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  1. 2 ASCs win national quality awards

    Charleston, S.C.-based Physicians' Eye Surgery Center and Dearborn (Mich.) Surgery Center have been awarded the 2013-2014 National APEX Quality Award from Voyance, a healthcare solutions company. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. Patient safety tool: AHRQ's reducing Medicaid readmissions guide

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is offering a free guide to help acute-care facilities expand their current Medicaid readmission efforts. By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. What qualities do patients want in their providers?

    More than half of Americans find information about quality of healthcare difficult to come by and difficult to trust. Most focus on their physicians' interactions (59 percent), rather than health outcomes (29 percent) or other metrics, when rating evaluating quality of care. By Ellie Rizzo -

Improving patient acquisition through marketing

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  1. Sentinel alert: ISO tubing connector standards

    The Joint Commission has released Issue 53 of its Sentinel Event Alerts on following the International Organization for Standardization's tubing connector standards. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. Patient safety tool: AHIMA, AHDI's QA program implementation resource kit

    The American Health Information Management Association and Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity created a free resource kit that provides the tools needed to implement a quality assurance program.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. 10 patient safety tools for the ASC setting

    The following are 10 tools for ASCs to employ in pursuit of improving and reinforcing patient safety, published on Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality. By Ellie Rizzo -
  4. Patient safety tool: Guide to partnering with family caregivers

    The United Hospital Fund is offering a free resource for healthcare providers to help them partner with family caregivers for better care coordination. By Anuja Vaidya -

Creating value and gaining buy-in

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  1. 70% of safety leaders lack data to lower patient harms, survey finds

    Only 24 percent of safety leaders feel they have appropriate data to reduce patient harms, according to a study from Pascal Metrics. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. Patient safety tool: Qualis Health's online toolkit for engaging patients in infection control

    Qualis Health published a complimentary, online toolkit that provides hospitals with a low-cost approach for engaging patients and families in infection control during hospital stays.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Patient safety tool: American Sentinel University's HAI prevention e-book for nurses

    American Sentinel University in Aurora, Colo., has released a free e-book called "Are You Prepared to Identify and Prevent the Three Infections That Make Up Two-Thirds of All Healthcare Associated Infections?" By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. CMS launches certification number look-up tool

    CMS is making available a tool to assist ambulatory surgery centers in locating their CMS certification number to complete the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network registration process.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. Solving a 100-year-old surgical quality problem with simple physics

    Minimally invasive surgery is typically a safer alternative to open surgery. Patients are in less pain, have a lower risk of infection and recover far more quickly than in traditional surgeries. However, there is one moment in laparoscopic surgery that is incredibly dangerous: incision. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. Patient safety tool: NPSF's checklist for getting the right diagnosis

    The National Patient Safety Foundation offers a free checklist that encourages patients to take an active role in their healthcare. By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Patient safety tool: AHA's antimicrobial stewardship program toolkit

    The American Hospital Association, along with six national partners, has released a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems improve their antimicrobial stewardship programs.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. CDC releases safe injection videos

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created two videos to promote safe injection practices through its One & Only Campaign in conjunction with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition. By Ellie Rizzo -
  5. Patient safety tool: PDI's healthcare reform champions kit

    PDI has released its Healthcare Reform Champions Kit, a digital educational tool that helps explain key components of the recent healthcare reform legislation. By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. AAO's Intelligent Research in Sight Registry receives PQRS designations From CMS

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology's Intelligent Research in Sight Registry has received two Physician Quality Reporting System designations from CMS — a qualified registry and qualified clinical data registry, according to an Ophthalmology Times report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. Patient safety tool: NCPS' balance assessment handbook

    The VA National Center for Patient Safety offers a balance assessment handbook as part of its Falls Toolkit.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. Health IT and patient safety: 5 things to know

    Health IT can be an excellent tool in improving efficiency in healthcare, but it can also pose significant risks to patient safety when something goes awry. "When not used appropriately, [health IT] can add a layer of complexity to an already complex system," said Jerry Castro, project director for the Office of Patient Safety at The Joint Commission in an interview on a Take 5 With the Joint Commission podcast. Here are some of the most important health IT considerations for patient safety, according to Mr. Castro: By Ellie Rizzo -
  9. Developing ASC quality assurance programs

    At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven Conference + Future of Spine in Chicago on June 14, Kylie Kaczor, MSN, RN, infection preventionist and executive director of Laser Spine Institute in Tampa, Fla., discussed quality assurance programs and infection prevention. By Akanksha Jayanthi -


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