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At essential hospital Boston Medical Center, changing the language we use is the first step in changing the way we treat people with substance use disorder.

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The toolkit includes a decision-making framework for antibiotic prescribing and strategies for developing an antibiotic stewardship program.

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The modules are part of a training series based on agency guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.

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America's Essential Hospitals has compiled relevant immigration resources to inform essential hospitals about the rights of patients and providers.

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A webinar and new election toolkit from America's Essential Hospitals can help to make sure hospitals' voices are heard this congressional election season.

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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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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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The Essential Hospitals Institute has compiled a compendium of tools that might be useful to essential providers as they pursue health equity goals.

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Webcasts, co-hosted by HRSA OPA and pharmacist association, will focus on helping covered entities identify steps needed to develop and maintain comprehensive 340B policies and procedures in an auditable manner.

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CDC report outlines the need for monitoring of CRE and related antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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CMS website includes information on changes to Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs in recent final rule.

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Site for hospitals and other health care facilities reflects violent incident rate four times higher than other sectors

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Hospitals must establish and implement policies and procedures for managing alarms starting Jan. 1, 2016.

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Resource helps hospitals apply concepts from the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections and create a culture of safety at the unit level.

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Tool gives physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals access to geographic comparisons of opioid prescribing habits and use.

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New materials from CMS and the association's list of resources will help providers as they transition to ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes on Oct. 1.

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Agency resource, in preparation for Oct. 1 transition to ICD-10, can help providers determine how to accurately report codes.

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The video clarifies common myths and misperceptions about changes that will occur with the Oct. 1 implementation of ICD-10. America’s Essential Hospitals also compiled a list of resources to help members prepare for a seamless transition to ICD-10.

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The guide outlines the critical activities needed for a successful ICD-10 launch on October 1. Also included are instructions for accessing ICD-10 codes and links to training and testing resources.

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The ASPR TRACIE features emergency preparedness resources, one-on-one technical support, and an online forum to share user-developed templates, plans, and other materials.

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Interactive case studies include clinical scenarios and tips for providers and billing staff to learn the basics of documentation and coding using ICD-10. Transition is scheduled for Oct. 1.

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May 29 webinar will focus on quality reporting program proposals, impact of changes to HAC Reduction Program and Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

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The call will provide an overview of the materials required for applying to the Medicare Shared Savings Program and lessons learned from previous program year application periods. Notices of intent due May 29, applications due July 31.

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Deadline for July end-to-end testing extended to May 22, acknowledgement testing June 1 to June 4, and a call for billing staff, coders, and clinicians June 18. Videos have also been published to the CMS website.

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Interactive tool uses health literacy principles and multimodal, team-based approach to prevent opioid-related adverse drug events

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Learn about the valuable resources America’s Essential Hospitals offers members.

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This new model will allow ACOs to take greater performance risks for greater financial reward, calls start March 31.

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Interested providers should submit a volunteer form by April 17.

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Two videos provide overview and benefits, and expand previous ICD-10 resources from the agency

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The Feb. 26 call is for clinicians and billing staff.

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After eight years in the Senate minority, Republicans will take control of the chamber in 2015, with at least 52 seats. The elections also resulted in at least 61 new members being elected to Congress, providing a valuable opportunity for essential hospitals to educate new lawmakers.

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Join us for an overview of the 2014 CEHRT flexibility rule, as well as guidance and instructions for eligible hospitals.

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Webinar will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, 1 – 2 pm ET. Registration is required.

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The report summarizes a Roundtable on Health Literacy workshop that featured initiatives public health organizations are undertaking to increase health literacy and the implications of health literacy on public health.

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The interactive toolkit and guide aim to address the unique clinical and socioeconomic characteristics of Medicaid patients that can lead to readmissions.

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The webcasts are part of the RoadTo10 Webcast Series designed to help with the transition to ICD-10, which is set for Oct. 1, 2015.

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In preparation for the Nov. 15 start of open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace, CMS issues guidance on certification requirements for navigators, certified application counselors, and others who help consumers with the enrollment process.

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Interactive resource for eligible hospitals participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Care Record (EHR) Incentive Program will help hospitals report clinical quality measures for 2014.

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The CDC invites facilities reporting health care personnel influenza vaccination summary data to attend training webinars covering collection and submission requirements. Registration is required and limited.

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Resources include a review of the latest research examining how and why Medicaid beneficiaries seek care in the ED, a scan of how individual states set payment rates and supplemental payments to hospitals, and a review of several states' approach to Medicaid payment and delivery system reform.

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The agency's recommendations include tips for patient placement, environmental infection control, use of personal protective equipment, and patient care considerations.

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This year’s congressional races will set the tone for policy discussions that could impact our nation’s essential hospitals. America’s Essential Hospitals 2014 Election Advocacy Toolkit contains resources to support your work to engage congressional candidates this election season.

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Recent articles from Health Affairs, the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, the Journal for Healthcare Quality, and The New England Journal of Medicine explore efforts to reduce readmissions and infection rates, improve patient safety, and more.

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The fact sheets assist hospitals and other organizations in community outreach and enrollment efforts. They cover the basics of Medicaid and CHIP benefits, enrollment eligibility, and enrollment processes.

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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center developed a simple, replicable tool to help prevent fall injuries.

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CMS has developed several resources to help hospitals implement presumptive eligibility, including model agreements between the state and hospitals, a model training template for states, a model application for hospitals, and FAQs.

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Essential Insights

The medical field is ever changing and evolving. So is the knowledge required of medical interpreters to do the job well. To stay in touch with these advancements, medical interpreters must keep their skills and knowledge sharp and current - not just through traditional continuing education.

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CMS and ONC have introduced the Randomizer for providers demonstrating stage 2 of meaningful use in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. The Randomizer allows hospitals and professionals to exchange data with a test EHR.

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Members learned more about the key features and resources available on the new association website

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Reduce patient harm using 15-minute safety huddles, which convene representatives from across the organization to address potential safety concerns.

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Fact sheets, database available through healthcare.gov

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Curated EHR Incentive Program resources to help members with HIT adoption

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Medscape created this tool to help you test your own knowledge and skills related to the EHR incentives program.

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Starting in 2014, hospitals may make Medicaid eligibility determinations with just a few basic pieces of information

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Tool uses 2011 Medicare cost data aggregated by demographic, spending, utilization, quality indicators

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