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Joint Commission: More accredited hospitals submitting eCQM data

Editor's Note Despite the expansion of requirements for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an increased number of Joint Commission accredited hospitals are adopting and reporting eCQMs to drive quality improvement, the Joint Commission reports.  In 2016, 470 accredited hospitals submitted eCQM…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2017
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Medicare readmission reduction program linked to increased mortality rates

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program has had the unintended consequence of increased short- and long-term mortality in heart failure patients, this study finds. Five years ago, as part of the Affordable Care Act, federal policy makers introduced the Hospital Readmission Reduction…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2017
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Joint Commission updates Patient Blood Management standards

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 8 announced the update of its Patient Blood Management standards to align with AABB standards. Among the changes: educational requirements for those who order and/or transfuse blood defined guidelines on transfusion orders procedures for emergent/urgent patients, including massive blood loss intraoperative methods for…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 10, 2017
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FDA clears new, faster CBC test

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 6 cleared a new complete blood cell count (CBC) test that can be run in more healthcare settings and offers faster results for patients and providers. The FDA granted premarket clearance and a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA)…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 10, 2017
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FDA: Safety Alert for Cardinal Health’s Infant/Child Reduced Energy Defibrillation Electrodes

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 6 issued a Safety Alert saying that Physio-Control (Redmond, Washington) launched a voluntary field action for specific lots of Infant/Child Reduced Energy Defibrillation Electrodes manufactured by Cardinal Health (Dublin, Ohio). There is an issue with the artwork on the electrodes…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 8, 2017
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FDA: Recall of prefilled syringes labeled Midazolam that are actually Ondansetron

Editor's Note The FDA announced on November 3 that Fresenius Kabi USA (Lake Zurick, Illinois) is recalling one lot of Midazolam Injection, USP, 2 mg/2 mL packaged in 2 mL prefilled single-use glass syringes because the packages labeled as Midazolam actually contain syringes that are filled with and labeled as…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 7, 2017
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Periop nurses key in reducing readmissions after CABG surgery

Editor's Note Perioperative nurses engaging in patient and community education to explain coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, reinforcing recommended discharge guidelines, and serving as expert resources are key to positive outcomes and reducing readmissions, finds this review article. In 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reduced payments…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 6, 2017
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Joint Commission updates emergency management requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 3 updated its emergency management requirements for hospital, ambulatory, home health, and hospice settings, effective November 15. The updated standards will assist healthcare organizations in more effectively planning for disasters and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 6, 2017
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CMS finalizes outpatient PPS, ASC payment system, quality reporting changes for 2018

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 1 announced it will update the hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.35%. The final rule also removes total knee arthroplasty from the inpatient only list along with five other procedures and adds one procedure to the…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 2, 2017
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Joint Commission redesigning Accreditation and Certification reports

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced November 1 that it is redesigning its Accreditation and Certification reports to be more user-friendly.  The redesigned reports will highlight the most relevant information about surveys and reviews, outcomes, and required follow-ups. Additional changes include: removing unnecessary white space and repetitive text prioritizing and grouping…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 2, 2017
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