September 2022 | Issue 18
Complying with HIPAA Security: A Security Risk Assessment Success
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule includes an annual security risk assessment (SRA). While one Tribal health care community knew they were conducting SRAs, they were not quite sure they were meeting all the requirements. PATH quality improvement advisors offered their help.

How did an Area Office and two hospitals find out if they were on the right track? Find out how in this month's partner spotlight.
Workplace Violence II: From Agitation to Aggression: Responses to Take with Patients and Visitors | Register
Thursday, Sept. 29
3-4 p.m. ET | 2-3 p.m. CT | 1-2 p.m. MT | 12-1 p.m. PT
Health care workers have long been championed as heroes and praised for their dedication to patients, as seen at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, frontline workers are often the recipients of workplace violence through agitation and aggression led by patients and visitors.
In fact, health care and social service industries are five times as likely to suffer an injury due to workplace violence than workers overall. Moreover, many violence incidents are left unreported by staff, with some repeating the phrase, “It’s just another part of the job." A patient or visitor’s act of violence against a health care worker has a scope of intensity ranging from minor to serious physical injuries, emotional and psychological trauma and death in the most severe cases. Health care workers deserve a safe environment that is free from violence.

Join the PATH Learning Circle to learn from subject matter experts about common trigger events for patients and visitors who display escalating behaviors, signs and symptoms of increasing agitation and movement towards possible aggression, appropriate responses for staff addressing highly emotional incidents, and post incident debrief steps and reporting.

HOPE Committee and PATH Office Hours | Registration is required.
Every first and third Friday (Sept. 16 - Nov. 18) | 2 p.m. ET | 1 p.m. CT | 12 p.m. MT | 11 a.m. PT
Join IHS HOPE Committee and PATH for an office hours call on the IHS Opioid Prescribing Dashboard. This call will support IHS users of the IHS Opioid Prescribing Dashboard though
  • discussing dashboard functionality and use cases;
  • responding to dashboard questions;
  • providing a forum to discuss enhancement requests;
  • highlighting techniques to get the most out of this dashboard.
(This event is free and open to IHS staff only. Registration is required to receive the call-in information.)
This material was prepared by Comagine Health for the American Indian Alaska Native Healthcare Quality Initiative under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of CMS or HHS, and any reference to a specific product or entity herein does not constitute endorsement of that product or entity by CMS or HHS. NQIIC-AIHQI-265-09/20/2022