Mutual Matters

Georgette Samaritan, RN, BSN, CPHRM

Recent Posts

The Superbug Threat

Posted by Georgette Samaritan, RN, BSN, CPHRM on Aug 4, 2016 12:30:00 PM

The prevalence of superbugs is a current hot topic in the healthcare industry, and with good reason. Superbug infections are caused by a group of bacteria that resist the most common antibiotics. There are 17 types of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms that kill an estimated 23,000 Americans each year. For example, the rate of short stay hospitals reporting Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) has increased from 1% to 4% over the past 10 years.[i]

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Topics: Healthcare Industry

Who’s responsible for patient compliance and follow-up?

Posted by Georgette Samaritan, RN, BSN, CPHRM on Jul 28, 2016 1:30:00 PM

With patient “no-show” rates estimated to be between 5 and 55 percent, doctors are struggling to provide adequate patient follow-up care. Physicians have asked questions like, “What’s my liability when patients miss scheduled appointments and / or do not comply with their plan of care?” 

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Topics: Risk Management, Patient Safety

Hospital Alert: Emerging Multi Drug Resistant Yeast

Posted by Georgette Samaritan, RN, BSN, CPHRM on Jul 7, 2016 1:00:00 PM
This is a MagMutual Hospital Alert: The CDC warns US Hospitals to take proactive measures against emerging multi drug resistant yeast

Candida auris, multidrug-resistant (MDR) yeast, has been causing invasive healthcare associated infections with high mortality in nine countries on four continents since 2009. The CDC, concerned with its potential to emerge in the United States, is alerting U.S. healthcare facilities to be on the lookout for C. auris in patients, particularly those most susceptible to yeast infections. The precise mode of transmission within the healthcare facility is not known; however, experience during these outbreaks suggests that C. auris might contaminate the environment of rooms of colonized or infected patients. Evidenced-based infection control practices and environmental cleaning may help prevent transmission.

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Topics: Hospital Management, Patient Safety, Healthcare Industry

When the Medical Board Calls…..Don’t Panic

Posted by Georgette Samaritan, RN, BSN, CPHRM on Jun 30, 2016 12:30:00 PM
When you receive a medical board inquiry, it's the letter all physicians dread. Now, what do you do? Panic? Throw the letter away? Call and confront the complainant with this accusation and try to talk them out of it? Call your fellow physicians to get their support on the factual or expert issues which might be involved? Go on vacation and deal with it later? Alter or destroy the medical record?

The answer is: absolutely do none of the above.

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Topics: Risk Management

Hospital Alert: CMS to Survey Compliance with New Fire Safety Standards

Posted by Georgette Samaritan, RN, BSN, CPHRM on Jun 28, 2016 2:00:00 PM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule amends the fire safety standards for Medicare and Medicaid participating hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), long-term care facilities, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF-IID), ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), hospices which provide inpatient services, religious non-medical health care institutions (RNHCIs), and programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE) facilities.

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Topics: Hospital Management, Legal and Regulatory

Healthcare cyber security systems remain vulnerable

Posted by Georgette Samaritan, RN, BSN, CPHRM on Jun 9, 2016 12:30:00 PM

All healthcare organizations, small or large are particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks. Reports of breaches against healthcare organizations continue to rise—as do the regulatory fines they face when protected patient data is exposed.  The SANS Institute, a cooperative research and education organization published a white paper titled Health Care Cyberthreat Report detailing findings from a three-month study of medical institutions and healthcare providers whose data was hacked.

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Topics: Hospital Management, Practice Management