mednewsWe know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Below is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. Tavenner: No ICD-10 Delay, But Expect Some MU Releif
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator, Marilyn Tavenner told attendees at this week’s HIMSS 2014 conference that, while the October 1, 2014 deadline for ICD-10 is non negotiable, organizations having difficulty meeting Meaningful Use requirements will be allowed some flexibility. Having said that, she urged groups to continue pressing forward in their march toward compliance.
  2. Patient Safety: Moving from Defect Reduction to Proactive Prevention
    Carol Haraden, PhD,  is vice president with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the executive lead for IHI’s Patient Safety Executive Development Program. Learn from this interview with Dr. Haraden regarding the changes she’s witnessed in patient safety over the last decade and watch a brief video in which she sums up her viewpoint of what’s really best for patients.
  3. AHA: CMS’ Policy for Observation Status Policy is “Unsustainable”
    Read the brief filed this week by the American Hospital Association claiming that CMS’ definition of observation status is “unsustainable” and places hospitals in an “untenable position.”
  4. New Scale Helps ED Docs Measure Risk for Adverse Events Associated with COPD
    A team of Canadian researchers has developed a new algorithm being used in emergency departments to successfully estimate patient risk for serious adverse events associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Explore findings from the team’s COPD study, led by Ian Stiell, MD, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Ottawa in Ontario.