Reminder: CMS accepting 2017 QPP hardship exception applications

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting applications for 2017 hardship exceptions to the Quality Payment Program’s Advancing Care Information performance category. Clinicians eligible to participate in the QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System may apply for hardship exceptions due... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Telehealth

Registration open for AHA's inaugural workforce conference

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The AHA will host its inaugural workforce conference, “Sustainable Health Care Delivery Through Strategic Workforce Development,” Oct. 25-26 in Chicago. Experts will discuss their successes and challenges on strategic workforce planning and development as identified in the AHA 2016 Committee on... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: workforce

Hospitals to submit Medicare meaningful use data via QualityNet in 2018

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Beginning Jan. 2, 2018, hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program will submit their meaningful use data via the QualityNet Secure Portal rather than the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System, the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Meaningful Use

CDC investigating increase in reported cases of cyclosporiasis

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others are investigating an increase in reported cases of cyclosporiasis – an intestinal illness caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. People can become infected with Cyclospora by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite; it is... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

Study: HITECH Act drove large gains in hospital EHR adoption

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The 2009 HITECH Act has spurred “large gains” in hospitals’ adoption of electronic health records, according to a study published yesterday in Health Affairs. Before the federal government implemented the HITECH incentives, EHR adoption rates for eligible hospitals rose 3.2% annually, the study says.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Electronic Health Records

AHA PLF webinar Aug. 15 on building high-value care bridges

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The AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum Aug. 15 will host a webinar featuring Chris Moriates, M.D., assistant dean for health care value at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, on the importance of bridging educational and clinical environments and creating a high-value care culture.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: care coordination

CDC, FDA alert providers to recall of Diocto Liquid and Diocto Syrup

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration are alerting health care providers to a nationwide recall of Diocto Liquid and Diocto Syrup, a stool softener used in inpatient and outpatient settings. The docusate sodium solutions, manufactured by PharmaTech LLC and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

Hospitals add 7,300 jobs in July

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Employment at the nation's hospitals rose by 0.14% in July to a seasonally adjusted 5,119,400 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. That's 7,300 more people than in June and 87,300 more than a year ago. Without the seasonal adjustment, which removes the effect of fluctuations due to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: workforce

Map shows state trends in opioid-related hospital stays

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a map showing state trends and variation in opioid-related hospital stays between 2009 and 2014. According to a recent AHRQ report, opioid-related hospital stays increased 75% for women and 55% for men between 2005 and 2014, while opioid-related... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: opioids

FDA announces sodium chloride injection recall

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ICU Medical Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of 0.9% sodium chloride injection, USP 1000 mL, due to a confirmed customer complaint of particulate matter identified as stainless steel within a single flexible container, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. The reported incident was... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

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