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  1. CDC Study: Preventive Services Didn't Reach Half of U.S. Adults Before 2010

    Approximately half of U.S. adults missed out on important preventive services before 2010, according to a CDC study.  By Sabrina Rodak -
  2. Commonwealth Fund: Major Differences in Healthcare Access, Quality Across U.S.

    There is wide variation in access to care between different U.S. regions, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.  By Sabrina Rodak -
  3. National Prevention Council Action Plan Focuses on Strategic Priorities

    The National Prevention Council has released its action plan (pdf) to meet goals outlined in its National Prevention Strategy.  By Sabrina Rodak -

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. Study: Older Age, Nursing Home Residence Among MRSA Mortality Risk Factors

    MRSA mortality risk factors include older age and residence in a nursing home, according to a study in CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases journal.  By Sabrina Rodak -
  2. Rep. Renee Ellmers Looks to HHS for HIT Safety Progress

    Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), chairwoman of Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology, has requested HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provide progress reports on health IT safety, according to Chairwoman Ellmers' office.  By Sabrina Rodak -
  3. Adoption of Evidence-Based Measures Alone Not Enough to Improve Patient Safety

    Research published in Patient Safety in Surgery suggests utilization of evidence-based practices alone may not be enough to improve patient safety.  By Jaimie Oh -
  4. "Positive Deviants" Shown to Lead Improvements in MRSA Infection Rates

    Recent research revealed "positive deviants" in the healthcare setting may help improve MRSA infection rates, according to a New Jersey Institute of Technology news release.  By Jaimie Oh -

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. Staff Education Tool: Patient Safety Culture Assessment

    York University in Toronto, Canada, has developed a survey — the Health Professional Education in Patient Safety Survey — intended to help healthcare organizations assess employees' perceptions of patient safety in their workplace.  By Jaimie Oh -
  2. 3 Quality Improvement Projects at UC Davis Medical Center

    UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., participates in the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program, a five-year pay-for-performance initiative in which California public hospital systems aim to meet benchmarks related to healthcare access, quality and safety outcomes. The program is part of the Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver in California, an initiative that began in November 2010 to help the state's public hospital systems prepare for and implement health reform in 2014. Allan D. Siefkin, MD, CMO of UC Davis Medical Center, describes three of the 14 projects the hospital is implementing under DSRIP.  By Sabrina Rodak -
  3. NQF Endorses Patient-Focused CAHPS Surgical Care Survey

    The National Quality Forum's endorsement of a Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Surgical Care Survey measure became effective June 1, according to an American College of Surgeons release.  By Jaimie Oh -
  4. Oregon Sees Sharp Decrease in Healthcare-Acquired Infections

    Oregon hospitals have reported significant decreases in healthcare-acquired infections from 2009 to 2011, according to the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research (pdf).  By Sabrina Rodak -
  1. Patient Safety Tool: Safe Injection Checklist

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a free, downloadable checklist to help improve compliance to safe injection practices.  By Jaimie Oh -
  2. Consumers Union Urges Congress to Pass Medical Device Safety Measures

    Consumers Union urged House and Senate leaders today to adopt a number of provisions from the Senate's FDA User Fee Act that are designed to better protect patients from potentially dangerous medical devices than the version passed by the House.  By Jaimie Oh -
  3. Quality Outcomes Reporting Expected to Cause 'Major Changes' in ASC Marketplace

    The introduction of mandatory quality reporting for ambulatory surgery centers is expected to cause "major changes in the ASC marketplace," according to a HealthLeaders Media report.  By Rachel Fields -
  4. AHRQ Releases Draft Report on Pressure Ulcer Initiatives

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has reviewed evidence on pressure ulcer risk assessment and prevention in a new draft report (pdf).  By Sabrina Rodak -
  5. 8 Practices to Reduce Patient Falls

    The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority announced its falls reporting and prevention initiative has met with some success.  By Sabrina Rodak -
  6. MRSA Cases Nearly Doubled From 2003-2008 at Academic Hospitals

    The numbers of MRSA at academic hospitals nearly doubled from 2003 to 2008, according to a study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  By Jaimie Oh -
  7. Study: Staph Colonization Not Linked to Mortality Among Patients With MRSA

    Results from a study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology suggest Staphylococcus aureus colonization is not linked to mortality among patients infected with MRSA.  By Jaimie Oh -
  8. FDA Seizes Misbranded Drugs in Maine

    At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized drug products from Global Biotechnologies of Portland, Maine in late May.  By Jaimie Oh -
  9. June 13 Announced as National Time Out Day

    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses has announced June 13 as National Time Out Day.  By Jaimie Oh -

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