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Human Trafficking and Healthcare

This June, The Joint Commission released Quick Safety Issue 42 on identifying human trafficking victims. The Health and Human Services Department estimates that 88% of trafficking victims visit a healthcare provider at least once during their captivity and aren’t recognized as victims. Misconceptions and a lack of awareness have caused many providers to inadvertently send victims back [...]

Sending Sepsis Patients Home May Not Harm Them

Researchers at Intermountain Healthcare are challenging the conventional wisdom for sepsis treatment in emergency departments. “Based on our data, we are trying to document something that was previously unrecognized in the literature—a significant fraction of patients with clinical sepsis are not admitted to the hospital after presenting to the ED,” says Ithan Peltan, MD, MSc, an attending physician at Intermountain [...]

Hawaii Hospital Investigates Possible Legionella Outbreak

Hawaii health officials are investigating a possible Legionella outbreak at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu after one patient died and three others were hospitalized with Legionnaire’s disease, according to KHON-TV. The patient died in May after being admitted with pneumonia-like symptoms and may have had an underlying medical condition. Doctors believe the deceased patient and another who has been [...]

CMS Delays Hospital Star Ratings Update, Again

Citing “stakeholder concerns,” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has once again postponed an update to its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings. “When changes are made to the underlying measures it is vital to take the time needed to understand the impact of those changes and ensure we are giving consumers the most useful information,” [...]

AHRQ Data Shows Drop in Hospital-Acquired Conditions

A new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) dropped between 2014 and 2016, preventing an estimated 8,000 deaths and saving $2.9 billion. The AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions estimated that 350,000 HACs, including adverse drug events and injuries from falls, were avoided and the rate was reduced by [...]

How the Leadership Certificate Program Helped Meredith Land a New Job

NAMSS - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 20:07
The NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program can have a great impact on you and your career path. Read how Meredith Miller used the program to gain the confidence she needed to land the job she wanted. 
Did the Leadership Certificate Program help you gain any new skills, or help increase your confidence as a leader?I absolutely gained new skills and confidence from the Leadership Certificate Program. I felt that the online modules were a great learning tool and the extra resources provided were a bonus. As a Credentialing Specialist, and not a manager, this program was extremely helpful in learning new skills, and I was able to gain a wealth of knowledge from both the online modules and the in-person course. I really feel as if I now have more effective communication skills, even in my personal life, which has greatly increased confidence in myself. 
How are you using what you learned from the Leadership Certificate Program in your current role?Just prior to attending the in-person course, I resigned from a hospital that I had been working as a Credentialing Specialist for 14 years, with the past 12 having been offsite working from home. I decided at the beginning of January that I wanted to go back into the office setting and work closer to where I live. I applied for a Credentialing Coordinator position and was offered the job the day after the interview. During the hiring process, I was able to use the effective negotiating skills and communication techniques that I learned from the Leadership Certificate Program. I felt that my communication, calmness, and confidence during the interview process was very effective and I can say that the gained knowledge I attained from the program played a role in getting the job.
What aspect of the program did you enjoy most?I immensely enjoyed the In-Person Course -- the instructors were fantastic and made everyone feel relaxed and at ease in being ourselves. It was fun working in teams and interact with other professionals that held different positions from mine. I ended up working with three managers in my group and it was very interesting to see their different management and leadership styles.
Would you recommend the Leadership Certificate Program to your peers?I would absolutely recommend the Leadership Certificate Program to my peers and have already done so! In my opinion, the online modules are a wealth of useful information for both experienced and entry-level MSPs. The program helped me look at things from a different perspective in terms of communicating with others in a professional setting. I think the In-Person Course really allows you to apply what was learned during the online portion, and the live group scenarios was a confidence builder. Overall, I felt it was a very effective course and will continue to recommend it to others!

Visit the NAMSS website to learn more about the Leadership Certificate Program.


NAMSS Hosts 5th Annual Industry Roundtable in Washington, DC

NAMSS - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 02:29

As part of its ongoing efforts to work with industry leaders on meaningful reforms to the credentialing and licensure process, NAMSS held its fifth annual roundtable discussion with industry stakeholders on May 10, 2018 at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, DC. This roundtable, entitled The Future of Digital Credentialing, is an important next step in achieving a more streamlined, more efficient, and more modern credentialing process while preserving our ultimate goal of patient safety.
The 2018 roundtable expanded the focus of our 2017 event on blockchain technology, examining an array of new and emerging technologies for the credentialing ecosystem. The wide-ranging discussion touched on a number of important ideas for preparing the industry for technological developments. This year’s roundtable marked the beginning of a new conversation around disruptive technology and its impact on credentialing. The discussion was thoughtful, engaging, and productive, but it is only the beginning. NAMSS will continue to work with the roundtable participants and others going forward to create and implement process guidelines, governance, and best practices that will be needed as technology continues to develop. Stay tuned for more exciting news to come!
The official 2018 roundtable report can be found on the NAMSS website, or by clicking this link.
The following organizations participated in this year’s roundtable: Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Administrators in Medicine (AiM), American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Hospital Association (AHA), American Medical Association (AMA), Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH), DNV GL Healthcare, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), The Joint Commission, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), National Council for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPBD).

Report: Medication Errors Led to Patient Death at Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston Children’s Hospital was threatened with termination from Medicare last year after three patients suffered from serious medication errors. An inspection report revealed that one of the patients waited 14 hours for an antibiotic and later died, while two others suffered overdoses of a powerful anesthetic, according to the Boston Globe. The errors took place between January [...]

AORN Expects to Revise its Guideline for OR Headwear

After participating with other healthcare heavy-hitters in February in a task force that met to discuss recommendations for OR attire, specifically ear and hair covering, The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) expects to make changes to its Guideline for Surgical Attire. Lisa Spruce, DNP, RN, CNS-CP, CNOR, ACNS, ACNP, FAAN, AORN’s director of evidence-based perioperative practice, [...]

National Guidelines, Quality Measures Clearinghouses Shutting Down

If you or anyone at your hospital use the National Guidelines Clearinghouse or National Quality Measures Clearinghouse operated under the auspices of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), download the information you need soon. Both online clearinghouses will go dark after July 16 as federal funding runs out. Neither site is accepting new guidelines [...]

Study Questions Effectiveness of Performance Measures

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine asserts that the U.S. healthcare system does a poor job of measuring quality. The study’s researchers led by lead author Catherine McLean, MD, PHD, chief value medical officer, Hospital for Special Surgery, recommend that organizations should stop using performance measures until they can be assessed and revised. The study notes [...]

CMS’ severe sepsis bundle ISN’T a Joint Commission requirement

The April 17 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine (AIM) incorrectly stated The Joint Commission was considering creating a requirement for hospitals to implement CMS’ Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock Early Management Bundle (SEP-1) to receive accreditation. This information is incorrect and AIM has published a correction.

Study: Improvement in Errors, Accidents, Infections

The Leapfrog Group this week released its spring 2018 Hospital Safety Grades, which found that hospitals have stepped up their game when it comes to reducing avoidable deaths from errors and infections. Leapfrog issues the report cards twice a year, grading hospitals on an “A through F” scale based on their patient safety efforts. “The national [...]

Patient Safety Strategies: Building a Fall Prevention Toolkit

When: May 30, 1-4 p.m. EST Speakers: Virginia Hall, DNP, MSN/Ed. RN, CNE Carole Eldridge, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC Registration: http://hcmarketplace.com/patient-fall-prevention Patient falls are a fixture in The Joint Commission’s list of top 10 sentinel events; in fact, they were the third highest sentinel event reported to the accreditor in 2016. Causes of falls can include inadequate assessments, side effects from medications [...]

Seeking comment on suicide prevention book

Hello, I’m working on new HCPro Book, a guide on suicide prevention and ligature risks in hospitals. It’ll have updated best practices, checklists, tools, the new CMS ligature requirements, and case studies. Before I can get it approved I need to get feedback on what people think of the idea. If you have a minute, I’d like [...]

Joint Commission Urges Hospitals to Protect Workers from Abuse

This story originally ran on HCPro’s OSHA Healthcare Advisor. The Joint Commission is the latest healthcare heavy-hitter to call for better protection of healthcare workers, announcing on Tuesday the creation of Sentinel Event Alert 59, which addresses violence—physical and verbal—against healthcare workers. About 75% of workplace assaults occur in healthcare and social service sector each year, and violence-related [...]

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Joint Commission News Releases - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 07:00
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HFAP to keep name going forward

HFAP will be keeping its name. The accreditor had originally planned to take the name of the Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems (AAHHS), which acquired them in 2015 from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA.) AAHHS is a non-profit organization focused on quality and safety in healthcare and has been acting in a management capacity for existing HFAP accreditation [...]

Study: Link between infection control and antibiotic stewardship

Healthcare facilities must ensure that infection prevention and control (IPC) and antibiotic stewardship (AS) programs work together, according to a joint position paper released last week by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), and the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists (SIDP). An update to [...]

CDC Warns of New Wave of Antibiotic-Resistant Germs in U.S.

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs report released this week said health departments found more than 220 cases of germs with “unusual antibiotic resistance genes” in the United States last year. These germs include those that cannot be killed by all or most antibiotics, are not common to a geographic area or [...]

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