The beginning of 2015 brings implementation of The Joint Commission’s (TJC) newly rewritten Sentinel Events Policy (Policy) for hospitals. Released in late 2014, and effective January 1, 2015, the Policy clarifies and puts into operation new and revised definitions and expectations. Changes include the following, among others:
Patient Safety Organizations
With increased interest in patient safety, laws have developed both at the federal and the state level regarding reporting, aggregating, analyzing, disclosing and protecting information regarding adverse events, near misses and other patient safety concerns. Building on its strong track record of advising clients regarding clinical operational and patient safety issues generally, Arent Fox has developed significant expertise in patient safety evaluation systems (PSES) and protecting patient safety work product (PSWP). This includes assisting hospitals and other providers in setting up a PSES, reporting to a patient safety organization (PSO) and protecting or disclosing PSWP as appropriate. Arent Fox attorneys also have extensive experience in analyzing clinical patient safety incidents, and we regularly assist clients with effectively reporting and responding to information requests from state licensing entities and accreditation bodies regarding such incidents.
Studies analyzing the cost-effectiveness of certain medical practices can sometimes indirectly suggest other, seemingly-unrelated benefits to a health care organization’s bottom-line. Such is the case in a study (Study) of medical emergency teams (MET) published in Pediatrics (“Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Medical Emergency Team in a Children’s Hospital,” Pediatrics 2014; 134; 235 (Aug. 2014)).
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