CMS Updates IC, Other Survey Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities

The Quality, Safety and Oversight Group memo, QSO-22-19-NH, outlines the updates, which are part of a White House effort announced earlier this year to improve safety and quality of care in nursing homes. The APIC alert also notes that CMS has online training for surveyors and nursing home stakeholders on CMS’ Quality, Safety, and Education Portal (QSEP).

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More Than 5K Nurses Sign Up for Free Burnout Prevention Program

More than 5,000 nurses have signed up for a new free nurse burnout prevention program in which the American Nurses Association (ANA) is encouraging its members to participate. ANA has partnered with SE Healthcare for the Burnout Prevention Enrichment CenterTM, a web-based platform that offers 24/7 an ever-growing collection of tools and audio and video educational content to help prevent career burnout.

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Survey: Virtual Visits Have Their Benefits (and Distractions)

Compiled by the New York-based telehealth scheduling company Zocdoc, the survey, taken separately of patients and care providers between May 2020 and May 2022 and combined with an analysis of appointment bookings, charts the increase in telehealth visits during the pandemic and a decrease in recent months as the COVID-19 crisis has waned. It found that roughly one-third of all visits were virtual in 2020, as the pandemic peaked, and that number dropped to 17% as of May 2022.

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Lessons Learned From the RaDonda Vaught Case

Change does not happen overnight; it takes time, strategy, and concerted effort. Take the U.S. commercial aviation industry, for instance. Over the past 20 years, the sector has decreased its overall fatality rates by 95%. This was achieved with the support of the Federal Aviation Administration, which worked with the industry to form a number of programs that monitor for and ensure compliance, like the Commercial Aviation Safety Team.

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Rethinking Medical Data Analysis

The pandemic has rendered many established healthcare processes and workflows inefficient. To fix the inefficiencies rapidly, many providers have had to speed up their digital transformation efforts by as much as 74%. The changes have powered a meaningful shift in the role of analytics in healthcare.

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How Burnout Impacts Healthcare Workers

According to a study by the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis that looked at the supply and demand projections of nurses, some states will experience a shortage of registered nurses and licensed practical/vocational nurses by 2030, and a report by the Association of American Medical Colleges projected a shortage of 139,000 physicians by 2033.

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