Company recalls sterile drug products

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Bella Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling all lots of unexpired sterile drug products due to lack of sterility assurance, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. The products were distributed to health care facilities nationwide. Anyone with product subject to the recall should stop using... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient safety

Study examines cannabis use for chronic pain

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Limited evidence suggests that cannabis may alleviate neuropathic pain in some patients, but insufficient evidence exists for other types of chronic pain, according to a study reported yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study reviewed the benefits of plant-based cannabis preparations for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

Apply for Quest for Quality Prize

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After a one-year hiatus the AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, updated to reflect the hospital and health system field’s broader emphasis on quality and improving health status. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018 prize,... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, quality, awards

AHA announces new Quest for Quality Prize sponsor

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The AHA Quest for Quality Prize will be back in 2018 with a new sponsor – health care software designer RL Solutions. Presented annually since 2002 to recognize health care leadership and innovation in improving quality and advancing health in communities, the prize was on hiatus for 2017 while the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, awards

HRSA project recognizes top CAH quality reporting states

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today recognized 10 states whose critical access hospitals had the highest quality reporting rates and performance improvement under the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project during the past year: Wisconsin, Maine, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois and... read more

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

Reminder: SNF quality data preview reports available

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Skilled nursing facilities can now preview their quality measure data for the SNF Quality Reporting Program in the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last month. The Review and Correct reports contain quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

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: Opioid prescribing down since 2010, but varies widely

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The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States decreased each year between 2010 and 2015, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The amount of opioids prescribed per capita fell from a peak of 782 morphine milligram equivalents in 2010 to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, opioids

Study: Common antibiotics help small MRSA infections heal

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Two common antibiotics can help hospital outpatients heal from small skin infections involving Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, according to a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, the study found... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

SNF quality data preview reports available

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Skilled nursing facilities can now preview their quality measure data for the SNF Quality Reporting Program in the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. The Review and Correct reports contain quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, Medicare

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