CDC to host call for clinicians on retesting patients who received certain lead tests

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a May 24 call for clinicians on its recommendations for retesting certain children and adults who had venous blood lead tests performed using a Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare analyzer. The call will review the recommendations, which patients may be... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, child health, maternal health, infant health, nurses

Report: America's hospitals continue to improve patient care

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America’s hospitals continue to improve patient safety and quality, according to the latest annual report from The Joint Commission, released today. The report summarizes data on 33 measures reported by more than 3,300 hospitals accredited by the organization in 2015. The measures relate to children’s... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, patient safety, child health, infant health, Behavioral health

Agencies award grants to test PQMP pediatric quality measures

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today awarded $13.4 million in grants to implement and test new pediatric quality measures. The six recipients will assess the feasibility and usability of the measures at the state, health plan and provider... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, child health

Study: Socioeconomic, other risk factors explain racial disparity in asthma readmissions

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African-American children were more than twice as likely as white children to be readmitted to an urban children’s hospital for asthma between August 2010 and October 2011, with socioeconomic and other risk factors accounting for virtually all of the difference, according to a study published online today... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: child health, readmissions

Study: Antibiotics use to prevent pediatric surgical infections varies substantially

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Appropriate use of antibiotics to prevent surgical site infections varies substantially across children’s hospitals, according to a study reported today in JAMA Pediatrics. Based on a review of administrative data from 31 freestanding children’s hospitals between 2010 and 2013, appropriate use of surgical... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, child health, prevention

Report: Health care quality continues to improve

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The nation has made clear progress in improving the health care delivery system to achieve the three aims of better care, smarter spending and healthier people, according to the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, released Friday by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. But... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, child health, Coverage, equity, access, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions

FDA: Providers should avoid using certain bone graft substitutes in children

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The Food and Drug Administration today advised against routine use of bone graft substitutes containing recombinant proteins and synthetic peptides in patients under age 18, because their safety and effectiveness has not been reviewed or approved for use in this population. If these products are... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, quality, patient safety, physician issues, physicians, child health, safety

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