note: I was not asked to write about any of these resources, and I am not receiving any compensation for mentioning any of them.) {EQ}

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Dementia Behavior Can Seem Like Manipulation - AgingCare.com

Dementia Behavior Can Seem Like Manipulation - AgingCare.com:

"Sometimes caregivers assume that (their loved ones) are being manipulative because they just can't believe their behavior," she explains. But in reality, people with dementia aren't able to think through the process of manipulation.

Alzheimer's {A CareGiver's compilation} Goods and Services Blog

Alzheimer's {A CareGiver's compilation} Goods and Services | Things To Do Together, Safety Devices & related Equipment, On-line Discussions – Forums and support sites, caregivers' Organizations, Associations | Government: Local, State, Federal, International; Medical Centers, Hospitals, Schools and University's

Aging in Place, Home Modifications, Retrofitting: Can Be Foreign to Many | Endless Legacy

Aging in Place, Home Modifications, Retrofitting: Can Be Foreign to Many | Endless Legacy: Aging in Place, Home Modifications, Retrofitting: Can Be Foreign to Many
By Rhonda Caudell on March 6, 2014 in Caregiving, General Information

Aging in Place is mostly referred to as when someone desires to stay in their existing home as they age, along with a desire to remain there until the end of their life. To determine if this is possible allowing for safety and continued function to the highest level is the challenge.




Individual's  Name and DOB:
Known Allergies: Height: Weight:
Medical history and diagnoses:
Physical or sensory limitations:
Cognitive or behavioral status:
Nursing/treatment/therapy service requirements:
Special precautions:

A. To what extent does the individual need supervision or
assistance with the following?
S=Needs Supervision I= Independent A= Needs Assistance

Indicate the extent to which the individuals is able to
perform each of the activities of daily living.

Self Care (grooming)

Special Diet Instructions
Regular Calorie Controlled No Added Salt Low Fat/Low

Does the individual have any of the following
conditions/requirements? Please include an explanation

  1. 1. A communicable disease, which could be transmitted to
  2. others
  3. 2. Bedridden?
  4. 3. Any stage 2, 3, or 4 pressure sores?
  5. Pose a danger to self or others
  6. Require 24-hour nursing or psychiatric care?'
  7. In your opinion,
  8. can this individual's needs be met by this caregiver


Preparing Meals
Making and Receiving Phone Calls
Handling Personal Affairs
Handling Financial Affairs
Observing Well-being
Observing Whereabouts
Reminders for Important Tasks

list all current medications prescribed below

Does the individual need help with taking his or her


Advice from Caregivers when asked “What have you learned from your journey that you think every caregiver should know?”

ALZ Connected - Alzheimer's Association: This is a compilation of the advice from  previous threads.  dj okay has  eliminated the replies that did not relate directly to the subject.

Advice from Caregivers when asked “What have you learned from your journey that you think every caregiver should know?” DJ attempted to categorize their responses. These are their words. Multiple statements in parentheses are further comments from subsequent responders.

Book list, this information and all links were active 8/20/2013

"A Common Sense Guide to Alzheimer's Care Kisses for Elizabeth is written for both family and professional caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia’s. It is a practical resource for anyone experiencing difficulty with significant behavioral issues but is also helpful to caregivers who simply want to provide the best possible care.

The author has developed 15 common sense guidelines which address a wide variety of concerns by helping caregivers to solve problems or even prevent them. The guidelines also address negative behaviors such as wandering, combativeness, paranoia and sundowning. The book explains what dementia is, how it affects people who suffer from it and why these behaviors occur.

Stephanie D Zeman MSN RN has included over 40 true heartwarming stories about her patients with dementia and ways in which the guidelines were applied to help resolve their problems and enhance the individuals quality of life
Since one of the best ways to learn is by example, Stephanie D Zeman MSN RN has included over 40 true heartwarming stories about her patients with dementia and ways in which the guidelines were applied to help resolve their problems and enhance the individuals quality of life."
​FYI ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Stephanie is one of my on-line friends.
We are both active on http://www.alzconnected.org/discussion.aspx

Stephanie on abuse: READ TODAY

Another excellent book I quote from often:
Jolene Brackey "Creating Moments of Joy" Perdue University Press.

Stephanie offerred this list, his information and all links are active  8/20/2013

 This is a list of links about information you will need. Most helpful for you right now will be "Understanding the dementia experience" which will give you an idea of what your LO is going through; and "Communication skills"  Which will help you to communicate in ways which will avoid or  decrease your LO negative behaviors.

Understandingthe dementia experience:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/210580 

Anosognosiaexplains why dementia patients are unaware of their problem http://alzonline.phhp.ufl.edu/en/reading/Anosognosia.pdf 

Communicationtechniques for dementia caregivers:

Bathingand Showering   http://www.alzconnected.org/discussion.aspx?g=posts&t=2147491802 



Pickingat skin/scabs:  http://www.alzcompend.info/?p=233 



Caregiverkitchen   http://caregiver.com/kitchen/index.htm 

What causes olfactory hallucinations (phantosmia)? smelling non existent oders

Mayo Clinic

Answers from Jerry W. Swanson, M.D.
Many people are sensitive to certain smells, but in an olfactory hallucination (phantosmia), you detect smells that aren't really present in your environment. 

The odors detected in phantosmia vary from person to person and may be foul or pleasant. They can occur in one or both nostrils and usually can't be masked by food. 

Phantosmia most often occurs as a result of a head injury or upper respiratory infection. It can also be caused by temporal lobe seizures, sinusitis, brain tumors, migraine, Parkinson's disease and stroke. 

Because phantosmia can in rare cases be an indication of a serious underlying disorder, consult your doctor if you experience such symptoms.