Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality Newsletter
November 2021

ARS Regulatory Alerts

CIHQ-ARS notifies member organizations of any new or modified accreditation standard, or CMS COP for acute care hospitals. Each alert summarizes the standard / regulation, likely impact to members, and recommends compliance strategies. Whenever possible, alerts are limited to one-page in length so that they can be quickly read and disseminated.

New Regulatory Alert

Alert Date
October 3, 2021
Alert Subject
CDC Issues Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccination for Pregnant Women
Source
CIHQ TJC OSHA NFPA
CMS CDC NIOSH Other:
Alert Background
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for pregnant women. CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all women aged 12 years and older, including women who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to get pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future. CDC recommendations align with those from professional medical organizations serving women who are pregnant.
Discussion & Recommendations
To view the discussion & recommendations CIHQ Accredited Hospitals can download this alert in its entirety when logged-in/connected to your facility's CIHQ intranet site. All alerts are archived in the CIHQ intranet site for future access and reference.
Not a CIHQ Accredited Facility?
» CIHQ accredits a variety of healthcare organizations throughout the United States and abroad. Visit CIHQ.org to learn more, and to apply.

New Regulatory Alert

Alert Date
October 4, 2021
Alert Subject
HHS-OCR Issues Guidance on HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccinations, and the Workplace
Source
CIHQ TJC OSHA NFPA
CMS CDC NIOSH Other: HHS-OCR
Alert Background
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance to help the public understand when the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies to disclosures and requests for information about whether a person has received a COVID-19 vaccine.
Discussion & Recommendations
To view the discussion & recommendations CIHQ Accredited Hospitals can download this alert in its entirety when logged-in/connected to your facility's CIHQ intranet site. All alerts are archived in the CIHQ intranet site for future access and reference.
Not a CIHQ Accredited Facility?
» CIHQ accredits a variety of healthcare organizations throughout the United States and abroad. Visit CIHQ.org to learn more, and to apply.