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2021 promises changes, challenges to meet PHE, other safety needs

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January 10, 2021

by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

Expect emergency preparedness and infection control to remain front and center during accreditation and compliance surveys for the immediate future as 2021 starts much the way most of 2020 played out-–with all hospital operations centered around a pandemic that ebbs and surges and a political environment that is seeping into all aspects of planning.

Regardless of who will be in the driver’s seat at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as well as CMS, the CDC, and the FDA, all roads will lead to controlling the COVID-19 pandemic and returning to a broader focus on patient safety. Alongside that will be efforts to sustain a hospital industry that has suffered financially along with the rest of the nation.

All the accrediting organizations (AO)—The Joint Commission (TJC), DNV GL Healthcare, HFAP, and the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality—will remain focused on infection control and how facilities learned from their experience during the current public health emergency (PHE), per guidance by CMS.
Other patient safety and quality improvement initiatives have been slowed by the pandemic but will go forward in the new year. Those will include:

Expect emergency preparedness and infection control to remain front and center during accreditation and compliance surveys for the immediate future as 2021 starts much the way most of 2020 played out-–with all hospital operations centered around a pandemic that ebbs and surges and a political environment that is seeping into all aspects of planning.



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