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  • 14 Recent Developments in Quality

    The following are recent findings in the quality realm in the last two weeks of December, collected from Becker's coverage and starting with the most recent finding: By Ellie Rizzo -
  • AAAHC's 10 Common Accreditation Mistakes to Avoid

    In a Nov. 12 webinar hosted by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Ray Grundman, senior direction for external relations, surveyor and past president of AAAHC, presented 10 common mistakes healthcare organizations can avoid when becoming accredited or reaccredited. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • Specialty Surgery Center in New Jersey 1st ASC to Undergo Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety Training

    Sparta, N.J.-based Specialty Surgical Center will become the first surgical center to receive training from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. By Laura Dyrda -
  • Physicians Expected to Accept Responsibility for Protocol Lapses

    Attitudes in the healthcare industry are shifting from a "no-blame" hospital culture that leans toward system improvements to assigning blame for individual errors. According to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, healthcare providers and patients think physicians should assume responsibility when failing to follow proper safety protocol. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Patient Safety Tools: 10 Hand Hygiene Posters for Use in Your Facility

    Here are ten free, downloadable hand hygiene posters that can be printed out and posted in your facility. For more patient safety tools, visit our database by clicking here. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Study: Few Reports Examine Link Between Electronic Medication Management and Adverse Events in ASCs

    There is little evidence showing a correlation between electronic interventions for medication management and the risk of adverse events or patient harm in ambulatory surgery centers, according to a study published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Many Patients Unnecessarily Treated for C. diff

    Preliminary data show most patients treated for Clostridium difficile are not actually infected, according to a MedPage Today report. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Quality Improvement Tip: 8 Steps for Change Management

    The Harvard Business Review shares eight steps for change management from retired Harvard Business School professor John P. Kotter, PhD. The tips were originally shared in advance of his 1996 book Leading Change but are still relevant to conversations in change management today. According to Dr. Kotter, the eight necessary steps to take to foster organizational change are: By Ellie Rizzo -
  • 10 Most-Read Patient Safety Tools Dec. 9-13

    The following are the 10 most-popular patient safety tools for the week of December 9-13, starting with the most read. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • President-Elect of Iowa ASC Association Announces All State Surgery Centers Meet CMS Quality Requirements

    President-Elect of the Iowa Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers Michael Patterson has announced the 28 ASCs in Iowa have all met the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services quality reporting requirements, according to a Quad-City Times report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  • Medication Reconciliation Improves with Pharmacist Intervention

    Medication reconciliation was more complete, accurate and up-to-date at hospital admission and discharge when pharmacists took over the process, according to preliminary data reported in MedPage Today. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Hand Hygiene Story Roundup

    Here are five recent stories and studies on hand hygiene compiled by Becker's Hospital Review and Becker's ASC Review, starting with the most recent. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • The Challenges and Promises of Note Sharing

    Patient seeking more control over medical records are changing the nature of the physician's note, according to a perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine.  By Ellie Rizzo -
  • Burnout Reported More Frequently in Ambulatory Physicians

    Outpatient physicians experience more burnout than inpatient physicians, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • HFAP Hosts ASC Quality Reporting Final Rule Webinar

    The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program will host a webinar later this month on the 2014 OOPS/ASC Final Rule: The ASCQR Program. By Heather Linder -
  • Transparency of Physician Information: 40 States Get Failing Grade

    In a new report from the nonprofit Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, 40 states have earned an 'F' and seven states have earned a 'D' for transparency and quality of physician quality information. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • 9 Quality Reporting Programs to Know in the ASC Industry

    Here are nine quality reporting programs for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know, according to ProVation. By Carrie Pallardy -
  • 10 Top Quality Articles Dec. 2-6, 2013

    The following are the 10 most-read quality articles Dec. 2-6, 2013. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • Quality Improvement Tip: Quality is Not a Department

    Today's quality improvement tip comes from Robert Lloyd, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's executive director of performance improvement from an IHI blog post. "Your organization will only make meaningful and sustainable quality improvements when people at every level feel a shared desire to make processes and outcomes better every day in, in bold and even imperceptible ways," says Dr. Lloyd. Sign up for our FREE E-Weekly for more coverage like this sent to your inbox! According to Dr. Lloyd, quality improvement starts on an individual level. Organizations with true dedications to quality understand that quality has a foundation in the the little things. "Instead of saying, 'I'm the Administrator,' or 'I'm in HR,' or 'I'm in the finance department,' [someone who embodies quality] understands that it’s these little moment-to-moment interactions that, once accumulated, become the overall quality of what we do. Quality is personal — and it begins with you," he says. Access the full blog post on quality improvement on IHI's website. More Articles on Quality: Quality Management Tip: For Success, Simplify5 Most Expensive Medicare DrugsCAHPS Consortium Considers Administering Surveys Twice as Often By Ellie Rizzo -
  • ISMP's 2014-2015 Best Practices for Medication Safety

    The Institute For Safe Medication Practices has released the "2014-2015 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals" to reduce medication errors that may cause patient harm. By Ellie Rizzo -

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