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CMS to Enforce Hand Hygiene Guidelines in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Infection transmission in healthcare facilities is strongly associated with poor hand hygiene. Starting this year, CMS surveyors will issue citations when they observe any ambulatory surgery center employee failing to follow proper hand hygiene protocol.

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Inflation Adjustments Increase Civil Monetary Penalties Imposed by HHS

Healthcare facilities and providers are encouraged to review the updated list of penalties for compliance purposes.

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Federal District Court Finds Hospital-Owned Urgent Care Center Must Comply With EMTALA

Hospitals should be aware that provider-based urgent care centers that are held out to the public as such will likely meet the definition of a “dedicated emergency department” and will be subject to full EMTALA compliance.

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The Joint Commission Reverses Its Position on Texting Medical Orders

The Joint Commission (JC) issued a clarification reversing its position on the texting of medical orders: “The use of secure text orders is not permitted at this time.”

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