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

AMA announces EHR training platform for medical schools

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The American Medical Association and Regenstrief Institute today announced an electronic health records training tool for medical schools. Developed as part of the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium, the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform uses real de- and mis-identified... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, nurses, teaching hospitals

CDC launches online training series on opioid prescribing guidelines

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released the first module in a new online training series to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain. The first module presents an overview of the guidelines. Future modules are expected to address:... read more

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

CMS releases new MACRA resources for clinicians

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released three new resources on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, one of two new payment pathways for clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The resources include a factsheet on participating in MIPS, factsheet on... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

GAO issues report on telehealth and remote patient monitoring in Medicare

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Both telehealth and remote patient monitoring may improve or maintain quality of care in Medicare, but concerns regarding payment and coverage restrictions present potential barriers to their use, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office. Required by the Medicare Access... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses, Telehealth, telemedicine

CDC issues guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika virus in health care

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika virus for health care personnel. The document provides guidance for facilities to determine when health care personnel should be tested for Zika virus infection following an occupational... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, maternal health, population health, infant health, Community health, nurses, preparedness, workforce, prevention, Zika

Workforce diversity

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By Maureen Swick

The AHA supports an inclusive and diverse workforce that reflects the communities our members serve. During National Minority Health Month, the AHA Workforce Center highlights our hospitals’ commitment to increasing and supporting a diverse workforce.

That commitment to a diverse and... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: diversity, equity, nurses, workforce

Celebrating Nursing Leaders

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It takes a team to run a hospital. But if you ask a patient who they interacted with the most, they’ll probably say a nurse. Nurses are on the front lines of medical care in hospitals, health clinics, schools, assisted living facilities and home health care. They are often the voice of the patient. Today,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, nurses, workforce, members

Coalition recommends Congress provide $7.48 billion for HRSA discretionary programs

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A coalition of more than 100 organizations, including the AHA and its American Organization of Nurse Executives subsidiary, today recommended House and Senate appropriators provide $7.48 billion in discretionary funding for Health Resources and Services Administration programs in fiscal year 2018. “HRSA... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, nurses, workforce

AONE to honor members, others for outstanding leadership

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The American Organization of Nurse Executives will present members and others with 2017 awards for outstanding leadership during its annual meeting this week in Baltimore. The honorees are: Martha Dawson, assistant professor and specialty coordinator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: leadership, nurses

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