mednews-logo.300We know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news.Here’s 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. A Better Way to Elicit Patient Feedback
    A Hot Springs, Ark. hospital is addressing survey fatigue through the implementation of an automated call-back system that’s generating the patient feedback they need.
  2. CMS Announces Grace Period for ICD-10 Mistakes
    MedScape Medical News reports that, for one year, CMS will not reject claims because the ICD-10 code is not specific enough.
  3. 100 Patient Safety Benchmarks | 2015
    Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality has compiled a list of 100 patient safety benchmarks from various sources for hospital comparison.
  4. New Study Shows Higher Rates of C. difficile Infection in Hospitals that Use Reusable Sharps Containers
    Data collected via surveys from more than 600 United Sates acute care hospitals revealed that facilities utilizing single-use sharps disposal containers had significantly lower rates of C. diff as compared to hospitals that use reusable containers.