Tag: Rules & Regulations

New EPA standards to reduce ethylene oxide emissions

Editor's Note New standards from The Environmental Protection Agency promise to cut nationwide emissions of ethylene oxide—employed to sterilize more than half of US medical devices—by more than 90 percent. According to a March 15 MedPage Today report, the aim is to reduce cancer risk among the 13 to 14…

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By: Matt Danford
March 18, 2024
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Endoscope manufacturer Olympus Medical receives third warning from FDA

Editor's Note The FDA on March 15 issued its third warning letter to endoscope manufacturer Olympus Medical, following a manufacturing site inspection and 160 complaints of device failure, as reported by Beckers. The warning letter comes after a Tokyo, Japan facility inspection, where the Single-Use Distal Covers for Duodenoscopes and…

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By: Lindsay Botts
March 24, 2023
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CMS cuts payments to 764 hospitals with high rates of HACs

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on January 26 announced that 764 hospitals will face payment cuts in FY 2022 under its Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program, the January 31 Advisory Board reports. Hawaii and Idaho were the only states whose hospitals did not receive penalties.…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 3, 2022
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The three vaccine mandate deadlines US hospitals need to know

Editor's Note On January 19, a federal court dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas opposing the federal vaccine mandate. This came just days after the Supreme Court also ruled to uphold the mandate “to promote and protect patient health and safety.” On January 20, CMS issued updated…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
January 24, 2022
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NIOSH rescinds approval for ALG Health’s N95 respirator masks

Editor's Note The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has honored a request by N95 respirator mask manufacturer, ALG Health (Bryan, Ohio), to rescind all respirator approvals issued to ALG Health, effective immediately. As of January 6, any of the following ALG Health N95 respirators marked with a…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 13, 2022
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Hospitals, ASCs face tough decisions in wake of vaccine mandates

Health systems across the country are enacting COVID-19 mandates to comply with a broad-sweeping federal requirement. Amid reports of high compliance rates, the mandate has triggered passionate and visceral responses on both sides of the debate. While some healthcare employees are eager to roll up their sleeves, others decry the…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
November 17, 2021
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CMS: COVID-19 vaccine mandates for Medicare providers

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), on Novermber 4, released regulations that will require Medicare-participating providers to ensure their staff members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. CMS says: “Facilities covered by this regulation must establish a policy ensuring all eligible staff have received the first dose…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2021
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Changes in hospital-acquired conditions, mortality after HACRP

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, find that hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) targeted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP) declined after the program was announced, but 30-day mortality was unchanged. The analysis included 8,857,877 Medicare beneficiaries…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 6, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccination requirements result in HCW terminations, resignations

Editor's Note COVID-19 vaccination requirements have caused some organizations to fire healthcare workers (HCWs) for noncompliance, and HCWs have quit over the policies, the September 17 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. Healthcare systems announcing resignations and terminations include the following: Morehead, Kentucky-based St Claire HealthCare has fired 23 HCWs for noncompliance…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 21, 2021
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Study: Effects of COVID-19 mask mandates on hospital resources, mortality

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research and the Brooke Army Medical Center JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas, finds that a Texas state-level mask mandate issued July 3, 2020, followed by a Bexar County-level mandate issued July 15, 2020, did not reduce…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 13, 2021
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