Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
This story published by the AMA gave an example of such teamwork put into place at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. As we all know, checklists can be found everywhere but as this article demonstrates can only be effective when challenged as a team effort. Read the story here.
Friday, July 22, 2011
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
As of August 1, 2011, NCQA will no longer routinely require that you submit for our advance approval your promotional materials referencing your NCQA status. Instead, we will be instituting an audit of promotional materials to ensure they comply with NCQA's Marketing and Advertising Guidelines as more fully described below for NCQA Accreditation, Certification, Recognition, Distinction and Health Insurance Plan Rankings.
The new streamlined process is described in the NCQA Marketing and Advertising Guidelines and is intended to reduce your burden when you publicize your NCQA status. The updated guidelines will be available on our Web site www.ncqa.org.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
In 2012, The Joint Commission will develop and test multiple components of a broad initiative called the Intracycle Monitoring (IM) process. One of the components is an incrementally improved Periodic Performance Review (PPR), which will be renamed the Focused Standards Assessment (FSA). The new name more appropriately reflects an emphasis on an organization’s assessment combined with The Joint Commission’s knowledge of high risk areas that are critical to patient safety and quality. The IM process, when complete, will focus on activities to help identify risk points in health care organizations along with resources for addressing patient safety and quality problems. The FSA – the improved PPR – will be effective January 1, 2012. Also effective January 1, 2012, the FSA will only need to be submitted 12 and 24 months following the organization’s last triennial survey. The FSA will not need to be submitted during the third year of accreditation (the year the organization is due for the on-site survey). All four of the options for participating in the FSA will continue to be available; results of the FSA will also continue not to impact an organization’s accreditation decision. During 2012, pilot tests of the new IM process will occur; results of these pilot tests will be communicated in future issues of Joint Commission Online. Full implementation is planned for 2013. (Contact: Gail Weinberger, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Monday, July 11, 2011
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Friday, July 8, 2011
The rule was supposed to go into effect on January 1, 2011, but was indefinitely delayed after many argued that the rule would create inefficiency.
The proposed rule is open for a 60-day comment period and will likely be finalized later this year.
To see the Federal Register announcement, click here:
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The change would allow California podiatrists to practice as licensed physicians and surgeons with a nationally recognized scope and license.
This collaboration is unique as efforts to align licensure and scope of practice between physicians and other health professionals has been an ongoing debate in many states.
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