CDC Lab Alert: Molecular Transport Media (MTM) and Cyanide Gas

PrimeStore MTM transport media contains guanidine thiocyanate, which produces a dangerous chemical reaction that releases cyanide gas when exposed to bleach (sodium hypochlorite). Do not use PrimeStore MTM with platforms that include a disinfecting step that uses bleach (e.g., Hologic Panther, Panther Fusion Systems). Other MTM may contain guanidine thiocyanate, and ingredients in MTM may not be…

COVID-19 Update: FDA Provides Promised Transparency for Antibody Tests

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Provides Promised Transparency for Antibody Tests (from CDC, updated May 22, 2020) Key points: On May 21, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has removed a number of antibody tests from the “notification list” of tests offered under the Policy for Coronavirus Disease-2019 Tests During the…

HFAP 2020 Manual Publications – ASC, Acute Care and Critical Access Hospitals

HFAP has updated three of our manuals for 2020. The effective dates are below and you may order a manual by clicking here. Accreditation Requirements for Ambulatory Surgery Centers 2020 – Effective June 24, 2020 Accreditation Requirements for Acute Care Hospitals 2020 – Effective July 3, 2020 Accreditation Requirements for Critical Access Hospitals 2020 v2…

2020 Acute Care Manual

Prepublication Notice HFAP has submitted revisions to the 2018v2 Acute Care Hospital manual to CMS for approval. The revisions are to comply with the QSO 20-07 Burden Reduction Final Rules published on September 30, 2019. These changes are tentatively projected to become effective for surveys on or after May 4, 2020. When an effective date is set, we…

2020v2 CAH Manual

Prepublication Notice HFAP has submitted revisions to the 2020 Critical Access Hospital manual to CMS for approval. The revisions are to comply with the QSO 20-07 Burden Reduction Final Rules published on September 30, 2019. These changes are tentatively projected to become effective for surveys on or after May 4, 2020. When an effective date is set, we…

2020 ASC Manual

Prepublication Notice HFAP has submitted revisions to the Ambulatory Surgery Center manual for approval from CMS. The revisions are the result of the CMS Final Rules published in the September 30, 2019 edition of the Federal Register. These changes are tentatively projected to become effective for surveys on or after May 4, 2020. When an effective date is…