AHE, Ohio State to launch health care environmental services certificate

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The AHA’s Association for the Healthcare Environment has partnered with The Ohio State University to launch next spring the first academic certificate program in health care environmental services within a hospitality management program. Participants initially will include Ohio State students in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

CMS posts public health, registry EHR readiness data

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted a “centralized repository” of public health agencies and registries ready to electronically receive public health data from hospitals and eligible professionals. To satisfy Stage 2 meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, Medicaid

Rural Community Hospital Demonstration applications due May 17

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Rural hospitals with fewer than 51 acute care inpatient beds that offer 24-hour emergency care services and are not eligible for critical access status may apply through May 17 to participate in a five-year extension of the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration, authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: rural

CDC issues recommendations for managing suspected Shigella infections

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued recommendations for diagnosing and managing patients who may be infected with a Shigella strain less susceptible to the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin. Shigella bacteria can cause Shigellosis, a diarrheal disease that should be reported to local... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses

AHA surveying hospitals on Lean approaches to performance improvement

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate is surveying adult and pediatric acute-care hospitals about their use of Lean approaches to performance improvement to aid in future educational programming and policy initiatives. Instructions for accessing the National Survey of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality improvement

International Hospital Federation accepting nominations for 2017 awards

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The International Hospital Federation is accepting nominations through June 2 for its 2017 International Awards, which recognize excellence, innovations and outstanding achievements in global health care leadership and management. The awards will be presented during IHF’s World Hospital Congress, Nov. 7-9... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: awards, leadership

FDA restricts use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children

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The Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children, as well as recommending against using them in breastfeeding mothers due to possible harm to their infants. The FDA is requiring several changes to the labels of all prescription... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, child health, maternal health, regulation

HHS awards grants to help states, territories combat opioid addiction

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday awarded $485 million in grants to help states and territories combat opioid addiction. The first of two funding rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, the grants “aim to increase access to treatment, reduce unmet need and reduce overdose... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, opioids, prevention

'Take Back Day' next week to safely dispose of prescription drugs

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April 29 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, when the public can safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription pills at sites throughout the country. Since 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration event has collected more than 7 million pounds of pills, including opioid and other... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: opioids, prevention

AHA invites National Hospital Week video/photo submissions

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As National Hospital Week approaches, the AHA invites member hospitals to submit mobile videos or photos highlighting the important role hospitals play in their communities. AHA will share the videos and photos through its social media platforms and AdvancingHealthinAmerica.org website during the May 7-13... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community health

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