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June 09, 2020   •   1 minute read

The Why and How of Optimizing Your Hospital's Legionella Prevention Policy

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In June 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a memo to all affiliated, certified healthcare facilities outlining mandatory water management plans to prevent the spread of Legionella and other waterborne pathogens.

These require facilities:

  • Conduct a risk assessment to determine weak points in their water systems, where the most vulnerable patients are located, where breakdowns are most likely to occur, and what would happen in the event of an outbreak.
  • Implement a water management program.
  • Specify testing protocols and procedures.

Not only is Legionella prevention required by law for all hospitals accepting Medicare and Medicaid—it’s essential for providing a safe and healthy environment for your patients.

Healthcare facilities are more vulnerable to Legionella for several reasons, namely: They serve populations at higher risk of suffering from Legionnaires’ disease (the elderly and immunocompromised, smokers, etc.), and they often have extremely complex water systems that are, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more likely to promote Legionella growth if not properly maintained.

You could not only face enormous fines and hefty mitigation costs if an outbreak occurs at your facility, you could lose the right to accept Medicare and Medicaid payments, essentially killing a main source of income. And you could still be vulnerable to civil litigation from victims of your outbreak.

That means it is essential you optimize your Legionella prevention policy.

Hospitals have enough on their plates balancing patient care, dealing with insurance companies, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of running a complicated facility. The fact that you have to maintain a three-part, CMS-approved Legionella prevention plan is a headache you don’t need.

Thankfully, there’s an easy way to optimize your hospital’s Legionella prevention policy: using a digital solution.

Take Vitralogy’s SmartCompliance, for example. It’s a customizable app that your whole team can access via their phones or tablets to do the following:

  • Track Your To-Do List
  • Assign Routine & As-Needed Tasks
  • Receive Push Alerts for Potential Violations & Upcoming Deadlines
  • Customize Your Interface to Track Compliance Requirements
  • Monitor Custom KPIs

That means you can monitor ongoing risk, keep track of weekly testing, and pinpoint any potential problems before they spin out of control, giving you the ability to maintain a safe facility and focus where it matters: on patient care.

 

Vitralogy’s SmartCompliance is high-tech, high-touch, and highly customizable to your needs. Your CMS-approved plan is your own; let us help you implement it and keep your facility running. Contact us today to get started.

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