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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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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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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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The community health initiative, called Health Impact in 5 Years, 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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Six Northern California hospitals, including two association members, are using a shared database of emergency department patients' health records to promote consistent care across providers.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 overcome payment and care delivery reform challenges.

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Over the past several years, 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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$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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Detroit hospital among first in nation to deploy state-of-the-art BrightMatter brain surgery technology, which will make possible operations that previously were too risky to perform.

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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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Initiative seeks to strengthen healthcare-associated venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention, raise awareness of successful strategies, and recognize investment in VTE prevention.

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Course will teach providers to use health literacy with diabetes patients, as well as glycemic target goals and patient-centered communication strategies.

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International Infection Prevention Week, Oct. 18-24, raises awareness of patient and family engagement, hand hygiene in infection prevention and patient safety

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Participants will receive training and technical assistance from national community health improvement experts, engage with the new Community Health Improvement Navigator, and exchange ideas with other partnerships. Applications are due Oct. 13.

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The CDC and FDA issued a health advisory alerting providers and facilities to properly maintain, clean, disinfect, and sterilize reusable medical devices. Noncompliance creates a gap in patient safety.

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New ASPR toolkit helps providers address the needs of people experiencing homelessness in their disaster response preplanning and recovery.

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With a grant from the American Medical Association, UCSF is modernizing medical education with an innovative new curriculum focused more on the patient experience.

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A Hennepin County Medical Center former chief resident departs on a new mission to the International Space Station July 22.

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AHRQ-funded study shows heart disease drives readmissions overall, while orthopedic conditions drive readmissions to the same hospital. Original admission from the ED also drives same-hospital readmissions.

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AHRQ offers an online toolkit, including accredited webinars and in-person workshops, to help clinicians implement its five-step SHARED approach to working with patients to make ideal care decisions.

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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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