Washington Poison Control Center launching third year of Hospital Fair Share program

The Washington Poison Control Center (WAPC) is launching the third year of its Hospital Fair Share program, which enables hospitals to direct community benefit funds to the poison center to help sustain their core services. ... Read More >>

Supporting Professional Development for Critical Access Hospital Staff

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Hospital compare to update to include new star ratings, HAC payment penalties

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its Hospital Compare website with new star ratings, and released the list of hospitals receiving Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) penalties for the 2018 fiscal.... Read More >>

It’s not too late for a flu shot!

October and November have come and gone, and as we head into the holidays and flu season, you might think you’ve missed the boat if you never got your flu shot, but you haven’t! This week marks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Influenza Vaccination Week. ... Read More >>

You can help promote inclusion of people with disabilities

December 3 marked the observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. What can hospitals do now to promote inclusion of people with disabilities? ... Read More >>

New resource: Assess your hospital’s safety with high-alert medications

The Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) launched a Self-Assessment Tool for hospitals to assess the safety of systems and practices associated with up to 11 categories of high-alert medications. ISMP defines high-alert medications as those drugs that bear a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when used in error. ... Read More >>

Study explores risk factors present during index hospitalization

A retrospective cohort study of 17,761 30-day readmissions in an academic health system was conducted to identify risk factors present during the index hospitalization associated with death or transition to hospice care. Sepsis and shock during the index admission were associated with in-hospital mortality. ... Read More >>

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to talk about the life you want to live

Being Mortal was recently released in paperback, so Dr. Atul Gawande was in the spotlight again talking about end of life. On “CBS This Morning,” he clarified, “The goal is a good life all the way 'til the very end.”... Read More >>

The Quality Payment Program (QPP) reporting period is underway

October 2 was the last day to start your 90-day reporting period, and March 31, 2018 is the deadline to attest. However, it's not too late to avoid a 4 percent penalty in 2019 by submitting one quality measure, one improvement activity or the base score of the Advancing Care Information Category. ... Read More >>

Reminder: Nov. 30 deadline for hospitals to avoid EHR payment adjustment

Critical access hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through November 30 for a hardship exception to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. ... Read More >>

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