Weekly Readings: Are you prepared to meet 2015 Joint Commission standards?

There are at least two big regulatory deadlines this year: ICD-10 on October 1, and for those of you who might be part of the Joint Commission, revised regulations take effect in just two months, on July 1.

1. ASRT modules help facilities meet Joint Commission standards – ITN

The ASRT has launched two courses intended to help rad techs and facilities comply with the revised Joint Commission (JCAHO) requirements. Safe CT Practices and Safe MRI Practices each cost $15. There’s also a combo pack for $24. They are not eligible for CE credit, but they do meet the JCAHO standard.

To learn more about the revisions, read this document from JCAHO. For our sites that use NovaDose, you are set for the requirement to track radiation dose.

2. Groups offer ICD-10 transition tools, urge continued preparation – iHealthBeat

As you most likely know, the deadline for ICD-10 compliance is October 1, 2015. Fortunately there are plenty of resources to help you prepare for and achieve the ICD-10 transition before the compliance deadline. We provide support for ICD-9 and ICD-10 in our software, so for those of you who use Novarad already, you have the flexibility to choose your timeline for compliance.

3. Successful execution of enterprise imaging – Diagnostic Imaging

Successful use of both enterprise imaging and a vendor neutral archive (VNA) is possible, as the Cleveland Clinic has proved. Reading this article provides quite a bit of optimism in regards to the next step in the world of healthcare.

4. California, 11 other states introduce vaccine bills – Modern Healthcare

You’ve probably heard of the Disneyland measles outbreak last year that ended up getting 131 Californians sick, and 16 people from other states. Taking that and events like it into stride, some states are starting to crack down on it.

5. ARRS: Sharing info leads to dramatic CT dose reduction – Aunt Minnie

Healthcare providers from five different University of California (UC) hospitals were able to standardize CT dose, in one case, reducing the radiation dose by 180 percent. All they did was communicate–these providers met and compared doses, and by seeing the comparison, they were able to accomplish this dramatic reduction. The following table shows the dose differences between the sites for chest and abdomen CT.

Median CT radiation dose across UC sites, preintervention
UC 1 UC 2 UC 3 UC 4 UC 5
Chest 11 mSv 9 mSv 17 mSv 8 mSv 6 mSv
Abdomen 11 mSv 14 mSv 21 mSv 20 mSv 11 mSv

Bonus entry! A photographer in the UK helped install these uplifting images of nature scenes at Salford Royal Hospital. Find the full gallery here.

Photo by Richard Osbourne. Website here.

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