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

CMS projects Part D monthly premium to decline slightly in 2018

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The average monthly premium for a basic Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2018 is estimated to be $33.50 per month – or approximately $1.20 less than the average premium in 2017 – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last week. The projection is based on bids submitted by drug... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: drug prices

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

CMS extends FL Medicaid demonstration waiver

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week extended Florida’s Managed Medical Assistance section 1115 demonstration waiver through 2022. It allows the state to operate a capitated Medicaid managed care program and low-income pool to provide continuing support for safety-net providers that... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicaid

Organizations alerted to imaging, printer cyber vulnerabilities

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Siemens has identified four vulnerabilities in molecular imaging products running Windows 7 that could allow an attacker to remotely execute arbitrary code, the Department of Homeland Security said in an advisory today. Siemens is preparing updates for the affected products, and DHS recommends that... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

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