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Less than Five Months Left for Hospitals to Comply with the Affordable Care Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) proposes that qualified health plans may only contract with hospitals of more than 50 licensed beds by January 1, 2017 as long as the following are in place:

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Alarm Management Update

CHPSO has been actively engaged with the AAMI Foundation (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) to assist hospitals in better managing their alarms. Recently, these efforts have borne fruit.

Lessons Learned

Opioids’ Dangerous Sidekick: Benzodiazepines

Opioids were the most commonly mentioned drug class among the CHPSO database. Of all the medication incident reports submitted to CHPSO, opioids were mentioned in 62,157 reports. The second most common drug class was benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, with 23,508 reports. Although this is a large drop off from opioids, benzodiazepines/hypnotics should not be overlooked as a source of potential harm.

Ask CHPSO

Ask CHPSO: Due to the recent Supreme Court case…
A.Q. – From a San Diego Hospital

Dear CHPSO,

Due to the recent Supreme Court case, should our hospital hold back events that we report to regulatory agencies such as CDPH, CMS, and accrediting institutions?

The copy your organization submits to CHPSO is always protected. The one exception is if you destroy the original and the original was unprotected, the copy becomes unprotected. However, this exception is rare.

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Lost and Not Found: Common Items that Disrupt a Patient’s Hospital Stay

Hearing aids. Dentures. Eyeglasses. Wallets. Cell Phones. These are a few of the many items reported to the CHPSO database that have been misplaced, thrown out, or disappeared during a patient’s visit. Patients cannot live without these items as they help them hear the latest news on TV, eat their meal, see the news and their meal, and communicate with others. In one case, a patient had to go on a liquid diet and eat soft foods because his dentures were misplaced. Often times, these items get rolled up into a napkin and inadvertently thrown out while on a meal tray or at the bedside.

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American Medical Foundation Patient Safety Organization (AMFPSO)

CHPSO has a new agreement with The American Medical Foundation Patient Safety Organization (AMFPSO) that allows CHPSO members easy access to AMFPSO member services through their CHPSO PSO agreement, without the need for an additional hospital-AMFPSO agreement.

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