Voicing ever stronger concerns that the health care community still is not doing enough to prevent wrong-site surgery, the Joint
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations recently called on all providers to adopt a no-nonsense, zero-tolerance policy toward that grave error.
A San Francisco hospital is taking the Universal Protocol so seriously that it has threatened to suspend entire operative teams the surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses, and anyone else in the room if the procedures to prevent wrong-site surgery are not followed.
A nurse who admitted to authorities that he killed 30-40 severely ill patients is putting the spotlight on the difficulty of investigating the backgrounds of those applying for patient care positions in health care, says the CEO of the hospital where many of the deaths are thought to have occurred.
Educating physicians about risk management issues can be difficult and time-consuming, so its tempting to let your insurer send in a speaker once in a while and leave it at that. But the risk manager at a Texas hospital says youll get better results by developing your own in-house education program for physicians.
Can we collect insurance information after triage in the emergency department but before the medical screening examination? We hear conflicting explanations about whether this violates the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act.
In a special Dear Colleague letter aimed at risk managers and other hospital leaders, the Food and Drug Administration warns that some electrically powered hospital beds may pose a risk of fire.
The Medical Board of California has issued a severe reprimand to a physician accused of providing inadequate pain relief to a dying man, requiring him to attend advanced training to improve his performance.
A university hospital harvested and stored 28 embryos for a couple who had been unsuccessful in conceiving a child. Ten years later, the hospital disposed of the embryos, believing that the failure on the part of the couple to respond to notices that the hospital was going to take such action indicated their concurrence to have the embryos destroyed. When the couple later sought to have the embryos implanted, they were no longer available, and they sued the providers.
A woman in labor told an attending nurse that she thought the hospital and the obstetrician were not attending to her in a timely manner. The labor and delivery nurse contacted her obstetrician, but he failed to appropriately respond. The nurse should have contacted her supervisors about the womans concerns and the physicians failure to take action, but didnt. The fetus suffered severe brain damage because of a delay in delivery and subsequently died 11 months later.
Health Privacy Project executive director Janlori Goldman said that
while many glitches and misinterpretations of the HIPAA privacy
regulation have been resolved, others remain and should be addressed by
the Department of Health and Human Services or Congress.
In testimony late last year before the Department of Health and Human
Services National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics
Subcommittee on Privacy and Confidentiality, Health Privacy Project
executive director Janlori Goldman submitted 13 common myths that
persist about the HIPAA privacy regulation and the facts that respond
to those myths.
American Hospital Association attorney Lawrence Hughes said there are
aspects of the privacy rule that still are not working well and are
creating unnecessary burdens for hospitals, with little benefit to
Rhode Islands Seacrest DocSecurity surveyed more than 500 physicians
nationwide late in 2003, questioning them on requirements that
insurance companies ask for before underwriting physicians and
hospitals for insurance, and concluded that while physicians generally
believe they are HIPAA-compliant, in fact they have only met a portion
of the HIPAA requirements, leaving them vulnerable to lawsuits.
Does the security rule specify how a risk analysis must be conducted?;
How should passwords be chosen to ensure security?; Can a home health
agency post thank-you letters from patients on a bulletin board that
can be seen by staff and other patients?