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The voluntary recall has been expanded to include various dietary supplements, such as liquid vitamin D drops and liquid multivitamins marketed for infants and children.

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Health professionals are encouraged to join social media campaigns, attend informational calls and webinars, and review a new fact sheet on Candida auris.

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The funding will support state and local health departments in testing for drug-resistant fungi and promote the use of whole genome sequencing in testing.

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The stool softeners could be contaminated with B. cepacia, a bacteria that could infect patients with compromised immune systems or chronic lung conditions.

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The voluntary recall was issued after a customer reported particulate matter in a container of the product, which later was identified as stainless steel.

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Eighty essential hospitals received recognition for their organ, eye, and tissue donation and registration efforts between October 2016 and April 2017.

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The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis' interim report encourages the president to declare a national emergency to fight the opioid epidemic.

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The guidance no longer recommends routine testing of women unless there was ongoing potential exposure; the Health Resources and Services Administration awarded $7 million to fight Zika in U.S. territories.

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The report outlines programs implemented by hospitals and public health departments across the country to improve antibiotic prescribing practices as part of the agency's Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative.

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Fujifilm will contact all customers by October for replacement parts and loan customers duodenoscopes to use during the replacement period.

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The toolkit — released by The MetroHealth System in Cleveland and other partners — outlines steps to help raise awareness of the opioid epidemic.

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The project seeks to reduce harms caused by inappropriate antibiotic use; registration is open for a one-hour introductory webinar about the project.

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The funding will be used to track and prevent opioid overdoses; meanwhile, a report finds a drop in the estimated rate of Americans misusing prescription drugs.

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The special report suggests methods to improve care for the top 5 percent of high-need patients, who account for half of the nation's health care spending.

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The Evidence-Based Practice Centers Program is seeking suggestions for treatment, tests, and methods of health care delivery that should be considered for extensive evaluation.

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Despite reductions in opioid prescribing, the amount of opioids prescribed in 2015 still was triple the amount prescribed in 1999.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show incidence of Clostridium difficile in hospitals and nursing homes fell for the first time in decades.

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The video is the third in a series by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about challenges to preventing health care-associated infections.

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The error affects the 2015 and 2016 catheter-associated urinary tract infection predictive models; new models will be developed for affected facilities.

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The list includes reusable medical devices with the greatest risk of transmitting an infection or performing poorly if not properly reprocessed.

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The World Health Organization now groups antibiotics into three categories: Access, Watch, and Reserve, for drugs that should be used as a "last resort."

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The challenge asks organizations to share how they use the National Health Security Preparedness Index to advance health security and disaster preparedness.

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Virtual ICUs, like the one at University of Mississippi Medical Center, can be used as proactive care models to ensure access to care for all Americans.

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This year, 77 U.S. cases of Candida auris have been reported; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assisting health agencies in affected areas.

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Magellan Diagnostics' LeadCare Analyzers could produce inaccurate blood lead test results when used with venous blood samples.

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An initiative aims to convene and support an essential providers network to promote payment and delivery reform amid uncertainty surrounding health policy.

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The agency's Evidence-based Practice Centers Program wants to hear how health systems use evidence reports in decision-making.

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The new guidance updates recommendations issued in 1999; recommendations are categorized based on the quality of available supporting evidence.

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The study found that the penalty burden was greater in hospitals treating a high share of patients with socioeconomic disadvantages.

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Barriers to communication can be especially harmful for Medicare beneficiaries, who are more likely to have comorbidities and complex health needs.

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CDC has found an increase in Shigella bacteria resistant to flouroquinone antibiotics, which could indicate resistance to other drugs.

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A lethal, drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris could pose the country's leading health risk.

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Trained lay navigators guide cancer patients 65 and older through the treatment process at 12 community cancer centers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

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The partnership between Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Newark-area employers trains participants over five weeks and places them in jobs with the hospital and other local businesses.

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The training resource is the first in a series of eight learning modules to be released this year on the CDC opioid prescribing guidelines.

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The United States has one of the highest rates of pregnancy-related deaths in the world, and essential hospitals have a pivotal role in helping to reduce it.

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Hospital participation in Medicare value-based programs in 2015, including ACOs and bundled payments, was associated with 2,377 fewer readmissions and $32.7 million in savings.

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The challenge aims to promote innovation using the National Health Security Preparedness Index; submissions are due July 31.

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The rankings provide a county-level “snapshot” of health and can help essential hospitals identify the needs of the communities they serve.

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The Phillips HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator might not power up, charge, or deliver electrical shock therapy, and could unexpectedly stop pacing.

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Of particular note, NQF's Measure Applications Partnership acknowledged the need for more research to understand the role of socioeconomic status in health.

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Electronic health record information management is the top patient safety concern of 2017, according to a report released by the ECRI Institute on March 13.

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) encourages infection preventionists and other interested staff to participate in its National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) training course, which runs March 20-24 at CDC's Global Communications Center in Atlanta.

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The vaccine triggers an immune response to mosquito saliva; the study is expected to enroll up to 60 healthy adults and finish by summer 2018.

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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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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.