On July 19th, 2017, LiquiTech COO Tory Schira and his team met with New York healthcare leaders to educate them on how water quality impacts healthcare operations strategies and how waterborne pathogens can adversely affect health care facilities and patients. Schira also discussed what organizations can do to mitigate the risks of waterborne pathogens in order to protect their bottom-line profits.

Water safety management plans now mandatory

This discussion comes on the heels of new requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established on June 2, 2017. CMS mandates that almost all of the nation’s hospitals and long-term care facilities must immediately develop a water management plan that includes testing and control measures for waterborne pathogens. As part of that effort, the CMS policy memorandum references the 2016 toolkit published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which states that facility water systems must be tested specifically for the presence of Legionella.

Much-needed insights into an age-old problem 

Together, Shira and the team covered several key issues facing all healthcare facilities:

  • Hospital-acquired infections and mortality related to water-based, antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  • How positive actions can prevent outbreaks.
  • How protective measures improve patient safety and satisfaction metrics.
  • The specifics of CMS’s recently-established Legionella control mandates.

Attendees heard some much-needed insights into an age-old problem that is now getting the attention it deserves from the healthcare community. This comes at a critical time.  Many facilities are experiencing outbreaks due to the increased awareness of harmful pathogens, and public drinking water is now included in the management of healthcare risk.  As all of these developments point out, now is the time for healthcare facilities to take action.

The webinar, hosted by the Healthcare Leaders of New York, the area chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, is now available NOW.