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CMS proposes to revise physician anti-kickback rules

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on October 9 announced proposed changes to how it enforces the Physician Self-Referral Law (ie, Stark Law), which penalizes physicians and other healthcare providers for referring patients to outside services they could stand to benefit from financially. The proposed rule…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 10, 2019
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Joint Commission reviewing CMS final rules on discharge planning, burden reduction

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on October 9 that it is reviewing discharge planning and burden reduction changes announced in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rules published September 30. Any changes to Joint Commission accreditation requirements for deemed programs will go through the CMS iterative…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 10, 2019
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CMS releases final rule on discharge planning

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 26 released a final rule that revises discharge planning requirements for hospitals, the September 26 Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control reports. Among the requirements: Hospitals must prioritize patients’ care goals and treatment preferences during discharge planning. Hospitals…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 1, 2019
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Legal and ethical questions temper excitement about AI--Part 2

As part of a special series on artificial intelligence (AI), OR Manager is taking a deep dive into the many facets of this new technology and its impact on patient care. In this issue we continue our examination of the challenges related to AI, which began in last month’s issue…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
July 24, 2019
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HHS forms group to streamline quality programs

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on July 9 that it has formed a summit of key industry stakeholders and government leaders to provide insight as the Trump administration seeks to streamline, improve, and align measures used across federal healthcare quality programs. The Quality Summit,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2019
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CMS seeking comments on Patients over Paperwork initiative

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced June 6 that it is seeking new ideas on how to continue the progress of its Patients over Paperwork initiative. The initiative, which was launched in fall of 2017, has already cut the “red tape” that weighs down the…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 12, 2019
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HHS releases final report on pain management

Editor's Note The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task force, a Health and Human Services (HHA) federal advisory committee on May 30 released its final report. The report calls for a balanced, individualized, patient-centered approach to pain management and underscores the need to address stigma, risk assessment, access to care,…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 4, 2019
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ASCs react to 2019 regulatory changes

Each year, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) adapt to numerous federal regulatory policy reforms. As an example, since 2012, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program ASCs had been asking for, ASCs have reported data for a changing set of…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
February 20, 2019
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ECRI Institute launches new web-based clinical practice guidelines repository with open access

Editor's Note ECRI Institute recently launched ECRI Guidelines Trust, a publicly available web-based repository of evidence-based national and international clinical guidelines as well as Guideline Briefs with TRUST Scorecards. The healthcare community has free access to the repository, which was created after funding cuts forced the Agency for Healthcare Research…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 11, 2019
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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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