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Matt Phillion is the director of the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals and a Senior Managing Editor at HCPro, Inc., where he is the editor of the monthly publication Briefings on The Joint Commission.

Does healthcare have an honesty problem?

Many physicians admit to overly optimistic diagnoses, hide their errors, and are not up front about their connection to organizations such as drug companies, the Boston Globe reports.

The Globe cites a report by the journal Health Affairs, which found that almost 20% of doctors had, in the past year, not disclosed a mistake in order to avoid a lawsuit.

In addition, nearly 40% of physicians interviewed for the report–nearly 1,900 physicians in total–said they did not believe it was necessary to disclose that they had received speaking fees or gifts (such as vacations) from a drug manufacturer before prescribing their product. This also includes disclosure about owning a machine which they are prescribing tests from as well, such as a scanning device.

What is your reaction to this report? Is your hospital or organization currently doing anything to help make reporting or disclosure easier for physicians?

Have you participated in the latest AHAP benchmarking survey?

I just wanted to let you know that the organization has launched its first benchmarking survey of 2012, “Recent Survey Observations.”

The benchmarking survey is being conducted in conjunction with our upcoming networking call of the same name. It provides members with a chance to anonymously discuss items of note from their most recent survey—differences in surveyor focus areas, changes in tone, and other subtle or not so subtle differences from previous Joint Commission surveys that you’d like to share with your fellow accreditation professionals.

The survey can be found here. If this link does not work, you can also copy and paste this URL into your web browser:

http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22EQ6YGQCAA

We hope you’ll take just a few minutes to comment on this latest survey. As always, your answers are confidential. We will post the results in a benchmarking report to the AHAP website in just a few weeks.

Joint Commission launches latest “Speak Up” program

The Joint Commission has unveiled its latest entry in its Speak Up ™program. Released on February 1, 2012, this latest educational campaign will focus on “What you should know about stroke.”

Developed in conjunction with the American Academy of Neurology, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, National Stroke Association and NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the campaign was announced at the International Stroke Conference at the beginning of February. It is intended to help patients understand stroke prevention and the importance of seeking care right away in the event of a stroke.

For more information, visit The Joint Commission’s campaign website.

CLABSI to be included on Hospital Compare

CMS has updated its Hospital Compare website in order to include central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) data provided by hospitals.

Hospitals must report CLABSI rates for adult, pediatric and neonatal intensive care unit patients to receive a full payment update in fiscal year 2013 under the inpatient prospective payment system. Hospitals with ICUs and are participating in the program began reporting this data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Neetwork in January.

For more information, visit the Hospital Compare website.

Point of Care Coordinator of the Year seeks nominees

The American Association of Clinical Chemistry Clinical Point of Care Testing (CPOCT) Division is accepting nominations for their 2012 Point of Care Coordinator of the Year Award.

Nominations are due March 15. For more information on how to nominate a colleague, visit here.

Joint Commission releases communication guidelines for stroke, heart failure programs

The Joint Commission has released communication guidelines for the organization’s Certified Primary STroke Centers and Advanced Certification in Heart Failure programs.

These guidelines are intended to help organizations in these programs accurately and credibly portray their certifications.

The guidelines can be downloaded here.

Hospitals face growing financial challenges, ratings agencies say

Not-for-profit hospitals in the US face increasing financial pressures, two top credit rating agencies reported n January. Moody’s Investors Service reports that the outlook for hospitals looks negative for 2012, and Standard & Poor’s Rating Service says that “an increasingly difficult operating environment” will adversely impact hospital credit quality and ratings.

Among the challenges identified by Standard & Poor’s are tighter revenues, weaker payer mixes, lingering impact from the recession and health reform.

The Moody’s report can be found here; Standard & Poor’s can be found here (password required).

CMS to require certain facilities to report HAIs, other quality indicators

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will, beginning this month, require some organizations to report specific quality indicators, such as healthcare-associated infections (HAI). The requirements come through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

The requirements vary depending on the type of facility. For example, acute care facilities that participate in the inpatient prospective payment system should report several specific items, such as adult catheter-associated urinary tract infections, as well as those from pediatric intensive care units, and surgical site infections connected to colon surgery and adbominal hysterectomy.

For more information on this topic, visit The Joint Commission’s website.

LD.03.01.01 revised

The Joint Commission has unveiled prepublication standards, effective July 1, 2012, to Leadership chapter standard LD.03.01.01. LD.03.01.01 addresses leadership’s role in maintaining a culture of safety and quality.

The revisions effect The Joint Commission’s ambulatory, behavioral, critical access, hospital, home care, laboratory, long term care, and long term care (Medicare/Medicaid certification-based), and office-based surgery programs.

For more information, visit The Joint Commission’s website.

Joint Commission releases revisions to lab deeming authority application

The Joint Commission has released revisions to the elements of performance (EP) of application for deeming authority for clinical laboratories.

The changes followed a review of the application and are intended to help meet Clinicial Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) and apply to the LD and QSA standards.

For more information, visit The Joint Commission’s website.