LHA Trust Funds News

eSTAT: CDC Health Advisory

The CDC has issued an alert to healthcare facilities advising of an immediate need to review procedures for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing reusable medical equipment. This advisory has been facilitated by an increase in media reports of patients being notified of their possible exposure to infection from sub-optimal infection control practices. Please review the advisory from the CDC and i ...[Read More]

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

The month of September is designated as National Suicide Prevention Month in order to raise awareness and educate the public on suicide. According to the World Health Organization(WHO), more than 800,000 people die by suicide every year and for every person that commits suicide, about 20 other people attempt to end their lives. A prior suicide attempt is the single most important risk factor for s ...[Read More]

Slip, Trip and Fall Basics – What You Need to Know

Slips, trips and falls (STFs) are one of the leading unintentional injuries in the US, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to the ER annually (National and Safety Council Injury Facts 2011). Falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional deaths in homes and communities, resulting in more than 25,000 fatalities in 2009. The National Reporting and Learning Service recently reported ...[Read More]

eSTAT: Plague and CDC Recommendations

The CDC is advising healthcare professionals to be aware of the recent rise in cases of plague in the United States. Although it is unclear as to why this illness is on the rise, healthcare professionals are being urged to consider plague as a diagnosis for patients who present with signs and symptoms, have recently traveled to the Midwestern United States, or have had direct contact with rodents ...[Read More]

Workplace Security – Be Safe and Secure on the Job

Workplace violence or occupational violence refers to violence, usually in the form of physical abuse or threats that create a risk to the health and safety of an employee or multiple employees. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines workplace violence as violent acts (including physical assaults and threats of assaults) directed toward persons at work or on duty ...[Read More]

LHA Malpractice Trust Pays Dividends at Renewal

GOOD NEWS The LHA Malpractice Trust Fund Board has approved a $3,000,000 dividend distribution for eligible renewing members on 11/1/2015. Dividends will be paid in the form of a premium credit in accordance with the terms of the Trust Agreement. For many members, the dividend will be significant. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Dolan, President and CEO at o ...[Read More]

ICD-10, Will You Be Ready?

The ICD-10 transition will affect every part of your practice, from software upgrades, to patient registration and referrals, to clinical documentation and billing. With the compliance date quickly approaching, we take this time to inform you that CMS and the AMA have issued a Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities. CMS announced on Monday July 6, 2015 that it would work wi ...[Read More]

FYImail: Improving Communication When Transferring Patients

Communication is a common root cause of many adverse events in healthcare. As a matter of fact, The Joint Commission ranks communication as one of the top 3 root causes of sentinel events since 2012. Transfer of patient care is a critical point for succinct communication. Use of a standardized tool to facilitate comprehensive communication at the transfer of care has become a standard practice in ...[Read More]

Premises Liability

Premises liability refers to the body of law that holds a property owner, or any person in possession of the property, liable for damages suffered on their premises. As it relates to our hospital environment, premises liability hold us responsible for the safety of our visitors while they are on and moving about our property (property includes parking areas, grounds, walkways, pathways, buildings, ...[Read More]

Three Louisiana Healthcare Facilities Recognized as Safety Stars

The Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) Trust Funds announced the three recipients of its 2015 Safety Star Award Monday. This year’s Safety Star Award Winners are GastroIntestinal Specialists in Shreveport, LA, Lady of the Sea General Hospital in Cut Off, LA and Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma, LA. “Every year through our Safety Star Award, we are able to recognize three of our members ...[Read More]