January 2, 2018
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In This Issue
CMS And TJC Release National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures Specifications Manual Version 5.4
CoxHealth Acquires Barton County Memorial Hospital
Rethinking the Workforce: Strategies for Establishing a Volunteer Nurse Program
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission released the Specifications Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures, version 5.4, for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. Version 5.4 is for implementation with acute inpatient discharges from July 1 through Dec. 31, 2018, and is available on QualityNet. Updates have been made based on ongoing alignment discussions between CMS and TJC. Items of special interest include the following.
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Staff Contact: Carol Boessen
On Monday, Jan. 1, Barton County Memorial Hospital, located in Lamar, Mo., officially joined CoxHealth, which is based in Springfield, Mo. Barton County Memorial Hospital has been renamed Cox Barton County Hospital.
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January is National Blood Donor Month. Only 7 percent of people in the U.S. have the universal blood type, O negative, and it is the most requested blood type by hospitals.
Source: American Red Cross