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It’s About Time: Medicare Providers, Suppliers, and CLIA Laboratories No Longer Required to Write Plan of Correction on Right Side of Form 2567

In a move that practically all Medicare providers, suppliers, and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments laboratories will welcome, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has declared that Plans of Correction and Allegations of Compliance no longer must be input directly onto the Statement of Deficiencies form (also known as “Form 2567”).

Stay Alert: The Joint Commission Issues Sentinel Event Alert on Patient Falls

Preventing falls is a perpetual task for health care facilities and those who regulate or accredit them. On September 28, 2015, The Joint Commission (TJC) issued a Sentinel Event Alert addressing the topic of preventing falls and fall-related injuries, providing additional information and recommendations to supplement its existing fall-prevention standards.

Senate’s Investigation into Agency Guidance Overlooks a Larger Problem

As Sarah Benator wrote about in the May 19 blog post titled, Will Senate Committee’s Investigation of Agencies’ Use of “Guidance” Benefit Health Care Providers?, the Chairman of the U.S.

Will Senate Committee’s Investigation of Agencies’ Use of 'Guidance' Benefit Health Care Providers?

Health care lawyers are familiar with the term “underground rulemaking,” which refers to efforts by federal agencies to impose obligations on providers and suppliers informally, without using the processes required by law. That issue has recently attracted the attention of the US Senate.

Will the Division of Practitioner Data Bank’s Recent Report Lead to National Practitioner Data Bank Changes?

For almost 30 years, hospitals and certain other health care organizations have been required to report to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) specified “adverse actions” regarding physicians and dentists that they employ, contract with, or have on staff.

Joint Commission’s Rewritten Sentinel Events Policy Now in Effect

The beginning of 2015 brings implementation of The Joint Commission’s (TJC) newly rewritten Sentinel Events Policy (Policy) for hospitals. Released in late 2014, and effective January 1, 2015, the Policy clarifies and puts into operation new and revised definitions and expectations. Changes include the following, among others:

CMS Announces Extension of Meaningful Use Hardship Exception

On October 7, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans to reopen and extend the deadline for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to submit a hardship exception application for not demonstrating “Meaningful Use” of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).

Medical Emergency Teams Can Recoup Their Costs by Reducing Adverse Events

Studies analyzing the cost-effectiveness of certain medical practices can sometimes indirectly suggest other, seemingly-unrelated benefits to a health care organization’s bottom-line. Such is the case in a study (Study) of medical emergency teams (MET) published in Pediatrics (“Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Medical Emergency Team in a Children’s Hospital,” Pediatrics 2014; 134; 235 (Aug. 2014)).

EHR Certification ... One Step at a Time

Not often that a government agency retreats from a proposal for large-scale regulatory change in favor of fewer requirements in order to provide flexibility and clarity. So it is worth note that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) did just that when it issued its final rule last week to update criteria for Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification.