Medical specialties board releases certification report

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More than 880,000 physicians were certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2017, about 20,000 more than in 2016, according to the board’s latest certification report. AHA is an associate member of ABMS, which certifies physicians in 39 specialties and 86 subspecialties. For more... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: physicians

Group offers guidance for engaging new clinicians in patient safety

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The National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment this week released guidance to help health care system leaders work with clinical educators to create learning environments where new clinicians actively engage in patient safety activities. The document provides a framework and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses, teaching hospitals

How to improve care for high-need, high-cost patients

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A new AHA issue brief offers resources and strategies to improve care for “high-need, high-cost patients” – adults who have three or more chronic diseases and functional limitations in their ability to care for themselves or perform routine daily tasks. Access the resource at www.aha.org/hnhc.

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, chronic conditions

Company recalls sterile drug products

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Bella Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling all lots of unexpired sterile drug products due to lack of sterility assurance, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. The products were distributed to health care facilities nationwide. Anyone with product subject to the recall should stop using... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient safety

Study examines cannabis use for chronic pain

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Limited evidence suggests that cannabis may alleviate neuropathic pain in some patients, but insufficient evidence exists for other types of chronic pain, according to a study reported yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study reviewed the benefits of plant-based cannabis preparations for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

FDA alerts providers to expanded recall of PharmaTech products

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Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands have recalled all liquid drug and dietary supplement products manufactured by PharmaTech LLC due to potential contamination with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. According to the Centers for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

SAMHSA issues new behavioral health reports that provide state-level data

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released updated reports highlighting data on the prevalence of substance use, suicidal thoughts, serious mental illness and treatment for each state and the District of Columbia. The findings are presented by age, gender, racial and ethnic... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Behavioral health

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

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