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  • National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week is on the way

    National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week starts Sunday. Although I hope you’re not in the office on Sunday, I also hope your medical staff services department gets a week of star treatment from physicians, other departments, and the organizations you deal with every day. To celebrate the week, the CRC blog will feature five days of MSP questions and answers from some of our expert sources. Check out the blog here.

  • A big-picture chapter

    The Joint Commission earlier this month announced that the 2015 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals will include a new “Patient Safety Systems” chapter. The chapter will include standards from other sections of the CAMH, but will not provide new standards. The Patient Safety Systems standards will be surveyed according to the guidelines in the other chapters. So why include this chapter at all? The Joint Commission says the goal is to inform and educate hospital leaders about the importance and structure of an integrated patient-centered system.


  • NY mulls new rules for outpatient surgical centers

    Joan Rivers’ death following treatment at a Manhattan ambulatory surgery center was tragic and untimely, but not an aberration—fatalities after surgery in physician's offices alarmed New York State health officials long before her passing, Crain’s New York Business reported earlier this week. Office-based surgical practices operate with limited state regulation. Months before Rivers’ death, health officials were already tracking adverse medical incidents that occurred as a result of surgeries at physicians' offices. Patients died in 12% of the adverse events that occurred after an office-based surgery.


  • A new hospital chapter from The Joint Commission

    The Joint Commission will include a new “Patient Safety Systems” chapter in its 2015 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals. The purpose of the chapter is to inform and educate hospital leaders about the importance and structure of an integrated patient-centered system that aims to improve quality of care and patient safety, the Joint Commission stated.



  • Credentialing for the virtual world

    The Figure 1 app, which has been called “Instagram for doctors,” might help physicians make difficult diagnoses more rapidly by seeing what their colleagues have encountered. It might also provide a repository of visual information about a wide variety of afflictions. The creators of this service claim that every picture posted is first vetted by experts (one would hope) and only credentialed healthcare professionals may upload information.



  • There’s an app for that

    A photo-sharing service for healthcare professionals will be rolled out across Western Europe by the end of the year, BBC News reported this week. The service, called Figure 1, enables physicians to share pictures of their patients with each other and with medical students. Each photo is reviewed by moderators before it is added to the database, and physicians must provide identifying credentials and are advised to notify their employees and patients to find out about consent policies before using the service. Anybody can download the Figure 1 app for free, but only verified healthcare professionals can upload photos or comment on them.


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