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Hospital Factors Drive Readmissions, Study Shows

Hospital Factors Drive Readmissions, Study Shows

Hospital Factors Drive Readmissions, Study Shows Diana Swift September 13, 2017 After disentangling patient-related factors, researchers find hospital factors significantly affect 30-day readmission rates, researchers report in an article published in the September 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. “There’s been a lot of uncertainty about the degree to which readmission ...Read More →

Improving Patient Care Through Improved Caregiver Support

Improving Patient Care Through Improved Caregiver Support

CDC Urges Early Recognition, Prompt Treatment of Sepsis For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 31, 2017 Contact: Media Relations (404) 639-3286 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today launched Get Ahead of Sepsis, an educational initiative to protect Americans from the devastating effects of sepsis. This initiative emphasizes the importance of early recognition and timely treatment o ...Read More →

Improving Patient Care Through Improved Caregiver Support

Improving Patient Care Through Improved Caregiver Support

Improving Patient Care Through Improved Caregiver Support August 21, 2017 ‐ PSQH Researchers urge proactive, positive programs to protect healthcare workers from burnout, trauma and abuse. By Megan Headley From the long hours to the pain and blame of medical errors to growing concerns over rates of workplace violence, healthcare professionals see demands unlike those faced by any other industry. I ...Read More →

Minimizing Noise and Distractions in the OR and Procedural Units

Minimizing Noise and Distractions in the OR and Procedural Units

Minimizing Noise and Distractions in the OR and Procedural Units Issue:  The operating room (OR) is a setting in which health care team members perform high-risk, complex tasks that require situational awareness, concentration, transfer of information, and communication among team members.1 Given the multitude of medical equipment used and team members present, ORs also are prone to high levels of ...Read More →

Federal Task Force Calls Cybersecurity a Public Health Concern

Federal Task Force Calls Cybersecurity a Public Health Concern

Federal Task Force Calls Cybersecurity a Public Health Concern July 5, 2017 ‐ PSQH This article was originally published on June 9 on Revenue Cycle Advisor. Staffing problems and outdated equipment and software are healthcare’s top cybersecurity challenges, according to a June 2 report released by the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, a federal task force established to fulfill requir ...Read More →

Increase in Reported cases of Cyclospora cayetanensis Infection, United States, Summer 2017

Increase in Reported cases of Cyclospora cayetanensis Infection, United States, Summer 2017

Increase in Reported cases of Cyclospora cayetanensis Infection, United States, Summer 2017  Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network August 7, 2017, 1400 ET (2:00 PM ET) CDCHAN-00405 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State and Local Health Departments, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating an increase in reported cases of cyclosporiasis. The purpose ...Read More →

3 Ways to Improve Your Hospital’s Star Rating

3 Ways to Improve Your Hospital’s Star Rating

3 ways to improve your hospital’s star rating July 28, 2017    Mackenzie Bean A new report from Deloitte provides insight into the mechanisms behind CMS’ Medicare Overall Hospital Star Ratings Program and offers hospitals strategies to achieve a five-star rating. For the report, researchers at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions analyzed 64 quality measures CMS used in 2016 to cal ...Read More →

6 Contributing Factors to Patient Falls and How to Address Them

6 Contributing Factors to Patient Falls and How to Address Them

A report released by the Health Research & Educational Trust outlines how five major hospitals reduced overall falls by 35 percent. October 6, 2016   Matt O’Connor Preventing patient falls is a pain point for many hospitals. But, a report released  by the American Hospital Association’s Health Research & Educational Trust offers five hospital case studies that may help others t ...Read More →

CDC Town Hall Addresses Preventing Legionella Contamination

CDC Town Hall Addresses Preventing Legionella Contamination

On June 2, CMS issued a new memo to surveyors on the importance of reducing cases of Legionella infections. Not long after, the CDC issued a Vital Signs report underlining the bacterium’s risk to patients. The following is an edited Q&A from the CDC Vital Signs Town Hall, “Health Care-Associated Legionnaires’ Disease: Protect Patients With Prevention and Early Recognition.” Read More from Pati ...Read More →

When Anxiety or Depression Masks a Medical Problem

When Anxiety or Depression Masks a Medical Problem

It’s perfectly normal for someone to feel anxious or depressed after receiving a diagnosis of a serious illness. But what if the reverse occurs and symptoms of anxiety or depression masquerade as an as-yet undiagnosed physical disorder? Or what if someone’s physical symptoms stem from a psychological problem? How long might it take before the true cause of the symptoms is uncovered and proper trea ...Read More →