Officials highlighted the need for improved compliance with safety standards at The Joint Commission’s annual Hospital Executive Briefings held September 14 in New York City.
Released in the September issue of Perspectives, the data was aggregated from 676 applicable Joint Commission hospital surveys from January 1 through June 30.
Melissa Denise DeLap, 49, a community registered nurse in Columbia, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty in federal court this week to one count of healthcare fraud, prosecutors said.
Several HFAP standards have been updated, including Staff Training – Identification of Patients at Risk for Harm, Periodic Monitoring for Safety Issues, Building Safety, and Review of Safety Policies and Procedures.
Non-employee sexual harassment, also called third-party sexual harassment, is common, says attorney Sarah Carlins with Houston Harbaugh in Pittsburgh. The employer can be liable for acts of a non-employee if the employer knew about the conduct and failed to take immediate and appropriate corrective action.
The standards, which are in effect for hospital and ambulatory care programs, require that MRI facilities should collect data on incidents where ferromagnetic objects unintentionally entered the MRI scanner room and injuries resulting from the presence of ferromagnetic objects in the scanner room.
It works like this: CMS catches wind of a severe safety violation at your facility and places it under IJ. You are then given a deadline to fix the problem and come up with a plan to ensure it never happens again—and if you don’t, CMS will revoke your facility’s Medicare and Medicaid funding.
According to HFAP media representative Mary Velan, there’s currently no AAHHS brand to speak of, nor is there going to be one in the near future. Further, she says, “moving forward there will be only HFAP.”
The House Energy and Commerce committee is launching an investigation into hospital patient safety.
The White House calls for an increase in funding for veterans healthcare services, while proposing cuts to HHS and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.