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5/10/2011: Preventing Nosocomial Norovirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines on how to prevent and control norovirus gastroenteritis infections in healthcare. The CDC guidance includes specific recommendations on hygiene, cohorting and isolating patients, patient transfer and the closing of affected wards, diagnostic criteria and practices, PPE,

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5/3/2011: The Week That Was

The Federal regulators are releasing a lot of new regulations this week, May 5 and In the Federal Register the formal publications are as follows: Telemedicine (May 5) and Value Based Purchasing (May 6). We will be writing up a special TRG eNews on Telemedicine this week

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4/28/2011: CMS Updates Meaningful Use

CMS has posted a new FAQ that provides more details on how meaningful use will be determined. Hospitals will have to attest that 15 measures were generated by certified EHR systems and is accurate. However, accuracy is assumed if the technology is certified, and at this point,

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4/1/2011: HHS Seeking Public Input on National Health Security Strategy

The focal point will be developing scalable health care delivery systems and promoting an effective countermeasures enterprise. The Secretary of HHS is seeking the public’s comments on the two draft chapters that address these issues in the National Health Security Strategy Biennial Implementation Plan. Download the announcement

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4/1/2011: ACOs and Conflict of Interest

Our March issue of the TRG e-Newsletter focuses in on potential conflict of interest under the proposed ACO rules that were released yesterday. Click here to read our comments and guidance on the issue.

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3/31/2011: Coordinated Federal Regulatory Effort on ACOs

Beside the A 432-page proposed rule for Accountable Care Organizations issued shortly before noon Eastern Daylight Time on March 31, 2011, several other important documents were released for public review. To get a better sense of the regulatory mosaic intended for ACOs, these documents should be read

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3/31/2011: Proposed Rules for ACOs Are Out

As part of a special filing, CMS today released an online version of the proposed ACO regulations. The proposed rule will appear in the April 7, 2011 Federal Register. In the current double-space format, the proposed rule is 432 pages. There will be a 60 day commentary

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3/28/2011: Virtual Group Member Robert Latino on Error Reduction in Healthcare

Virtual Group member Robert Latino contributed two chapters to the newly-published Error Reduction in Healthcare: A System’s Approach to Patient Safety (Note: external site – Amazon bookstore). The book is edited by Patrice L. Spath and published by Jossey-Bass. The Foreword is by Lucian Leape and the

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3/17/2011: New Civil Penalties for Nursing Homes

Tomorrow (3/18) CMS will be officially announcing new civil monetary penalties for nursing homes that do not comply with the CoPs  by Jan. 1, 2012. Please see the new Federal rule here (PDF – hosted).

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3/4/2011: 92% of Nursing Facilities Employ at Least 1 Convict

The OIG at HHS has posted a report on employment in nursing facilities that found 92% of facilities “employed at least one individual with at least one criminal conviction. Overall, 5 percent of nursing facility employees had at least one criminal conviction.” While it is true it

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