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CMS Prepares to Release Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings

On Thursday, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it intends to post the overall hospital star ratings for individual hospitals shortly. CMS also published data showing the national distribution of overall hospital star ratings based on hospital … more

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Hospitals Look for Ways to Handle Pokémon Go

Hospitals around the country are beginning to experience issues with the arrival of the Pokémon Go app. The app, which uses smart phone geolocation, incentivizes interaction with the app at specific physical locations where players can interact with each other … more

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ECRI Institute PSO Webinar: Collecting and Analyzing Meaningful Data to Reduce Falls

The ECRI Institute continues its series of webinars available to District of Columbia hospitals. The next webinar will take place on Thursday, July 21st from 1:30-2:30 and is entitled “Collecting and Analyzing Meaningful Data to Reduce Falls.”  This webinar provides … more

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AHA Issues Report on Legal Barriers to Care Transformation

To ensure that Congress receives the comprehensive report on the existing fraud and abuse barriers to care it requested last year in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, AHA released a report yesterday that examines some of the most … more

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HHS Announces New Action to Combat Opioid Epidemic

On Wednesday, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced several new actions the department is taking to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. The actions include expanding access to buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid use disorder, … more

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Providence Health System Welcomes New Leader

Darcy Burthay, MSN, RN, has been named President and CEO of Providence Health System and assumed her new duties July 1st. Since 2014, she has served as Managing Director, Home Care Services, for Ascension Health, the healthcare delivery subsidiary of … more

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2016 NHSN Self-Paced Interactive Training Now Available

Updated 2016 self-study training courses are now available on the NHSN website. Training courses will include: Introduction to Device-associated module, CLABSI, CAUTI, VAP, CLIP, MRSA Bacteremia and CDI LabID Event Reporting, Introduction to Procedure-associated module, and SSI. These online courses … more

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District Government Adopts New Lead Testing Policy

On Tuesday, Deputy City Administrator Kevin Donahue announced that the Department of General Services will move to incorporate a 1 PPB (part-per-billion) action level for lead tests on drinking water sources in District of Columbia Public Schools and Department of … more

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Council Committee Moves Two Pieces of Legislation on Hours and Scheduling

Yesterday, the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs marked-up the Building Service Employees Minimum Work Week Act of 2016 and the Hours and Scheduling Stability Act of 2016. The first bill would set a minimum number of hours for … more

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Better Water System Maintenance Needed to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks

More effective water management might have prevented most of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) investigated from 2000 through 2014, according to June 7th’s CDC Vital Signs report. Problems identified in these building-associated outbreaks included inadequate … more

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