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CMS updates Hospital Compare site

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced December 21 that it updated data on its Hospital Compare website and will update the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating using a new methodology that will give more hospitals one or five stars. CMS had postponed the release of…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 2, 2018
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Joint Commission cites ‘continuous improvement’ as 2018 survey goal

When Medicare and Medicaid legislation was passed and signed into law in 1965, the US Congress formed the precursor federal agency to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to write the rules and regulations spelling out the “Conditions of Participation” (CoPs) required to obtain federal funding under these…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
December 14, 2017
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Where are you on the value-based care continuum?

Healthcare providers are straddling a variety of payment models while many regulatory changes remain in flux under the Trump Administration. Although the shift from fee-for-service to value-based payment began some years ago, not everyone is on board. Opinions about bundled payments also remain mixed, despite reports of improved outcomes and…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
December 14, 2017
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ASC quality reporting deadlines moved up in 2018

On November 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule for the 2018 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System/ASC Payment System and Quality Reporting Programs. In summary, several ambulatory surgery center (ASC) measures (ASC-1 to ASC-14) are unaffected, except that three measures (ASC-5, -6,…

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By: Leslie Flowers
December 14, 2017
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Joint Commission posts decision rule changes for 2018

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on December 12 posted its summary of changes to accreditation and certification decision rules for all programs for 2018. Changes include initial accreditation, reaccreditation, and certification. The decision rules are effective for surveys and reviews beginning January 1, 2018.   Joint Commission requirement. Read More…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 12, 2017
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Impact of reducing postop complications in bariatric Medicare patients

Editor's Note Hospitals with the largest reductions in serious complications after bariatric surgery had the greatest decrease in per-patient Medicare payments, this study finds. Analyzing 37,329 Medicare patients undergoing bariatric surgery from 2005 to 2006 and 2013 to 2014, researchers found a strong association between reductions in complications and decreased…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 12, 2017
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FDA issues guidance on 3D printing of medical devices

Editor's Note Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, issued a statement December 4 on the FDA’s final guidance on medical device additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. The FDA has reviewed more than 100 devices currently on the market that were manufactured on 3D printers, including…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 7, 2017
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Joint Commission continues to revise LS, EC chapters

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on December 6 announced that revisions are continuing to be made to the Life Safety (LS) and Environment of Care (EC) chapters of its accreditation manuals. The revisions are a result of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ adoption of the 2012 editions of…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 7, 2017
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FDA issues Safety Alert on human albumin 25% solution (AlbuRx 25) by CSL Behring

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 1 issued a Safety Alert for human albumin 25% solution (AlbuRx 25) by CSL Behring LLC (Kankakee, Illinois). During routine inspection, the company noted the potential for fading print on 50 mL and 100 mL vials, with more effect on…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2017
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FDA: Recall of Pharmacist Choice Alcohol Prep Pads

  Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 5 announced the recall of 3 lots of Pharmacist Choice Alcohol Prep Pads by Simple Diagnostics (Coral Springs, Florida), which were manufactured by Foshan Flying Medical Products Co Ltd, located in China. The alcohol pads were recalled because of…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2017
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