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6/5/2012: Report & Podcast: Vaccines for Children

HHS’ Inspector General just released a new report on the CDC Vaccines for Children program. The program gives children free childhood immunizations and providers who are part of the program must meet specific eligibility requirements including ensuring the vaccine is stored and administered properly. The OIG report

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5/9/2012: ONC Releases Guide to Privacy & Security of PHI

The ONC has published a guide on protecting health information. The document includes a 10-step plan for meeting meaningful use security requirements, an overview of Core Measures 12 and 15, integrating good security practices into the business, and where to turn for additional resources. The guide is

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4/25/2012: New EEOC Guidelines on Criminal History Information

The EEOC has released new guidelines on how employers may use records of convictions and arrests in making decisions on employee hiring or status – and how this information may be protected under Title 7 rules. The guidelines and FAQ from the EEOC is available online (external

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4/19/2012: Virtual Group Member The Reliability Center Wins Product of the Year

The Reliability Center’s PROAct OnDemand Software was selected as Product of the Year by Plant Engineering magazine – the third time a version of the software has won. The software is an online tool for root cause analysis (RCA) and is suitable for healthcare and many other

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4/18/2012: Openness, Apologies, Disclosure in Massachusetts

Seven Massachusetts hospitals today announced their participation in a plan to encourage more openness and apologies when providers make mistakes. While this a pilot project at the moment, the hope is that the “road map to reform” will alter the perception that disclosure is a liability. More

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4/16/2012: Nursing Home Disaster Preparedness Gaps

The Inspector General for HHS has released a report [PDF, external link] on emergency preparedness in nursing homes. The report largely resulted from gaps found in a 2006 report on hurricane preparedness. The new report found that most facilities were compliant with Federal planning requirements, but “…[the OIG

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4/6/2012: New Recommendations for Labs

The CDC has issued new recommendations for labs doing genetic testings screening for inherited metabolic disorders. The recommendations cover laboratory practices, quality assurance, performance verification, pre-testing considerations, personnel, and confidentiality. The recommendations are in Volume 6, RR-2 of MMWR and are available online (External Link, PDF).

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3/8/2012: CMS Issues Clarification on Referring Practitioners Ordering Outpatient Services in Hospitals

CMS has issued a clarification on referring practitioners ordering outpatient services in hospitals. The memorandum (attached, PDF) includes the following summary: Outpatient services in hospitals may be ordered (and patients may be referred for hospital outpatient services) by a practitioner who is: Responsible for the care of

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1/31/2012 – Serious Reportable Events in 2011 and Disaster Preparedness in 2012

Two new reports have been released that may serve as valuable guides for risk managers in healthcare: the National Quality Forum has published an update on serious reportable events (PDF, external link) from the past year. The reports looks at the 28 serious reportable that the NQF endorses

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1/24/2012: Social Media Guide for Doctors and Medical Students

The British Medical Journal recently released a guide for doctors and medical students of ethical and practical guidance for the use of social media. The 8 pages of advice are available online (external, PDF) and include managing friend requests, professionalism, and employment issues. Some items are specific

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