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New CMS QAPI Standards

By Dana Spector, Associate Managing Editor, AHC Media

Quality Assurance (QA) and Performance Improvement (PI) is one of only 3 CoP sections with a correlating CMS Worksheet. State and federal surveyors use the worksheet on all survey activity in hospitals when assessing compliance with the QAPI standards, including validation and certification surveys. There have been more than 1,100 recent deficiencies in this section alone.

In addition to the five elements of QAPI and what the worksheet covers, our expert will discuss the CMS memo regarding the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) systematic process for reporting adverse events, near misses, unsafe conditions, and allow a hospital to report harm from all causes. CMS estimated that 86% of adverse events are never reported to the hospital’s PI program, which makes it very hard to correct errors before the surveyor shows up. AHC Media’s speaker, Sue Dill Calloway, will lead a new webinar: “New CMS QAPI Standards & Revised QAPI Worksheet” on January 23 to guide your team through the new updates.

To learn more about this and to register, please click here.