12/6/2018 – Join Greeley regulatory compliance and quality experts for a free webinar. Greeley faculty will share common vulnerabilities that trigger 90-day CMS “terminations” or preliminary denial of Joint Commission (and other) accreditation. Watch Now!
1/8/2019 or 1/10/2019 – This session of the Greeley Training series will discuss common sense solutions for suicide screening, suicide assessment, and suicide precautions with special emphasis on the emergency department and general acute care units. Register Today!
If hospital survey results during the past year are any indication, 2019 should be a very busy and challenging year for hospitals across the country. For CMS: Greeley has seen an uptick in EMTALA citations and we continue to see termination actions focused on infection prevention and the care of suicide patients. The Joint Commission… [Read More]
Bud Pate, Vice President, Content; Steve MacArthur, Consultant, The Greeley Company Joint Commission representatives have begun emphasizing the need for an additional “NFPA Time Out” for some surgical cases. This time out is not required by the Joint Commission’s Universal Protocol, but it is referenced in the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) standards. We’ve received… [Read More]
Greeley Senior Consultant Bud Pate shares advice with Becker’s Clinical Leadership on how to avoid adverse findings, and what to do if things go wrong. This article summarizes 30 years of Greeley best practices into a simple guide for those involved with survey preparedness and response. Put simply, hundreds of lessons learned by Greeley’s CMS Termination… [Read More]
If you are looking to make a change at your hospital to define or revise the way you do or should be doing things, be sure you understand whether the change should be made in policy, procedure, or guideline, or to what extent in each. Policies are broad expressions of the intent or desired outcome… [Read More]
There are two types of recommendations that can come out of a mock survey: good recommendations and unhelpful recommendations. If you’ve had a mock survey before, it may have been delivered with recommendations like: “Staff should be educated…,” “Be sure to remind the physicians…,” or “Don’t do this anymore!” Two of these are “managed loose”… [Read More]
If your hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), your CEO recently received a letter. That letter alerts the CEO that Joint Commission surveyors have been given additional training in four subjects to focus on when they arrive at your door for a survey. These subjects are: high-level disinfection and sterilization; sterile compounding of… [Read More]
Using proactive external peer review to mitigate the risk of high-dollar lawsuits Medical necessity investigations and lawsuits are a significant threat to healthcare providers, especially those that rely on internal medical staff peer review programs to identify adverse patterns in clinical behavior, according to the new brief Medical Necessity: Checks and Balances Most Hospitals Don’t… [Read More]
As more states legalize marijuana, more physicians have begun recommending cannabis to their patients for the management of pain, nausea, anxiety, and loss of appetite. Recent literature also suggests that cannabis may be effective in treating other conditions. For example, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a drug whose active ingredient is… [Read More]