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Joint Commission: Standards revisions for Comprehensive Cardiac Centers

Editor' Note The Joint Commission in partnership with the American Heart Association recently approved a new certification program that will provide an independent evaluation of an organization's eligibility to qualify as a comprehensive cardiac center. After reviewing program requirements, the Joint Commission identified the following areas for revision: Collaborative model…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 25, 2018
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Joint Commission: ‘Top 5’ most challenging requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 19 released the “Top 5” requirements identified most frequently as “not compliant” during accreditation surveys and reviews in the first half of 2018. The Top 5 most challenging for Hospital Accreditation are: LS.02.01.35 The hospital provides and maintains systems for extinguishing fires (88%).…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 24, 2018
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What are the top challenges for today's ASC leaders?

We asked some top ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leaders, including members of OR Manager’s Editorial Advisory Board, to identify the top challenges ASC leaders are facing. Here are their responses. We believe you will see some of your own challenges reflected in their comments.   Mary Stewart, MSN, BSN, RN…

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By: Jan Allison, RN, CHSP
September 20, 2018
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ECRI Institute to continue AHRQ’s National Guideline Clearinghouse

Editor's Note ECRI Institute announced July 17 that it will continue providing services of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) National Guideline Clearinghouse (NCG), which was shut down because of lack of funding. The federal government has relied on ECRI Institute to maintain the NCG since its inception…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2018
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ECRI Institute research helped guide FDA report on medical device servicing

Editor's Note The ECRI Institute on May 21 announced that it had provided conclusive research to help guide the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new “FDA Report on the Quality, Safety, and Effectiveness of Servicing of Medical Devices.” The FDA report, which addresses concerns about the quality of service provided…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 22, 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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Joint Commission: On-site, non-waived lab services must be accredited

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on February 26 posted a reminder that whenever non-waived laboratory services are provided on-site (either directly or through contract) within a Joint Commission accredited facility, a separate 2-year cycle laboratory accreditation survey must also be conducted either by the Joint Commission or one of its…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 27, 2018
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One in five physicians intend to reduce work hours or leave the profession

Editor's Note The burden and bureaucracy of today’s practice of medicine are major factors influencing physicians’ intentions to reduce work hours or leave the profession, finds this study from the American Medical Association, Mayo Clinic, and Stanford University. Of nearly 36,000 physicians across all specialties surveyed, 6,880 (19.2%) responded. Nearly 1…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 2, 2017
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CMS issues guidance on MIPS information blocking component

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new guidance designed to offer clarity on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System’s (MIPS) data blocking component, the October 30 Healthcare Informatics reports. The guidance outlines how MIPS-eligible clinicians can show they are fulfilling the information blocking requirement, which…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 1, 2017
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California department of Public Health issues penalties to 10 hospitals

Editor's Note The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on August 31 issued 10 penalties to 10 California hospitals along with fines totaling $618,002. Of these, three applied to the OR: Loma Linda University Medical Center, Murrieta−a patient sustained a full thickness thermal burn injury to the left calf from…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 27, 2017
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