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FYImail: CMS Draft Guidance

CMS Issues Draft Guidance on Off Label Use of Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems CMS has received a significant amount of feedback regarding the memo released on November 21, 2014 addressing “Off Label Use of Blood Glucose Monitoring Devices.” The November memo has been temporarily replaced with draft guidance which includes information dated March 13, 2015. CMS cites the need to obtain ...[Read More]

eSTAT: FDA Issues Endoscope Warning

In relation to the recent superbug outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to healthcare providers regarding the use of medical endoscopes for complex endoscopes procedures and more specifically ERCP endoscopes. The February 19, 2015 warning specifically relates to the design of duodenoscopes, which can impede the ability to effectively “clean, disinfect and sterilize ...[Read More]

FYImail: CMS Updates

Please be aware that the CMS State Operations Manual for Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) Appendix W has been updated and posted as of January 13, 2015. In addition, the guidance related to new and updated regulations for hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), rural health centers (RHCs) and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) was revised and posted as of January 30, 2015. Please see ...[Read More]

eSTAT: CDC Alert Issued

FDA warns healthcare professionals not to inject patients with IV solutions from Wallcur, of San Diego The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting healthcare professionals not to use Wallcur, LLC, simulated intravenous (IV) products in human or animal patients. These products are for training purposes only. Before administering IV solutions to patients, healthcare providers should carefully ...[Read More]

Director of Clinical Risk Appointed to ANA Panel

The LHA Trust Funds announced the appointment of its Director of Clinical Risk Management to the newly commissioned American Nurses Association’s Professional Issues Panel on Workplace Violence and Incivility. Stacie Jenkins, BSN, RN, MSN, LNC, will serve on the Steering Committee that will develop a position statement on workplace violence and incivility and detailed guidance for registered nurse ...[Read More]

Health Alert Notice About Ebola

Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus Disease: Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel and Health Officials The following message is presented by the American Nurses Association. As you may know, the current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and is primarily affecting countries in West Africa, including Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. On Sept. 30, the Centers for Disease ...[Read More]

eSTAT: Facts about Ebola

News of the Ebola virus breakout in West Africa has been headlining all weekend and most of you are probably aware of what is happening. Although, the CDC indicates that the Ebola virus does not pose much risk to people in the United States, it is important that healthcare workers be aware of key information about this virus such as the signs and symptoms, how it is transmitted, incubation periods ...[Read More]

2014 Safety Star Recipients

The LHA Trust Funds and its Malpractice Trust Fund announced the recipients of the 2014 Safety Star last week. The Safety Star Award is presented each year to three healthcare facilities that have successfully implemented processes that improve patient safety. The three recipients of this year’s Safety Star Award are Abbeville General Hospital, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center and Woman’s Hospita ...[Read More]

Four Member Hospitals Complete EMT Safety Training

The EMT personnel from four Louisiana hospitals were recognized after completing a training program last month designed to improve safety and decision-making skills in emergency response scenarios. The training program, Safety: Emergency Responder Vehicle Education (S:ERVE), was offered as a benefit of the LHA Workers’ Compensation Trust Fund. The S:ERVE curriculum included online simulations and ...[Read More]

Funds for Safety Grants Awarded to Louisiana Hospitals

The 2014 Funds for Safety Grant Program awarded $300,000 in grants to 14 hospitals in Louisiana last month. The grant program is sponsored and funded by the Louisiana Hospital Association Trust Funds. The grants are given to hospitals for initiatives to improve patient safety or visitor safety. The grant recipients were: Abbeville General Hospital, Allen Parish Hospital, Beauregard Memorial Hospit ...[Read More]