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  1. GAO: CMS failing to make healthcare costs, quality transparent

    Despite the federal government's initiative to increase transparency surrounding healthcare costs and quality information, the Government Accountability Office released a report saying CMS is failing to do so. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  2. New tool helps hospitals identify local flu outbreaks

    A team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore has created a new algorithm that signals when flu transmission is rising and helps public health officials and hospitals declare the start of flu season. By Heather Punke -
  3. Hand dryers vs. paper towels: New study ends debate

    Hand dryers spread much more bacteria than paper towels in a public bathroom setting, according to research from the University of Leeds. By Heather Punke -

Socioeconomic factors and readmissions

In this podcast, David Foster and Brian Waterman of Truven Health discuss socioeconomic factors related to readmissions, and how access to data can help achieve and maintain organization-wide improvements.
  1. 7 ways to improve hand hygiene, from hospital managers

    When asked how they would improve hand hygiene compliance, a group of senior managers at a hospital in Australia came up with seven main strategies, according to a study published in BMC Infectious Diseases. By Heather Punke -
  2. 50 hospitals with the fastest emergency department admit times

    The national average time that patients spent in the emergency department before being admitted to the hospital as an inpatient is 274 minutes, but some hospitals have much faster times. By Heather Punke -
  3. ECRI Institute creates Ebola PPE price index

    The ECRI Institute recently launched the ECRI Institute Ebola PPE Price Index, a feature on ECRI's free Ebola Resource Center. By Heather Punke -
  4. Henry Ford's new gowns to cover backsides, addressing patients' No. 1 complaint

    Starting in 2015, patients at Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System will be sporting the first redesigned patient hospital gowns in nearly a century. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  1. New York woman's remains test negative for Ebola

    The remains of a woman who died this week in New York City tested negative for Ebola, according to a Reuters report. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  2. Automated EMR alerts improve medication adherence, study finds

    For patients with either cardiovascular disease or diabetes, EMR-linked automated reminder interventions may help improve medication adherence compared to usual care, according to a study in American Journal of Managed Care. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  3. Hospitals improve on 8 heart care measures in 2013

    The quality of heart care at hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission continues to improve, according to America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety: The Joint Commission's 2014 Annual Report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. Evidence-based strategies for elimination of CLABSIs

    According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand hygiene remains the single most important intervention in the quest for targeting zero healthcare-associated infections; however, experts recognize the growing role the patient's own skin flora plays in the potential development of an HAI, specifically bloodstream infections[1]. Bloodstream Infections are a major cause of healthcare-associated mortality and morbidity. Recent statistics from the CDC have demonstrated an up to 35 percent attributable mortality, and an excess length of stay of 24 days. Annually, there are more than 72,000 primary bloodstream infections estimated in the United States[2].  By J. Hudson Garrett Jr., PhD, MSN, MPH, FNP-BC, CSRN, PLNC, VA-BC™ Vice President, Clinical Affairs PDI -
  1. Johns Hopkins, Premier partner to develop quality improvement operational models

    Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins and Premier have entered a five-year partnership to develop clinical and operational models geared toward improving healthcare quality, safety and value. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  2. 'Time-out' audits during antibiotic therapy reduce use, cost, C. diff rates

    Implementing "time-out" audits to periodically reevaluate antibiotic therapy for patients may lead to a reduction in antibiotic use, cost and rates of Clostridium difficile, according to a study in Annals of Internal Medicine. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  3. Antibiotic use while pregnant increases chances of childhood obesity

    When pregnant women take an antibiotic in the second or third trimester, the child has a higher risk of childhood obesity at age 7, according to a recent study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. By Heather Punke -
  4. Are clinicians' scrubs clean? Some hospitals don't know

    Some hospitals in the Tampa area of Florida do not have a policy on how often clinicians need to change or clean their scrubs, according to a WTSP report. By Heather Punke -
  5. 44 hospitals stand out among Joint Commission's Top Performers

    Hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission continue to see improvements in collective quality performance, according to America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety: The Joint Commission's 2014 Annual Report, and while 1,224 hospitals earned recognition as a "Top Performer" in at least one key quality measure, other hospitals went above and beyond.  By Shannon Barnet -
  6. Heart attack risk of death is higher for hospitalized patients

    Over the last decade, speeding up treatment for patients who experience a heart attack in outpatient settings has improved significantly, but those efforts have ignored improving treatment for inpatients who experience a heart attack, according to a study in JAMA — and inpatients who have a heart attack are more likely to die than those who have one in an outpatient setting. By Heather Punke -
  7. Pre- and post-op aspirin doesn't reduce risk of kidney injury

    About 10 percent of patients undergoing noncardiac surgery experience sudden loss of kidney function, but giving patients aspirin or blood pressure medication before or after surgery does not reduce the risk of acute kidney injury, according to a study in JAMA. By Heather Punke -
  8. Kentucky to propose new HAI reporting regulations

    The Kentucky Department of Health has outlined a proposal that would amend the manner in which healthcare-associated infections are reported, according to a WFPL report. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  9. CHS hospitals on Long Island receive top marks from Joint Commission

    Last week, The Joint Commission released its report on quality findings across the country, America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety: The Joint Commission's 2014 Annual Report. By Staff -

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