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UTMB’s Community Health Program/Chronic Disease Education project provides care and disease management services to vulnerable and other high‐risk patients in need of assistance.

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CDC recommends hospitals clean rooms of patients with Candida auris daily and post-discharge with a disinfectant that is effective against C. diff.

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University of California-San Diego researchers have found a way to detect harmful chemicals in a blood sample in mere hours, with 99 percent accuracy.

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Under the “Better Way to Live” program, 62 “alternative level of care” patients have been successfully transitioned to a post–acute care facility.

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NQF's Measure Applications Partnership submitted recommendations to HHS on 74 performance measures under consideration for 16 federal health care programs.

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CDC will host two free workshops with the National Ebola Training & Education Center to train health care workers on delivering patient care during an infectious disease epidemic.

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks information about how health care delivery organizations work to become “learning healthcare systems.”

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The 90-minute webinar will focus on training hospital epidemiologists in the interpersonal skills necessary to handle an infectious disease outbreak.

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The course runs March 20–24 in Atlanta and includes expert content on different infection or event types, as well as antibiotic stewardship.

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The report is the last in a series of five by an ad hoc committee focused on social risk factors that affect the health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries.

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Crew resource management, which focuses on situations prone to negative outcomes by human error, helped the Columbus, Ohio, essential hospital improve performance and generate savings.

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The new resources — including a mobile app, series of short videos, posters and more — are meant to help providers follow guidelines issued in March 2016.

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Up to $485 million annually will be awarded to up to 59 entities, with allocations based on a formula of unmet need and the number of drug-poisoning deaths.

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The report finds that dual enrollment status was “the most powerful predictor of poor outcomes” on many quality measures.

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The data show about 125,000 fewer patients died because of hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2015, resulting in a savings of $28 billion.

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CMS on Dec. 19 refreshed its Hospital Compare site, including data on the Ambulatory Surgical Center Program, Hospital Readmission Reduction Program & more.

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The annual event encourages relevant stakeholders and the general public to engage in antibiotic stewardship in outpatient and inpatient settings.

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It outlines factors stakeholders should focus on when designing alternative payment models, including type to propose, how to measure improvements, and more.

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CMS has awarded $347 million to the 16 organizations — including Premier Inc. — to support the next phase of a patient safety initiative.

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The study found that treatment with high-risk antibiotics made sepsis 80 percent more likely compared with patients who were not treated with antibiotics.

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The Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity aims to educate providers on Zika screening protocols, clinical interventions, reporting processes and more.

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Hospitals will have the opportunity to discuss the potential contamination of heater-cooler devices used during cardiopulmonary bypass procedures.

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The FDA says the recalled electrodes might not connect properly to certain AEDs, delaying electrical therapy and potentially resulting in serious patient harm.

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The targets aim to significantly reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections, MRSA, Clostridium difficile cases, and other infections by 2020.

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The Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative — a unique partnership between the Cambridge Health Alliance, public schools, and the police — serves at-risk youth.

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Each year, APIC sponsors International Infection Prevention Week to highlight the importance of infection prevention in improving patient safety.

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Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler devices used during cardiopulmonary bypass procedures might have been contaminated with M. Chimaera in the manufacturing process.

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An archived recording of an Oct. 11 hospital quality call with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration is now available for members of America's Essential Hospitals.

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This is the fourth of five reports from an ad hoc committee to identify social risk factors affecting health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries.

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If left unchecked, antibiotic-resistant infections will kill 10 million people a year and cost the worldwide economy $100 trillion by 2050.

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UCSF School of Medicine and San Francisco General Hospital researchers are testing a mobile app to raise awareness of hepatitis B and C among Asian Americans.

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The summaries outline efforts by 19 working groups under the "Vital Directions" initiative to improve health care in the United States.

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The recommendations, developed by the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee, aim to optimize treatment and minimize adverse consequences.

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The hospital and its community partners have transformed lives and achieved significant savings in health care costs by giving the homeless a place to live.

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Recognizing the opportunity for improvement in geriatrics care, association members NuHealth and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital have made falls prevention a priority.

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In August, CDC sent states about $2.5 million in laboratory supplies and equipment — including two diagnostic tests — to combat the Zika virus.

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Funding will be used for randomized clinical trials comparing two or more alternative clinical pain management strategies.

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Starting in 2017, the National Quality Forum's Consensus Standards Approval Committee will make final decisions on endorsements without board approval.

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Two of the winning communities are home to essential hospitals: KentuckyOne Health in Louisville, Ky., and Jackson Health System in Miami-Dade County, Fla.

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CMS Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt announced the reporting options providers have to ensure they do not face a negative payment adjustment in 2019.

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The UI Health program aims to help the city's chronically homeless reach stability and reduce health care costs by providing them with permanent homes.

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The funding is being administered by SAMHSA and CDC as part of HHS' Opioid Initiative, which aims to combat opioid misuse, dependence, and overdose.

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Hospitals and other providers generated more than $466 million in savings in 2015 through participation in Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs).

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The guidance outlines nine steps hospitals should take, focusing on identifying symptoms, educating patients, and reporting Zika cases to health agencies.

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The webinar will introduce AHRQ's updated hospital guide for delivering transitional care to reduce readmissions among adult Medicaid patients.

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In a Vital Signs report ahead of Sepsis Awareness Month, in September, CDC highlights resources and events aimed at reducing sepsis.

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FDA said hospitals by now should have transitioned to alternative duodenoscope cleaning methods after a recall last year.

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The paper includes a framework to achieve health equity, guidance for measuring health equity, and a self-assessment tool for health care organizations.

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CMS encourages hospitals to view overall star ratings reports with inpatient and outpatient quality reporting preview data, while both are available.

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The grants will be used to expand telehealth use, help providers make quality improvement efforts, and support policy-focused research.

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The voluntary recall now applies to all of PharmaTech’s liquid products, including those labeled by Bayshore, Centurion, Major, Metron, Rugby, and Virtus.

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Pokémon Go, the augmented-reality game, has helped pediatric patients at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center recover from burn injuries.

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The community health initiative launches on Aug. 9 with an introductory web forum.

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Flavor Harvest @ Home, a medical nutrition therapy program, provides meals to Lee Memorial Health System patients who are at risk for being malnourished.

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The advanced primary care medical home model is aimed at strengthening primary care and reducing overall health care costs.

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Funding will support work related to CDC Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

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Several members of America’s Essential Hospitals are among the participants selected for the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model.

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MUSC will launch a minority men’s health center to interpret, apply determinants of disease risks and outcomes to precision medicine strategies.

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Agency expands the Zika-specific blood testing window for pregnant women from seven days after symptoms start to up to 14 days.

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The agency analyzed how subsets of hospitals, including those defined as a safety net, performed in the overall hospital star rating system.

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The funds are intended for epidemiological surveillance and investigation, mosquito control and monitoring, and strengthening of laboratory capacity.

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The report aims to identify social risk factors that affect beneficiaries' health outcomes and methods to account for these factors in payment programs.

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Florida-based PharmaTech issued the voluntary recall of liquid docusate sodium that could be contaminated with B. cepacia, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria linked to an outbreak in five states.

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The patient has not traveled to an area with Zika or had sexual contact with a person infected with Zika, and there is no evidence of Zika-carrying mosquitoes in Utah.

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The no-cost, updated quality indicator software is designed to aid quality improvement in acute-care hospital settings. AHRQ will host a July 19 webinar to detail changes to the software.

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A Healthy Schools Campaign toolkit aims to help school districts combat health issues that distract students from education or cause chronic absenteeism.

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The agency said patients who receive communication, counseling, or monitoring remotely for cardiovascular and respiratory disease experienced improved outcomes.

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Agency will use measure to calculate the proportion of adult patients with active, concurrent prescriptions for opioids or for an opioid and benzodiazepine at discharge.

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Six Northern California hospitals are using a shared database of ED patients' health records to promote consistent care across providers.

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The overall star rating hospital-specific reports will be available to hospitals for 30 days, starting from the June 22 reload date.

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The funding was distributed as part of the Prevention Epicenters Program to develop and test new approaches to patient safety and infection prevention.

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Fighting Chance — co-created by staff at Temple University Hospital — is a program designed to educate residents of gun violence-prone communities on saving lives.

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CDC has received multiple reports of Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) infection clusters in pediatric intensive care units.

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CDC has released a draft interim response plan for the first locally acquired Zika virus cases in the continental United States and Hawaii.

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The no-cost continuing education/continuing medical education video on how health IT systems can enable patient-centered care is available until June 30.

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The HAC reports might have contained the incorrect hospital name in one table. CMS will distribute new reports to affected hospitals.

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The guidance recommends that hospitals prepare for increased demand for certain types of providers and inform patients about sexual transmission of Zika.

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CDC's June Vital Signs finds that the number of U.S. residents with Legionnaires' disease and Pontiac fever increased 286 percent from 2000 to 2014.

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Memorial Healthcare System, in Hollywood, Fla., is integrating behavioral and primary care in its new, federally funded program.

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New hospital resource offers examples of ways to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria and outlines CDC's core elements of stewardship programs.

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CDC will host two webinars this month to discuss a program to educate health care professionals about the social factors that affect overall health.

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Hospitals have until June 4 to preview reports on overall Medicare star ratings, which will be publicly posted to Hospital Compare in July.

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The CDC has launched a registry to track pregnancy and infant outcomes of women who were possibly infected with Zika virus.

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The rule carries out Affordable Care Act protections for individuals in federally funded health programs and sets new requirements for supporting people with limited English proficiency.

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Two association members are among six sites nationally that will test or implement winning solutions in the HHS “A Bill You Can Understand" challenge.

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This tax season, employees and volunteers at Boston Medical Center turned financial advisers, helping return more than $400,000 to low-income families.

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To prevent transmission of the virus, workers should use proper infection control and biosafety practices to avoid direct contact with blood-borne pathogens.

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Hospitals and other providers now have until May 20 to submit a letter of intent for the Next Generation ACO model; applications are due May 25.

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The model will encourage primary care practices to transform care delivery, including by increasing care management and coordination.

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The release marks the first time CMS has provided MA beneficiary experience data stratified by race and ethnicity.

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The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities program aims to improve disparities in surgical care and outcomes among disadvantaged populations.

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Agency aims to find quality improvement measures to assess organization health literacy. Will interview organizations that have worked to improve patient health knowledge, health care system navigation, and condition self-management.

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Hospitals that perform well in quality programs—despite serving high levels of vulnerable patients—invest in health equity, data, collaborative partnerships, patient engagement, and more.

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Special Innovation Project grants will be awarded to 28 partnerships with QIN-QIOs to support and scale quality improvement projects.

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Surgeons and medical residents at The University of Kansas Hospital can use MRI or CT scan data to print replicas of patients’ surgical sites.

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Syl Jones is teaching narrative medicine, which emphasizes the importance of patient stories in health care, to students and physicians at Hennepin County Medical Center.

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As part of LGBT Awareness Week, March 28 to April 1, department seeks a public conversation on health issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.

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To prevent spread, agency recommends personal protective equipment (PPE) for labor and delivery personnel and delays in conception, sexual activity for those with symptoms.

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Einstein Medical Center first in Philadelphia to use new device to detect cancer cells during lumpectomies, reducing the risk of repeat operations by up to 50 percent.

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Banner Health is expanding its telehealth program to new areas of its hospitals, and even into patients’ homes.

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Tool, developed by association member University of Chicago, shows geographic disparities in health outcomes, health care use, and health care spending.

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Hospitals and other providers now have until May 2 to submit a letter of intent to participate in the second and final round of the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model.

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Select laboratories nationally will have access to new diagnostic tool that enables providers to determine with one test, rather than three, whether a patient is infected with chikungunya, dengue, or Zika.

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Department calls for interagency approach that employs alternative payment models and better communication between patients and providers.

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Latest Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) patient safety data show gaps in care for racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups have become less pronounced over time.

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Guide gives providers best practices in fight against central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), one of the most deadly health care-associated infections annually in the United States.

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Four new programs open to providers in various settings to focus on Interdisciplinary research, health policy research, clinical scholars, and culture of health.

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Under new model, providers will screen Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries for unmet social needs and connect patients to community services. Applications are due May 18.

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Hennepin County Medical Center, responding to patient requests and new availability of equipment in the United States, begins offering nitrous oxide as an option to manage pain during labor.

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American Academy of Pediatrics recommends pediatricians ask patients or their caregivers about access to basic needs and refer them to nutrition and housing resources when necessary.

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Essential hospitals in Florida, New York and Texas — the three states with the highest incidences of Zika cases as of March 9 — are working to educate patients and providers about the virus before warmer weather brings the potential for a spike in the number of cases. Florida had the highest number of Zika cases

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The CDC has organized two events for Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 13-19, and is releasing new patient safety–focused materials on its website.

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University of New Mexico researchers have found a way to use lemongrass oil as a lethal weapon against the genus of mosquitoes responsible for spreading the Zika virus and other illnesses.

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New instructions are validated by the FDA to ensure they meet proper guidelines to avoid transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

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Children who have been to infected areas within past two weeks or show two or more symptoms of Zika virus should be screened for the virus.

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Guidance on the new sepsis measure (SEP-1) is now available on QualityNet, including what documentation can be used for data elements in the chart-abstracted measure.

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Hospitals should stratify data and reduce language barriers to improve equity, thought leaders say in new report.

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The National Safety Net Advancement Center at Arizona State University has announced virtual learning collaboratives and grant funding of up to $80,000 for hospitals working to accomplish payment and care delivery reform.

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Opioid abuse has become a widespread and urgent public health concern in the United States, and essential hospitals are taking steps to prevent misuse and promote better prescription drug management.

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Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, of Hurley Medical Center, helped to uncover lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan.

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Agency says blood donors should self-defer if they show symptoms, have traveled to Zika-infected regions, or have had sexual contact with someone from an infected region.

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New clinical quality measure sets for physicians were created in collaboration with stakeholders to increase multipayer alignment while reducing cost and administrative burden.

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Cook County Health & Hospital System has begun screening pediatric patients for food insecurity and offering them and their families assistance.

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$2.6 million grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation will support work to provide legal services to children and families living under the poverty line to achieve better health and justice outcomes.

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In September 2015, the University of Texas Medical Branch opened the nation’s first medical makerspace, a do-it-yourself area for nurses to brainstorm and invent solutions for better patient care.

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Now-voluntary OAS CAHPS will measure patient experience of care in Medicare-certified hospital outpatient departments and ASCs. The first public reporting of data is not expected until 2018.

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CDC recommends screening pregnant women returning from high-infection areas if they show symptoms of virus or have related fetal complications.

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The guide focuses on reducing readmissions for racial and ethnic minority groups and is part of the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare.

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National Academies of Sciences Feb. 4 round table in Washington, DC, will explore population health in the context of racial and ethnic disparities and health equity.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health advisory for the growing number of hemodialysis patients who are acquiring hepatitis C virus (HCV).

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Previews of reports, to be published online in April, available now through QualityNet Secure Portal; final methodology includes 60 measures from inpatient and outpatient quality reporting programs.

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World Health Organization declares end of epidemic in West Africa, but says to expect small flare-ups due to persistence of virus after patient recovery.

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Agency collaborates with CMS to offer technical assistance to hospitals working on quality improvement projects for children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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New ACOs are eligible for risk-bearing tracks with increased savings for positive patient outcomes and penalties for negative outcomes.

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute initiatives support comparative effectiveness research, enlist advocates to raise awareness of research opportunities.

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No-fee course, Feb. 29 to March 4 in Atlanta, to focus on January 2016 updates to the NHSN patient safety component manual.

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Educational surveys to help CMS determine best ways to assess infection control regulations for hospitals, nursing homes, and care transitions. Surveys to begin in FY 2016 for nursing homes and in FY 2017 for hospitals.

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New model will test whether clinical and community-based services alignment can improve care quality and affordability; letters of intent are due Feb. 8.

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New journal article notes challenges remain since IOM published report, but also points out progress, including reducing CLABSI rates nationwide.

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Association generally supports move toward patient-centered care, but urges CMS to ensure provisions do not place an administrative burden on hospitals.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

America’s Essential Hospitals was formerly known as the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH). Carrying our mission since 1981 into today's health care era

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