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  1. CDC pleads Congress to approve Zika funding quickly — 6 observations

    The House left for the Memorial Day recess, despite not reaching a Zika funding agreement, according to The New York Times.  By Megan Wood -
  2. 60 Palm Beach Gardens Elementary students out sick to suspected norovirus — 5 things to know

    Sixty students from Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Elementary School called out sick on Wednesday and Thursday due to a possible norovirus, according to the Palm Beach Post.  By Allison Sobczak -
  3. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria makes its way into US: 5 key notes

    A bacteria resistant to an antibiotic has infected the first U.S. patient. Researchers have thought of the antibiotic as a last option against drug-resistant germs, making this case particularly alarming for the medical community, according to The New York Times.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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  1. FDA approves arm implant to combat opioid addiction: 5 things to know

    The FDA recently approved an arm implant that emits drugs to treat individuals addicted to opioids, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Top 25 states with the highest & lowest ASC wrong-site surgery rates

    CMS released the results for its 2014 Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program, which cited the states with the highest rates and lowest rates for wrong site, side, patient, procedure and implant.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Simplify healthcare complexities — HHS introduces new challenges to enhance patient care

    HHS introduced two health IT challenges and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT launched two funding opportunities intended to simplify the complex intricacies of healthcare, according to AMA Wire.  By Megan Wood -
  4. New guidance clarifies purpose of Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act: 7 insights

    The HHS Office for Civil Rights and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released new guidance clarifying the Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act's requirements, according to FierceEMR.  By Megan Wood -

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  1. National Patient Safety Foundation: 5 key areas to enhance patient safety

    In their "Transformative Health Care" report, the National Patient Safety Foundation listed five key areas for practices to focus on to enhance patient safety, according to H&HN.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Possible link between Zika and Brazilian infants with microcephaly — 5 points

    A study published in the journal Ophthalmology found previously unreported eye problems in Brazilian babies with microcephaly may be linked to the Zika virus.  By Allison Sobczak -
  3. Will the GOP approve Zika funding before recess? 4 takeaways

    It doesn't look promising that Republicans will reach a deal on Zika funding in time for the Memorial Day recess, according to The Hill.  By Megan Wood -
  4. 35% of Americans likely to enroll in clinical trials — 5 findings

    A New York City-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center found only 35 percent of Americans cited being "likely" to enroll in a clinical trail, according to Science Daily.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  1. PQRS reaps improvements in some areas, falls short in others— 6 findings from a Weill Cornell Medicine study

    A 2015 survey found although patient care is more comprehensive in the current Physician Quality Reporting System, it falls short in some areas, according to a New York City-based Weill Cornell Medicine study.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Black Book Research places Modernizing Medicine at #1 — 4 highlights

    Boca Raton, Fla.-based Modernizing Medicine's EHR systems for dermatology, otolaryngology and plastic surgery earned the #1 spots on the Black Book Research 2016 Top EHR lists in those spaces.  By Allison Sobczak -
  3. Tension builds as legislators debate Zika funding: 3 notes

    The Zika virus is rapidly spreading, with our nation's legislators struggling to reach a consensus on a bill funding relief efforts, according to The Hill.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Monitoring increases hand-hygiene compliance: 4 key points from new study

    St. Louis-based Washington University's Olin Business School researchers analyzed the effectiveness of electronic monitoring on hand-washing compliance, according to ScienceDaily.  By Megan Wood -
  5. Understanding human flaws could cause less medical errors — 3 points

    A study published in The BMJ found medical errors cause 251,000 deaths each year in the United States, making it the third leading cause of death. However, Robin Hemphill, MD, MPH, director of the Veterans Affairs' National Center for Patient Safety, told Michigan Radio accounting for human flaws may bring fewer medical errors in the future.  By Allison Sobczak -
  6. Surgical Risk Calculator yields promising results — 5 takeaways

    American College of Surgeons found their National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Surgical Risk Calculator accurately estimated a patient's likelihood of experiencing postoperative complications.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. Specialty drug spending rises 26%; hepatitis spending up nearly 600% — 6 key takeaways from a BCBS study

    In "The Growth in Specialty Drug Spending from 2013 to 2014" report, Blue Cross Blue Shield found annual spending on specialty pharmacy drugs rose by $87 per member in 2014, up 26 percent from 2013.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. Rochester Ambulatory Surgery Center achieves silver award in quality: 3 notes

    Greater Rochester Quality Council presented its 10th annual Showcase and Performance Excellence Awards.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  9. House approves $622M Zika bill — 4 takeaways

    House Republicans approved a $622 million bill to battle the Zika virus, according to Fox News Politics.  By Allison Sobczak -


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