November 7, 2013
Nursing Home Administrator A nursing home administrator is the head of operations at a nursing home, acting as chief executive officer for the facility. Nursing home administrators usually plan, monitor and maintain appropriate standards of care throughout all departments in the nursing home.
Responsibilities include planning and direct operation of the nursing home based on the established policy. Administrators are also responsible for all aspect of care, direct hiring and training. Maintain and develop SOP’s and prepares official reports for the governing body, state and federal agencies. Most administrators hold at least a master’s degree and they must be
Licensed to practice in the states where they work. Individual states have different requirements for licensure, but generally people must have proof of education and experience, preferably under the guidance of a preceptor, and they must be able to pass an examination which covers basic topics nursing home administrators should be familiar with. Administrative concerns
As the administrator of this nursing home, I’ve just received notification that this organization is being purchased by a national group. It is my responsibility to inform all residents of the new policies to be implemented. Though many of our residents have difficulties communicating with staff and have no family, and have not indicated their approval of the release of their medical information. Many of the residents will be displaced but be assured, everyone will be accommodated for.
As the Administrator I am governed by HIPAA rules and regulations that states all information created or received by a doctor or covered entity is PHI, (Protected Health Information) and falls under HIPAA regulation. If any information needs to be given out, the patient must be given a notice of privacy, which explains what the organization plans to do with the information (“The privacy rule,” The privacy rule and Health care). It protects from identity theft and protects information from getting into the wrong hands.
Physicians and contractors will be given much more liability than the previous rules. Business associates and sub-contractors of covered entities are now directly liable for non-compliance. The new rule will expand the rights to receive electronic copies of everyone’s health records. It also modifies the covered entity’s notice of privacy practices and increased civil penalty for security breaches under the HITECH Act also redefines a reportable privacy breach.
Advantages of electronic and social media health care communication Many of the residents will receive information regarding their medical information by e-mail, Face book, Tweeter, YouTube and Blogs. The advantages to using electronic and social media, is synchronous and feedback can be immediate. It enhances communication in today’s fast paced society. Social media and traditional electronics such as smart phones, fax, television and Radio are essential technology tools of communication for everyone. The sender can reach their intended target via email with a send receipt confirmation.
Disadvantages of electronic and social media health care communication Traditional electronics and social media are great forms of communications, but do have some disadvantages. Possible patient abuse, breach of patient information, identity theft and lack of personal face to face interaction are just a few. Social media also leaves people open to cyber-attack, which can lead to physical treat to children. In chat rooms, even sexual harassment can take place. Too much information may also lead to distraction causing some people to self-medicate (Burns, Advantages and disadvantages of electronic communication). On February 18, 2009 the Omnibus Rule penalty for the violation of HITECH