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

Senators introduce bill to extend access to physicians in underserved areas

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Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Friday introduced legislation (S. 898) to improve and extend the Conrad State 30 program until 2021. First enacted in 1994, the program allows state health departments to request J-1 visa waivers for up to 30 foreign physicians per... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, workforce

AHA joins the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program

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The AHA has joined the American Board of Medical Specialties’ Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program, meaning board-certified physicians participating in the Health Research & Educational Trust Hospital Improvement Innovation Network will have the opportunity to earn maintenance of certification credit through... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians

SAMHSA announces grants to integrate primary, behavioral health care

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for $22.6 million in fiscal year 2017 grants for states to work with qualified community health programs to integrate primary and behavioral health care for adults and children. The agency anticipates awarding 11... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, child health, nurses, Mental health, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

American Association of Poison Centers releases online help tool

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The American Association of Poison Centers has released an online poison help triage tool for the public. PoisonHelp.org offers information and treatment advice for human exposure to some 325,000 products and substances. For complex or potentially dangerous exposures, the user is prompted to call the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, nurses, preparedness, emergency care, opioids

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