DOH continues honor roll for hospital antimicrobial stewardship

e Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is continuing to honor facilities that have an antimicrobial stewardship program and are working to improve antibiotic use through education, targeted activities and assessment. This is an opportunity for hospitals to be publicly recognized for leading efforts to reduce antibiotic resistance and improve patient outcomes. ... Read More >>

Federal and state agencies update Zika guidance

As concern about the Zika virus have continued to grow, both the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control have released new guidance, information, and tools this week to assist healthcare providers in our state.... Read More >>

Star Rating: Attractive, but ultimately not enough

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) released its long-awaited star quality ratings. These ratings are intended to combine a wide variety of quality measures into a single, consumer-friendly score.... Read More >>

CDC issues updated Zika recommendations for providers

he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 25 released updated guidance for health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus. Specifically, the guidance extends to 14 days the timeframe for testing the blood of pregnant women for Zika particles. Previous guidance had set the timeframe at one week; however, new evidence has found that Zika virus can be present in the blood for longer after symptoms begin.... Read More >>

Pokémon Go a problem? Request getting removed

Some of you might have found that there are guests running around your hospital playing Pokémon Go. The American Hospital Association is working with Nintendo on this. In the meantime, there is a way to request that your facility be removed (although the process is apparently a little burdensome).... Read More >>

CDC reports first case of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) July 15 reported the first case of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus, in which a New York woman apparently transmitted the virus to a male sexual partner after returning from an area with active Zika transmission.... Read More >>

Public health officials investigating Zika case in Utah

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Utah health officials are investigating a case of Zika virus in a family contact who cared for an individual who died in late June from unknown causes. The decedent had been infected with Zika after traveling to an area with the virus and had a uniquely high amount of Zika virus in the blood. ... Read More >>

InSight offers perspectives on minority mental health awareness

In support of raising awareness of the specific mental health challenges facing minority populations, Washington Hospital Services Industry Partner InSight shared several bulletins that they have produced on this topic.... Read More >>

AHRQ report summarizes research on telehealth’s clinical benefits

elehealth interventions produce positive outcomes when used for remote monitoring, communication and counseling for patients with chronic conditions and for psychiatric services provided as part of behavioral health, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.... Read More >>

AHA analysis finds bias in star rating methodology

A new analysis commissioned by the American Hospital Association (AHA) examines the fundamental design flaws of star ratings, and whether it is an accurate tool to compare hospital performance. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) star ratings system was designed to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare facilities.... Read More >>

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