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CMS releases proposed inpatient payment rule for FY 2021

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on May 11 released a proposed rule that increases Medicare inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) rates by a net of 3.1% in FY 2021, compared to 2020, for acute care hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program that…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 13, 2020
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OSHA issues guidance on reuse, decontamination of N95 respirators

Editor's Note The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on April 24 issued interim guidance on the reuse and decontamination of N95 and other filtering-facepiece respirators during the COVID-19 pandemic. OSHA notes that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has identified research that suggests the following methods…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 29, 2020
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HHS releases final interoperability rules

Editor's Note The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on March 9 released two interoperability rules, which will give patients direct access to their healthcare data. These rules mark the most extensive healthcare data sharing policies the federal government has implemented, requiring public and private entities to share…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 9, 2020
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CMS expects greater scrutiny from Joint Commission surveyors

[This article from the January 2020 issue of OR Manager summarizes information presented at the 2019 OR Manager Conference. The presenter offered tips to help attendees comply with Joint Commission standards and achieve a successful Joint Commission survey. Readers are asked to note the following points of clarification: The presentation…

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By: OR Manager
December 17, 2019
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To avoid penalties, know the rules for quality reporting

Keeping up with Medicare’s regulatory and reporting requirements for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) can be as difficult as ensuring physicians arrive to start their cases on time. “Regulations can change frequently,” says Gina Throneberry, MBA, RN, CASC, CNOR, director of education and clinical affairs for the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association…

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By: OR Manager
December 17, 2019
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Joint Commission surveys based on version of USP 797 chapter adopted

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced December 11 that during the appeals process of he United States Pharmacopeia (USP) 797 chapter revisions, it will evaluate organizations based on the version they have adopted−either 2008 or the 2019 revised chapter. Organizations may not independently choose specific components from both versions, but…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 12, 2019
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Joint Commission: Password reset coming for single sign-on access to website

Editor's Note: The Joint Commission announced on December 4 that it will soon unveil a new website design with a single sign-on for multiple sites, including Joint Commission Connect, Targeted Solutions tool, and the Joint Commission Resources webstore. When the new website launches, users will be prompted to reset their…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 5, 2019
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Joint Commission: Deadline approaching for submission of CY 2019 eCQM data

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 29 announced that the deadline for onboarding to the Direct Data Submission (DDS) Platform for submission of CY 2019 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) is December 20. Organizations that submitted CY 2018 eCQMs through the DDS Platform do not need to be onboarded…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 31, 2019
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Association of disposable OR jackets with SSIs

Editor's Note The use of long-sleeved disposable OR jackets as recommended by AORN is not associated with reductions in surgical site infections (SSIs) and presents a fiscal burden, this study finds. In this analysis of 60,009 patients in 12 hospitals in a large multicenter health organization during a 55 month…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 29, 2019
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Joint Commission announces publication of 2020 accreditation, certification manuals

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 25 announced publication of the 2020 manual for Disease-Specific Care Certification and four fall updates to the current accreditation manuals. Coming in November are the 2020 accreditation manuals for all programs.

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By: Judy Mathias
October 28, 2019
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