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Healthcare Mold Management

Healthcare mold management. It’s a concern for an increasing number of organizations. And if you read the newspapers, you have likely seen the reports from a hospital in Seattle where environmental mold was linked to some patient infections. For at least two years, The Joint Commission has indicated that mold is taking on an increasing importance in the survey process. And a recent EC News contains an excellent article from about mold prevention and abatement.

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Closed Loop Communication Of Test Results

Closed loop communication of test results. It means that every test result is sent, received, and addressed in a timely manner, and the patient is notified of the results and next steps. It’s an outcome we strive for but often fail at. But, even with the ongoing challenges, there are steps you can take to improve the process.

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Joint Commission Dissemination Policy

The Joint Commission dissemination and copying policy relative to Perspectives is changing. Although the old policy is still printed on the last page (p. 30) of Perspectives and sounds very legalistic and somewhat threatening regarding duplication. But, the new policy changes that. It will permit accredited organizations to copy and distribute articles or complete copies internally. You can even post copies to an organization-based intranet.

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Emergency Management

When a disaster strikes it can wreak havoc on your operation. But, applying for a 1135 federal waiver can assist your team with emergency management. This disaster related waiver modifies certain Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and HIPAA requirements. A recent Perspectives article outlines the process required to apply for this waiver.

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