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  1. CarePoint Health receives $350k for patient safety: 4 notes

    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield gave two CarePoint Health hospitals about $350,000 for excellence in patient safety, according to an article on NJ.com.  By Megan Wood -
  2. Seniors face higher risk for readmission following ambulatory surgery — 6 notes

    A recent study conducted over a 30-day period found seniors were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital following ambulatory surgery.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. 10 things to know about wrong-site surgery

    Wrong-site surgery is defined as "never events," that unfortunately are not all that uncommon.  By Mary Rechtoris -

Who's raising your patients' expectations?

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  1. Elsevier launches online educational course for home treatment nurses: 5 key notes

    Elsevier, a provider of healthcare products and services, released an online, continuing education course for home healthcare organization nurses and therapists.  By Megan Wood -
  2. 5 things to know about how existing drugs can fight Ebola, Marburg viruses

    University of Illinois at Chicago researchers found that an existing class of drugs may be able to stop Ebola and Marburg viruses from entering host cells, according to Medical News Today. The Journal of Virology published the study.  By Megan Wood -
  3. Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot cleans up Miami's Nicklaus Children's Hospital: 6 points

    Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami acquired a Xenex germ-zapping robot.  By Megan Wood -
  4. California could mandate quality, cost transparency for outpatient services; CASA onboard

    The California Ambulatory Surgery Association released a response to the California Health Care Foundation Issue Briefing about outpatient surgery in the state. By Laura Dyrda -

Reimbursement: Pay attention to your charge master

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  1. CMS extends quality reporting deadline to Sept. 1: 5 things to know

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extended the deadline for submitting web-based data for the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. CDA Chief calls for steps to combat dengue virus — 5 notes

    The Capital Development Authority Chairman Maroof Afzal recently called for the CDA to take all necessary preventative measures to fight the growing threats posed by the dengue virus, according to The News.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Quality and safety issues arise with shift to ambulatory care

    With more patients finding care in the ambulatory setting, there is a need to alert centers of the safety risks that exist with care outside of hospitals.  By Staff -
  4. Colorado adult dies from plague — 5 things to know

    Officials announced an adult in Pueblo County died from the plague, according to CNN.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  1. Thymus organ study reveals why aging causes immune system deficiency

    Florida-based Scripps Research Institute  scientists found that aging hinders the immune system. Cell Reports journal published the study.  By Megan Wood -
  2. Leaf Healthcare's wearable monitor helps with at-risk ulcer patient turning: 6 observations

    Leaf Healthcare released white paper on a wireless, wearable patient monitor that alerts caregivers turning schedules for patients at risk of pressure ulcers.  By Megan Wood -
  3. Unique Patient Identifier to protect against data breaches: 5 points

    TASCET created the 'Unique Patient Identifier' to protect patients from data breaches.  By Megan Wood -
  4. Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety names new manager: 6 notes

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, a nonprofit promoting safer clinical practices, named Rachelle Rotunda digital community manager.  By Megan Wood -
  5. Death of bees could sting public health: 5 observations

    Public health may be affected if animal pollinators disappear, based on a study in The Lancet, according to an article in Public Radio International.  By Megan Wood -
  6. Disinfected endoscopes might not be so clean: 6 important points

    Bacteria was found on endoscopes after the equipment underwent a multi-step cleaning and disinfecting process, according to a study by Ofstead & Associates in Saint Paul, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The study was published in the American Journal of Infection Control.  By Megan Wood -
  7. 5 things to know about the FDA devising a precision medicine platform

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is creating a software platform for precision medicine, according to Healthcare IT News.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. Healthcare providers now subject to review on Yelp: 6 points

    Data on hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis clinics is now available on Yelp, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.  By Megan Wood -
  9. CDC's model demonstrates rise in C. difficile growth & drug-resistant infections — 4 notes

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention devised a mathematical model showing the rise in Clostridium difficile and drug-resistant infections, according to Vaccine News.  By Mary Rechtoris -


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