CMS Releases New Tools and Launches Initiatives Linked to Patient Safety

CMS has released a new online tool to empower consumers to make informed choices about their health care. The Quality Care Finder links consumers with all of Medicare’s compare tools in one convenient location (www.Medicare.gov/QualityCareFinder). Also released is a revised Hospital Compare website with additional data related to outpatient surgical infections and heart attack care (www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov).     Dr. Don Berwick, CMS Administrator, states “These tools are new ways CMS is making sure consumers have… important information they need to make the best decisions about where to receive high-quality care.”

AHRQ Issues Healthcare Associated Infections Research Protocol

“Closing the Gap:   Prevention of Health Care-Associated Infections” updates a 2007 AHRQ report, recognizing the “volume and range of activity” in reducing HAIs.   The report expands to healthcare settings other than hospitals, including ambulatory surgery centers; focuses on infections relating to surgical sites, and the use of central lines, catheters, and ventilators; discussing the link between quality improvement strategies and reduction of HAIs.

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“Closing the Gap: Prevention of Health Care-Associated Infections” updates a 2007 AHRQ report, recognizing the “volume and range of activity” in reducing HAIs. The report expands to healthcare settings other than hospitals, including ambulatory surgery centers; focuses on infections relating to surgical sites, and the use of central lines, catheters, and ventilators; discussing the link between quality improvement strategies and reduction of HAIs.

Baker Covers HHS' new $1B Patient Safety Initiative

Back in April, HHS announced its new $1 billion Patient Safety Initiative to reduce preventable injuries that occur in hospitals.   At the same time the Center was celebrating Missouri’s Patient Safety Awareness Month.   Joining us in that effort was HHS Regional Director, Judy Baker (Region 7), along with four other experts, who participated in our April 20 Patient Safety tele-forum to address a number of Patient Safety issues including HHS’ new initiative funded by resources from the 2008 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Listen to Judy now!

Training Resources to Reduce HAIs for Clinicians and Families

The HHS has released “Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections”, an on-line tool for clinicians and family caregivers, including videos on use of protocols to protect patient, visitors, and practitioners from infections by promoting behaviors that reduce the risk of infections.

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PSO Case Law: Ungurian v. Beyzman, et al., 2020 PA Super 105:

A recent Pennsylvania case shows how courts narrowly interpret the PSQIA, ignoring the D & A pathway and the clear language of the Final Rule. (Ungurian v. Beyzman, et al., 2020 PA Super 105). The cour

Joint Commission New Sentinel Event Alert 61: Managing the Risks of Direct Oral Anticoagulants:

The Center for Patient Safety wants to share this important harm-prevention advice from The Joint Commission and its Sentinel Event Alert: Managing the Risks of Direct Oral Anticoagulants. The Joint Commis

CPS Safety Watch/Alert – Culture Can Improve the Control of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms:

Issue: A number of events reported co CPS’ Patient Safety Organization (PSO) demonstrate poor handoff communication about the patients’ infectious disease status Examples include: Patient with

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