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  • Medical Malpractice Safe Harbor Better for Patient Safety Than Physician Liability, Study Finds

    The implementation of a medical malpractice safe harbor to protect physicians from claims when they follow evidence-based guidelines may be more effective in improving patient safety than reducing malpractice liability, according to a study published in Health Affairs. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • 9 Widely Implemented Readmission Reduction Strategies

    Researchers looked at a sample of hospitals participating in the American College of Cardiology and Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Hospital to Home Quality Improvement Initiative to find changes in readmission reduction strategy adoption. Their contemporary data was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • More Than Half of Americans Oppose Cost-Effective Research

    More than half of Americans oppose cost-effective research, according to study published in JAMA Internal Medicine examining a public opinion poll by Harvard researchers. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Joint Commission Announces New Patient Safety Goal

    The Joint Commission has added clinical alarm management to its 2014 National Patient Safety Goals. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Top 10 Read Quality Articles Dec. 30 – Jan. 3

    Here are the ten most read articles on the Becker's Hospital Review quality channel for the week of Dec. 30, starting with the most-read. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • AHRQ Healthcare Quality Report: Key Findings

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released an annual National Health Quality Report. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Finding Clinical Value in the EHR

    A study published in Health Services Research finds 78 percent of physicians who use an electronic health record said it enhances overall patient care and clinical value. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • ASC Data Collection for CMS Delayed to April 1

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has delayed data collection for three new quality measures that were finalized for inclusion in the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program, according to an Ambulatory Surgery Center Association of Illinois report. By Laura Dyrda -
  • Studies, Information Lacking on Neonate Drugs

    Only 46 percent of neonatal drug labels indicate the safety and effectiveness of the drug following recent legislation requiring more testing and labeling of pediatric drugs, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • 10 States With Highest Volume of Registered Nurses

    Hospitals in states with low concentrations of RNs may have difficulties filling empty nursing positions, contributing to the high rate of nurse vacancies in hospitals. By Heather Punke -
  • The Joint Commission Revises Ambulatory Care Primary Care Medical Home Requirements

    The Joint Commission has approved revisions to the Ambulatory Care Primary Medical Home Requirements. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Top 10 Quality Articles Dec. 23-27

    The following are the most-accessed articles on the quality channel for the week of Dec. 23, starting with the most-read. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • 10 Most-Read Patient Safety Tools Dec. 23-27

    The following are the most-accessed patient safety tools for the week of Dec. 23, starting with the most-read. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • 14 Most-Read Quality Stories of 2013: ASC

    The following are the most popular stories on the Becker's ASC quality channel for 2013, starting with the most-read. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • Reducing 'Never Events' by Increasing Transparency

    In attempts to reduce the occurrence of "never events," medical errors that should not happen if proper preventive protocols are in place, the National Health Service in England is publishing details on them to increase transparency. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Roundup of Latest Quality, Performance Report Cards

    Over the past four weeks, Becker's Hospital Review has reported on quality and performance report cards released by different organizations. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • C. diff Present on 24% of Healthcare Workers' Hands After Disinfecting

    Twenty-four percent of healthcare workers carried spores of Clostridium difficile on their hands even after following proper hand hygiene protocol after patient contact, according to a study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. In the controlled study, healthcare workers followed four infection control measures when coming into contact with patients with C. diff. They placed patients in single rooms, wore disposable floor-length, long sleeved gowns and gloves, followed hand hygiene practices before putting on gloves and after removing gloves, and cleaned patient rooms daily with hypochlorite-based disinfectant. Zero percent of healthcare workers who did not come into contact with C. diff patients had spores on their hands. Researchers suggest more information is needed to understand C. diff transmission to better implement additional antimicrobial stewardship efforts. More Articles on Infection Control: Researchers Develop Vaccine Against Staph, Drug-Resistant MRSAInfection Control Market Expected to Reach $14B by 20176 Public Health Statistics on Infectious Diseases in Hospitals  By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Researchers Develop Vaccine Against Staph, Drug-Resistant MRSA

    Researchers at the University of Iowa in Iowa City have developed a vaccine that protects patients against lethal pneumonia caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and drug-resistant Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, according to a news release from the University of Iowa. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Sterilization, Decontamination Market to Reach $14B by 2017

    According to a Markets and Markets report, the infection control market is expected to reach a value of $14 billion by 2017, growing at a compound annual growth rate of six percent. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • 10 Most Popular Patient Safety Tools Dec. 16-20

    The following are the 10 most popular patient safety tools for the week of Dec. 16-20, starting with the most-read: By Ellie Rizzo -


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