Antibiotic stewardship resource for small, critical access hospitals available

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The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, in partnership with the AHA, Pew Charitable Trusts and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, today issued guidance to help small and critical access hospitals implement programs to improve antibiotic prescribing and use and reduce the threat of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, resource use

CDC issues guidance on outpatient antibiotic stewardship

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a framework for improving antibiotic prescribing in outpatient settings. Its four core elements are commitment; action for policy and practice; tracking and reporting; and education and expertise. “Outpatient clinicians and facility leaders can... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: resource use

AHA issues compendium of appropriate use toolkits

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The AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum and Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative today released a compendium of their toolkits to help hospital leaders, clinicians and patients examine the appropriate use of medical resources in five key areas: blood management, antimicrobial stewardship, ambulatory... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, physicians, resource use

AHA comments on proposed changes to hospital, CAH conditions of participation

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The AHA today submitted comments on a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed rule revising several Medicare Conditions of Participation for hospitals and critical access hospitals. Among other provisions, CMS proposes to adopt specific non-discrimination language for the CoPs, and require... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Critical Access Hospitals, equity, resource use

CDC awards $26 million to prevent healthcare-associated, antibiotic-resistant infections

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today awarded $26 million in grants through 2020 to five academic medical centers conducting research to prevent healthcare-associated and antibiotic-resistant infections as part of the agency’s Prevention Epicenters Program. The recipients are: Chicago... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, resource use, prevention

CDC webinar Tuesday on outpatient antibiotic prescribing

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a June 28 webinar on setting goals for antibiotic prescribing in outpatient settings. Katherine Fleming-Dutra, M.D., medical epidemiologist with CDC’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, will review a recent study on outpatient antibiotic prescribing... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, resource use

Proposed rule would update Medicare, Medicaid CoPs for hospitals and CAHs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued a proposed rule that would update and revise conditions of participation that hospitals and critical access hospitals must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. Among other provisions, the rule would require hospitals and CAHs to have... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, resource use, prevention

Senate HHS appropriations bill easily clears committee

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The Senate Appropriations Committee today voted 29-1 to approve bipartisan legislation that would provide $161.9 billion in base discretionary funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies in fiscal year 2017, $270 million less than this year. HHS programs... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Mental health, Behavioral health, resource use, teaching hospitals, opioids

E coli gene that can spread antibiotic resistance discovered in U.S. patient

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The Department of Defense’s Multidrug-resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network has identified the first bacteria in the U.S. with a gene that confers resistance to colistin, an antibiotic used to treat multidrug-resistant infections, the Department of Health and Human Services ... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physician issues, resource use

Study: 30% of outpatient prescriptions for antibiotics may be inappropriate

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An estimated 30% of the 154 million antibiotics prescribed in doctors’ offices and emergency departments in 2010-2011 may have been inappropriate, according to a study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Therefore,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, resource use

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