Accreditation Headlines

  • Utah hospital changes policy after nurse arrest

    Officials at the Utah hospital where a nurse was arrested in July for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient say such incidents will never occur again, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. As of mid-August, University Hospital in Salt Lake City says police will no longer have contact with nurses, but rather deal with hospital administrators instead. In addition, law enforcement officials will no longer be allowed to enter the emergency room, burn unit, or other patient areas.

  • BOAQ 2016 Index

    2016 has been a year of big changes; some unexpected, some you saw coming miles away. To help you find what you need, here’s our annual index of all this year’s BOAQ articles. We hope you find this helpful in the upcoming year and we look forward to keeping you up to date on all things accreditation and quality. We’ve included links as well

  • CMS extends eCQM reporting deadline

    In a new blog post, CMS announced that it was extending its electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) submissions to March 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST. This gives facilities and extra 13 days to get their submissions in on time.

  • Feedback sought on Joint Commission Pain Assessment and Management program

    The Joint Commission seeks feedback on the proposed requirements for Pain Assessment and Management for Hospitals. Comments will be accepted until February 20, 2017.
    The accreditor hopes that by aligning its requirements with existing best practices, it will be able to better promote patient safety and quality of care.

  • Report: Financial penalties prove effective against readmissions

    Based on data collected from more than 2,800 hospitals, researchers were able to prove the effectiveness of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). Harvard and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers added that facilities that were penalized the most saw the greatest improvement in readmission reduction. Nearly $1 billion in penalties have been imposed so far.

  • Joint Commission Leadership standard now aligns with CMS

    On January 9, 2017, Joint Commission Leadership (LD) standard 01.03.01, element of performance (EP) 12, for home health and hospice will be expanded to apply to hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers.