Monday, December 17, 2012

Medscape: Nurse Practitioner Groups Unite to Push for Change

Marcia Frellick, December 05, 2012

When the 2 most prominent groups representing nurse practitioners (NPs) merge January 1, they will combine resources, talents, and legislative might just as the future of healthcare is taking shape.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners announced on November 19 that they will pool their memberships, totaling 41,000 NPs. Having a single group, which will be called the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), will eliminate confusion for NPs about which organization to join and unify the voice of an increasingly prominent segment of healthcare providers.

Read the rest from Medscape here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

TJC Notice: CAMH Format for Collecting Patient Race and Ethnicity Data

On Monday, December 10, TJC issued an update to CAMH's format for collecting patient race and ethnicity data for hospitals.

For the full update, please visit TJC.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

TJC Prepublication Standards - Hospital Deeming Requirements

December 7, 2012

Revisions to elements of performance (EPs) in the hospital manual to maintain alignment with requirements from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) following the release of a final rule in May 2012. These revisions include the following:
  • Addition of  a note at MS.01.01.01, EP 13 regarding the structure of the medical staff.
  • Revision of the timing requirement related to reporting of medication errors, adverse drug events, and medication incompatibilities at MM.07.01.03, EP 6.

Effective Immediately. 

For more information, visit TJC.