Mar
12

CMS 3178-P Extension

Background: This Proposed CMS Rule was introduced very quietly into the Federal Register on December 27, 2013, right in the middle of the holiday season. We were a little surprised at the timing and knew that these proposed changes would have a major impact on the industry for a couple of reasons: 1)      The timing…
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Mar
09

CDC Dashboard Offers Good Visibility on Flu Trends

One of the themes we have been discussing over the past year is the role of analytics in healthcare to help improve quality, efficiency and outcomes. Visibility has long been lacking in the industry because of the scattered and disparate data, lack of standard collection and reporting formats and deliberate opacity keep mark ups as…
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Feb
19

Revisiting the Drug Shortage Two Years On

We originally published this article in Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, volume 28, #1, in early 2012. Many of the same issues exist today and some have become worse, as noted at the end of the article. Drugs, drugs – who has the drugs? Dr. James Blair, DPA, MHA, FACHE, FABCHS, MCAS  Drug diversion, although…
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Feb
06

Why CMS-3178-P is Filling an Important Gap in Readiness, Pt. 2

Editor’s Note: As we see the CMS-3178-P Rule find its’ way into the Federal Register, we pulled out a few posts from 2009 that pointed to the need for tighter regulations, especially given the failures in preparation in Joplin and Hurricane Sandy Disasters, to name the most visible. The Spring of 2003 found a loose…
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Jan
22

CMS-3178-P – Don’t Count Your Chickens

As of today, only the Federal Healthcare Sector, about 10% of healthcare capacity in the US, is mandated to prepare for All-Hazards events, while the remaining 90% private sector has been expected to prepare voluntarily to meet their roles and responsibilities. Unfortunately, as is evidenced by every major disaster since 9/11, the Public Health and…
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Jan
10

Why It is Important to Support the New CMS-3178-P Rule

The Life You Save Could be Your Own, or that of Your Loved Ones This is a summary points made in our 2010 book “UNREADY: TO ERR IS HUMAN: The other Neglected Side of Hospital Safety and Security”. Existing national efforts to protect patients from unnecessary death arising from healthcare acquired infections and treatment errors…
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