CMS RELEASES QSO-20-40-LSC CATEGORICAL WAIVER – CORRUGATED MEDICAL TUBING (COPPER)

Attention: Acute Care Hospitals, Critical access Hospitals, ASCs Please share this announcement with: Facilities managers The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a memo stating it will allow a Categorical Waiver to allow Corrugated Medical Tubing (CMT) meeting the copper standard under NFPA 99, 2018 edition, section 5.1.10 for Category 1; 5.2.10…

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CMS QSO Memo 20-35-ALL: Enforcement Cases Held during the Prioritization Period and Revised Survey Prioritization

Attention: Acute Care Hospitals Critical Access Hospitals Ambulatory Surgery Centers Clinical Laboratories Please share this with individuals in the following roles: Accreditation Coordinator Quality Director Medical Director – Laboratory services Key points: CMS has issued guidance to the state agencies for conducting resuming state surveys and prioritizing the backlog of surveys. For all surveys, CMS…

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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…

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Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with COVID-19 (updated May 11, 2020)

Attention: Acute Care Hospital, Critical Access Hospital, Clinical Laboratory, Ambulatory Surgery Center Please share this with: Accreditation Coordinator Quality Director Medical Director – Laboratory services Administrative Director – Laboratory Laboratory Manager Point of Care Coordinator The CDC has updated Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with COVID-19 Key points: This is…

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