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Joint Commission Educates Hospital Leaders on Integrated Patient-centered Systems

The Joint Commission announces publication of the new “Patient Safety Systems” chapter in the 2015 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals. The purpose of the chapter is to inform and educate hospital leaders about the importance and structure of an integrated patient-centered system that aims to improve quality of care and patient safety.

New Blood Bank ID Solutions Improve Patient Safety and Efficiency

PDC Healthcare, an identification solutions company, has expanded its product offering for blood transfusion patient identification.

BD’s Acquistion of CareFusion Offers Integrated Medication Management, Patient Safety Solutions

BD and CareFusion have announced a definitive agreement under which BD will acquire CareFusion for $58.00 per share in cash and stock, or a total of $12.2 billion, to create a global leader in medication management and patient safety solutions.

New Healthcare Technology Options Offered by Mayo Clinic in Minnesota

Mayo Clinic is committed to reducing healthcare expenses and improving access to medical services through a new telemedicine pilot project called Mayo Clinic Health Connection.

Northwest Patient Safety Conference Calls for Speakers

Save the date for the 13th Northwest Patient Safety Conference, presented by the Washington Patient Safety Coalition on May 13, 2015

EMR Interoperability Delayed by Lack of Inter-Vendor Cooperation

Less than half of healthcare providers say their electronic medical records (EMR) vendor cooperates well with other vendors.

NPSF Patient Safety Congress Call for Abstracts Due Oct. 17

The 17th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress takes place April 29 - May 1, in Austin, Texas.

ABQAURP News

September/October 2014

Quality Conundrums

A Quality (of Life) Conundrum
Summertime: Health Maintenance or Just Plain Fun?

Most days, one can easily find news stories about the health impact of something in our world. Today, it was a BBC story about fish with confused genders: a little of each, actually. Chemicals in the water where the fish had been presumably happily swimming were the purported cause of the gender anomalies. The related question is, “How worried should we all be about ourselves?” Is the corollary, should we still go swimming?

Horror stories abound about dreadful, careless parents allowing their children to play freely in the sun and fresh air. Facts would suggest, however, that sun is actually good for us all, and that the upsides of sun exposure outweigh the downsides.1

And what about play, for adults as well as children? Heat stroke is a serious illness, but is it common enough to merit over 2,000,000 citations on Google in less than 30 seconds? Wouldn’t we all be better off playing tennis, walking, and biking instead of watching TV in the air conditioning?

Then, there is summer reading. Research suggests that children who do not read over the summer lose skills; none of us want that to happen. Even Oprah knows that reading has health benefits for adults.2 But, I must confess that I read…on the beach, in the backyard, and just about everywhere else because it’s fun. And I think lots of other people do, too.

And finally, there is food. Special summer fruits and veggies are the best: peaches, plums, strawberries, tomatoes, and fresh corn on the cob. But then, there are barbecues: hot dogs
(oh, those nitrates) and hamburgers (oh, the cholesterol). Let’s not even think about the chips and ice cream. But wait, maybe we can admit to that after all. It seems some of the dietary wisdom of recent years MIGHT be wrong.3

What do we really know about summer? That sun, exercise, reading, relaxation, and time with friends and family are probably healthy. So, health maintenance or just plain fun, I hope you enjoyed your summer!

1 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2290997/
2 http://www.oprah.com/health/How-Reading-Can-Improve-Your-Memory
3 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/behindtheheadlines/news/2014-03-18-saturated-fats-and-heart-disease-link-unproven/

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ABQAURP welcomes applications for joint sponsorship of educational activities for continuing education credit. ABQAURP accredits a variety of activities, including:

• Live Activity
• Enduring Material
• Journal-based CME
• Internet Activity Live
• Internet Activity Enduring Material
• Performance Improvement

ABQAURP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians and is accredited by the Florida Board of Nursing to sponsor nursing contact hours. As an accredited provider, ABQAURP is here to work with each joint sponsor organization to ensure the accreditation process runs as smoothly as possible. Benefits of working with ABQAURP include: one-on-one assistance, on-site assistance, contact for speakers and commercial supporters, evaluation compilation, one-time mailing list to drive attendance, website placement, and advertising in Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare magazine.

For more information, please call Deborah Naser at (800) 998-6030, ext. 118.

Did you miss our recent conference?

New Multimedia Online Courses are Available Now!
How are you preparing for the changes in health care coming later this year and in 2015? We are proud to introduce two new multimedia online courses that explore ways to make your approach to this changing environment easier and better!

These courses are recorded from our Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference and provide up-to-date content about today’s health care challenges.

Getting Paid for Innovation and High Value Outcomes
The Affordable Care Act is a reality. Accountable Care Organizations are up and running. It has become clear that despite ongoing legal challenges, change is going forward, perhaps at a rate faster than envisioned. Providers need the tools to succeed and prosper in this new environment.

Survive and Thrive in the Changing Health Care Environment
As we transition from volume-based to value-based care, health care providers and other stakeholders are struggling to identify key drivers to address the challenges around the redesign of health care delivery and payment reforms. What will be the role of integrated care management, ACOs, and transitions of care models? How can we efficiently integrate all transactions of care across the care continuum? Discover what the practitioner needs to not only survive, but to thrive in the evolution of health care.

Find out more on our online course catalog: http://www.abqaurp.org/course.asp.

Health Care Quality and Management (HCQM) Certification

When deciding on a credential, you want the best, most comprehensive certification that covers the entire health care quality continuum. Choose the provider with the experience that has come to define the field of Health Care Quality and Management.
 
ABQAURP is pleased to collaborate with the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) in the administration of the HCQM certification exam. ABQAURP is dedicated to assuring a high quality certification process with definable standards; the NBME involvement reinforces that dedication. Together, we consult on the planning, development, analysis, and scoring of the certification exam, bringing examinees an exam experience based on a vast array of knowledge and expertise.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 HCQM exam window.

Registration Discount – Take $100 off your Exam Fee by February 28, 2015
Application Deadline: June 30, 2015
Exam Window: August 15 – October 15, 2015
Don’t delay, seating is limited!

Prepare Now!
CORE BODY OF KNOWLEDGE ONLINE COURSE
20 CME/CE Hours!

Please call Barbara Morris at: (800) 998-6030, extension 116, or visit our website (www.abqaurp.org) for more information on Certification and preparation.

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of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Upcoming ABQAURP Accredited Events

JOINT SPONSORSHIPS

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Practical Approach to Problem Wounds
Wound Care Review Course
Wound Care Boot Camp
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy &    Simultaneous Irrigation
Total Contact Casting: The Gold Standard of Care
Total Contact Casting: Efficacy and Application
Hyperbaric Medicine – Principles & Practice
Ongoing – Online Education
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World Congress Events
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2nd Annual West Physician Advisor & Case Management Summit
& Pre-conference Workshop
October 20, 2014
San Diego, CA    

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Texas Association of Health Plans
2014 TAHP Managed Care Conference & Trade Show
November 3–5, 2014
Hyatt Regency Dallas
Dallas, TX
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To accredit your educational events for continuing education credit, contact Deborah Naser at 800-998-6030, ext. 118.


ABQAURP EVENT - MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

High Quality and Affordable Care
through Accountability

ABQAURP’s 38th Annual HCQ&PS Conference
April 17, 2015
Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
Houston, TX
Register Now – Save $100


Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your peers, renowned faculty, health care executives, and some of Houston’s leading experts discussing these relevant topics:

  • Models of performance excellence
  • Reimbursement for patient engagement
  • Lessons learned from high performing ACOs
  • Legal framework for successful Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs)
  • Value of customer service
  • Legal risks of the Medicare Shared Savings Program
  • Importance of documentation, particularly with the adoption of EMRs and impending implementation of ICD-10
  • Impact of inadequate behavioral health services on our communities


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Third Annual Healthcare Awards Honor Outstanding Environmental Services Technicians

The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA), and Kimberly-Clark Professional have announced the recipients of the third annual Heart of Healthcare Awards, honoring outstanding environmental services technicians who make a difference for patients and long-term care residents.

IMPACT Legislation Improves PAC Quality

The National Quality Forum (NQF) commends the Congress for passing the “Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014,” or IMPACT Act.

Hospital's ASTEC Center Improves Patient Safety, Ensures Critical OR Skills Using Qstream Platform

Inova Fairfax Medical Center (IFMC) in Virginia and its newly opened Advanced Surgical Technology and Education Center (ASTEC) are using Qstream's mobile, game-based platform to drive improved patient safety and clinical knowledge among an interdisciplinary operating room (OR) team.

Way-Paver Awards for Bedside Barcoding Presented at unSUMMIT

Since its inception in 2006, The Way-Paver Award for Bedside Barcoding has acknowledged the exceptional contributions of individuals and organizations who have helped clear the path and pave the way to safer patient care by applying bar-code technology in healthcare.

PDI Prevantics Skin Antiseptics Proven to Help Facilities Reduce CLABSI Rates, Costs

PDI, maker of infection prevention products and solutions, continues to reinforce the importance of a complete infection prevention program for skin antisepsis.

AACR Issues Policy Statement Underscoring Importance of Safe, Accurate, Effective Diagnostic Tests

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recently issued a policy statement that underscores the importance of safe, accurate, and effective diagnostic tests by recommending that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begin to actively exert its authority to regulate high-risk laboratory developed tests (LDTs) that are being utilized by physicians to make treatment decisions, including the tailoring of an individual’s cancer treatment regimen.

Xerox Introduces Comprehensive Healthcare Management and Analytics Platform

An advanced healthcare analytics and workflow software package, the Juvo Care Performance Platform is being launched by Midas+, A Xerox Company, to collect and analyze today’s massive amount of patient-care data and deliver detailed recommendations for better healthcare.

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