CDC to host call for clinicians on retesting patients who received certain lead tests

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a May 24 call for clinicians on its recommendations for retesting certain children and adults who had venous blood lead tests performed using a Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare analyzer. The call will review the recommendations, which patients may be... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, child health, maternal health, infant health, nurses

Study looks at ability of physicians, nurses to predict outcomes for ICU patients

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Physicians and nurses may be better at predicting survival than functional outcomes for critically ill patients, according to a study published yesterday by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Physicians and nurses in five intensive care units were asked to predict hospital survival, plus... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses

CMS delays start of CJR expansion, bundled payment model to Jan. 1

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today further delayed from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1 the start date for the expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model; new bundled payment program for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services; and new cardiac rehabilitation incentive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, bundled payment

AHA voices support for Good Samaritan Health Professional Act

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The AHA today expressed support for the Good Samaritan Health Professional Act (H.R. 1876), legislation that would extend liability standards under the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 to licensed health professionals who volunteer in another state during a disaster. “This legislation is a positive step... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, nurses, preparedness

CMS accepting applications for CPC Plus medical home model

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Eligible practices in Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and the Buffalo, NY, region may apply through July 13 to participate in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model from 2018 to 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. The multi-payer medical home model, which commenced in... read more

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

CMS webinar Monday on MACRA participation requirements

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a May 22 webinar on participation requirements for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models, the new payment system for clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. To register for... read more

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

USDA accepting applications for rural telemedicine grants

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Hospitals and others can apply through July 17 for grants of up to $500,000 each for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas, the Department of Agriculture announced today. The fiscal year 2017 grants are through the Rural Utilities Service Distance Learning and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, nurses, telemedicine

Dignity Health releases human trafficking response resource for hospitals

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San Francisco-based Dignity Health today published information on its Human Trafficking Response Program to help other hospitals and health systems implement similar programs. “Trafficked persons are often overlooked even though most survivors report that they have visited a health care setting at least... read more

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

Open Payments 2016 review and dispute period ends May 15

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Physicians and teaching hospitals may review and dispute 2016 payments reported to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Open Payments program through May 15. Applicable drug and medical device makers and group purchasing organizations must annually report certain payments made to physicians and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, teaching hospitals

AHA, AONE celebrate the everyday heroes at America's hospitals

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Hospital and nursing leaders today joined the AHA and its American Organization of Nurse Executives subsidiary for a National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week Twitter chat recognizing the more than 5.7 million people that work in America’s hospitals and health systems. Follow the conversation at... read more

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

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