PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA—The question, “How often should clinical engineering perform preventive maintenance on medical devices?” has been a subject of hot debate in hospitals around the country, says ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to improving patient care. Juggling preventive maintenance with other activities is a constant struggle for hospital staff. Hospitals want to be sure they’re safely maintaining their devices, but not at the expense of other more important activities.

Recently, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated their requirements for medical device inspection and preventive maintenance (IPM) procedures and scheduling. The new requirements give healthcare facilities the opportunity to develop their own IPM procedures and schedules for most medical equipment. However, there are also new requirements facilities must meet as a result of the CMS ruling, and hospitals are seeking clear direction from CMS on the impact of the new regulatory ruling. These requirements are in addition to those already required by The Joint Commission and other accrediting agencies.

To update hospitals on the new CMS requirements for medical equipment maintenance, and to provide clarification on the new CMS regulatory ruling, ECRI Institute is presenting an educational web conference, “Complying without Crying: What the New CMS Requirement Means for your Equipment Maintenance,” on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, ET.

The objectives of this webinar are to help participants:

  • Identify what the updated CMS ruling requires
  • Clarify which medical devices may have IPM intervals and procedures that differ from those recommended by the manufacturers
  • Recognize the key issues to consider when applying a risk-based approach to adjust Inspection and Preventive Maintenance (IPM) intervals and procedures

Presenters:

  • Jonathan A. Gaev, MSE, CCE, HEM, PMP, Business Line Manager, BiomedicalBenchmark™, ECRI Institute
  • Craig Bakuzonis, CCE, MEng, BME, Director, Clinical Engineering, UF Health Shands Hospital

Moderator:

  • Erin Sparnon, MEng, Engineering Manager, Health Devices, ECRI Institute

This program is intended for clinical engineering managers and directors, clinical engineers, biomedical equipment technicians, health technology management teams, risk managers, facility managers, and other healthcare professionals. The interactive format of ECRI Institute’s web conference will provide ample time to interact with the panel during the Q&A session and encourages participation.

Members of ECRI Institute’s Health Devices System™, Health Devices Gold™, BiomedicalBenchmark™ and SELECTPlus™ programs will receive this program at no cost as part of their membership with advance registration. Non-members can register for $249.

ECRI Institute will offer live updates from the event on Twitter at #EIConf.

To learn more, or to register for this web conference, visit the website or contact ECRI Institute by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5889; by e-mail at circulation2@ecri.org; by fax at (610) 834-0240; or by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. ECRI Institute also offers free resources in our free eNewsletters. 

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About ECRI Institute
​ECRI Institute (www.ecri.org), a nonprofit organization, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes enable improved patient care. As pioneers in this science for more than 45 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research. Strict conflict-of-interest guidelines ensure objectivity. ECRI Institute is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO is listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Find ECRI Institute on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ECRIInstitute) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ECRI_Institute).

For more information, contact:
Laurie Menyo, Director of Public Relations and Marketing Communications
(610) 825-6000, ext. 5310
lmenyo@ecri.org