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  1. Drawing a distinction: What does it really mean to be 'clean?'

    Healthcare facilities must prioritize cleanliness to maintain good population health despite the associated costs.  However, the definition of "clean" has been disputed in recent years, and providers must be aware of the differences between "clean" and "disinfected," according to Outbreak News Today.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Missouri police officer with flesh-eating infection discharged from hospital — 4 things to know

    A police detective from Lee Summit who was diagnosed with a rare flesh-eating bacterial infection went home, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Peers influence physicians to repeatedly prescribe certain new drugs: 5 insights

    Peer influence among physicians affects the repeated use of new prescription drugs, according to a study published in Marketing Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Who's raising your patients' expectations?

The consumer technology revolution has changed the world, and with it your patients’ lives and their expectations. As a result, patients have been conditioned to expect frictionless, modern, digital experiences in every aspect of their life, including their care.
  1. Gov. Rick Scott signs bill expanding vaccines at neighborhood pharmacies — 5 things to know

    Governor Rick Scott signed Florida House Bill 279, offering new vaccinations to residents at neighborhood pharmacies rather than only physician offices, according to The Famuan.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Dr. Sanjay Saint receives Distinguished Scientist Award from APIC — 5 notes

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology granted Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, the Distinguished Scientist Award. The award was presented at APIC's 42nd Annual Conference on June 27.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Extreme weather may increase salmonella infections: 6 things to know

    Extreme heat and precipitation, which are expected to rise due to climate change, are associated with increased risk of salmonella infections, according to researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. Can ultraviolet disinfection combat C. Diff rates significantly? 5 things to know

    Pulsed xenon ultraviolet light contributed to a reduction in Clostridium difficile infection when used frequently for room disinfection, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Reimbursement: Pay attention to your charge master

Surgery centers commonly underestimate the importance of routinely assessing their charge master and ensuring charge levels are appropriate for the services being provided relative to cost, payor allowed amounts, and implant reimbursement methodologies.
  1. Amendment in 21st Century Cures calls for improved safety monitoring of devices: 5 key points

    The House passed the 21st Century Cures Act on Friday which would increase federal funding for medical research and changes drug approvals, which included an amendment aimed to improve safety monitoring of medical devices, reports The Wall Street Journal.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. NextGen Healthcare connects to Mass HIway for data exchange: 4 key notes

    NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, a subsidiary of Quality Systems, has connected to the Mass HIway, a health information exchange, in an effort towards opening a secure electronic communication channel for Massachusetts providers.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Bariatric surgery vs. lifestyle intervention: Which is more useful in type 2 diabetes remission? 5 insights

    Among people with type 2 diabetes mellitus, bariatric surgery with lifestyle intervention results in more disease remission than lifestyle intervention alone does, according to a study in JAMA Surgery.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. West Nile confirmed in 23 states: 6 key notes

    As of July 7, 23 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds or mosquitoes in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  By Brandon Howard -
  1. State of Minnesota to use 3M data analytics, aim to improve healthcare quality & value: 4 key notes

    The Minnesota Department of Human Services selected 3M Health Information Systems as its analytics contractor to support Minnesota's Integrated Health Partnership demonstration, a new initiative aimed to test new approaches to healthcare delivery and payment.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. New Liberian Ebola similar to earlier virus, test reveals: 4 notes

    Tests on the Ebola virus presently found in Liberia revealed the virus is closely related to an earlier Liberian strain, according to Fox News.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Global infection control market to grow 6% to 7% CAGR by 2020 & 6 more key notes

    The infection control market, which is split largely into either sterilization or disinfection products, is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6 percent to 7 percent from 2015 to 2020, according to Report Linker, citing MarketsandMarkets.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. 7 reasons healthcare professionals work when sick

    Many healthcare professionals will work even when they are sick despite the risks of transmission and other health-related concerns. A recent study surveyed 536 respondents who provided insight on why they chose to work when sick, according to HRM Online.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. 5 facts on new test able to detect infectious disease

    Researchers have devised a diagnostic test capable of detecting pathogens such as hepatitis C and other deadly superbugs, accordig to Physics News.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  6. 4 things to know about rising rates of chlorine-resistant parasite

    Last year, approximately 150 people in North Dakota got sick from Cryptosporidium, a chlorine-resistant parasite, and across the country the numbers are on the rise, reports Valley News Live.  By Brandon Howard -
  7. Olympus names ProVation MD as recommended EndoWorks replacement: 4 key notes

    Wolters Kluwer's ProVation MD software was named by Olympus as one of its recommended replacements for EndoWorks, which is being retired, according to a release.  By Brandon Howard -
  8. UI Health Care to invest $100M for research funding: 5 key notes

    University of Iowa Health announced Tuesday that the healthcare system will make a $100 million investment over the next five years for research, according to an Iowa City Press-Citizen report.  By Brandon Howard -
  9. Dr. Sandra K. Hanneman joins PPAH's advisory board: 3 things to know

    Sandra K Hanneman, PhD, RN, FAAN, has joined the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety's advisory board.  By Brandon Howard -

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