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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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Increased Focus on Ligature Risks

Increased Focus on Ligature Risks

More than 70 hospitals may currently be in or have received an accreditation decision of Preliminary Denial of Accreditation (PDA) so far this year, and it would appear that lack of compliance with the suicide prevention standards is one of the main reasons for this accreditation decision. Other areas that seem to be in the top citations are high-level disinfection and sterilization, and staff competencies.

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