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As StayAlert reported in April, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that COVID-19 pandemic...

Sources:
  • Department of Health and Human Services,
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The HIPAA Privacy Rule at 45 CFR 164.510(b) specifically permits covered entities to share information that is directly relevant to the involveme...

Sources:
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations
FDA Updates
08/07/2023

The following is a listing of recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updates and activities: Dräger Issues Worldwide Voluntary Reca...

Sources:
  • Food and Drug Administration
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the fiscal year (FY) 2024 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) that Medicare pa...

Sources:
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant To:
  • Rural Emergency Hospitals,
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals

A recent letter describing case reports of Hansen’s disease (leprosy) in central Florida suggests that the infection may be endemic to the regio...

Sources:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Relevant To:
  • Rural Emergency Hospitals,
  • Urgent Care,
  • Medical Office,
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals,
  • Ambulatory Care,
  • Clinical Lab,
  • Rural Health Clinics
FDA Updates
08/01/2023

The following is a listing of recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration updates and activities: Baxter Issues Urgent Medical Device Correction fo...

Sources:
  • Food and Drug Administration
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its final hospice rule which updates the hospice wage index, payment rates, ...

Sources:
  • Environmental Protection Agency,
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant To:
  • Hospice
FDA Updates
07/28/2023

The following is a listing of recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration updates and activities: GE HealthCare Recalls TruSignal SpO2 Sensors for ...

Sources:
  • Food and Drug Administration
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised its interim guidance for rural health clinics (RHC) rural location determination...

Sources:
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant To:
  • Rural Health Clinics

On June 21, 2023, the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend that adults aged...

Sources:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Relevant To:
  • Rural Emergency Hospitals,
  • Assisted Living,
  • Urgent Care,
  • Medical Office,
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Home Health,
  • Hospitals,
  • Long Term Care,
  • Ambulatory Care,
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility,
  • Pharmacy,
  • Rural Health Clinics

The Joint Commission (TJC) recently released its list of the top five most challenging standards – that is, the standards most frequently cited&...

Sources:
  • The Joint Commission
Relevant To:
  • Home Health

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is highlighting the expiration of its guidance memorandum related to COVID-19 staff vaccinat...

Sources:
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The Joint Commission (TJC) has announced a second round of standards elimination and reduction, following the initial standards reduction effort at th...

Sources:
  • The Joint Commission
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are cautioning hospitals ...

Sources:
  • Department of Health and Human Services
Relevant To:
  • Rural Emergency Hospitals,
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with state health departments, FDA, and Aziyo Biologics to respond to a...

Sources:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Relevant To:
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers,
  • Urgent Care,
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals,
  • Office-Based Surgery,
  • Clinical Lab,
  • Rural Health Clinics