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February 2019

Combining systems and teamwork interventions improves patient safety

Editor's Note Patient safety approaches that combine teamwork training and systems interventions are more effective than either approach alone, this study finds. The study involved 4-month safety improvement interventions in 5 UK hospitals using teamwork training (TT); systems redesign and standardization (SOP); Lean quality improvement; SOP plus TT; or Lean…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 6, 2016
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New guideline for geriatric surgical patients released

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons and American Geriatrics Society on January 4 released a new best practice guideline for optimal care of older adults before, during, and after surgery. The new guideline, “Optimal Perioperative Care of the Geriatric Patient,” addresses the care of surgical patients 65 years old…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 5, 2016
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FDA issues draft guidance on UDI convenience kits

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 4 issued a draft guidance: “Unique Device Identification [UDI]: Convenience Kits—Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.” The document outlines the FDA’s interpretation that the term “convenience kit,” as defined by 21 CFR 801.3, applies solely to…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 5, 2016
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Bill allowing MU Stage 2 hardship exemptions signed into law

Editor's Note A bill designed to make it easier for healthcare providers to receive hardship exemption from financial penalties for failing to meet Stage 2 meaningful use (MU) electronic health record (EHR) requirements was signed into law on December 28, 2015, the January 4, 2016, iHealthBeat reports. The bill ensures…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 5, 2016
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CMS finalizes rule on prior authorization for durable medical equipment, supplies

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), on December 30, 2015, published a final rule that establishes a prior authorization process for certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies to help reduce unnecessary and fraudulent claims. Under the final rule, the same information necessary to submit…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 4, 2016
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FDA: Class I recall of Perseus A500 Anesthesia Workstation

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration, on December 23, 2015, classified the recall of the Perseus A500 Anesthesia Workstation by Draeger as Class I, the most serious. Draeger Medical (Telford, Pennsylvania) recalled the workstation because a faulty power switch may fail, causing the workstation to alarm and shut down…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 4, 2016
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ECRI Institute releases 2016 Top 10 Hospital C-suite Watch List

Editor's Note The ECRI Institute on January 4 released its annual Top 10 list of important technology related issues that hospital and health system leaders need to pay close attention to this year. The list includes: Medical device cybersecurity (eg, hacking into pacemakers) Miniature leadless pacemakers Changing landscape of robotic…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 4, 2016
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CMS announces ASC quality reporting appeals process

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 16 announced that ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) subject to a reduction in Medicare outpatient payments in CY 2016 because of noncompliance with the ASC quality reporting program may submit a request for reconsideration by March 17, 2016. Eligible…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 17, 2015
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Management of anesthesia neurotoxicity in children lacks consistency

Editor's Note Pediatric anesthesia programs in the US do not have a consistent approach in managing anesthesia-related neurotoxicity in children, this study finds. A survey of 22 questions sent to members of the Pediatric Anesthesia Leadership Council and Pediatric Anesthesia Directors Association found that a significant need exists for improvements…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 17, 2015
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California issues new regs for outpatient surgery settings

Editor's Note California Senate Bill 396, designed to strengthen regulation of unlicensed outpatient surgery settings, goes into effect January 1, 2016, the Joint Commission reports. The Bill builds upon existing regulations that mandate facility accreditation of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and office-based surgery practices that are not state licensed or…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 17, 2015
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