Judy Courtemanche

Addressing Workplace Violence

The Joint Commission is currently seeking input on new and proposed requirements for workplace violence. Go to https://www.jointcommission.org/standards/standards-field-reviews/proposed-new-and-revised-requirements-for-workplace-violence-prevention-in-hap-and-cah-field-review/ for an opportunity to review and prepare. One of the new expectations is that organizations would conduct an annual Work Site Analysis related to its Workplace Violence Program, which would include the following: a proactive analysis of …

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Effective Suicide Screening & Assessment in the Emergency Department Act (H.R. 4861)

Breaking news from Capitol Hill! The ENA-priority Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act (H.R. 4861) was passed by the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bill would improve the identification and treatment of at-risk patients. The passage of this bill is especially timely given the detrimental effect of the …

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CMS Announces New Guidance for Safe Visitation in Nursing Homes During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

On September 17, CMS issued revised guidance providing detailed recommendations on ways nursing homes can safely facilitate visitation during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. After several months of visitor restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, CMS recognizes that physical separation from family and other loved ones has taken a significant toll on …

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Updated Testing Considerations for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

The CDC released updated considerations for COVID-19 Diagnostic (Molecular or Antigen) Testing on August 24, 2020. There is controversy about the change in testing criteria and the ambiguous wording included, such as “If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with a COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes but …

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SUBJECT: CMS Enforcement Cases Held during the Prioritization Period and Revised Survey Prioritization for Long Term Care, Non-Long Term Care and Laboratories

CMS  is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s health care facilities continue to be prepared in response to COVID-19.   QSO-20-35-ALL released August 17, 2020 outlines changes that are taking place with survey prioritization.  Key changes Include: •CMS is revising guidance on the expansion of survey activities to authorize onsite revisits and other survey …

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Respiratory Therapy – Are You Ready?

The Joint Commission Pre-Publication Standards that were scheduled to take effect July 1, 2020 have been extended to September 13, 2020 per a TJC Representative. Please note they contain a significant change within HR 01.01.01 EP 1 for Respiratory Therapy. It specifically states: “For hospitals that use Joint Commission accreditation for deemed status purposes: Staff …

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IRS Extends Deadline for Hospitals to Complete Their Community Health Needs Assessments

As urged by the American Hospital Association (AHA), the IRS late yesterday announced that it is expanding the July 15 extension of time for tax-exempt hospitals to meet their community health needs assessment (CHNA) obligations. “The due date for any CHNA due to be conducted and for any implementation strategy due to be adopted on …

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