Looking ahead to 2014

By: October 29th, 2013 Email This Post Print This Post

It’s hard to imagine, but the end of the year is upon us and I’m already working on the December issue of Medical Environment Update and the January issue of Briefings on Hospital Security.

I’d like to ask for my reader’s input. Whether you are a safety expert in a medical clinic or a hospital, what are the top issues that you think will affect the safety industry over the next year? What are your biggest concerns?

Thank you in advance. I may use some of your comments in an upcoming story! As always, you can also send me an email at jpalmer@hcpro.com.

John Palmer


By Dorothy Hodges on October 30th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

CLIA vs. IQCP compliance would be a great subject. How to interpret guidelines? What should you be doing now to make the switch?

Level I and II in office surgery check list? Does anyone have a check list for OSHA because the requirements are different?

Safety issues for a out patient nuclear cardiology department would be nice.

Sadly I see the control and manipulation of healthcare reimbursement dollars shaping the type of care hospitals can afford to offer. Risk assessments used to be individualized to geographic and demographic regions but that is not really true anymore. CMS tells facilities the minimum they “have to” report to NHSN if they want to get paid and they are essentially driving the programs the last 2-3 years. Changes are happening and I am not sure they are grounded in evidence based practice.

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