ISMP releases medication safety self-assessment tool

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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices yesterday released a tool to help hospitals and outpatient facilities evaluate their safety practices for “high-alert” medications, identify opportunities for improvement and track their experiences over time. Providers who submit their assessment findings to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, physicians, nurses, opioids

CMS seeks comments on new approach to Innovation Center

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments through Nov. 20 on a “new direction” for its Innovation Center that will approach new model design through six guiding principles: choice and competition in the market; provider choice and incentives; patient-centered care; benefit design and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Program Integrity, Medicare, Medicaid, price, transparency, Mental health, Behavioral health

Medicare announces quality reporting exceptions for Hurricane Irma

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Certain hospitals and other facilities in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Irma will be granted exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs without submitting an extraordinary circumstances request, the Centers for Medicare... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, disaster readiness

AHA suggests actions to immediately reduce CMS regulatory burden

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The AHA today laid out actions the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could take to immediately reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve. Submitted in response to the agency’s request for information on flexibilities and efficiencies, the suggestions... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation

CMS to issue guidance before implementing ligature risk requirements

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In a statement sent to accrediting organizations Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will develop guidance regarding the definition of what constitutes a ligature risk and other safety risks involved in the care of patients with suicidal ideation. CMS typically requires... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Mental health, Behavioral health

Study finds digital divide in advanced use of EHRs

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About 80.5% of hospitals had adopted at least a basic electronic health record in 2015, up from 75.2% in 2014, according to a study reported online last month by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Based on the Information Technology Supplement to the AHA Survey, the study also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, patient and family engagement

CMS updating QualityNet to reflect reduced 2017 eCQM requirements

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The QualityNet system has not yet been updated to reflect changes to electronic clinical quality measure reporting requirements for calendar year 2017 under the fiscal year 2018 inpatient prospective payment system final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reports. Released this month, the ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records

CMS extends deadline for submitting certain 2017 SNF quality data

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended the deadline for submitting assessment measure data to the skilled nursing facility quality reporting program for the first three quarters of calendar year 2017 so it can correct technical issues with the current Review and Correct Reports. The new... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: quality

Company recalls sterile drug products

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Bella Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling all lots of unexpired sterile drug products due to lack of sterility assurance, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. The products were distributed to health care facilities nationwide. Anyone with product subject to the recall should stop using... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient safety

AHA posts videos of Summit award recipients

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The recipients of the 2017 Circle of Life Award, Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership, Equity of Care Award, and AHA NOVA Award are spotlighted in new videos on the AHA's YouTube channel. The awards were presented last month at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, equity, awards, advanced illness care

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