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Antibiotic Stewardship, Patient Safety Plans Get Industry Support

August 15, 2016 - A proposed CMS rule to require antibiotic stewardship programs and improved patient safety techniques in hospitals is receiving widespread industry support.  The Pew Charitable Trusts, as well as 6500 private citizens and 22 public health organizations, have voiced their approval of the new safety and quality guidelines, which would determine Medicare reimbursement eligibility for hospitals...


EHR Adoption May Not Reduce Patient Safety, But Does It Help?


The lengthy, convoluted process of industry-wide electronic health record (EHR) adoption has produced a large number of concerns about how this new technology will impact patient safety, especially in the hospital setting, where a patient’s...

Patient Navigators Shave Hours from Hospital Discharge Times


Patients are more likely to leave the hospital earlier in the day – and complete the discharge process more quickly – when organizations employ a standardized, coordinated discharge planning program headed by a patient navigator,...

CMS Rule to Raise Patient Safety, Hospital Quality, Care Access


A new proposed rule announced by CMS this week aims to address several critical lingering gaps in the nation’s efforts to improve patient safety, raise hospital quality, and increase access to services for many traditionally underserved...

6 EHR, Big Data Issues Impede Patient Safety, Cut Quality


As part of its efforts to understand the impacts of health IT on patient safety in the clinical setting, the Office of the National Coordinator has released a pair of reports outlining the challenges of using electronic health records, patient...

Is Hospital Safety Culture Needed to Improve Patient Safety?


A focus on hospital safety culture may not be a conclusive indicator of lower rates of adverse patient outcomes and patient safety, shows a recent study published in BMJ Quality and Safety. A research team, spearheaded by Dr. Jennifer Meddings...

CMS Focuses on Patient Safety with Hospital Improvement Plan


CMS has overseen a number of significant patient safety improvements in the past few years, but the agency isn’t finished with its efforts to reduce preventable patient harm.   In a CMS blog post today, Chief Medical Officer Patrick...

Cancer Patient Care Coordination Key to Medical Home Program


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has partnered with the University of Chicago Medicine to establish the oncology intensive medical home program, which aims to improve patient care coordination and chronic disease management initiatives...

CDC: Poor Antibiotic Stewardship Puts Patient Safety at Risk


Healthcare providers could be jeopardizing patient safety and hospital quality by over-prescribing antibiotics. Despite warnings that inappropriate antibiotic use could lead to antibiotic resistance and superbugs, the Centers for Disease Control...

Are Google’s Predictive Analytics Worth Patient Privacy Risks?


The healthcare industry hasn’t always been kind to Google, which has dabbled in the shallows of patient data and personalized health for several years now, but a promising new contract with the United Kingdom’s National Health Service...

Incomplete Data Leads to Underestimates of Patient Safety Deaths


Approximately 250,000 patients are known to die from human mistakes, diagnostic errors, system failures, and preventable patient safety events each year, according to new data from Johns Hopkins, making known medical errors the nation’s...

Adverse Events Reporting Standards Boost Patient Safety in PA


The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has successfully standardized and improved its patient safety reporting procedures, according to a recent press release. On year ago, the Authority implemented 28 standards which sought to streamline...

Patient Safety Improvements Could Cut Avoidable Deaths by 50%


A focus on patient safety improvements could potentially reduce half of all hospital-caused deaths in low-rated hospitals, according to a recent report from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Following...

EHR Workflow, Patient ID Woes Top 2016 Patient Safety Error List


Electronic health records have once again scooped the unenviable top spot on ECRI Institute’s annual patient safety risk list.  While last year’s list identified data integrity errors as the foremost patient safety concern for...

Senators Urge CMS to Reconsider Hospital Compare Quality Ratings


In a recent letter, a group of sixty senators urged CMS to delay the release of the Hospital Compare Star Ratings because the current methodology for rating hospital quality does not include all relevant quality measures and the process is not...

CDC Announces Eight Patient Safety Improvement Awards


Eight hospitals and healthcare systems have been recognized as 2015 Healthcare-Associated Venous-Thromboembolism (HA-VTE) Prevention Champions for their patient safety initiatives that reduced the rate of HA-VTE, according to a recent press release....

PCDC Celebrates Aiding Its 200th Patient-Centered Medical Home


Two hundred primary care practices have earned the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition with the help of the non-profit Primary Care Development Corporation, according to a recent press...

Patient Safety, Engagement Relies on Crafting a Culture of Change


Whether it’s the first time or the fiftieth, an inpatient admission can be an extremely frightening event for a patient. Unwell and anxious, surrounded by unfamiliar people and places, subject to invasive and uncomfortable procedures,...

Do Aging Physicians Present Care Quality, Patient Safety Risks?


It’s a subject that few physicians want to face during the later stages of their careers.  At what point does a clinician become too old to effective deliver high quality care with a minimum risk to patient safety? As fewer young medical...

23% of Hospitals See Payment Cuts for Patient Safety, HACs


Patient safety deficiencies and high rates of hospital acquired conditions (HACs) have led CMS to cut reimbursement rates for 758 hospitals, representing 22.9 percent of the 3308 organizations subject to the HAC Reduction Program.  Fiscal...


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