New Joint Commission Requirement

April 24, 2014

For Medical Equipment

Published on April 21, 2014 in 24×7 Magazine

By Arif Subhan, MS, CCE, FACCE

In a December 2013 memo (S&C 14-07-Hospitals), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) relaxed its restrictive policies on preventive maintenance of medical equipment. The CMS now allows alternatives to manufacturer recommended PM intervals for many types of devices.1,2

In response to this clarification, The Joint Commission has added a new element of performance (EP) for deemed-status hospitals. This EP is added to the primary medical equipment standard EC.02.04.03. It is a Category A EP, and will be effective July 1, 2014.

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Think About This

April 23, 2014

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke.  As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment.  This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

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Earth Day 2014

April 22, 2014

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection of our planet. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work.  While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.  Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues and our planet

CLICK HERE  to view the 2014 Theme

“Green Our Citties” YouTube video.

CLICK HERE  to visit the Earth Day Network website.

Webinar: How To Avoid The Most Common Mistakes

April 21, 2014

New Managers Make – Learn to establish credibility,

gain respect, and get employees on board

in your new leadership role.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 2:00 PM Eastern

Taking on a managerial role is no easy task. Not only are you responsible for keeping your projects on time and yourself motivated, but you must see to it that your department works well with others, your team is on target and on task, and your employees remain upbeat and focused. You must learn when and how to lead, delegate, motivate, and communicate. Are you confident that you have the skills necessary to succeed as a new manager?

You did a great job in your previous position, and you’ve earned your supervisory role. However, the skills that made you a great employee will not necessarily make you a great manager. You are now held accountable not only for your work, but for the work of your team. You must control costs, maintain a positive and productive team environment, and ensure upper management is satisfied. Clearly, you have your work cut out for you.

With this training, you can make your move into management smoother and more successful.

In just one hour of insightful training, you’ll learn how to truly lead in your managerial role while avoiding the most common pitfalls new and untrained supervisors face. From having a clear understanding of your new role to gaining buy-in from your new staff, we’ll provide you with the strategies and techniques that will help you get real results, while minimizing stress and frustration.

As you transition into your new role, do you have a firm grip on the tasks at hand … and the arsenal of skills needed to lead your team, maintain your sanity, and prove yourself to your manager? Or are you worried you are:
- Focusing too little energy on your boss?
- Confusing the urgent with the important?
- Failing to get a clear understanding of your new role and responsibilities?
- Assigning tasks instead of delegating work?
- Choosing inappropriate leadership styles for different situations?
- Missing opportunities to control the hidden aspects of communication?
- Seeing yourself as “the boss” rather than a coach, counselor, and leader?
- Ignoring the underlying problems your team faces?
- Forgetting to focus on the task of growing the skill sets of your people — and yourself?

If you find yourself struggling with any of these situations, you need to attend this program and get the training you need to achieve management success. You can take charge of your job, develop your employees, discover the tools necessary to build confidence and competence, and achieve real results fast!

Don’t spend another day battling the responsibilities of your management position. If you want to start producing positive results right away and avoid the missteps that sabotage many new supervisors, enroll today! This powerful and informative 1-hour audio conference will provide you with the tools necessary to establish credibility, gain respect, and get employees on board in your new leadership role.
What You’ll Learn:
•The importance of recognizing how to manage tasks while leading people
•Why understanding your boss’s communication style is as important as understanding your own
•The four quadrants of effectiveness and how they can help you organize your day
•Techniques for assessing your employees, including their strengths and weaknesses, behavioral styles, and likes and dislikes
•The four stages of team development and how you can adapt your leadership style to each
•How to recognize opportunities to communicate effectively — and listen effectively
•Ways to eliminate barriers that stand in your way of managing more productively
•Tips for dealing with the elephant in the room — even if that elephant is you
•Solutions for increasing motivators and decreasing demotivators in order to expand your team’s skills effectively
•The value of personal development and the dangers of inadequate stress management

Who Will Benefit:
Managers and supervisors who have recently been promoted, those taking on new responsibilities, those with little or no formal training — even seasoned professionals needing a refresher — will benefit from the ideas, techniques and tools offered in this powerful program!

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Something Different On Friday

April 18, 2014

 Bird Murmuration

An amazing phenomena – so close in formation

and yet not one accident

or a single creature falling from the sky!

Enjoy this phenomenon.  This is absolutely stunning!

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Are You Ready For HTM Week 2014

April 17, 2014

This annual celebration held May 18th thru May 24th is designed to promote the awareness of—and appreciation for—the critical work of biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs), clinical engineers, and other team members in the healthcare technology management (HTM) field.  So how can you celebrate?  Here are several ideas developed by AAMI’s Technology Management Council (TMC) to help you mark this appreciation week in your community or at your workplace.

Here is some of what’s happening…

Getting Creative — How you celebrated this special week was only limited by your imagination.  For instance, the healthcare team that best celebrated HTM Week 2013—Erlanger Health Systems in Chattanooga, Tennessee — provided a history lesson, setting up a table in the cafeteria to display vintage medical equipment. The team even demonstrated how some of the old equipment worked by bringing certain pieces back into working condition.

Free 2014 Poster Offered — Download and print this year’s HTM Week Poster.

Letter to Local Officials — This customizable sample letter was available to send to state or local elected officials, asking them to formally proclaim the week in your area.

News Releases — This sample press release was available to customize and send to your local newspaper or other media outlets.

But there are plenty of other possibilities.

CLICK HERE  for further information and more ideas.

HIMSS Virtual Events

April 15, 2014
HIMSS Virtual Events
Wednesday, April 17, 2014 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Leveraging EHR to Combat Hospital Acquired Infections: UC Davis Health System’s Path to the HIMSS Davies Award


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Mission Possible: Health IT
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HIMSS Virtual Career Fair

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April 14, 2014
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Facing the Challenges of Implementing Summative Testing and Integrating User-Centered Design in an Agile Development Environment

Tuesday, April 15th 12 PM CT/1 PM ET

The presenter for this session will focus on the challenges encountered in implementing Summative Testing and User-Centered Design in an Agile environment and some of the strategies (successful and unsuccessful) that can be used in achieving a more user-centered development environment. Our presenter will also relate these challenges and intervention strategies to the development of usability maturity. Also discussed will be the role that regulators play in ‘kick-starting’ usability maturity processes in healthcare. Anne Miller, PhD, BA Assistant Professor Center of Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies School of Nursing Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Cloud Fax and Document Processing in Healthcare

April 28th @ 2:30PM ET
Population Health Management, One Person at a Time

April 29th @ 12:30PM ET
Optimizing the EHR Experience with Dragon Medical 360: Sharp’s Best Practices

May 15th @ 2PM ET
Leveraging Business Intelligence and Analytics for Population Health Management

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ECRI Webinar: Complying Without Crying

April 14, 2014

How the New CMS Requirements Impact

Your Equipment Maintenance Processes


Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 1:00 pm Eastern

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated their requirements for medical device preventive maintenance procedures and scheduling.  It now allows healthcare facilities to develop their own preventive maintenance procedures and schedules for most medical equipment.  The new ruling appears to simplify preventive maintenance regulatory requirements for hospitals — but it’s still not easy.  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. Figuring out how to comply with the new rules can be quite confusing.

Hospitals are seeking clear direction on how to comply with the new regulatory ruling from CMS. They need to understand the details of the ruling and if there are new preventative-maintenance related actions they should be taking.


Hospitals are asking:

- What does it mean for my clinical engineering team?

- How can we ensure we are effectively complying with the updated ruling?

- What are the best preventive maintenance policies and procedures to use to ensure a successful audit by CMS/The Joint Commission?

What you and your team will learn:

- What the updated CMS ruling requires

- Which medical products do and don’t apply to the new CMS requirements for preventive maintenance

- The key issues to consider when applying a risk-based approach to adjust your Inspection and Preventive Maintenance (IPM) intervals and procedures

- What medical devices may have IPM intervals and procedures that differ from those recommended by the manufacturers

- Three actions ECRI Institute recommends taking to comply with the CMS memo

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.


- Jonathan A. Gaev, MSE, CCE, HEM, PMP, Business Line Manager, BiomedicalBenchmark™, ECRI Institute

- George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, Director of the Department of Engineering, The Joint Commission

- Craig Bakuzonis, CCE, MEng, BME, Director, Clinical Engineering, UF Health Shands Hospital


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

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Something Different On Friday

April 11, 2014

The Ocean in 3D

I don’t know if this is the “best video ever”

but the clarity is unbelievable,

I got the 3d effect, no special glasses or anything.

I imagine only people actually living it can see it any clearer.

This is in HD, 3D, I hope your monitor can view it that way.

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