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Joint Commission revises anticoagulant NPSG

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 28 announced that it had revised National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 03.05.01. The revisions apply to organizations that initiate, manage, and adjust dosage for anticoagulant medications, including accredited ambulatory health care (in medical centers only), hospitals, critical access hospitals, and nursing care centers.…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 3, 2018
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CMS: New online tool compares cost differences for outpatient procedures

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 27 launched a new online tool that compares Medicare payments and co-payments for certain outpatient surgical procedures performed in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. The “Procedure Price Lookup” tool will help Medicare patients consider potential cost differences when…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2018
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HHS issues draft strategy to reduce burdens linked to EHRs, health IT

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on November 28 issued a draft strategy to reduce administrative and regulatory burdens caused by electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (health IT). The draft “Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of Zimmer Biomet spinal fusion, long bone stimulators

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on November 26 identified the recall by Zimmer Biomet (Warsaw, Indiana) of its Osteogen Implantable Bone Growth Stimulator, SpF PLUS-Mini Implantable Fusion Stimulator, and SpF-XL Implantable Spinal Fusion Stimulator as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 28, 2018
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Reliability of measuring surgeon spending for MIPS

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should measure surgeon spending at a group level or incorporate multiple years of data to reduce misclassification of surgeon performance in its Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program, this study finds. University of Michigan researchers found that annual cost-profiles of individual…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 27, 2018
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FDA plans big changes to 510(k) pathway

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 26 announced that it plans to modernize its 510(k) approval pathway by pushing device manufacturers to rely on predicate devices that are not older than 10 years. Under the existing pathway, manufacturers can pursue expedited approval for devices that are…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 27, 2018
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FDA: Fresenius Kabi recalls sodium chloride injection

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 20 announced the nationwide recall by Fresenius Kabi USA (Lake Zurich, Illinois) of 163 lots of sodium chloride injection, USP, 0.9%, 10 mL and 20 mL vials. The recall was initiated because the product insert incorrectly states that the vial…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 26, 2018
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Research backs changes to AORN's Guideline for Sterilization

AORN’s updated Guideline for Sterilization is based on a recent review of evidence in peer-reviewed journals and regulations from 2012 to 2017. In addition to guidance for sterilizing reusable medical devices to be used in perioperative and procedural settings, the updated guideline points to findings that substantiate current practices, and…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CHL, CIS, ACE, FCS
November 14, 2018
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93% of eligible clinicians received MIPS payment under QPP last year

Editor's Note New data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shows that 93% of eligible clinicians who participated in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP) received positive payment adjustments for their performance last year, the November 9 EHR Intelligence reports. Only…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2018
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US smoking rates at record low

Editor's Note Cigarette smoking rates in the US have dropped to the lowest level ever recorded, according to the November 9 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The smoking rate for adult smokers fell from 15.5% in 2016 to 14% in 2017, a rate 67% lower than it was in 1965.…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2018
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