Thursday, March 27, 2014

H&HN Daily: ACHE 2014 Congress Presents New Skills for New Leaders

There has been a lot of discussion at the American College of Healthcare Executives' (ACHE) 2014 Congress this week on developing the skills necessary to adjust to, and to take a leadership role on, healthcare reform.  The video below provides insight as to how MSPs should prepare for these ongoing and upcoming changes to help them become the go-to resources for their medical staffs.

Watch the video and read more about the ACHE Congress at H&HN Daily.

Monday, March 24, 2014 DEA Publishes Proposal to Reschedule Hydrocodone Combination Products

"The U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to move hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to Schedule II, as recommended by the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as supported by the DEA’s own evaluation of relevant data.  This NPRM proposes to impose the regulatory controls and sanctions applicable to Schedule II substances on those who handle or propose to handle HCPs."

Read the proposed rule here.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

MedPage Today: 5 Things to Know About the New NCQA Standards

As you know, NCQA recently updated its patient-centered medical home recognition standards -- the first update since 2011. 

David Pittman, Washington Correspondent for MedPage Today, discusses five important things to know about the updated standards at

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

HFAP Implements New OPPE/FPPE Standards for Critical Access Hospitals

HFAP's 2014 Critical Access Hospital Manual includes OPPE/FPPE Medical Staff standards, effective January 1, 2015.

Read more about these new standards from HFAP.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Medical Board Case

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear, North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to determine whether a federal agency has the right to intervene in state medical licensure board decisions.  The U.S. Court of Appeals previously ruled in favor of the FTC -- essentially stating that state medical licensure boards are subject to antitrust laws. 

Learn more about this case and other antitrust measures from the AMA Litigation Center.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Communities Commit to a Single Graduate Medical Education Accreditation System

February 26, 2014

"The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) have agreed to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) programs in the U.S.

After months of discussion, the allopathic and osteopathic medical communities have committed to work together to prepare future generations of physicians with the highest quality GME, ultimately helping to ensure the quality and safety of health care delivery."

Read more here.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Joint Commission Seeks Comments on Diagnostic Imaging Standards

The Joint Commission seeks feedback on its Diagnostic Imaging Standards Changes for Radiologists’ Qualifications and Competency


Through April 10, 2014, the Joint Commission is accepting feedback on its proposed requirements regarding the qualifications and competency for radiologists who provide diagnostic computed technology (CT) services in the Ambulatory Care, Hospital, and Critical Access Hospitals programs.

To learn more about the proposal, or to submit comments, go to