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1/24/2013: DHS Releases Active Shooter Training Resources

Following recent high-profile shootings in offices, schools, theatres – and healthcare facilities – the Department of Homeland Security has released updated tools to train all personnel on responding to an active shooter threat. The tools include webinars, a workshop, training course, video and research materials and are

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AHRQ Releases Nursing Home Safety Tool

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released online a new tool to improve safety of nursing home residents. As noted in their announcement on the TeamSTEPPS Long Term Care tool, AHRQ noted that the tool can be used in any long-term care environment, not just

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8/23/2012: Meaningful Use 2 Final Rule is Out

CMS and the ONC have announced that 60 days from publication in the Federal Register the Phase 2 rules for meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) will take effect. The ONC is responsible for the certification standards for EHR systems – these standards for Phase 2

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7/31/2012: New Office of Emergency Care Research at NIH

The NIH has created a new office designed to train future research and improve communication and coordination within the NIH on topics relevant to emergency care. The office will not be disbursing grant money, but will be organizing scientific conferences and professional development for NIH researchers. More

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7/20/2012: Few Adverse Events in Hospitals Were Reported to Reporting Systems

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of HHS released a report estimating that 50% of adverse and temporary events occurred in hospitals in states with reporting systems. However, approximately only 12% events met state reporting requirements. Hospitals further only report 1% of events. For the full

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IRS Issues Proposed Regulations for Charitable Hospitals Under ACA

On June 22, 2012, the IRS issued proposed regulations which provide information on the requirements for charitable hospitals relating to financial assistance and emergency medical care policies, charges for emergency or medically necessary care provided to individuals eligible for financial assistance, and billing and collections. Comments on

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7/17/2012: Comments Open on New FDA Guidance for CJD Prevention

The FDA has released draft guidance and is requesting comments on ways to prevent the transmission of the prion-linked CJD and vCJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) through tainted blood products including albumin. The target of the recommendations are blood product manufacturers, but some of the guidance may be instructive

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7/16/2012: Implementing Interactive Preventative Health Records

The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) has just released a new handbook on how to use a Personal Health Record (PHR) system for prevention purposes – an Interactive Preventative Care Record (IPHR). The IPHR can be used to better educate patients, and help them make

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6/28/2012: Protocol for OCR HIPAA Audits Released

The Office of Civil Rights has released its HIPAA audit protocol online. It includes searchable sections on both privacy and breach, and HIPAA security. Please visit the OCR website for more information (external link, HTML).

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6/20/2012: Complications are the focus of new NQF Patient Safety Measures

The National Quality Forum has added 14 measures for patient safety, focusing on complications of treatments. The proposed endorsed measures include the following, as listed in NQF’s announcement (external link). 0022: Use of High Risk Medications in the Elderly (NCQA) 0372: Intensive Care Unit Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis

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