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The Joint Commission Requests Comments on Alarm Management

Now through February 26, The Joint Commission is requesting comments on a newly proposed National Patient Safety Goal (“NPSG”) on the management of alarms. Elements of Performance under the new Goal, numbered NPSG.06.01.01, include establishing alarm safety as a hospital priority, preparing an annual inventory of alarms, identifying the most important alarms to manage, establishing policies and procedures for managing the most important alarms, and educating staff members about alarm policies and procedures.

While the effective date of NPSG.06.01.01 is not currently known, the comment period gives providers an excellent opportunity to voice their opinions about the new NPSG.

For more information on the proposed NPSG and to submit comments, please use this link.

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William O. Jackson, health care, employment, attorney, von Briesen, law firm

Bill has extensive experience advising health care clients, ranging from individual practitioners to large health systems, in transactional and compliance matters, including contracting, fraud and abuse, and non-profit issues. Bill also works extensively on corporate matters for owner-operated and mid-market companies. His work includes transactions, contracts, terms and conditions, among other matters.

Prior to joining von Briesen & Roper, Bill worked as an Administrative Fellow at a hospital system in western Wisconsin. In this capacity,...