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FDA announces AccessGUDID data update

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration announced that new data elements will be available on AccessGUDID, in the download files and in the APIs, as of April 2. Data for FDA Premarket Submission Number and FDA Premarket Supplement Number will not be provided until this summer. The FDA is…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 9, 2018
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EHRs hinder ability to report quality measures

Editor's Note The poor design of electronic health records (EHRs) poses challenges for primary care practices to generate the required reports for federal value-based payment programs, this study finds. An analysis of survey responses from 1,492 practices in 12 states, found that the reports generated for meaningful-use participation, which requires…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 6, 2018
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Joint Commission removes two medication compounding EPs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on April 4 that it is no longer scoring two elements of performance (EPs), effective March 9, that were removed from the Medication Compounding chapter in the Home Care Accreditation program standards manual and the Compounding Sterile and Nonsterile Preparations chapter in the Medication…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 6, 2018
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Medicare program linked to reduced readmission disparities between black, white patients

Editor's Note Black and white disparities in hospital readmission rates narrowed after the introduction of Medicare’s Hospital Readmission Reduction Program that penalizes higher than expected readmissions; however, black and white gaps still persist and minority serving hospitals continued to be penalized more by the program, this study finds. During the…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 4, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of BD Vacutainer blood collection tubes

Author's Note The Food & Drug Administration on March 23 announced the Class I recall of Becton Dickinson (BD) Vacutainer EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) blood collection tubes with lavender, tan, pink, and green rubber tube stoppers. Class I recalls are the most serious. The recall was initiated because of a chemical…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 2, 2018
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Joint Commission announces first hospital to earn TSC certification

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on March 21 announced that the first hospital to earn its Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) certification is St Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, Michigan, a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. In collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), the TSC certification signifies…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 22, 2018
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Joint Commission deletes EP on pain management

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on March 20 announced the deletion of RI.01.01.01, element of performance (EP) 8: “The hospital respects the patient’s right to pain management” because it is no longer relevant and necessary to ensure quality of care and safety. The deletion is effective immediately. The Joint Commission’s…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 21, 2018
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Joint Commission: Revised requirements address doors, inhaled anesthetics

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on March 14 announced that three revised requirements across the Life Safety (LS) and Environment of Care (EC) chapters went into effect March 11. The revisions are: LS.02.01.30, element of performance (EP) 13, is designed to maintain alignment with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 16, 2018
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Editorial

Mixed signals about the direction of healthcare reform, payment models, and policy decisions have characterized much of the past year. Given the number of highprofile personnel changes in the Trump Administration, the lack of continuity isn’t surprising. In recent days, however, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 16, 2018
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Information sought on CMS oversight of hospital accrediting organizations

Editor's Note Energy and Commerce Committee leaders on March 9 sent letters to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and four hospital accrediting organizations to provide information about the hospital survey process and CMS oversight of the organizations by March 23. The letters were sent after questions were…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 14, 2018
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