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  1. Survey on Patient Safety Culture Improves Event Reporting at St. Jude
    An impact case study, published by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, illustrates how St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN used data obtained through implementation of AHRQ’s Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture to develop quality interventions and facilitate improvement in areas including patient safety event reporting.
  2. Feds to Release 8 Quality Measures for Psych Unit Care
    Find out which eight measures specific to the nation’s 1,800 hospital inpatient psychiatric units will soon be made available to the public via sources like the CMS Hospital Compare website. The measure set will include data regarding the use of physical restraints and seclusion and is expected to reveal significant variability in care provided to psychiatric patients across the country.
  3. RAC Appeals Process ‘Broken,’ AHA Says
    In a letter distributed to Congress and to the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association contends that inappropriate audits as well as excessive Recovery Audit Contractor denials are preventing disbursement of over $1 billion in Medicare claims. Learn why the AHA is asking that all RAC audits be suspended until CMS can work its way through the current backlog of appeals and clean up the deeply flawed process for reversing unfair decisions.