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Hospital Safety Insider: 2020 Archive
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December 29, 2020
When PHE ends, don't expect grace period from CMS
ASTM developing nonregulatory standard for face masks
CMS offers strategies for mitigating behavioral health challenges during a pandemic
December 23, 2020
DNV GL says CMS Oks some reaccreditation surveys remotely
NIOSH says FFRs with exhalation valves just as effective at control of disease sources
ECRI provides lessons learned on COVID-19 vaccine rollout
December 17, 2020
Discuss mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations carefully
Hospitals scramble to prioritize which workers are first for COVID shots
NIOSH says FFRs with exhalation valves just as effective at control of disease sources
December 10, 2020
Demand for COVID vaccines expected to get heated, and fast
PSMF renews efforts to improve patient safety in hospitals
Assessing and addressing interprofessional teamwork in hospitals
December 03, 2020
New CMS 'flexibilities' aim to expand hospital capacity
CMS launches new hospital-at-home program for acute care
OSHA Let Employers Decide Whether to Report Healthcare Worker Deaths. Many Didn?t.
November 25, 2020
HHS is looking for your pandemic success stories
Coronavirus survey: Primary care practices face ongoing strain during pandemic
Docs say telehealth provides effective access during pandemic
November 19, 2020
Help stop ransomware attacks at your hospital
Sleep disorders in healthcare professionals linked to higher odds of burnout
AMA sets new policies on bullying prevention in healthcare and racism
November 12, 2020
Amid COVID-19, OSHA issues respirator guidance for long-term care facilities
Coronavirus: Northwell’s 10-step recipe for addressing patient surges
ECRI: Half of disposable isolation gowns don't pass muster
November 05, 2020
Civil unrest while managing a pandemic: Lessons learned in Minnesota
Review policies on cyberattacks as FBI, HHS send new warning
Flu shots still required but TJC eliminates 90% goal
October 29, 2020
CMS approves merger of HFAP with Accreditation Commission for Health Care
Six tests for physician leadership
Healthcare worker well-being and resilience summit: Three big ideas
October 22, 2020
The Joint Commission: The optimal and safe use of telemedicine
United States faring poorly in coronavirus deaths
Hospital admissions bounce back, but still below pre-pandemic levels
October 15, 2020
Study: Better controls, not testing, crucial to worker safety during pandemic
OSHA issues temporary guidance on PAPR enforcement
Mortality data supports placing seriously ill coronavirus patients on ECMO
October 08, 2020
Coronavirus can be spread through airborne transmission
Get ready for a new TJC water management standard
HHS Releases Update on Ryuk Ransomware Threat
5 AMA Resources to Promote Physician Wellbeing
October 01, 2020
Coronavirus: Virtual hospital at home program used for low-acuity patients
During the pandemic, aspire to identify and prevent medication errors and to avoid blaming attitudes
Telemedicine projected to account for 20% of medical visits in 2020, report says
September 24, 2020
TJC releases advice to protect well-being of healthcare workers during pandemic
OSHA fines hospitals for PPE failures related to COVID-19
National Physician Burnout Expert Shares Insights: "We Can Certainly Do Better"
September 17, 2020
IHI rolls out new National Action Plan for patient safety
Survey: Emergency preparedness training needed for nurses
Free PSMJ articles on Wildfires
September 10, 2020
DNV-GL now 2nd deeming authority for psych hospitals
Avoid punitive approach to your safety event reporting
Promote Flu Vaccination to Help Avoid "Twindemic"
September 02, 2020
HHS makes COVID-19 data reporting a Medicare CoP as of Sept. 2
Been through a disaster? There is help for recovery
4 recent research articles examine N95 respirator mask sterilization methods
August 27, 2020
NSC says COVID-19 may become third leading cause of death in U.S.
Game Planning Your Return to Elective Surgeries
Coronavirus: There are Viable Alternatives to New N95 Masks, Research Shows
August 20, 2020
CMS encourages state agencies to resume surveys
Sentinel events for 2020 pandemic year drop slightly
Not every summer illness is COVID-19: Decision support tools can play key role in diagnosis
August 13, 2020
FGI seeks public comment on 2022 update to Guidelines for Design and Construction
The importance of sustaining quality initiatives in times of crisis
Beware of fraud when searching to bolster supplies in a crisis
How to Improve Emergency Preparedness for Pandemics
August 04, 2020
ASHE conference goes virtual
Coronavirus Pandemic Bares U.S. Healthcare Flaws, Points to Improvements
CMS, CDC Create Provider Payment for COVID-19 Counseling
July 30, 2020
TJC spilling too many beans? CMS thinks so
Public Health Emergency is Extended: Blanket Waivers Continue for Now
Coronavirus Antibodies Drop Precipitously 3 Months After Mild Cases
Researchers Examine Death Risks for Coronavirus Patients in ICUs
July 23, 2020
TJC approved as hospital AO for only two years this time
Physician Fatigue Linked to Electronic Health Record Use
HHS Presses Hospitals to Use New COVID-19 Data Reporting Modules
Researchers Examine Death Risks for Coronavirus Patients in ICUs
Coronavirus Antibodies Drop Precipitously 3 Months After Mild Cases
July 16, 2020
HHS Presses Hospitals to Use New COVID-19 Data Reporting Modules
How to Reduce Anxiety and Burnout at Primary Care Practices
New IHI Chief Executive: "There is No Quality Without Equity"
Coronavirus: 4 Methods Effective in Decontaminating N95 Respirator Masks
July 09, 2020
Coronavirus: 7 Infection Prevention Best Practices for Healthcare Settings
Study: COVID-19 Fatality Risk Is Double Earlier Estimates
40% of Providers at Risk of Closure Due to Financial Implications of COVID-19
NIOSH Compiles Disinfectant Safety, Health Hazard Info Amid COVID-19
July 01, 2020
Coronavirus: 3 Steps for Reopening Ambulatory Surgery Centers
New National Quality Forum Report Focuses on Achieving Better Health Outcomes
Check for New SAG, Remember TJC Standard Revisions Effective July 1
June 25, 2020
New research identifies risk factors for physician suicide
Telehealth for chronically ill patients generates revenue and boosts care
5 ways healthcare organizations can address social determinants of health
June 18, 2020
Study: Use of dexamethasone could cut coronavirus deaths by a third
How NYC Health + Hospitals Trained 20K Staffers to Combat COVID-19
Coronavirus: 4-Part Ethical Framework for Allocating Scarce Medications
June 11, 2020
White House urges healthcare facilities to open, but safely
New research identifies risk factors for physician suicide
FDA bans certain respirators from being decontaminated, reused
EHRs Fail to Detect Up to One-third of Medication Errors
Nearly 600, and counting, U.S. Health Workers Have Died Of COVID-19
June 04, 2020
Telehealth Expansion During Coronavirus Pandemic Changing Physician-Patient Relationship
Physician Advocate: Coronavirus Pandemic Shows Need to Ease Regulatory Burdens
Study: About a Quarter of Hospitals Have Telestroke Capacity
May 28, 2020
Study Shows COVID-19 Body Count 20 Times Higher Than Seasonal Flu Deaths
Study: Patients equally satisfied with virtual encounters compared to in-person visits
Telehealth Expansion During Coronavirus Pandemic Changing Physician-Patient Relationship
May 21, 2020
AOs ramping up for accreditation surveys
COVID-19: EPA releases list of registered disinfectants
How to Create an N95 Mask Disinfection Facility for Less Than $15,000
May 14, 2020
Coronavirus Care Rationing: "It's Not Just About Ventilators"
Study Puts U.S. COVID-19 Infection Fatality Rate at 1.3%
CMS Emergency Waivers Now Include Some Testing, Inspections
Hurricane preparedness week: Get ready now
NIOSH seeks comment on hazardous drugs list
May 07, 2020
Researcher: Coronavirus Pandemic Increases Risk of Physician Suicide
New Infection Prevention Guidelines Highlight Lessons Learned From COVID-19
6 Steps for Rural Hospitals to Rise to the Coronavirus Challenge
April 30, 2020
American Heart Association Issues COVID-19 CPR Guidelines
How cancer clinics can treat patients safely during the coronavirus pandemic
CDC: Watch for six new symptoms of COVID-19
Coronavirus: Studies find steam effective in sterilizing used medical masks
April 23, 2020
Study: contaminated reusable bronchoscopes could cause secondary infections in COVID-19 patients
Track COVID-19 rates to signal when to resume non-emergent care
Legal considerations for healthcare workers crossing state lines to help during pandemic
April 16, 2020
FDA says 4 million N95 masks could be reused thanks to emergency order
How one Arizona health system is preparing emergency department, critical care for surge
Online tool helps hospitals place staff in appropriate roles during COVID-19 pandemic
April 09, 2020
Looking for ideas? OIG report outlines hospital strategies on COVID challenges
Warning: Despite Blanket Waivers, CoP, EMTALA Regulations Are Still in Effect
Free online COVID-19 surge planning tool available to hospitals
A quarter of rural hospitals at ’high risk’ of closure, COVID-19 likely to make it worse
April 02, 2020
CMS suspends restrictions on care venues as providers tackle COVID-19 surges
Duke Health to begin reusing N95 masks
Coronavirus: Infectious Disease Expert Shares Lessons Learned From Other Recent Outbreaks
34 States Granted Medicaid 1135 Waivers to Fight COVID-19
March 26, 2020
Two-thirds of all hospital beds are already occupied
Despite Federal COVID-19 Stimulus, Many Hospitals Could Face Layoffs Within Two Months
COVID-19: Non-profit group partners with biotech consortium to crowd-source PPE solutions
March 19, 2020
Accrediting organizations suspend most survey activities to focus on COVID-19
Study: SARS-CoV-2 Can Live for 72 Hours on Plastic, Stainless Steel Surfaces
National emergency declared over COVID-19 coronavirus; 1135 waivers now in play
See when states will face hospital bed capacity shortages during the COVID-19 outbreak
CMS reminds providers about EMTALA obligations with COVID-19 patients
March 12, 2020
CMS reminds providers about EMTALA obligations with COVID-19 patients
HHS releases final interoperability rules
March 05, 2020
COVID-19: CMS says primary survey focus will be on infection control preparedness
Verma Raps Accrediting Organizations' "Glaring Conflict of Interest'
Stay up-to-date, use available resources to plan as COVID-19 continues to spread
February 27, 2020
Value-Based Metrics Penalize Top-Performing Hospitals
HHS Unveils Strategy to Reduce EHR Burden for Clinicians
February 20, 2020
New Data on Sepsis Prevalence and Costs 'Astonished' DHHS Researchers
Vitamin and steroid treatment for sepsis fails in major study
February 13, 2020
CDC: Focus on Protecting Staff and Supplies as Coronavirus Concerns Grow
CMS to providers: Prep for 2019-nCoV, stay CLIA compliant
February 06, 2020
Novel Coronavirus: What clinicians should know
Study: Staff will work through illness despite sick policy
January 30, 2020
Use past experience with MERS, Ebola to prep for latest coronavirus
Full Transparency Is the Key to Stopping Drug Diversion in Healthcare Settings
January 23, 2020
Data Analytics Utilization 'Negligible' Among 80% of Healthcare Orgs
CDC: First Case of Wuhan Coronavirus Confirmed in U.S.
January 16, 2020
OSHA Raises Its Civil Penalties for 2020 by Nearly 2%
TJC clarifies 1135 waivers, which suspend rules during a disaster
January 09, 2020
Q&A: What You Need to Know About CMS' Antimicrobial Stewardship Rule
BD Launches Fully Sterile Surgical Skin Preparation
January 02, 2020
Asymptomatic Carriers of C. Diff May Be Significant Source of Infection at Hospitals
IHI Pushes Safety as a Primary Business Strategy
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