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Joint Commission: DDS platform available for 2018 eCQM data submission

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on July 25 that its Direct Data Submission (DDS) platform is now available for submission of CY 2018 electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data and future submissions. For CY 2018, there are now two eCQM data submission methods for accredited hospitals with ORYX eCQM…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 31, 2018
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FDA issues update on wearable cardioverter defibrillator

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 25 issued an update for the Zoll LifeVest 4000 wearable cardioverter defibrillator. The update provides information on efforts by Zoll to remedy the potential hazard of the device failing to deliver a life-saving shock if not replaced soon after displaying…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 31, 2018
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Joint Commission, AHA offer cardiovascular certification program

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and American Heart Association (AHA) on July 25 announced a new jointly offered hospital cardiovascular certification program. The “Advanced Certification for Heart Failure” program is the first of multiple, jointly offered cardiac certifications that will be available to hospitals. Organizations must meet the following criteria:…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 30, 2018
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CMS releases outpatient prospective payment rule

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 25 released its 2019 outpatient prospective payment rule, which includes cutting payments for hospital outpatient clinic visits as part of a site neutral payment policy. CMS estimated this would save patients about $150 in lower copayments for clinic…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 26, 2018
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Joint Commission announces new advisory on pressure injuries related to medical devices

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on July 24 announced a new advisory on pressure injuries related to medical devices--including feeding or oxygen tubes, catheters, orthopedic devices, bedpans, and casts--which now account for more than 30% of all hospital-acquired pressure injuries. The Joint Commission Quick Safety, Issue 43: “Managing medical device-related…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 25, 2018
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Joint Commission revises standards for fluoroscopy services

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on July 18 announced that it will implement several standards changes for fluoroscopy services in ambulatory care organizations, critical access hospitals, hospitals, and office-based surgery practices, effective January 1, 2019. The revisions clarify expectations and address areas of risk with imaging, and they include a…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 19, 2018
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FDA finalizes guidance for use of EHR data in clinical studies

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 19 finalized its guidance for using electronic health record (EHR) data in FDA-regulated clinical studies. The guidance is meant to encourage the use of EHR data in clinical studies and promote greater interoperability between EHR and electronic data capture systems.…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 19, 2018
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ECRI Institute to continue AHRQ’s National Guideline Clearinghouse

Editor's Note ECRI Institute announced July 17 that it will continue providing services of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) National Guideline Clearinghouse (NCG), which was shut down because of lack of funding. The federal government has relied on ECRI Institute to maintain the NCG since its inception…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2018
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CMS proposes changes to modernize Medicare, restore physician-patient relationship

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 12 issued a proposed rule that includes updated payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on or after January 1, 2019. Physician fee schedule rates will be updated by…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2018
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Joint Commission revises requirements for THKR program

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on July 11 announced that effective January 1, 2019, it will implement a revised eligibility requirement and two revised requirements for the Advanced Certification for Total Hip & Knee Replacement (THKR) program. The revised eligibility requirement and revision to the Performance Measure chapter of the…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 12, 2018
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