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(From the November 2015 Issue of MedStat)

Protect Yourself from Unintended HIPAA Violations

If you transport patient information to an off-site location or home to get some extra charting done, you may be putting yourself and your office, as well as the hospital at risk. Read this fact sheet to learn more about Nationwide Children’s largest HIPAA breach, how you can safeguard your patient’s protected health information, and, if your actions result in a breach, what remediation activities to take.

CPP Awards Grants to Residents Based on Financial Need

Children's Practicing Pediatricians (CPP) is an independent, nonprofit medical association established in 1985 by pediatricians on the medical staff of Nationwide Children's and focused on serving and advocating on behalf of primary care physicians in central Ohio. In 2015, CPP created a new program to help Nationwide Children’s residents repay student loan debt.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, residents, on average, owe nearly $180,000 in student loans. That is a tremendous burden for new physicians to carry, and CPP wants to help Nationwide Children’s residents reduce this burden.

Through a blinded process based on key financial metrics, the CPP Resident Grant Committee evaluated each application in its entirety. The process resulted in the identification of seven individual grant awardees for the 2015 award year. Through programs like this, CPP wishes to demonstrate continued support for the residents who are part of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

New Center for Suicide Prevention and Research

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has created a new Center for Suicide Prevention and Research, a collaborative effort between Nationwide Children’s Behavioral Health and The Research InstituteJeff Bridge, Ph.D., has been appointed director of the new center and John Ackerman, Ph.D., will coordinate suicide prevention initiatives.

Dr. Bridge is a faculty scientist in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at The Research Institute and professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. His research focuses on the epidemiology of suicide in young people, with particular attention to factors that put youth at increased risk for suicidal behavior including differences in brain function, their environment, and treatment received. A major aim is to use this research to inform prevention and treatment for youth at risk of suicide. Dr. Bridge currently receives funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for his research in these areas. In his role as Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Ackerman’s initial focus will be on implementing the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program in area schools. SOS is an evidence-based prevention tool that aims to raise awareness of suicide, teaches students about risk factors for depression and suicide, and provides students with ways to access support. 

Ohio Amblyope Registry (OAR) Provides Free Treatment Supplies

The Ohio Amblyope Registry (OAR) is the first and only state-wide registry for children and families with amblyopia. OAR provides free treatment supplies (eye patches), educational information and support to any child (under the age of 18) and their family in the state of Ohio diagnosed with amblyopia. Once a child is diagnosed with amblyopia, a registration form is completed and registers them with the OAR. Upon registration, the child receives free adhesive eye patches, a report card to follow the progress of patching and patching posters along with educational information for the caregiver. When the child needs additional patches, the caregiver can call OAR or visit their website to request additional patches. Every child, regardless of household income, can receive additional free patches during their patching treatment. The Ohio Amblyope Registry is a grant funded program through donations from the dollar check-off box on a driver's license renewal form. The program is part of the Save Our Sight fund with the Ohio Department of Health. For additional information on the Ohio Amblyope Registry, visit or call (877) 808-2422.

Nationwide Children's Homecare Celebrates 25 Years of Service

“Going home,” are two words that families are anxious to hear when their child is an inpatient. For families of children with complex health care needs, what follows those two words are options for continued care of their child in the home. Needs range from immediate follow-up care, to long-term health care.

Almost 25 years ago, Nationwide Children’s decided to offer a Homecare program to answer those needs and provide continuity of care from the hospital to home. So in 1990, Homecare began operation in two-story home on 18th Street, the site of what is now the Outpatient Care Center. Throughout the years, patient volume and need grew, and so did Homecare staff, who added ancillary services such as the Infusion Pharmacy, Home Medical Equipment (HME), and Hospice/Home-based Palliative Care. 

On any given day you’ll find Homecare nurses, therapists, pharmacy and HME staff in the field throughout central Ohio. The offices for Nationwide Children's Hospital Homecare & Hospice staff are now at 255 E. Main Street, scheduling pediatric care, infusion therapy and HME for families throughout Franklin and contiguous counties. Infusion therapy and home medical equipment however, reaches beyond the contiguous counties covering a 16 county region.

As part of National Home Care & Hospice month, Nationwide Children's Hospital Homecare is celebrating 25 years! And, thanks to the support of referral partners, these services continue to grow. 

New Addition to Inpatient Discharge Summary - PCP Handoff

A new feature to the Inpatient Discharge Summary has been recently added to improve communication between the NCH specialist or hospitalist and the primary care doctor. It is called the PCP Handoff and offers a succinct summary of critical points relating to the admission. It includes items such as diagnostic impression, pertinent positive and negative findings, pending studies or other recommendations. It can be written by residents or attending physicians, and may include a physical exam. The PCP Handoff does not replace the Hospital Course, which offers more detail. If you have any questions or comments about the PCP Handoff, please contact Rob Snyder, MD, at


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