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The Last 5 Blogs

SURVEY PREPARATION

Hospital Accreditation: Are Your Medications Secure?
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on 8/20/2019 10:00:00 AM
You're preparing for survey and the question arises; Are the medications in your care area "secure"? Understanding what it means for a medication to be considered secured is the first step in the process. Absent State regulations to the contrary, CMS has clearly...
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PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

Hospital Accreditation: Is Your Fire Response Plan Compliant?
Posted by
on 8/6/2019 10:00:00 AM
BACKGROUND
It’s no secret that both CMS and accrediting organizations (AO) spend a significant amount of time assessing a hospital’s compliance to fire safety requirements. That’s understandable. A fire in a hospital could have catastrophic consequences. Fortunately...
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MEDICATION MANAGEMENT

Hospital Accreditation: Medication Formulary Compliance Tips
Posted by
on 7/16/2019 10:00:00 AM
Every hospital has a medication formulary of some sort. CMS has specific requirements in this area. So what does your hospital need to do? The interpretive guidance in Appendix A of the State Operations manual at §482.25(b)(9) forms the basis for this discussion…
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OTHER

Hospital Accreditation: Unprepared for disaster? That could be even more costly than you think
Posted by
on 7/2/2019 10:00:00 AM
By Michael Boardman, CEO, Readiness Associates, and Traci Curtis, Executive Director, Survey Operations, CIHQ
Healthcare organizations that fail to comply with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule not only put...
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PATIENT RIGHTS

Hospital Accreditation: Patient Rights - Don’t Forget the “IM” from Medicare
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on 6/18/2019 10:00:00 AM
Patient rights are a big thing with CMS, and rightly so. For Medicare beneficiaries, this includes the right to appeal being discharged from the hospital. Hospitals are required to inform patients of this right by providing a standardized form called the “Important…
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