This is the last edition of the ASHE Insider newsletter in its current format; starting Jan. 2, ASHE members will receive the revamped HFM Insider newsletter instead. The change is part of ASHE incorporating Health Facilities Management magazines and newsletters into its communications. To prepare for the change, please be sure to whitelist the email address firstname.lastname@example.org through your email program.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a memo clarifying several issues related to ligature risk. Although the memo is not comprehensive final interpretive guidance from CMS, it provides a definition of a ligature risk, interim guidance for surveyors, a timeframe for correction of ligature risk deficiencies, and the requirements for requesting a time extension for a plan of correction taking longer than 60 days.
As 2018 approaches, take time to consider your plans for the upcoming year.
Hurricane Harvey has caused unprecedented flooding in the Houston area, and the storm continues to cause new challenges. ASHE has been in touch with several members in Texas hospitals, and is also communicating with the ASHE affiliated local chapter in Texas to find ways to best support recovery efforts.