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AAAHC releases new Opioid Stewardship Toolkit

Editor's Note The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) on May 8 announced the release of its new Opioid Stewardship Toolkit to help providers review and assess the volume and length of opioid prescriptions and dosages to mitigate risk of patient overdose and death. AAAHC created the toolkit to…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2017
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Effect of Medicare’s Nonpayment Program on HACs

Editor's Note Medicare’s Nonpayment Program of 2008, which withholds hospital reimbursement for costs related to hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), was associated with a declined in the incidence of selected HACs, and the decline was greater in hospitals with a higher Medicare utilization ratio (MUR), this study finds. Of 867,584 Medicare patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 8, 2017
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FDA: HeartWare VAD splice kit recalled

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 5 announced that Medtronic is recalling its splice kit used to repair the driveline of the HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device (VAD). The kit was recalled because of a design problem that prevents the repaired cable assembly from withstanding excessive force…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 8, 2017
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Joint Commission: Phase 3 of EP Review Project yields 515 more deletions

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on May 3 that accreditation programs for ambulatory care (85 fewer), behavioral healthcare (63 fewer), critical access hospitals (143 fewer), home care (65 fewer), laboratories (50 fewer), nursing care centers (59 fewer), and office-based surgery practices (50 fewer) will see fewer elements of performance…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 4, 2017
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Joint Commission creates new SAFER Matrix resources portal

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 3 announced the creation of a new SAFER [Survey Analysis for Evaluating Risk] Matrix web portal for information and resources on the scoring methodology that went into effect on January 1. Among the portal features: A webinar and slide deck that discusses the…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 4, 2017
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CDC releases new SSI prevention guideline

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on May 3 published an update to its 1999 guideline for the prevention of surgical site infections. Among the recommendations: Patients should shower or bathe with soap or an antiseptic agent on at least the night before a surgical procedure. Antimicrobial…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 3, 2017
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FDA: Safety alert for Medtronic’s NavLock Tracker

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 3 issued a Safety Alert for Medtronic’s NavLock Tracker. Medtronic has received 196 medical device reports that included two patient deaths after procedures in which non-Medtronic instruments were used with the NavLock Tracker. The NavLock Tracker enables navigation of Medtronic…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 3, 2017
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Study: Most hospitals received penalties for excess readmissions

Editor's Note More than half of hospitals were penalized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in all five years of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) initiated by the Affordable Care Act, this study finds. Among the study findings: Penalties doubled since the beginning of the program, from…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2017
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FDA: Class I recall of Medtronic HVAD controllers, DC adapters

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 18 designated the recall by Medtronic of its HVAD (HeartWare [left] ventricular assist device) system controllers and DC adapters as Class I, the most serious. Medtronic is issuing an updated controller and has begun to remove current HVAD controllers. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2017
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Surgical outcomes vary at bariatric centers of excellence

Editor's Note Center accreditation alone does not ensure high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients, this study finds. In this analysis of 145,527 patients across 165 bariatric centers of excellence, serious complication rates varied 17-fold at the national level and 2.1-fold at the state level. Complication rates varied at centers with…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 1, 2017
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