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  1. Reduce fatalities: 5 things to know about medical errors

    Healthcare professionals must be diligent in updating and following medical procedures to ensure physicians do not misdiagnosis or administer the wrong treatment. Patients must also be advocates for themselves to assure they are treated correctly, according to Catching Health.    By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety elects 11 new board

    A newly-elected, 11-member board will oversee and advise activities of the Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety. The SPS is a network of over 80 children's hospitals working to improve clinical quality and patient safety.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. House committee passes HHS funding bill that would cut AHRQ — 4 key notes

    The House Appropriations Committee approved the draft fiscal year 2016 budget for HHS, which would terminate the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  By Brandon Howard -

Who's raising your patients' expectations?

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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. Cases of HIV rising in Indiana: 10 notes

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an increase in the number of new HIV infections in rural Indiana county, according to CNN.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. West Nile detected in mosquitoes in Indiana — 4 quick facts

    A batch of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile in Shelby County, Ind. No human cases have been found yet, according to FOX59.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Antibiotics may effectively treat appendicitis — 6 things to know

    Researchers in Finland published a study claiming antibiotics can effectively treat appendicitis without the need for surgery, according to the New York Times.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Do patients want to be engaged in HAI prevention & control? Study says yes

    A new study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, examines patient receptiveness to attempts to increase engagement in preventing healthcare-associated infections.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Reimbursement: Pay attention to your charge master

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  1. 4 tips on choosing the best antimicrobial technology

    Although hospital-associated infections have slightly reduced, the antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing a lot of these infections are preventable. Currently, the healthcare industry spends between $36 billion and $45 billion annually.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Importance of technology in enhancing patient engagement — 7 notes

    With health issues on the rise, patients need to be motivated by physicians to care about their health. Providers must be aware of the vital role technology plays in increasing patient engagement, according to Validic.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Health groups call on U.S. to take additional steps to prepare for emerging infections: 3 key notes

    Trust for America's Health, Infectious Diseases Society of America and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Center for Health Security released a report recommending system-wide preparedness for emerging infections.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Chikungunya virus spreading around the world — 7 things to know

    The chikungunya virus was previously only found in certain parts of the world, but the virus is currently spreading across the globe, according to VOA News.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  1. 5 ways to reduce medical errors

    Michael Handler, MD, a hospital leader and expert in patient safety, outlined ways to enhance patient safety in his keynote presentation at the second annual Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality & Patient Safety Day program at the UMKC School of Medicine on May 15.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Online tutorials improve knee surgery patient's understanding, experience: 6 notes

    A web-based tutorial can increase a patient's understanding of knee surgery and also result in better patient experience, according to a new study published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. 4 notes on the impact of medical tourism on Thailand's MERS outbreaks

    As Thailand sees an average of 1.4 million medical tourists a year, medical tourism could he aiding the country in their efforts to contain the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, according to a Reuters report.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. AHRQ grants $52M to Dartmouth, NBER, RAND

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality plans to fund three "Centers of Excellence" to study how high-performing healthcare systems promote evidence-based practices in delivering care. The three grants, totaling about $52 million over five years, will be granted to Dartmouth College, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and RAND Corporation.  By Brandon Howard -
  5. Aggressive surveillance and vaccination programs needed to combat polio — 10 things to note

    A study by researchers at the University of Michigan revealed polio virus can be transmitted for extended periods of time without cases being reported. Aggressive surveillance and vaccination programs are crucial to ensure its eradication.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  6. US relaxes Ebola screening for travelers from Liberia: 5 quick facts

    The United States government is relaxing its enhanced Ebola entry screening and monitoring program for travelers from Liberia.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. Citizens in Yemen face dengue fever outbreak — 5 things to know

    Thousands of individuals in Yemen have been diagnosed with dengue fever which officials are calling an outbreak.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. AOA strongly fights against anti-unilateral pricing policies: 5 things to know

    The American Optometric Association is opposing legislation in Utah, and other similar legislation across the country, that would ban unilateral pricing policies for contact lenses, according to a Financial report.  By Brandon Howard -
  9. 13 new studies on quality & patient safety in Southern Medical Journal

    The June special issue of Southern Medical Journal (Volume: 18) presents 13 studies and commentaries on healthcare quality and patient safety.  By Brandon Howard -


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