Joint Commission’s 2005 survey fees to increase

Survey fees charged by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations will increase for 2005.

The fee increase, only the second in the last decade, will vary by program and, within programs, will vary by the types and volumes of services provided. The Joint Commission also announced plans to institute a subscription billing model in 2006 that will allow accredited organizations to begin to spread their survey fees over the three-year accreditation cycle.

The final fee schedule had not been set at press time, but the estimated average increase for home care is $880. For specific pricing, contact the Joint Commission Pricing Unit at (630) 792-5115 or pricingunit@jcaho.org.

Prepare your hospital for a very unusual flu season

With the unprecedented shortage of influenza vaccine this flu season, hospitals are scrambling to prepare for what may be a record number of flu patients presenting to their already overcrowded EDs and for staff shortages due to record absenteeism. After almost half of the planned U.S. vaccine supply was contaminated, high-risk candidates — mainly the very young, the elderly, the immunocompromised, and health care workers — have been identified as those to receive the vaccine.

In response to the national shortage of vaccine, Thomson American Health Consultants has developed an influenza sourcebook to ensure that you and your hospital are prepared for what you may face this flu season. Hospital Influenza Crisis Management will provide you with the information you need to deal with ED overcrowding, potential liability risks, staff shortages, and infection control implications for staff and patients.

This sourcebook will address the real threat of a potential pandemic, and the proposed response and preparedness efforts that should be taken in response to such an event. Major guidelines and recommendations for influenza immunization and treatment are included, along with recommendations for healthcare worker vaccination and the efficacy of, and criteria for, usage of the live attenuated influenza vaccine.

Hospital Influenza Crisis Management will also offer readers continuing education credits. For more information, or to reserve your copy at the pre-publication price of $149 (a $50 discount off the regular price), call our customer service department at (800) 688-2421.