Hospital Peer Review – June 1, 2021
June 1, 2021
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The Joint Commission Expands Data Sources for Telehealth Credentialing by Proxy
The Joint Commission has expanded the pool of data sources from which an organization may obtain information when privileging telemedicine providers. However, legal experts caution there are risks when depending on others for credentialing information.
New Telehealth Board Supports Credentialing by Proxy
Credentialing by proxy holds promise in streamlining the credentialing process by reducing the hours spent on paperwork and the length of time it takes to privilege telemedicine providers.
Change in Telemedicine Law Sparks Some Concern, But Most Users OK
A change in law related to the use of telemedicine has prompted some concern over when the technology can be used. However, hospitals and physicians are safe to continue with telehealth services under the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Hospital Sees Quality Improvement with Expanded Telehealth Services
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health in Seattle ramped up its telehealth efforts to facilitate more virtual clinical and urgent care visits — more than 425,000 since March 2020 — with appointments ranging from annual check-ups to pre-and post-surgical check-ins. Notable results include improvements in quality of care and patient satisfaction.
Pennsylvania Hospital Reduces CAUTI Rates with Education, Interventions
A Pennsylvania hospital is reporting good results from a quality improvement initiative aimed at reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections in the ICU.
Clear Masks Improve Patient Communication, But Surgeons HesitantRecent research at a hospital revealed patients preferred clear masks because they allowed them to see the clinician’s face, but more than half of surgeons said they were unlikely to use a clear mask.
Hospital Attains QCDR Status, Improves Quality Metrics
Alteon Health, a physician-owned and physician-led acute care medical group based in Germantown, MD, recently became a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR), a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-approved vendor that is in the business of improving healthcare quality. QCDRs may include specialty societies, regional health collaboratives, large health systems, or software vendors working in collaboration with one of these medical entities.