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Top posts for the year cover; TJC Safer Matrix, EMTALA, Hospital Utilization Management Committee, CMS Immediate Jeopardy, CMS Decertification, Behavioral Health in the ED, Interim Healthcare Leaders, Tackling Quality Projects, Behaviorl Health Plan of Care…(Read More)

Generational Diversity in Hospital and Healthcare Systems: What is it and why is it such a timely and important issue in healthcare? Christopher Martorella, MSN, RN, NEA-BC,  of Compass Clinical Consulting, was the featured guest on Health Professional Radio Network, the #1 global online radio station for health professionals. Host Neal Howard and Mr…(Read More)

A good consultant brings project management skills, technical expertise, and time to work on the project. The consultant brings an outsider’s perspective that isn’t blinded by the familiarity of the situation. Like an experienced technician, the consultant knows where to look to find the causes of the problem. Because the project is the…(Read More)

Medical errors are believed to cause as many as 400,000 deaths annually in the United States. Surgeons, of course, contribute to this number, perhaps disproportionately. Surgeons have had, however, for many decades a formal, regular exercise aimed, although it has not been so enunciated, at processing medical errors to (or “intending to”) avoid their…(Read More)

Did you miss any of these top articles? “Understanding the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP),”; “The Hospital Utilization Management Committee (UMC) – CMS Condition of Participation (CoPS) Requirement,”; “Improving Treatment of Mental Health Patients in the Emergency Department (ED),”; “Four Common EMTALA Vulnerabilities Hospitals Should Know … But Probably Don’t,”; and…(Read More)

Emergency departments across the nation have been challenged by rising volumes. ED crowding is exacerbated by the increase in the number of patients with mental disorders, substance abuse problems or both, who present with acute problems. Besides the mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug disorders and intent to…(Read More)

Terri Marshall, RN, MS, CCM,  Compass Clinical Consulting  Op-Ed “Hospital Readmission: How to Stop the Pain” was featured in the Hospital Readmissions News “Report From the Field in the August 2013 issue. The article discusses the CMS Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program andcovers how to determine hospital penalties and reduce preventable readmissions. From the article…(Read More)

The new hospital productivity white paper from Compass Clinical Consulting, “Productivity Now More Than Ever,” is rooted in the reality that today’s hospitals are facing extreme pricing pressures, all while trying to maintain safe and quality patient care. As such, the question is often asked, how can you lower costs without adversely affecting the…(Read More)

“Hospitals are absorbing new penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for “excessive readmissions” as part of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program created by the Affordable Care Act. In Part 1 of this article, posted on April 25, 2013, we described the long-term implications of the readmissions reduction program and recommended that…(Read More)

Terri Marshall, R.N.Compass Clinical Consulting, is featured in Hospital & Health Networks Magazine for her article “Hospital Readmissions: How to Stop the Pain.” Have you evaluated what readmissions will cost your organization? Have you implemented any plans to address readmissions? The readmissions penalty is not going away and CMS likely will expand the…(Read More)