CMS finalizes the conditions of participation rule: Antibiotic stewardship programs required for hospitals

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized new regulations that require US hospitals to develop and implement antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs). ... Read More >>

Fluoroquinolones associated with heart valve problems

According to a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, exposure to fluoroquinolone antibiotics is linked to a heightened risk of left-sided valvular regurgitation. ... Read More >>

Rosemary Mitchell Grant joins WSHA as new sepsis director

Fittingly, this Sepsis Awareness Month the WSHA Safety & Quality team is thrilled to announce that WSHA has hired a new safety & quality director with a sepsis and readmission management focus.... Read More >>

Spread awareness and save lives this Sepsis Awareness Month

Did you know that sepsis takes more lives than opioid overdoses, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined? September is Sepsis Awareness Month. ... Read More >>

U.S. Pharmacist releases updates in management of Clostridium difficile for adults

U.S Pharmacist recently updated best practices for management of Clostridium difficile for adults.... Read More >>

Medication-assisted treatment: A critical lifeline for patients with opioid use disorder in Washington

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in Washington. In 2017, there were at least 742 opioid-involved overdose deaths.... Read More >>

CDC releases updated antibiotic stewardship report

On Monday, Aug. 19, the CDC released Antibiotic Use in the United States: Progress and Opportunities, 2018 Update, which is an update to CDC's 2017 antibiotic stewardship report. ... Read More >>

Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems names Becky Hultberg as next CEO

The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) announced this week that Becky Hultberg will become the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer when she assumes the position in December. Becky currently serves as the President and CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association... Read More >>

Hospitals must report deaths with ties to maternal mortality

Recent legislation now requires birthing hospital and birth centers to report the deaths of women who are pregnant or who have been pregnant within 42 days of death to the local coroner or medical examiner’s office... Read More >>

Scammers are posing as members of the Medical Board

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has alerted the community that scam artists are calling their clinics and offices posing as the Medical Board, saying there is a problem with a physician’s DEA registration. They are providing the Washington Medical Commission’s phone number as their own... Read More >>

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