This month's focus is on the newly released QSO from CMS that provides guidance on Co-Located Hospitals. While the QSO is specific to the co-location of hospitals, more commonly known as a hospital within a hospital, we believe many of the principles and circumstances outlined within the QSO would apply to other types of facilities with co-location as well, as any organization that has an agreement with CMS must be able to independently substantiate that it meets all of the applicable Conditions of Participation that govern its specific area of practice.

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Acute Changes in Patient Care
Acute Changes in Patient Care

 Patients whose condition deteriorates acutely while hospitalized often exhibit warning signs (such as abnormal vital signs and other symptoms) in the hours before experiencing adverse clinical outcomes. Recognizing changes in a patient’s baseline and reporting them to the healthcare team can provide valuable information to avoid poor patient outcomes. This is applicable to all healthcare settings – hospital, ambulatory, and behavioral.

Patient Visitation
Patient Visitation

Throughout the pandemic, organizations needed to remain nimble and responsive to what was occurring within their buildings and communities related to the spread of Covid. Both CMS and The Joint Commission permit organizations to modify their visitation practices to safeguard patients, staff, and visitors.  Earlier this year, Planetree International released the “Family Presence Policy Decision Making Toolkit2021”, which focuses specifically on decision making during Covid. Expanding on that concept, we are pleased to provide you with our Patient Visitation Policy and our decision grid which expands the risk assessment process for determining feasibility of visitation along broader conditions that may influence your organization’s decision to expand or reduce visitation.

TJC & CMS Annual Update 2021

As Covid-19 rages throughout the country , TJC and CMS are working to modify survey procedures and regulations to assure patient and staff safety.

In this presentation, acquire information about new survey procedures, changes in regulatory requirements and challenging expectations. Learn about the most frequent scoring areas and approaches that may help you achieve compliance.