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Recently, The Joint Commission (TJC) in collaboration with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that secure text messaging for patient orders is NOT acceptable.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released the Global Guidelines for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection to address the issues of surgical site infections (SSI). Health care-associated infections (HAI) are acquired by patients while receiving care and represent the most frequent adverse event affecting patient safety worldwide. In the United States, SSI contribute to patients spending more than 400 000 extra days in hospital at a cost of an additional $10 billion per year.

In a press release, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it is taking steps to address the U.S. opioid epidemic by further expanding access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders. Administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this step enables nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to immediately begin taking the 24 hours of required training to prescribe the opioid use disorder treatment, buprenorphine.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued an alert on November 28, 2016, regarding an email purporting to be from OCR.

Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  (ACA) prohibits discrimination in health programs receiving government assistance on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.