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Joint Commission issues new Sentinel Event Alert on developing a reporting culture to improve safety

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on December 10 issued a new Sentinel Event Alert on developing a reporting culture to improve healthcare safety systems. The alert explores guidance to eliminate fear of negative consequences for those reporting mistakes and unsafe conditions in their organizations. The alert also encourages learning from…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 11, 2018
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Joint Commission announces new case study on wrong-site surgery safety

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on December 5 announced a new, free educational tool that details wrong-site surgery safety strategies--identifying risk factors and possible ways to improve processes. The case study lays out a situation in which a patient is scheduled for transbronchial biopsies of the right upper lung but…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2018
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Effect of CJR bundled payment program on care delivery

Editor's Note Participation in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment program was associated with changes in care delivery and compensation practices, this study finds. This survey of 73 orthopedic surgeons found that those practicing in CJR hospitals were more likely to report their hospitals had implemented programs…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2018
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Most hospitals will get increased Medicare payments in 2019

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced December 3 that more than 1,550 hospitals will share $1.9 billion in bonus payments under the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program for FY 2019. Though it is a slight decline from FY 2018, average performance scores were higher at 38.1%, compared…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2018
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FDA updates draft guidance on safety of US blood supply

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on December 4 updated a draft guidance that promotes the development and adoption of innovations to ensure continued safety of the US blood supply. The draft guidance entitled, “Bacterial risk control strategies for blood collection establishments and transfusion services to enhance the safety…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of Synaptive Medical’s BrightMatter Guide with SurfaceTrace Registration

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 30 identified the recall by Synaptive Medical of its BrightMatter Guide with SurfaceTrace Registration, which is used to perform neurosurgical procedures, as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of a software defect that could potentially result…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 4, 2018
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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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