Maintenance and Operations - October 2013

Tips from ASC administrators to prep for Medicare inspections

Three ambulatory surgery center administrators discuss preparing their centers for surveyors and Medicare inspections


Canadian hospital trimming food services to patients

Once standard items on hospital food trays such as coffee, tea, salt and pepper will only be made available by request


Lighting trends in healthcare design illuminated

The growing use of LEDs has changed the way architects, lighting designers and healthcare facility decision-makers approach lighting


Telemedicine kiosks allow virtual after-hours doctor visits

Cleveland hospital systems adopting kiosks to try to bring patients better, cheaper access to medical care after hours


Leapfrog's new safety grades give more than 800 hospitals an A

Only 3.5% of hospitals significantly improved their grades since the the last report in May


Report says Walgreens exposing customer health data

'Well Experience' model relocates pharmacists to a work station in front of the counter


Iowa governor says more health care inspectors not needed

Iowa is inspecting hospice-care facilities about once every 20 years, exercises no oversight of privately funded home health agencies; cannot impose fines on hospitals or hospital−owned nursing homes; and doesn't require licensing or state inspection of out-patient surgical centers


Implementing and sustaining healthcare facility process improvements

A well-oiled machine will deliver high-quality care to a higher volume of patients


Using healthcare facilities during off-peak periods can increase efficiency

Establishing variable pricing for late-night procedures may reduce the cost of healthcare


Consistent condensate drainage key to healthy hospital

When condensate is not removed it stands in the drain pan, overflows the drain pan and/or is blown onto internal components where it causes damage and encourages growth of pathogens


University of Utah hospitals rethink waste practices after protests

Air-quality concerns have the university weighing whether to continue with Stericycle


Look for lighting that exceeds emergency standard for healthcare facilities

New high-performance emergency lighting options maintain constant light output for longer periods of time


Strategizing building maintenance should be an executive role, experts say

Decisions about senior care facility maintenance should align with overall company goals


Maximize impact of mats at your facility

Care is required to make sure they are working properly, promoting safety, and protecting the indoor environment


California medical center takes a fresh approach to meals

Chef Craig Thomas brings healthier food, attitudes to Enloe Medical Center


Medical groups say new maintenance standards would lead to higher risk

Letter to CMS claims allowing hospitals to set their own standards would erode safety precautions for the devices that perform MRIs and other procedures


Affordable Care Act may give hospital value analysis efforts a boost

Supply chain at the center of a healthcare organization's plans to justify the selection and use of products and services


Joint Commission hospital accreditation survey mistakes to avoid

Hospitals' ability to identify weaknesses in their organization and implement strategies crucial


Bellwether League honors nine for healthcare supply chain leadership

Winners lauded for their contributions to the delivery of quality care through efficient and innovative supply chain operations


Case study: El Centro Regional Medical Center solves printer management headache

UniPrint Infinity universal print driver chosen for ease of management and deployment and immediate ROI


Hospital studies ways to improving relaxation

Acute care orthopedic patients given meditation CDs or sound machines


The way to better healthcare may be by plane, train or automobile

Fierce Healthcare blog looks at lessons airline industry can offer healthcare



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