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Archive for May, 2016

Notice Issued Correcting Stage 3 Health Information Exchange Measures

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a notice correcting a Stage 3 health information exchange measure for hospitals. Under the correction, Stage 3 health information exchange measure 2 will require eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to incorporate into the patient’s record an electronic summary of care document for more than 40% of transitions and referrals received, as well as encounters with new patients. The final rule originally included a requirement that the summary of care document come from a source other than the provider’s EHR system. The notice includes technical corrections to the final  rule modifying meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs in 2015 through 2017.

The notice can be found at https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-128535/31/2016

CANDOR Process Toolkit Released

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a toolkit to help hospital leaders and clinicians communicate accurately with patients and families when something goes wrong with their care. The customizable toolkit uses an AHRQ-developed communication and resolution process called Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR). This toolkit aims to assist everyone involved – patients, families, clinicians and administrators – in discussing what happened, agree on a resolution, and make care safer in the long run.

For further details, visit http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patient-safety-resources/resources/candor/index.html

Patient Safety Act Guidance Issued by AHRQ

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued guidance to clarify what qualifies as Patient Safety Work Product (PSWP) under its final rule implementing the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005. In addition, it offers guidance on how health care providers can satisfy both the rule and external reporting or recordkeeping obligations. The law provides legal and confidentiality protections for PSWP, including information that health care providers report to Patient Safety Organizations to improve quality and patient safety.

The guidance can be found at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-12312.pdf

Three New Members to Health IT Policy Committee Named

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro has named three new members to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, which recommends policies and standards to the National Coordinator for Health IT. James Ferguson, Vice President of HIT Strategy and Policy at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA, will fill the committee position representing payers. Carolyn Petersen, Senior Editor of Mayoclinic.org for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, will fill the position of patient/consumer advocate. Karen van Caulil, President and CEO of the Florida Health Care Coalition, will fill the position representing employers.

The press release can be found at http://www.gao.gov/press/appointments_hcac_2016may.htm

Final Rule on Fire Safety Requirements Published

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a final rule that updates health care facilities’ fire protection guidelines to improve protections for all Medicare beneficiaries in facilities from fire.

The new guidelines apply to hospitals, long term care (LTC) facilities, critical access hospitals (CAHs), inpatient hospice facilities, programs for all inclusive care for the elderly (PACE), religious non-medical healthcare institutions (RNHCI), ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF-IID).

This rule adopts updated provisions of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC), as well as provisions of the NFPA’s 2012 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code. CMS strives to promote health and safety for all patients, family, and staff in every provider and supplier setting. Fire safety requirements are an important part of this effort.

The final rule can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/04/2016-10043/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-fire-safety-requirements-for-certain-health-care-facilities