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The Year in Review: 2021
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The Year in Review: 2021

It’s that time of year again. Unbelievably, we are quickly approaching 2022 and it’s time to look back at of the biggest topics of 2021. Every year is full of actionable headlines to consider and challenges to overcome. Our goal is to help our clients navigate successfully though the important issues of the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Below is a summary of the top ten topics that generated the most questions and interest in 2021.

Three things to do now to avoid deficiencies in the new year
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Three things to do now to avoid deficiencies in the new year

In this week’s post, we are discussing three things to do now to avoid deficiencies in the new year. There are always additional tasks to be completed and our work is never done, but there are items we take for granted that have a large impact on patient safety and survey success. Here are three items you should review to make sure you end the year on a good note and begin the new year strong.

Opioid use has decreased, but overdoses have increased: How is that possible?
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Opioid use has decreased, but overdoses have increased: How is that possible?

Opioid use has decreased, but overdoses have increased: How is that possible? Over the last decade, prescriptions for opioids have gone down significantly. Despite this, the number of drug related overdoses has increased. How can we have fewer prescriptions, fewer opioids and yet more people dying from overdoses? How does this impact our patients and prescribers?

What should I do with Look-Alike-Sound-Alike medications?
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What should I do with Look-Alike-Sound-Alike medications?

What should I do with Look-Alike-Sound-Alike medications is one of the common questions I get from facilities. Having a policy and procedure for addressing this patient safety risk is an absolute necessity.  Do you know what to include in your policy and what steps you should take to help reduce the risk of these medications being used in error? In this post we will show you some examples and provide some tips on how to safely handle look-alike-sound-alike medications (confused drug names).

Medication Management and Infection Control are Most Commonly Cited during Survey
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Medication Management and Infection Control are Most Commonly Cited during Survey

Medication management and infection control are the most commonly cited areas during surveys. Do you know what the most targeted areas are? How do you ensure your facility is always prepared for survey? Survey readiness requires ongoing effort and expertise. Do you have a plan? In this post we will discuss some of the most common deficiencies and ways to avoid them.

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