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Joint Commission: Minimum thrombectomy requirements added for CSC eligibility

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on May 2 that beginning January 1, 2019, it will start applying minimum mechanical thrombectomy volume requirements to the Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) certification program. Organizations applying for certification will have to meet the new volume requirements in addition to previous volume requirements, such…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 4, 2018
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Release of 2019 ICD-10 codes expected soon

Editor's Note The first look at possible new ICD-10 codes is expected in early May, and anxiety is building, according to the April 24 ICD10monitor. The comment period has passed for providing feedback on the ICD-10-PCS (inpatient procedure coding) codes, and comments for the ICD-10-CM (diagnosis coding) proposals are not…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 1, 2018
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CMS issues FY 2019 hospital IPPS proposed rule

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on April 24 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule for FY 2019. The proposed rule increases rates by 1.75%, which reflects the projected market-basket update of 2.8% for hospitals that were meaningful users of electronic health…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 25, 2018
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FDA issues Safety Alert for magnetic resonance-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy devices

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 25 issued a Safety Alert that provides preliminary information concerning magnetic resonance (MR) thermometry reliability with MR-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (MRgLITT) devices. The FDA is evaluating data that suggests potentially inaccurate MR thermometry information can be displayed during treatment,…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 25, 2018
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CMS accepting meaningful use hardship applications

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that eligible hospitals may submit hardship exception applications until July 1 to avoid 2019 meaningful use payment adjustments under the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, and critical access hospitals may submit applications until November 30 to avoid…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 24, 2018
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Deadline for ASCQR program web-based measures fast approaching

Editor's Note The submission deadline for all Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) program web-based measures is May 15, 2018, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association reported on April 24. ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel is reported through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network.…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 24, 2018
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FDA issues letter to healthcare providers on risks of endoscope connectors

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 18 alerted healthcare providers and facilities about the risk of cross-contamination with 24-hour, multipatient use connectors used in gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy. Endoscope connectors are small accessories used to connect the auxiliary water channel to a water source and irrigation tubing.…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 19, 2018
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Joint Commission issues new Sentinel Event Alert on violence against healthcare workers

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on April 17 announced that it had issued a new Sentinel Event Alert 59: Physical and verbal violence against healthcare workers. The Joint Commission issued the alert during Workplace Violence Awareness Month to help healthcare workers in hospitals and other healthcare settings recognize violence from…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 18, 2018
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FDA approves firmware update for Abbott ICDs, CRT-Ds

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 17 announced that it had approved a firmware update that is now available for certain Abbott (formerly St Jude Medical) implantable cardiac devices (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds). The update is a corrective action (recall) to reduce the…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 18, 2018
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FDA alert: Coastal Meds recalls all sterile products

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 13 announced the recall by Coastal Meds (Biloxi, Mississippi) of all nonexpired products marketed as sterile because of visible particles in some of the drug vials for injection and poor sterile production practices. The FDA on April 5 requested the…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 16, 2018
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