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Four Basics for Creating a Safer Health Care Facility


There was a time when hospital executives and board members could ignore the what-fors and how-tos of maintaining a clean, safe and inviting facility. With so many other urgent issues to deal with on a daily basis, it was a relief to leave those details up to your facilities managers and environmental services staff.

But that’s changed for a variety of reasons. For one thing, Medicare reimbursements are increasingly tied to reducing health care-associated infections, patient falls and other safety challenges. And private insurers are following Medicare’s lead. How well you do will affect your bottom line.

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