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Q&A: 2019 quality review highlights ligature risk, IC, fire safety

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August 1, 2019

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

Ligature risk, building safety problems, and infection control were among the top problems identified by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) surveyors last year, according to the recently published 2019 HFAP Quality Review.

HFAP and other accrediting organizations (AO) have been under pressure from CMS to do a better job of identifying Life Safety Code® (LSC), environment of care, and infection control problems. The concerns have been made public in reports to Congress reviewing the work of AOs (IJC 3/19/18) and in memos to state survey offices emphasizing ligature risks and other environmental hazards patients can use to harm themselves.

Healthcare Safety Leader asked HFAP officials to discuss its most recent quality review and upcoming initiatives, as well as the changes and concerns from CMS.



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