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CMS revises guidance for pharmaceutical services and compounding medications

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 45, November 10, 2015

    The CMS last week released revised hospital guidance for pharmaceutical services and expanded...

December webcast to highlight survey hot spots for 2016

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 44, November 3, 2015

    What are the CMS and Joint Commission hot spots for 2016? Join Bud Pate, REHS, and Lisa Eddy, RN...

CMS proposal would give patients a say in discharge process

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 44, November 3, 2015

    A proposed rule from CMS would provide greater weight to patient preference during the hospital...

CMS to reward 1,800 hospitals through VBP program in 2016

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 43, October 27, 2015

    The federal government’s value-based purchasing program will award bonuses to 1,800 hospitals...

GAO: Quality hasn't improved in three years under VBP program

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 40, October 6, 2015

    A new Government Accountability Office report examining the first three years of Hospital...

CMS proposes paying providers to discuss end-of-life choices with patients

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 28, July 14, 2015

    A new CMS proposal hopes to reduce end-of-life medical costs by paying healthcare providers to...

AHA voices concern over proposed CMS quality reporting requirements

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 25, June 23, 2015

    CMS has proposed new quality metrics, but healthcare providers are raising doubts about the...

Report says patient satisfaction surveys are flawed

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 23, June 9, 2015

    A new Hastings Center report is critical of the patient satisfaction surveys used by CMS to assess...

Joint Commission revises hospice requirements to align with CMS

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 21, May 26, 2015

    As of July 1, 2015, several revised Joint Commission hospice requirements will go into effect to...

Blog excerpt: CMS announces Physician Quality Reporting Programs Strategic Vision

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 19, May 12, 2015

    When CMS shared the findings of the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System, it also published a...

CMS to expand hospital infection reporting

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 19, May 12, 2015

    The CMS announced plans to expand reporting of healthcare-associated infections to provide a...

Blog excerpt: CMS updates eCQMs for 2016 reporting

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 18, May 5, 2015

    CMS last week posted the annual update for the 2014 electronic clinic quality measures for eligible...

CMS: Physicians choose penalties over participation in quality reporting, e-prescribing programs

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2015

    The CMS says more than 400,000 providers accepted pay cuts instead of participate in the federal...

CMS unveils hospital rating system

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 16, April 21, 2015

    The CMS has introduced a star rating system on its Hospital Compare website that is based on...

CMS plans to relaunch Partnership for Patients program

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 7, February 17, 2015

    CMS is preparing to launch a revamped version of its Partnership for Patients initiative, which...

CMS announces list of facilities penalized for HACs

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2014

    One in five hospitals are being penalized by the CMS for hospital-acquired conditions.

CMS offers categorical waiver allowing power strip use in hospitals

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 39, September 30, 2014

    The CMS is offering a categorical waiver that permits hospitals to use power strips in patient care...

CMS to resume releasing hospital-acquired conditions data

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 36, September 9, 2014

    After it stopped public reporting data on hospital-acquired conditions, the CMS now plans to resume...

Standards revisions align with CMS changes

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 35, September 2, 2014

    New Joint Commission revisions to hospital standards have been made to align with CMS effort to...

2015 IPPS Final Rule focuses on healthcare quality efforts

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 32, August 12, 2014

    The fiscal year 2015 IPPS final rule devotes a substantial amount of its updates to hospital...

Upcoming webcast provides mock tracer guidance

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 28, July 15, 2014

    An HCPro webcast on August 20 will walk attendees through the mock survey process to help improve...

CMS renews deeming authority for Joint Commission

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 27, July 8, 2014

    The CMS has renewed deeming authority for The Joint Commission for hospital accreditation through...

CMS punishing hospitals with worst rates of HAIs, patient injuries

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 25, June 24, 2014

    The federal government this fall will cut Medicare payments for hospitals that have the worst rates...

Joint Commission prepublication standards aligning with CMS go into effect next week

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 25, June 24, 2014

    Revised standards from The Joint Commission that align with CMS requirements go into effect on July...

Clarification

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 24, June 17, 2014

    The American Society for Healthcare Engineering clarified that the CMS has not issued a new...

CMS restricts use of power strips in patient care areas

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 23, June 10, 2014

    The CMS is barring the use of power strips in hospital patient care spaces including operating...

HHS: Quality initiatives prevent 15,000 deaths, save $4 billion

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 20, May 20, 2014

    Public-private partnerships led to decrease in patient harm during 2011 and 2012.

CMS launches improved QIO program

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 19, May 13, 2014

    The CMS last week announced changes to its quality improvement organization program that re...

CMS proposes adoption of 2012 Life Safety CodeĀ®

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 15, April 15, 2014

    CMS yesterday announced a proposed rule to adopt an updated edition of the Life Safety Code®...

Syracuse surgeon accused of slapping anesthetized patients

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2014

    A surgeon at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y., is accused of slapping...

CMS clarifies two-midnight rule, but hospitals still upset

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2014

    The CMS last week issued another clarification of its two midnight rule, but hospitals say the...

CMS delays two-midnight rule enforcement

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2014

    After opposition from hospitals and physicians, the CMS has delayed enforcement of its...

CMS requests comments on emergency preparedness rule

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 3, January 22, 2014

    The CMS is seeking public comments on a new proposed rule on emergency preparedness.

CMS publishes final 2014 CQMs

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 44, October 30, 2012

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the final 2014 clinical...

From the AHAP Blog: Joint Commission accreditation of clinical labs renewed by CMS

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 26, June 26, 2012

    The Joint Commission announced this week that it has been granted deeming authority for the...

CMS announces Health Care Innovation Awards

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 25, June 19, 2012

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the winners for the second...

Q&A: Clarifying PC.03.05.05, EP 4 (Orders for restraint)

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 21, May 22, 2012

    Q: The surveyor found that on the behavioral health unit in the electronic medical records (EMR...

CMS releases final hospital/CAH CoPs

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 20, May 15, 2012

    Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the final rule reforming...

27 organizations named ACOs by CMS

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 17, April 17, 2012

    CMS this week named 27 organizations as the first accountable care organizations, participating in...

From the AHAP Blog: CMS temporarily suspends outpatient quality measure

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 17, April 17, 2012

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has suspended outpatient quality measure OP-19...

From the AHAP Blog: Two new reasons to go to the AHAP conference

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 14, April 3, 2012

    This year’s AHAP conference, to be held May 10-11 at the Hilton at Walt Disney World®...

CMS measure on CT scan use questioned

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 9, February 28, 2012

    The Annals of Emergency Medicine has released a report showing that the CMS new image efficiency...

Q&A: What if my staff just doesn’t know the answer?

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 9, February 28, 2012

    Q: We are expecting a survey any day now and I’m worried that some of my staff may not know...

CLABSI to be included on Hospital Compare

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 5, February 3, 2012

    CMS has updated its Hospital Compare website in order to include central line-associated...

CMS to require certain facilities to report HAIs, other quality indicators

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 3, January 20, 2012

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will, beginning this month, require some...

CMS releases quality information to consumer groups

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 50, December 8, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), under the Affordable Care Act, announced...

CMS posts changes to medication administration timing requirements

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 49, December 2, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced that the organization is...

Effective date announced for patient-centered communication standards

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 47, November 18, 2011

    The Joint Commission has announced that the previously approved patient-centered communication...

From the AHAP Blog: Joint Commission Critical Access Hospital Accreditation program receives CMS recognition

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 43, October 25, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have granted deeming authority to The Joint...

CMS proposes changes to CoPs to "cut red tape"

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 43, October 21, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced proposed changes to the...

Joint Commission continues telemedicine discussion with CMS

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 33, August 12, 2011

    The Joint Commission stated this week that is has submitted proposed changes to its standards...

CMS expands Hospital Compare data

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 33, August 12, 2011

    Federal health officials have announced that they have expanded the HospitalCompare website, making...

HHS aims to improve health and cost for dual eligible patients

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 30, July 22, 2011

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has introduced three new initiatives to help...

What’s new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 27, July 5, 2011

    Upcoming working group call

Wall Street Journal: The road to fewer re-admissions

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 27, July 1, 2011

    One in every ten dollars spent on healthcare goes toward preventable readmissions, according to a...

CMS proposes new rule for community mental health centers

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 27, July 1, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would provide...

From the AHAP Blog: AAAASF receives deeming authority through CMS

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 25, June 21, 2011

    Earlier this week, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the approval...

Joint Commission teams up with ASHI

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 25, June 17, 2011

    The Joint Commission and the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) have...

AAAASF receives deeming authority through CMS

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 25, June 17, 2011

    Earlier this week, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the approval of...

Joint Commission reports on HHS rules review

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 25, June 17, 2011

    Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a plan for a retrospective...

CMS proposes making hospital performance data public

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 24, June 10, 2011

    A new proposed rule would allow Medicare and private sector claims data to be used to produce...

CMS posts new FAQs on diagnostic imaging standards

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 23, June 3, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have released a set of ten Frequently Asked...

From the AHAP Blog: Joint Commission calls CMS revised telemedicine standards a "positive step"

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 20, May 17, 2011

    The Joint Commission has released an official statement reacting to revisions by the Centers for...

Joint Commission calls CMS revised telemedicine standards a "positive step"

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 20, May 13, 2011

    The Joint Commission has released an official statement reacting to revisions by the Centers for...

From the AHAP Blog: CMS posts telemedicine final rule in Federal Register

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 19, May 10, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have released a much-anticipated final rule...

CMS posts telemedicine final rule in Federal Register

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 19, May 6, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have released a much-anticipated final rule...

CMS seeks input on new medication measures

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 18, April 28, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is working with Florida Medical Quality...

CMS recognizes Joint Commission for psychiatric hospital accreditation

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 10, March 4, 2011

    CMS announced that is has granted deemed status to The Joint Commission for the accreditation of...

AHAP Staff Challenge: Restraint and seclusion

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 8, February 22, 2011

    True or false: CMS exempts hospitals that use The Joint Commission for deemed status from having...

Deadline for implementing telemedicine requirements extended

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 8, February 17, 2011

    The Joint Commission announced this week that, because the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

From the AHAP Blog: CMS proposes new rule: Perform well, be rewarded

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 4, January 25, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new rule for hospital...

CMS proposes new rule: Perform well, be rewarded

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 3, January 21, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new rule for hospital...

From the AHAP Blog: New standards changes towards CMS compliance

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 3, January 18, 2011

    As part of the organization’s ongoing process to comply with CMS Conditions of Participation...

New standards changes towards CMS compliance

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 3, January 14, 2011

    As part of the organization’s ongoing process to comply with CMS Conditions of Participation...

Joint Commission to align with CMS changes to patient visitation CoPs

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 3, January 14, 2011

    CMS has recently updated its requirements under the Conditions of Participation (CoP) for patient...

2011 CMS CLASBI reporting requirements announced

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 52, December 22, 2010

    The Joint Commission has issued a notification to its accredited hospitals regarding new reporting...

What’s new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 48, December 7, 2010

    Save the date!

CMS updates requirements for ordering respiratory services

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 41, October 19, 2010

    In order to comply with changes to CMS Conditions of Participation for hospitals regarding who may...

CMS updates requirements for ordering respiratory services

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 42, October 15, 2010

    In order to comply with changes to CMS Conditions of Participation for hospitals regarding who may...

PC.02.01.05 revisions released

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 35, August 27, 2010

    PC.02.01.05, element of performance (EP) 2, has been updated in order to meet requirements...

Keeping up with education and training with The Joint Commission and CMS

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Education and training for hospital staff has always been time-consuming and costly for both...

CMS proposes two hospital-acquired infection measures

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 22, May 31, 2010

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a notice of proposed changes...

A look at CMS' newest anesthesia standards

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    The new guidelines contain information on the supervision of a certified registered nurse...

A look at CMS' newest anesthesia standards

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published revised interpretive guidelines...

Survey terminology update: A look at CMS terms, medical records review, and more

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Many hospitals still struggle with understanding the CMS survey process—particularly...

FDA extends time to replace Steris sterilizing system

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 6, February 8, 2010

    Those healthcare facilities using the Steris© sterilizing system will now have an 18-month...

CMS approves Joint Commission's application for deeming authority

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    The Joint Commission’s hospital accreditation program has been approved for continued deeming...

How to track CMS changes and announcements

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Ever feel like navigating the world of CMS changes is an uphill battle? You are not alone. Survey...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 41, October 5, 2009

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 40, September 28, 2009

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Few savings for Medicare generated from hospital penalties

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 38, September 14, 2009

    Last year, on October 1, 2008, Medicare adopted a policy that refuses to pay hospitals' extra costs...

New accreditation decision: What will this mean for your facility in 2010 surveys?

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    The Joint Commission has announced it will adopt a new accreditation decision for 2010. This...

Medicare posts policies for H1N1 pandemic or other emergency

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 36, August 31, 2009

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a 22-page document on Medicare...

Standards update: Answering your questions on restraints and more

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Restraint remains one of the most challenging issues in hospital accreditation today. To that end...

Documentation control highlights ISO certification

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    When the concept of introducing ISO 9001 to the hospital setting first arose, hospital leaders...

First draft at redefining "meaningful use" is attempted

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 26, June 22, 2009

    Last week, the Health Information Technology Policy Committee attempted a first draft of the...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 26, June 22, 2009

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company’s Center for Healthcare Accreditation...

New England doctor fears restraints will be used in preventing patient falls

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 24, June 8, 2009

    In October 2009, the federal government stopped paying hospitals for extra care if a patient fall...

New CMS Conditions for Coverage take effect

  • Ambulatory Quality and Compliance Insider, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    As of May 18, Medicare-certified ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) must meet the latest revisions to...

Joint Commission standards update: Deemed status application revisions for 2009

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    In our April column, we took a look at the changes released earlier this year by The Joint...

Weighing accreditation options

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 20, May 4, 2009

    It has been a little over six months since Det Norske Veritas (DNV) was awarded hospital deeming...

New rule proposed to inpatient rehab facilities by CMS

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 20, May 4, 2009

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule updating...

AHA and others urge CMS to withdraw physician supervision policy

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 19, April 27, 2009

    After a recent policy change to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) policy on...

CMS pilots program to prevent readmissions

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 18, April 17, 2009

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the names of 14 communities...

Validation surveys: Tips for maintaining readiness

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 17, April 10, 2009

    Reports from the field indicate that validation surveys by state surveyors on behalf of CMS are...

One in five Medicare patients readmitted within month of discharge

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 16, April 3, 2009

    Roughly 20% of Medicare patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, a new...

Briefings on The Joint Commission April 2009

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Every month, Briefings on The Joint Commission brings you the latest news in Joint Commission...

Washington hospital moves to DNV accreditation

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    For one Washington hospital, making the move from Joint Commission accreditation to DNV Healthcare...

Validation surveys: Tips for maintaining readiness

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Reports from the field indicate that validation surveys by state surveyors on behalf of CMS are...

Weighing accreditation options

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Reports from the field indicate that validation surveys by state surveyors on behalf of CMS are...

Life safety success highlights survey

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    It has been a little more than six months since Det Norske Veritas (DNV) was awarded hospital...

CMS and physician supervision: Off-site physicians

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    CMS has clarified its ruling on the physician supervision of on-campus hospital outpatient...

CMS finalizes policy for non-payment of three medical errors

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 5, January 30, 2009

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized changes, originally proposed...

Are no-pay rules for never events punishing hospitals?

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 3, January 15, 2009

    While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) pronouncement that it would no longer...

CMS retires acute myocardial infarction quality measure set

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 2, January 9, 2009

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced that it will retire a quality...

OIG releases reports on adverse events

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 51, December 18, 2008

    The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released a...

CMS proposes no longer paying for wrong site, patient, or surgery cases

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 49, December 4, 2008

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued several proposed decision memos this...

Hospitals undergo process to change accrediting organizations

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    CMS announced September 26 that it had granted deeming authority to Oslo, Norway–based Det...

Briefings on The Joint Commission, December 2008

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Inside: Hospitals undergo process to change accrediting organizations Immediate-threat-to-life...

Beating CFCs to the punch

  • Ambulatory Quality and Compliance Insider, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    ASCs make proactive changes in advance of final rule As ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) await the...

Hospitals undergo process to change accrediting organizations

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 49, November 20, 2008

    CMS announced September 26 that it had granted deeming authority to Oslo, Norway–based Det...

Restraints Interpretive Guideline: Questions answered

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 48, November 13, 2008

    Q. If a patient is in restraints and it looks like he can do without them, and I take them off, can...

CMS approves DNV to accredit hospitals

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    CMS has announced the approval of DNV Healthcare, Inc., as a deeming authority for U.S. hospitals...

CMS to improve quality of care for hospital outpatient departments

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 46, October 31, 2008

    CMS announced intentions to build upon the connection between the quality of care provided to...

Joint Commission responds to CMS Clarification

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 46, October 31, 2008

    The Joint Commission has issued an official response to an announcement to the Centers for Medicare...

Joint Commission critical access hospital program on probation

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 45, October 24, 2008

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in the October 24, 2008 Federal...

Patient Population and Sampling data deadline extended

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 44, October 16, 2008

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for Initial...

Group to study impact of changes to Medicare payments

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 43, October 10, 2008

    The Health Research & Education Trust has received $180,000 in grant funding to study the...

AHRQ announces PSO approval process

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 43, October 10, 2008

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has announced guidance for organizations seeking to...

Medicare no-pay for preventable conditions start date arrives

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 42, October 3, 2008

    October 1 has arrived: Beginning this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS...

A new name for an old problem: Working with pharmaceutical waste

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    There was an interesting e-mail recently posted on a national patient safety listserv about a...

CMS survey coordinators: Know your survey

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    There are several ways that hospitals preparing for CMS surveys can get sidetracked. Let’s...

CMS approves DNV to accredit hospitals

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 41, September 26, 2008

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Friday the approval of DNV...

AHA shares opinion about CMS’ criteria for surgical errors

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 38, September 8, 2008

    The American Hospital Association asked The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to...

Understand new rules for reporting restraint deaths

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 9, September 1, 2008

    Editor's note: Sue Dill Calloway, RN, MSN, JD, director of hospital risk management at OHIC...

Hospitals continue to struggle with heparin overdoses

  • Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, Issue 9, September 1, 2008

    Editor's note: This feature explores problematic Joint Commission standards with expert advice from...