New Standards Proposed for Patient Safety, Quality
Using the best emergency physicians and data can improve specialist coverage for the ED. Another strategy is to work with physicians for early exams the next morning.
- Calling in specialists less frequently will prompt more to sign up for on-call coverage.
- Skilled ED physicians will seek consults less often.
- ED usage data can help determine what specialists are needed.
The CMS recently proposed new standards intended to enhance patient safety and improve the quality of care in hospitals. Among several initiatives, the rule seeks to reduce overuse of antibiotics and implement comprehensive requirements for infection prevention.
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