Accreditor issues guidance on environmental safeguards to prevent suicide

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The Joint Commission today issued guidance to help hospitals and surveyors determine what constitutes adequate environmental safeguards to protect patients with suicidal ideation from self-harm. Developed by an expert panel including representatives from provider organizations and the Centers for Medicare... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Behavioral health, prevention

Reminder: 'Take Back Day' Saturday for unused prescription drugs

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Oct. 28 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which aims to help the public safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription pills at sites throughout the country. Since 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration event has collected more than 8.1 million pounds of pills, including opioid and other... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: opioids, prevention

Senate passes disaster relief bill; CDC issues hurricane-related alert

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The Senate yesterday voted 82-17 to approve a second emergency funding measure to support recovery from the nation’s recent hurricanes and wildfires. The $36.5 billion emergency supplemental contains $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund, $16 billion for National... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: disaster readiness, preparedness, prevention

Study: EDs treated more than 704,000 firearm injuries over decade

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More than 704,000 people arrived alive at a hospital emergency department for treatment of a firearm-related injury between 2006 and 2014, resulting in an annual financial burden of $2.8 billion in ED and inpatient charges, according to a study published yesterday in Health Affairs. Half of the patients... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: emergency care, prevention

CDC issues update on emerging multidrug-resistant yeast

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today issued recommendations to help health care providers and laboratories prevent the spread of Candida auris, an emerging, multidrug-resistant yeast. CDC alerted health care facilities to the concern last year and provided an update this May. As of Aug.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, prevention

CDC launches campaign to educate public about prescription opioid risks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week launched Rx Awareness, a communications campaign to educate the public about the risks associated with prescription opioids to prevent misuse and overdose. The campaign includes video, audio and online messages featuring real-life accounts of people... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, opioids, prevention

CDC: Hospitals continue to lead field in health care worker flu vaccinations

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An estimated 92% of hospital workers report receiving a flu vaccine for the 2016-17 flu season, compared with 76% of ambulatory care workers and 68% of long-term care workers, according to a survey released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coverage was 98% among workers in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: prevention

CDC: Sexually transmitted diseases at record high

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More than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the U.S. in 2016, a record high, according to the latest annual report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chlamydia cases grew 4.7% to nearly 1.6 million; gonorrhea cases grew 18.5% to more than 468,000; and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, prevention

HHS awards grants to prevent opioid misuse among women, girls

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health yesterday awarded 16 organizations about $100,000 each to help prevent opioid misuse by women and girls in underserved communities. “These awards will build partnerships among community-based organizations that consider the unique needs... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, opioids, prevention

CDC: Over 100 million Americans had diabetes or prediabetes in 2015

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An estimated 12.2% of U.S. adults had diabetes in 2015, including one in four aged 65 and older, according to the latest national estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly one-quarter of the 30.2 million adults with diabetes were not aware they had it, based on data from... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, chronic conditions, prevention

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