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The Joint Commission revising CAH EPs to better align with CMS

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on July 12, announced that it is making several changes to its critical access hospital (CAH) elements of performance (EPs) to better align with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation, effective August 27, 2023. The changes are part of CMS’…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2023
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New session announced: Quality Measure Reporting Updates for ASCs

Editor's Note The 2023 OR Manager Conference this week announced a new luncheon, “Quality Measure Reporting Updates for ASCs,” to be presented Monday, September 18, at 12:10 pm. The session led by Gina Throneberry, MBA, RN, CASC, CNOR, director of education and clinical affairs for the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association,…

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By: Lindsay Botts
July 13, 2023
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The Joint Commission: PSC performance measure renamed

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on July 5, announced that the Primary Stroke Center (PSC) Certification performance measure Stroke Volume (STK-VOL-1) is being renamed to Ischemic Stroke Patients who Receive Mechanical Endovascular Reperfusion Therapy, which removes the word “eligible” from the title. The change distinguishes ischemic stroke patients who receive…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 12, 2023
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The Joint Commission updates resources in Health Care Equity accreditation, certification resource centers

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on July 5, announced that it had updated its Health Care Equity (HCE) Accreditation Standards & Resource Center and its HCE Certification Resource Center to help organizations meet healthcare equity requirements. New resources in the HCE Accreditation Standards & Resource Center include: the feasibility of…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2023
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FDA: Class I recall of Megadyne’s Mega 2000, Mega Soft reusable patient return electrodes

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on July 11, identified the recall by Megadyne of its Mega 2000 and Mega Soft reusable patient return electrodes as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated after Megadyne received reports of pediatric and adult patients receiving burn injuries during…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2023
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Healthcare employment up in June

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was up in June to a seasonally adjusted 16,844,800 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on July 7. That’s up 41,100 since May. Hospital employment also was up by 15,000 jobs. The overall unemployment rate fell in June to 3.7%, for…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 10, 2023
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The Joint Commission no longer evaluating COVID-19 vaccination compliance

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on July 5, announced that its surveyors will no longer be evaluating compliance with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for accreditation. The standard will remain in the current manual until the next standards release later this year, The Joint Commission says.

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By: Judy Mathias
July 10, 2023
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ANA, AMA, others react to SCOTUS ruling on affirmative action

Editor's Note Since the divisive ruling on affirmative action from the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on June 29, which stated that "colleges and universities can no longer take race into consideration as a specific basis in admissions—a landmark decision that will have profound impacts on higher education institutions including medical…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
July 6, 2023
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AHA urges EPA to ensure proposed EtO standards don’t disrupt healthcare delivery

Editor's Note In a June 27 letter, the American Hospital Association (AHA) urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “to avoid disrupting healthcare delivery through the unintentional fracturing” of the medical device supply chain with its proposed ethylene oxide (EtO) standards. The EPA proposes: reducing EtO emissions by 80% adding new…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2023
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The Joint Commission: Refreshed Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports available for primary, comprehensive stroke centers

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on June 28, announced that refreshed Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports are now available for primary (PSCs) and comprehensive (CSCs) stroke centers. The reports provide updated performance measurement data on quality measures selected for advanced PSC and CSC certification programs, through the fourth quarter of 2022.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2023
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