Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Getting a nurse when you need one

…The American Nurses Association has filed suit against HHS, saying the agency has not enforced Medicare’s nurse per patient regulations.

…The ANA alleges that the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO-"Jayco," always a mouthful) has lower standards than Medicare when it comes to staffing of nurses.

…Medicare says there must be “immediate availability.” Talk to anyone who has been in the hospital—that is stretching it. Maybe, theoretical availability.

…The suit was brought in Washington State. HHS says they have not yet received it.

…There is also a rumor going around that JCAHO is changing its name to just “Joint Commission” (pronounced “juk”?). It’s all about generics these days.

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