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Value-based reforms linked to readmission reduction

Editor's Note Hospital participation in value-based reforms was associated with greater reductions in 30-day readmissions, this study finds. In this analysis of 2,837 hospitals between 2008 and 2015, researchers found that participation in one or more voluntary Medicare value-based reforms, which included the Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records program,…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 6, 2017
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CMS issues guide for quality payment programs

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a guide summarizing technical assistance resources available to small, underserved, and rural hospitals participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (AAPM). The guide also provides resources for quality innovation networks and…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 2, 2017
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Joint Commission revises Safety Goal on HAIs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 31 announced the revision of requirements for National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 7: Reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections. The changes are effective January 1, 2018. The requirements include: NPSG.07.03.01−Multidrug-resistant organisms. The changes help address infection prevention strategies to contain outbreaks, which now…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 1, 2017
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Joint Commission posts addendums for radiation risks of diagnostic imaging

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 30 posted addendums to its Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 47: Radiation risks of diagnostic imaging. Risks associated with ionizing radiation in diagnostic imaging included cancer, burns, and other injuries. The addendums update broken links, resources, and references. Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 47: Radiation…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 31, 2017
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FDA: Class I recall of Zimmer Biomet implantable spinal fusion stimulators

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 30 identified the recall by Zimmer Biomet (Warsaw, Indiana) of its SpF PLUS-Mini and SpF XL IIB implantable spinal fusion stimulators as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of higher than allowed levels of potential harmful…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 31, 2017
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Joint Commission: Safety update on improperly sterilized, HLD equipment

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 24 issued a new Quick Safety update on improperly sterilized or high-level disinfected (HLD) equipment, which continues to be a frequently scored noncompliant standard (IC 02.02.01). The update includes expanded safety actions to help leaders oversee sterilization and HLD processes and ensure that…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 25, 2017
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FDA: Class I recall of HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 23 identified the recall by Abbott-Thoratec (Pleasanton, California) of its HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist (LVAS) Pocket System Controller as Class I, the most serious. Abbott-Thoratec has receives 70 reports of incidents in which the controller malfunctions after an exchange,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 24, 2017
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FDA: Class I recall of Wingman35 Crossing Catheters

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on May 17 identified the recall by ReFlow Medical (San Clemente, California) of certain lots of its Wingman35 Crossing Catheters as Class I, the most serious. The catheters are being recalled because of tip splitting or separation that has resulted in two adverse…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 23, 2017
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FDA: Abbott recalls coronary catheters

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on May 16 announced the recall by Abbott of specific lots of three coronary dilation and balloon catheters: NC Trek RX Coronary Dilation Catheter NC Traveler Coronary Dilation Catheter NC Tenku RX PTCA Balloon Catheter. The affected lots were manufactured between January 2015…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 19, 2017
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Lower readmission rates linked to Medicare's HRRP

Studies have shown an association between reduced hospital readmission rates and programs implemented as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) to reduce healthcare costs and improve quality of care. Researchers from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the RAND…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
May 17, 2017
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