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More states are expanding nonphysician providers’ scopes or allowing them to practice without supervision, making their ongoing professional practice evaluation (OPPE) more important than ever. They include physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, certified registered nurse assistants, psychologists, and others. Take time to revisit your policies and procedures for monitoring these nonphysicians'—and all advanced practice professionals' (APP)—current clinical competence and professionalism to support the delivery of safe, high-quality care.
A year ago, most healthcare organizations likely believed that their visitor management system was sufficient for their needs. In fact, in a 2018 International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation survey, 43% of hospitals said they didn’t require visitors to sign in or register upon entering the facility. Of the 57% that did require registration, only one-third of hospitals said they checked visitors’ names to confirm they were allowed to visit the patient.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on our lives. For older Americans and other high-risk groups, that means living in constant fear of contracting a potentially fatal disease. For younger adults, the challenge is in navigating the emotional and mental health effects caused by prolonged isolation due to the virus.
Whether your organization is Joint Commission-accredited or follows the standards and regulations of another body, prepare for a compliance evaluation, aka a “survey.” After ensuring that your policies and procedures are sound, staff and clinicians adhere to the standards, and a culture of improvement is woven into operations, success comes down to performance during the survey. We offer last-minute tips to help you succeed under the surveyor's microscope.
COVID-19 has created countless challenges across every industry, and healthcare facilities have been especially hard-hit. According to some estimates, the demand for PPE at hospitals increased by as much as 1700% in the early months of the pandemic. U.S.-based manufacturers were unprepared to meet such a steep spike in demand, and much of the country’s PPE supply had to come from China. In addition, there were widespread shortages of other vital equipment.
While safety and quality have always been associated with credentialing, being a revenue-generating function has not. Now credentialing and medical services departments are increasingly seen as a part of the revenue cycle.