CDC issues update on emerging multidrug-resistant fungus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday reported 77 cases in the past year of the emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus Candida auris, most in chronically ill patients with long stays at high-acuity skilled nursing facilities. All but eight of the cases were in the New York City... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, prevention

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

HRET-led project reduces CAUTI infections in nursing homes by 54%

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Long-term care facilities participating in a federal project led by the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 54%, according to a study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. The project adapted the Agency for Healthcare Research and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality improvement

FDA, CDC issue accuracy warning for certain lead testing systems

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Lead testing systems made by Magellan Diagnostics may provide inaccurate results for some children and adults, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Wednesday. “The FDA is deeply concerned by this situation and is warning laboratories and health care... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

CDC: Disparity between black and white death rates declining

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The age-adjusted death rate declined 25% for black Americans and 14% for white Americans between 1999 and 2015, reducing the overall disparity between black and white death rates from 33% to 16%, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among specific... read more

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

Online tool now includes quality data for all VA medical centers

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The Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday expanded its access and quality tool to include certain inpatient quality data for every VA medical center. Released last month, the tool shows how VA medical centers compare with regional and national averages and non-VA hospitals in their area on certain... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, access

CDC issues recommendations for managing suspected Shigella infections

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued recommendations for diagnosing and managing patients who may be infected with a Shigella strain less susceptible to the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin. Shigella bacteria can cause Shigellosis, a diarrheal disease that should be reported to local... read more

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

AHA surveying hospitals on Lean approaches to performance improvement

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate is surveying adult and pediatric acute-care hospitals about their use of Lean approaches to performance improvement to aid in future educational programming and policy initiatives. Instructions for accessing the National Survey of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality improvement

Study: Safety-net hospitals catch up to other hospitals in HRRP, but not in VBP

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Safety-net hospitals had larger average penalties than non-safety net hospitals under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program in fiscal year 2013, but that difference had disappeared by 2016, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the Value-Based... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: readmissions, value-based purchasing, Medicare

CDC launches online training series on opioid prescribing guidelines

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released the first module in a new online training series to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain. The first module presents an overview of the guidelines. Future modules are expected to address:... read more

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

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