HHS declares public health emergency in CA due to wildfires

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Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Eric Hargan yesterday declared a public health emergency in California due to the wildfires devastating the state. The declaration allowed the acting secretary to issue a waiver under section 1135 of the Social Security Act for the state to enable the Centers for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: disaster readiness

Webinar Nov. 9 on improving care for hospitalized adults with SUDs

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The AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum will host a Nov. 9 webinar on a team-based approach to improving care for hospitalized adults with substance-use disorders. Honora Englander, M.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Improving Addiction Care Team at Oregon Health & Science University,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality improvement

Nov. 30 deadline to apply for reconsideration of EHR payment adjustment

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Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use and did not receive a hardship exception in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through Nov. 30 for reconsideration of their 2018 payment adjustment. Visit here... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records

CMS issues 2018 Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plan star ratings

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week published its star ratings for 2018 Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. Approximately 44% of MA plans that offer prescription drug coverage will have an overall rating of four stars or higher in 2018, and about 52% of stand-alone... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, rating systems, Medicare

Medical specialties board releases certification report

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More than 880,000 physicians were certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2017, about 20,000 more than in 2016, according to the board’s latest certification report. AHA is an associate member of ABMS, which certifies physicians in 39 specialties and 86 subspecialties. For more... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: physicians

Group offers guidance for engaging new clinicians in patient safety

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The National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment this week released guidance to help health care system leaders work with clinical educators to create learning environments where new clinicians actively engage in patient safety activities. The document provides a framework and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses, teaching hospitals

How to improve care for high-need, high-cost patients

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A new AHA issue brief offers resources and strategies to improve care for “high-need, high-cost patients” – adults who have three or more chronic diseases and functional limitations in their ability to care for themselves or perform routine daily tasks. Access the resource at www.aha.org/hnhc.

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, chronic conditions

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

FDA alerts providers to expanded recall of PharmaTech products

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Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands have recalled all liquid drug and dietary supplement products manufactured by PharmaTech LLC due to potential contamination with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. According to the Centers for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

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