It's not unusual to see a headline about a hospital at risk of losing their Medicare funding. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) CoP 42 CFR §489.3 defines immediate jeopardy as “a situation in which the provider’s non-compliance with one or more of the requirements of participation has caused or is likely to cause, serious injury, harm, impairment, or death...” If not abated within the 23-day timeframe, hospitals risk losing Medicare reimbursement. While the dollars are important to organizations, the ability to provide safe patient care can cause lasting damages to one’s reputation in the community.
Catherine Pusey, associate director, ECRI Institute PSO, and Patricia Neumann, senior patient safety analyst and consultant at ECRI Institute, will lead a session on this topic at the National Association for Healthcare Quality NAHQ Next Conference.
In their session, "It Could Happen to You," Pusey and Neumann will discuss how to assess an organization’s compliance with the Conditions of Participation, the process used to improve care, and how to establish ongoing monitoring through the implementation of a comprehensive quality program.