Patient Handoffs: Where Mistakes are Made

Patient Handoffs: Where Mistakes are Made

A patient handoff (also known as transitioning) is both the act of passing a patient between caregivers and the information exchanged between the sender (the provider giving away the patient) and the receiver (the provider taking the patient).These transfers can be as dramatic as airlifting a patient to a specialty hospital and telling the EMTs that the patient thinks she can fly and will try to jump out of the helicopter, or as mundane as a nurse ending her shift and telling her replacement the patient has been taken off a certain medicin

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What is a Patient Safety Assessment?

What is a Patient Safety Assessment?

What is a Patient Safety Assessment? It analyzes your current patient safety practices and processes to determine how effectively they prevent human errors and detect and correct system vulnerabilities and weaknesses that can lead to events of harm and adverse outcomes.

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Simple Symptoms Often Missed That Predict Costly CMS Compliance Issues

Simple Symptoms Often Missed That Predict Costly CMS Compliance Issues

In the last several years, hospitals across the country have experienced findings of Immediate Jeopardy in the wake of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and state Department of Health surveys that have become more and more rigorous. And, by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are leading many healthcare professionals to believe that such scrutiny will only continue to increase.

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Happy Healthcare Quality Week!

Happy Healthcare Quality Week!

This week is Healthcare Quality Week. Compass recognizes that healthcare quality professionals serve important roles in improving efficiencies and maximizing an organization's output, all while maintaining a culture that establishes safe, quality care. While their...

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Accreditation Options Update: Going Bare — The State Option as an Alternative to Accreditation

Accreditation Options Update: Going Bare — The State Option as an Alternative to Accreditation

Each state has a designated agency, usually the state department of health, contracted with CMS for supervision and evaluation of all participating hospitals. Most hospitals encounter a state survey following a complaint, but CMS also requires that states conduct a validation (follow-up to accrediting agency survey to assure comprehensiveness) of 5% of accreditation surveys.

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