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7/26/2011: CMS Releases Telemedicine Interpretive Guideline for Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals

An advance copy of the new Interpretive Guidelines is now available that reflects recent regulatory changes dealing with credentialing and telemedicine. The advanced guidance, Ref: S&C: 11-32- Hospital/CAH, can be found online here (Direct External Link, PDF)

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7/23/2011: CDC Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings

This is a CDC document published in May on the minimum expectations for preventing infection in outpatient settings. As noted in the CDC summary, the need to protect healthcare workers goes beyond just OSHA, and needs to include patients as well. CDC breaks the specifics into the

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7/17/2011: Inhibiting Community Health Center Partnerships

Although the Affordable Care Act encourages more use of community health centers and partnerships between the centers and other providers, the complexity of the laws and policies in place are preventing such collaborations in many cases. The Report by the Commonwealth Fund and Sara Rosenbaum, JD is

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6/30/2011: New Standards for secure health information transfers

One of the major efforts under health reform was the development of data storage and transaction standards by which information could be shared between insurers, healthcare providers, and clearinghouses. The standards needed include everything from how the data is transmitted (encryption methods, file formats) to what the

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6/28/2011: H1N1 Pandemic Report

Yesterday GAO released a report on the H1N1 pandemic and how its lessons can be instructive in preparing for future events. Many of the actions taken worked – such as the national vaccine stockpile, public information efforts to English-speaking populations, and centralized distribution of vaccine. Problems identified

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6/19/2011: Happy Healthcare Risk Management Week

Tomorrow is the beginning of National Healthcare Risk Management Week. Please celebrate and promote healthcare risk management while joining us in improving patient safety and ensuring a more effective healthcare system!

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ISMP 2011 Medication Safety Self Assessment

From HRET Newsletter: The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) 2011 Medication Safety Self Assessment now is available online for hospitals to evaluate their medication safety practices, identify opportunities for improvement and compare experiences with demographically similar organizations. Hospitals participate anonymously via a secure, password-protected website and

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6/13/2011: NQF Releases Four New Serious Reportable Events

The National Quality Forum has added four additional SREs to its existing list of serious reportable events. The Serious Reportable Events in Healthcare 2011 Update can be found on the website of the NQF. The new SRE items include: Death or serious injury of a neonate associated

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6/7/2011: Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Compliance Training Videos Online from OIG

HHS’ Office of the Inspector General’s Enforcement Teams (HEAT) has made available online some of their compliance training that they have conducted around the country. The videos are available in 16 parts or full-length on HHS’ website. (external link)

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6/1/2011: HITECH Accounting Disclosures Mandate

OCR for HHS just released a proposed rule for reporting disclosures of PHI as required under the HITECH Act. Specifically, the proposed rule requires health care organizations to detail who accessed what in a patient “designated record set” and in what format (paper or electronic) that is

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