Weekly News Roundup: May 3, 2019

Patient Safety

CMS Proposed Rule Would Strengthen Oversight of Accrediting Organizations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday unveiled a proposed rule requiring greater transparency when ownership changes occur at accrediting organizations. The proposed rule establishes a process AOs with Medicare-approved accreditation programs must follow if there is a sale, transfer, and/or purchase of assets related to the ownership of an AO. Read More

Improving Patient Safety with Predictive Analytics

For patients, safety in hospitals and health systems remains a serious concern, justified by the fact that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Read More

Why this Patient Safety Advocate Argues It’s Time to Stop Using “Second Victim”

The term “second victim” refers to the emotionally distressed health professional following a medical error. While the idea was introduced to remind the healthcare industry that providers need support, this patient advocate says it doesn't sit well with patients and the families of patients who have been injured by medical errors. Read More

Improving Patient Safety-Why Data Matters

Avoiding patient harm is intrinsic to the work of healthcare professionals. Hippocrates (ca. 460-377 BCE), known as the Father of Modern Medicine, helped set this precedent when he said, “The physician must…have two special objects in view with regard to disease, namely, to do good or to do no harm.” Read More

EHRs May Put Chemotherapy Patients’ Safety at Risk, Study Finds

Problems in EHRs, such as outdated information and incomplete notes, can cause treatment delays as well as safety and communication issues between chemotherapy patients and providers, according to a study published in Journal of Oncology Practice. Read More