The trusted source for
healthcare information and
Cluster of lap cases show up in report
CT hospitals, surg centers report adverse events
The first set of adverse events reports from hospitals and surgery centers in Connecticut show that of 94 adverse events reported, 20 were from errors during laparoscopic surgery. Accidental punctures of the colon and bladder were the most obvious reason listed in those 20 cases.
The hospitals and surgery centers released the reports in October and November after Connecticut passed a law requiring tracking and disclosure of medical errors. The results were reported by the Hartford (CT) Courant. Connecticut is one of 21 states that requires its health care facilities to report adverse events.
Under the CT reporting law, hospitals and surgery centers must notify the health department of an adverse event almost immediately. That report is kept from the public for six months to allow the facility and state officials to fully investigate the case.
For a chart summarizing the reports given to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, go to www.dph.state.ct.us and click on "Hospital and Surgical Center Adverse Event Reports."
JCAHO posts 2004 standards, offers videos
Outpatient surgery program managers scheduled for survey by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in early 2004 can get an early preview of the standards by which they will be surveyed.
The pre-publication standards, which are approved but are not yet formatted for publication in the manual, are available on-line at www jcaho.org; click on "2004 Pre-publication standards." They are effective Jan. 1, 2004, for ambulatory care facilities and hospitals. The standards for office-based surgery will be revised in 2005.
The web site does give users an opportunity to navigate between current and new requirements for comparison, but the pre-publication standards do not include scoring information.
If you have additional questions after reviewing the revised standards and crosswalk, see the Standards Online Question Form at www.jcaho.org/Onlineform/OnLineForm.asp, or call the Standards Interpretation Group at (630) 792-5900.
Free video describes new process
The Joint Commission also is offering free on-line informational videos that will help same-day surgery managers learn more about the Shared Visions — New Pathways accreditation process. (For more information, see "JCAHO is turning your world upside down with you reporting deficiencies," Same-Day Surgery, December 2002, p. 145.)
The two videos discuss the new approach to accreditation and the significant changes to standards. Other topics planned include priority focus process and tracer methodology, electronic application for accreditation, periodic performance reviews, performance improvement, and unannounced surveys.
To access the videos that are available now, go to www.jcaho.org, click on "Shared Visions — New Pathways," then "Video Information Series." If you need assistance to view the videos, contact Frank Barancyk, Internet/intranet communications manager at (630) 792-5182.
Medicare announces changes to OPPS
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced changes to the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) effective July 1, 2003. The memo addresses these areas:
To access the memo, go to: www.cms.hhs.gov/providerupdate/whatsnew.asp.
Special offer: Save $20 on this new resource
Just published by Thomson American Health Consultants: Physician’s Guide to Alternative Medicine Volume V. The Physician’s Guide to Alternative Medicine series is the most complete, evidence-based reference resource available today. Physician’s Guide to Medicine Volume V is entirely written and reviewed by physicians and other clinical experts in the field of alternative medicine and provides clinically sound, unbiased information to help you help your patients.
This essential resource is all new with up-to-date information on the most popular alternative therapies, plus you can earn up to 30 AMA Category 1 CME credits at no additional cost.
Call customer service at (800) 688-2421 today and order your copy for just $229. That’s $20 off the regular price. Please refer to order #S03159.