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  • Lean Culture in Healthcare

    Written By: Faith Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
    According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary (2015), culture is defined as a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization.

  • Population Health

    Written By: Faith Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
    As we begin to concentrate our efforts on population health, our interventions need to go way beyond healthy eating advice.

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  • June 2018: Compliance Newsletter

    On June 1, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its semiannual report to congress. The report covers a six-month period, October 2017 - March 2018. The report highlights ac- complishments, participation in Congressional hearings and updates related to oversight activities. In the reports opening message, Inspector General, Daniel Levinson, highlighted the department’s work towards combating the opioid crisis, the need to improve cyberse- curity across four Health and Human Services Departments and their work in the area of en- suring that those in foster care and group homes receive high-quality services.

Clinical Connection

  • April 2018: Clinical Connection

    It is a known fact that the best teams achieve greater results and do better than others. In a recent two-year study of 200 teams completed by Google, they tried to identify what moti- vates the most effective teams and what the character traits and skills are that make up these teams.

  • March 2018: Clinical Connection

    This week, there has been greater emphasis on patient safety by some of the leading organizations such as IHI, AHA, Lucien Leape Institute, AHRQ, and their partners. The data published at the end of 2017 suggest that health care organizations have made some improvement in patient safety. While reviewing the numerous websites and articles, most suggesting that patient safety should be a #1 priority, this writer reflected on personal experiences in boardrooms, hospital agendas, and where patient safety falls.

Compliance

  • June 2018: Compliance Newsletter

    On June 1, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its semiannual report to congress. The report covers a six-month period, October 2017 - March 2018. The report highlights ac- complishments, participation in Congressional hearings and updates related to oversight activities. In the reports opening message, Inspector General, Daniel Levinson, highlighted the department’s work towards combating the opioid crisis, the need to improve cyberse- curity across four Health and Human Services Departments and their work in the area of en- suring that those in foster care and group homes receive high-quality services.

  • May 2018: Compliance Newsletter

    Compliance, quality, and risk have traditionally been areas of confusion. There are so many areas of crossover it can be difficult to determine the separation between them and in some cases, there is no separation. This can be especially difficult in facilities that have separate compliance, quality and risk departments.

Long-Term Care

  • June 2018: LTC Newsletter

    Twenty-nine states have legalized marijuana for medical use and nine states have legalized marijuana for recreational use for those individuals 21 years of age or older.1 These changes have led many industries to remove marijuana from their drug screens citing concerns over staffing if workers who test positive are fired.2 Will healthcare facilities continue to drug test employees in states where marijuana has been legalized?

  • May 2018: LTC Newsletter

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases a weekly Morbidity and Mor- tality Report. Included in the May 11, 2018 report was statistics related to deaths from falls among persons ≥65 from 2007-2016. The CDC indicated in their report that falls account for the largest percentage of deaths from unintentional injuries which is the seventh leading cause of death in older adults.1