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Tamper Resistant Electrical Outlets

As we write this blog post, there are no FAQ’s posted as new. But, as we have mentioned before, the “NEW” marker attached to a FAQ disappears even faster than your paycheck. During the past month we did note one important new FAQ that flashed by. It’s in the National Patient Safety Goal chapter under Ligatures and suicide risk reduction. The topic they address is the need for tamper resistant electrical outlets. This includes arc fault and ground fault interruption outlets.

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Emergency Medical Treatment & Restraints

CMS published new EMTALA guidelines in memo QSO 19-14, issued on June 4, 2019. It details complaint investigation timelines for potential EMTALA violations and restraint related deaths. These timelines are expectations for the state agencies to conduct their investigation. They are not a timeline for hospitals to act. But, they are a signal to be ready should the state come to investigate an EMTALA or restraint death issue.

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Co-located Hospitals Draft Guidance

CMS published a new guidance memo discussing co-located hospitals. The memo, QSO 19-13 dated May 3, 2019 is in draft form and the comment period to CMS is open until July 2, 2019. This draft is especially important for two types of organizations:

  • An LTACH inside a full-service acute care hospital.
  • A co-located outpatient service with a unique CCN number situated in the same building as the hospital.

If you have such arrangements, share this memo with the other entity. And, discuss potential implications for your arrangement together.

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