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  1. Vascular surgery patients likely to quit smoking if offered personalized help from surgeons: 5 points

    Vascular surgery patients are more likely to quit smoking when their physician offered the right kind of assistance, according to a new pilot study conducted by physicians from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., and Boston Medical Center.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. HHS to change health information exchange security, patient privacy regulations for patients with substance abuse disorders — 5 observations

    The Department of Health and Human Services is revising its regulations for health information exchange security and patient privacy for patients obtaining treatment for substance abuse orders, according to Health IT Security.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Transformation leadership may impact quality of care — 3 takeaways

    A study shows transformation leadership may have positive effects on the quality of patient care, according to News-Medical.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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  1. Standard drug testing may turn away chronic pain patients: 6 takeaways

    Screening chronic pain patients for drugs may result in patients not returning for future treatment, according to a University of Houston and University of Galveston-based Texas Medical Branch study.  By Megan Wood -
  2. San Diego Health Connect chooses Verato to enhance patient record exchange: 5 points

    San Diego Health Connect, a Health Information Exchange, chose Verato, a McLean, Va.-based cloud-based patient matching solutions provider, to enhance its patient record exchange between 25 clinics and hospital systems.  By Megan Wood -
  3. Better 'safety culture' means better patient outcomes: 5 insights into new study

    A hospital's "safety culture" is a critical component of quality care delivery, based on a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study, according to General Surgery News.  By Megan Wood -
  4. ESR launches Basic Patient Safety Standards and Audit Tool — 5 takeaways

    ESR launched their Basic Patient Safety Standards and the ESR Audit Tool on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, according to Health Care Business.  By Allison Sobczak -

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  1. Respiratory Syncytial Virus cases on the rise in Illinois — 5 insights

    Physicians throughout Illinois are reporting a significant increase in the number of people testing positively for Respiratory Syncytial Virus, according to WSIL TV.  By Allison Sobczak -
  2. The best strategies to engage millennial nurse leaders

    Nurses entering practice today need to be trained on how to become the next generation of nurse leaders. In order for that to happen, there are time-tested principles/practices that need to be observed, but the way in which those are delivered must evolve to reflect how this new class of "millennial" nurses absorbs and processes information. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Former FDA Commissioner faces federal lawsuit for 'defrauding consumers' — 6 things to know

    Six patients who took the antibiotic Levaquin filed a federal lawsuit against former FDA Commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, MD, claiming the Commissioner defrauded consumers and conspired with Johnson & Johnson to conceal information about the harmful effects of Levaquin, according to abc 8 news.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Texas providers screen pregnant women for Zika virus following 7 confirmed cases: 5 insights

    Following seven confirmed cases of Zika virus in Houston, healthcare providers are screening pregnant women for Zika virus.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  1. 4th transplant patient dies after contracting fungal infection during a mold outbreak at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: 5 things to know

    A fourth patient treated at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center passed away after contracting a fungal infection during a mold outbreak at the hospital, according to Fox News Health.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Dr. Brian Kendall named to South Carolina hospital safety council: 5 points

    South Carolina Hospital Association's Quality Advisory Council appointed Brian W. Kendall, MD, to its panel, according to The Times and Democrat.  By Megan Wood -
  3. Texas adolescents coming down with RSV: 3 quick facts

    Austin, Texas-based St. David's Children's Hospital has seen an increasing number of adolescent respiratory syncytial virus cases, according to Fox 7.  By Megan Wood -
  4. Ben Taub Hospital receives Beacon Award for Excellence in patient care: 5 observations

    Houston-based Ben Taub Hospital Surgical Unit received the Beacon Award for Excellence in patient care.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. High quality of care may lower mortality risk in patients who are prescribed opioids for pain: 4 things to know

    New Haven, Conn.-based Yale University researchers found better quality of care may reduce the mortality risk in patients who are treated with opioid painkillers, according to News-Medical.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  6. Coast Health Alliance physicians discuss new vaccination requirements — 5 takeaways

    Point Reyes Station, Calif.-based nonprofit Coastal Health Alliance met with the community to discuss vaccination changes presented in Senate Bill 277, according to Point Reyes Light.  By Megan Wood -
  7. Chronic viral infections may add to cognitive decline in elderly — 5 insights

    Some chronic viral infections may contribute to cognitive complications as adults age, according to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University study. Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, MD, psychiatry professor at Pittsburgh School of Medicine, lead the study.  By Megan Wood -
  8. 4 observations about Montana State's new virus discovery technique

    Bozeman-based Montana State University researchers established a new methodology for discovering viruses. Journal of Virology published the findings in January.  By Megan Wood -
  9. Virginia Patient Safety Summit holds 5th annual meeting: 5 notes

    Virginia Patient Safety Summit is hosting its 5th annual meeting in Richmond this week, according to Inside Business.  By Mary Rechtoris -


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