CDC issues update on emerging multidrug-resistant fungus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday reported 77 cases in the past year of the emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus Candida auris, most in chronically ill patients with long stays at high-acuity skilled nursing facilities. All but eight of the cases were in the New York City... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, prevention

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

Pollack calls on Senate to 'reset' the AHCA discussion

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AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack today called on the Senate to “reset the discussion” over health care policy by rejecting the House-passed American Health Care Act. Kicking off the AHA Annual Membership Meeting’s Federal Forum, Pollack reiterated the AHA’s concerns about the AHCA jeopardizing coverage... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, Coverage, Redefining the H, patient and family engagement, care coordination, prevention

CDC announces plan for addressing U.S. shortage of yellow fever vaccine

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday announced a plan for ensuring a continuous supply of yellow fever vaccine for travelers to countries where the virus is endemic or epidemic. Supplies of the only U.S.-licensed vaccine are expected to run out soon due to recent manufacturing problems.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, prevention

More Americans aware of their high blood pressure

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An estimated 16% of adults with high blood pressure in 2011-2014 did not know it, a 46% decline since 1999-2002, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Uninsured adults, Asian and Hispanic adults, adults under age 40, and men were more likely to be unaware... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, population health, nurses, prevention

CDC updates pre-pandemic planning guidance

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday issued updated guidance on using non-pharmaceutical interventions to control disease and exposure during a flu pandemic. The guidance incorporates the latest scientific evidence and lessons learned from the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, new and updated... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, preparedness, prevention

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

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

Reminder: Free AHA webinar April 26 on hospital-led effort to combat violence

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host an April 26 webinar on a hospital-led effort to prevent violence in Chicago. Rebecca Levin, strategic director of the Injury Prevention and Research Center at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, will share lessons learned from the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, prevention

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