HQAA Blog

Hepatitis B and DME Personnel

Posted by Steve DeGenaro on Mon, Oct 08, 2018 @ 09:27 AM

New employees who apply and secure jobs with durable medical equipment companies are often surprised to find out that they are being offered vaccinations to protect them against Hepatitis B.  In fact, some new employees find it unsettling to learn that their new job offers this “benefit” because of increased exposure risk to this dreaded but somewhat misunderstood disease.  Let’s dispel some myths and lay out the basic facts about the disease, its prevention, and why healthcare workers are being offered this vaccination.  

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Topics: Business Practices, Delivery, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Personnel Files, Employee Training

Isn’t All Ventilator Care ‘Clinical'?

Posted by Steve DeGenaro on Fri, May 11, 2018 @ 03:53 PM

HQAA fields quite a few questions about ventilator care and whether or not the care is “clinical” in nature or non-clinical.  It may be helpful to clarify some points about ventilator care and review the definition of clinical respiratory services. 

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Topics: Ventilator Unit, Quality Care, Clinical Practice Guidelines, AARC

O2 Orders 101

Posted by Steve DeGenaro on Thu, May 04, 2017 @ 10:14 AM

It might surprise some readers to learn that there are enough rules and regulations, quirks and nuances, and potential problems to devote an entire blog article to a topic limited to “oxygen orders”.  The fact is that oxygen orders are a complex enough issue to devote an article to, and more importantly, for your company to devote resources including training time --toward the goal of compliance.

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Topics: Oxygen, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Compliance, Delivery, Employee Training, HME Accreditation Requirements

Top 3 Reasons to Seek Facility-Based Ventilator Unit Accreditation

Posted by Steve DeGenaro on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 @ 02:15 PM

Now available from HQAA: Facility-Based Ventilator Unit Accreditation

HQAA’s newest accreditation product, Facility-Based Ventilator Unit (FBVU), is starting conversations about quality throughout the long-term care industry.

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Topics: Long Term Care, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Ventilator Unit, Quality Care, AARC