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  • 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. 
  • AHRQ Healthcare Quality Report: Key Findings

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released an annual National Health Quality Report. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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  
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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: 
  • 14 Recent Developments in Quality

    The following are recent findings in the quality realm in the last two weeks of December, collected from Becker's coverage and starting with the most recent finding: 
  • AAAHC's 10 Common Accreditation Mistakes to Avoid

    In a Nov. 12 webinar hosted by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Ray Grundman, senior direction for external relations, surveyor and past president of AAAHC, presented 10 common mistakes healthcare organizations can avoid when becoming accredited or reaccredited. 
  • Specialty Surgery Center in New Jersey 1st ASC to Undergo Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety Training

    Sparta, N.J.-based Specialty Surgical Center will become the first surgical center to receive training from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. 
  • Physicians Expected to Accept Responsibility for Protocol Lapses

    Attitudes in the healthcare industry are shifting from a "no-blame" hospital culture that leans toward system improvements to assigning blame for individual errors. According to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, healthcare providers and patients think physicians should assume responsibility when failing to follow proper safety protocol. 


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