Adverse Action Reporting Proves Challenging

Adverse actions taken against providers in healthcare often involve mandatory reporting to one or more agencies.  Many organizations fail to report, either because they are hesitant to report actions taken for fear of being sued over an error, or because staff members are not well educated about reporting requirements.

It’s not just hospitals that struggle with keeping abreast of all the various requirements.  The National Association Medical Staff Services Blog recently reported that the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) determined that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) failed to report some adverse actions that it took against providers to the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB).

The HIPDB is a repository of “all final adverse actions against health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers.”

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Handwashing Factors and Solutions

Are you struggling with improving handwashing compliance in your hospital? There are some simple steps organizatons can take that may help improve compliance with this important but basic infection control technique.

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare has put together a list of Handwashing Factors and Solutions, which is based on first-hand observation in multiple healthcare settings by Joint Commission surveyors.

The Center for Transforming Healthcare is making their findings available for free to any organization interested in using them. 

Click here for a free copy of  Handwashing Factors and Solutions.

U.S. Hemovigilance Program Aims To Improve Safety, Reduce Costs

Prior to the establishment of the new National Hemovigilance Program in February, 2010, the U.S. was the only developed country without an established method to nationally track and aggregate adverse events associated with blood transfusions.

The program is part of the National Healthcare Safety Network of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and allows all U.S. hospitals that transfuse blood and blood products to enroll and contribute data on adverse events associated with blood transfusions.    

The Hemovigilance Program is a component of the U.S. Biovigilance NetworkData collected and analyzed by this new program is expected to improve patient safety and reduce U.S. healthcare costs.

If your organization is interested in participating, click here for the Intent to Participate Form.