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Joint Commission updates business rules for calculating Life Safety Code surveyor days

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 27 announced an update to its business rules that determine the number of days the Life Safety Code surveyor will be part of a hospital’s survey. The changes, which will take effect January 1, 2018, include: Only square footage will be used to…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 28, 2017
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FDA alerts healthcare providers about EVAR graft endoleaks

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on September 28 sent letters to vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons, radiologists, and cardiologists, alerting them to an increase in Type III endoleaks associated with endovascular graft systems used in endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) for abdominal aortic and aorto-iliac aneurysms. The FDA’s letter…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 28, 2017
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California department of Public Health issues penalties to 10 hospitals

Editor's Note The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on August 31 issued 10 penalties to 10 California hospitals along with fines totaling $618,002. Of these, three applied to the OR: Loma Linda University Medical Center, Murrieta−a patient sustained a full thickness thermal burn injury to the left calf from…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 27, 2017
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Joint Commission posts sentinel event stats for first half of 2017

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 20 posted sentinel event statistics from its database through June 30, 2017. Of the top 10 most frequently reported sentinel events during this time period: Falls topped the list with 49 events. Unintended retention of a foreign object was 3rd with 41 events.…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 27, 2017
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FDA: Class I recall of Spectranetics’ Bridge Occlusion Balloon Catheter

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 25 categorized the recall by Spectranetics (Colorado Springs, Colorado) of its Bridge Occlusion Balloon Catheter (model 590-001) as Class I, the most serious. The Bridge Occlusion Balloon Catheter is used to temporarily block the superior vena cava when emergency control…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 26, 2017
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Joint Commission: Top five most challenging requirements for 2017

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 20 announced the top five most challenging requirements for the first half of 2017. The top five requirements identified most frequently as “not compliant” during surveys and reviews for hospital accreditation were: 86%--LS.02.01.35: The hospital provides and maintains systems for extinguishing fires. 74%--LS.02.01.30:…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 21, 2017
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FDA clears first duodenoscope with disposable end cap

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 20 cleared the first duodenoscope with a disposable end cap, which will improve access for cleaning and reprocessing. The new features of the Pentax ED34-i10T duodenoscope include a single-use detachable and disposable distal cap, simpler user interface, improved ergonomics, improved…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 21, 2017
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Editorial

Since July, when repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stalled, healthcare reform has been somewhat overshadowed by events such as natural disasters and concerns about national security. Now, with insurers due to announce rates for the coming year, Congress is working on a bill to stabilize the…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
September 20, 2017
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CMS proposes delay for mandatory implementation of OAS CAHPS Survey

Responding to industry concerns, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a delay in the mandatory implementation of the patient experience of care satisfaction survey requirement known as the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Survey® (OAS CAHPS). CMS announced the proposed…

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By: Leslie Flowers
September 20, 2017
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CMS granting exemptions for providers affected by Hurricane Irma

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exemptions under Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs for certified providers (eg, acute care hospitals, long-term care hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers) affected by storms and flooding from Hurricane Irma. Providers will be granted exemptions without having to…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 19, 2017
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