CHI, Dignity Health to combine to form new health system

AHA News Now

Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to combine ministries and create a new, nonprofit Catholic health system. Bringing the health systems together will allow the organizations to expand their mission of service and create a healthier... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: mergers

CDC: HIV diagnoses occurring more quickly

AHA News Now

HIV is being diagnosed sooner after infection than was previously reported, according to a Vital Signs report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, the estimated median time from HIV infection to diagnosis was three years, according to the report. In 2011, the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

NASEM report offers strategies to make prescription drugs more affordable

AHA News Now

Access to effective and affordable medicines is necessary for public health, social equity, and economic development, but the biopharmaceutical sector is not meeting that need, according to a report released today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. “Our report seeks to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: access

FDA warns biotin may interfere with lab tests

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning health care providers that biotin, also known as vitamin B7, can significantly interfere with certain lab tests, resulting in incorrect results that may go undetected. Used in hormone tests and tests for certain cardiac health markers such as troponin due... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

Participate in Dec. 4 United Against the Flu Twitter chat

AHA News Now

As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, the AHA will host a United Against the Flu Twitter chat Dec. 4 from 11 a.m.-noon ET. Jay Bhatt, D.O., AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer, an expert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other flu campaign partners will... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

Study: ED visits for self-inflicted injuries surge among girls

AHA News Now

Hospital emergency department visits for self-inflicted injury increased 8.4% per year among females aged 10-24 between 2009 and 2015, with the largest annual increase (18.8%) among girls aged 10 to 14, according to a study reported yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. ED visits... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, emergency care

Report calls for national strategy to reduce drug, alcohol and suicide deaths

AHA News Now

More than 1 million Americans died from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicides between 2006 and 2015, and another 1.6 million could die over the next decade if the trend continues, according to a report released today by Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust. “Life expectancy in the country... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Behavioral health, opioids

AHA webinar Nov. 17 on improving transportation services for patients

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Learn how Taylor Regional Hospital in Kentucky and Denver Health Medical Center improved transportation to health care for rural and urban residents in need during a Nov. 17 AHA webinar on “Transportation and the Role of Hospitals.” Register here for the 2 p.m. ET webinar, the latest in the AHA’s social... read more

Topic: Community Health

CMS provides update on efforts to help those affected by CA wildfires

AHA News Now

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has provided an update on a number of actions the agency has taken to help individuals and providers affected by the California wildfires. Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan Oct. 15 declared a public health emergency in California,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: disaster readiness

Hospitals treat victims from Las Vegas mass shooting

AHA News Now

Area hospitals treated victims from a mass shooting at an outdoor concert last night in Las Vegas that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured. According to news reports, University Medical Center, which has Nevada’s only level 1 trauma center, treated more than 100 patients; Dignity Health-St.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Emergency Preparedness

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