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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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Supreme Court Issues Decision in False Claims Act Case

Yesterday, the Supreme Court weighed in on when, if at all, a False Claims Act (FCA) case may be brought based on noncompliance with a statutory, regulatory or contractual requirement under the “implied certification” theory. Under the broadest view of … more

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MedStar to Open the Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital

On Thursday, a dedication ceremony was held for the Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital on the campus of MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The hospital is a 164-bed state-of-the-art facility, which will be the cornerstone of the MedStar … more

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District Residents Shake Up Council

District residents headed to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the District of Columbia’s primary election. Both Councilmembers Jack Evans (Ward-2) and Brandon T. Todd (Ward-4) won their primaries with 83% and 49% of the vote respectively, while three … more

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DC Council Approves $15 Minimum Wage

The DC Council gave unanimous initial approval to the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016 on Tuesday. The bill will raise the minimum wage in the District of Columbia to $15 by 2020. Under the legislation, the minimum wage will rise … more

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Mayor Announces Increased Special Police Officer Training Requirements

Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier, and Director of the Department of Consumer of Regulatory Affairs Melinda Bolling announced proposed changes to the training requirements for all commissioned special police officers (SPOs) … more

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