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Holding the Ground on Super Bugs
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
Antibiotic-resistant organisms—the so-called "super bugs"—may be gaining an upper hand if action is not taken very soon on the healthcare front. At a hearing last week on antibiotic development, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said that the goal both in the United States and abroad is that individuals keep on benefitting from life-saving treatments. Providing that, though, can be tough. [Read More]
    
 
June 17, 2010
 
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HHS and AHRQ Announce Patient Safety, Malpractice Grants
The Department of Health and Human Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announced that they had awarded $23 million in grants in the name of a patient safety and medical liability initiative, as well as $2 million for final contract evaluation. The grants are the product of an announcement on patient safety that President Barack Obama made in September 2009 to a joint session of Congress. [Read More]

New MRSA Survey Seeks Updates on Trends, Tactics in Infection Control
How big of a threat is MRSA to hospital infection control? That's one question that APIC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, hopes to answer with its survey of healthcare facilities. [Read More]


MedPAC Cites Concerns with GME Structure, Urges Focus on Out of Hospital Settings
Today's graduate medical education system needs to do more to prepare physicians to make a mark on delivery and payment system reform and to increase the value of healthcare, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission suggests in its 2010 Report to the Congress: Aligning Incentives to Medicare released this week. [Read More]

Reduce RAC Vulnerabilities with a Quality CDI Program
Diagnosis-related group validation issues have been the main target of RACs (recovery audit coordinators) nationwide in recent months. When unclear documentation results in improperly assigned DRGs, it puts facilities at risk for RAC denials. However, an effective clinical documentation improvement program aims to minimize these financial risks by producing the most accurate and comprehensive medical records possible records that fully support the condition of the patient and the services rendered. [Read More]

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This Week's Headlines

Medical radiation is a growing concern
Wall Street Journal – June 15, 2010

In-Hospital Mortality Rates Higher for the Uninsured
Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media – June 14, 2010

At the Lahey Clinic, a stunning, rare tragedy
Boston Globe – June 14, 2010
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