CMS posts public health, registry EHR readiness data

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted a “centralized repository” of public health agencies and registries ready to electronically receive public health data from hospitals and eligible professionals. To satisfy Stage 2 meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, Medicaid

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

FDA restricts use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children

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The Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children, as well as recommending against using them in breastfeeding mothers due to possible harm to their infants. The FDA is requiring several changes to the labels of all prescription... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, child health, maternal health, regulation

AHE accepting nominations for Heart of Healthcare Award

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The AHA’s Association for the Healthcare Environment is accepting nominations through June 9 for its Heart of Healthcare Award, which recognizes outstanding environmental services technicians for their efforts to keep patients safe and infection free. Recipients will be honored at AHE’s EXCHANGE 2017... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, awards, workforce

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 issues LTCH PPS proposed rule for FY 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its long-term care hospital prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. Under the proposed rule, traditional LTCH PPS rates would increase by a net of 0.4%, while payment rates for site-neutral cases would decrease by a net... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, regulation

Tool offers comparison data on VA clinic wait times, hospital quality

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The Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday released an online tool providing average wait times for primary and specialty care appointments at specific VA clinics. The tool also provides data on VA patient satisfaction with wait times, and same-day service options for primary care and mental health. In... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, access

Study: Voluntary value-based reforms associated with greater readmissions reductions

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Hospitals participating in certain voluntary valued-based reforms have reduced their readmissions more than hospitals participating in only the mandatory Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, according to a study reported today in JAMA Internal Medicine. Based on readmissions data for 2,837 hospitals... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, quality, readmissions, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, ACO, bundled payment

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

Eisenberg quality award winners announced

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The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum this week presented 2016 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards for individual achievement and for innovation at the national and local levels. Carolyn Clancy, M.D., deputy under secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs and former... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

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