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How Much Is Necessary? Infection Control Health and Safety Standards

Over the past few years, regulatory agencies such as CMS, and accrediting agencies such as The Joint Commission, have focused on increasing sterility and improving patient safety by introducing infection control standards for medical equipment, devices, and supplies. These minimum health and safety standards have to be met many times to secure Medicare and Medicaid certification, which is in turn necessary to receive reimbursement.

The Sunday panel “Board of Governors Hot Topics: Infection Control 2018—Safety, Sterility, and Costs” will examine the infectious disease concerns that arise with medical devices/equipment and the current standards and regulations being enforced by regulatory and accrediting agencies. 

Board of Governors Hot Topics: Infection Control 2018—Safety, Sterility, and Costs

Today, 3:45 – 4:45 pm

GWCC, Building A, Room 302

“There is an incredible amount of discussion among otolaryngologists on what the rules and regulations around sterilization procedures are accomplishing and if they are adding unnecessary costs to the practice of medicine,” said panel moderator Samantha Anne, MD.

“In addition, there is an ethical concern that arises on what the patients need to be informed about on specific procedures. I thought it would be helpful to hear from all the angles—the reimbursement perspective, the infectious disease perspective, and the ethical perspective.”

Panelists will discuss the infectious disease concerns that arise with medical devices/equipment, current standards and regulations being enforced by regulatory and/or accrediting agencies, how these regulations affect reimbursement, and patient information and the consent that it entails.

“This issue affects all otolaryngologists—whether we are discussing peel packs for instruments, scope sterilization, etc.,” Dr. Anne said. “I think it’s helpful to understand why we are doing what we are doing and understand if it is really necessary.”