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Mandatory sepsis reporting reduces mortality, study says
Data from 185 New York hospitals collected after mandatory sepsis reporting took effect in the state showed mortality decreased from 28.8% to 24.4% for patients in a sepsis protocol, according to a study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Hospital compliance with three-hour and six-hour bundles increased, which was tied to shorter lengths of stay and increased survival. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/13)
NICU cares for 2 infants evacuated from Hurricane Florence
The Levine Children's Hospital NICU in Charlotte, N.C., is caring for two infants evacuated from New Hanover Regional Hospital in Wilmington before Hurricane Florence hit the state. Levine NICU Nurse manager Megan Elliot said it took two days to put a relocation plan together. WSOC-TV (Charlotte, N.C.) (9/16)
Hospitals get grants for NICU volunteer hugging programs
Becker's Hospital Review (9/17)
FDA chief unveils 2019 plan focused on antimicrobial resistance
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called for new funding mechanisms to support the battle against antimicrobial resistance, while also disclosing the agency's 2019 strategic plan that focuses on AMR. Gottlieb spoke of four crucial areas to address, including the development of products and surveillance tools for antimicrobial use and resistance, promotion of antimicrobial stewardship and support for research initiatives to discover alternative treatment approaches. BioCentury (9/14)
CMS plans to eliminate some compliance requirements for providers
The CMS has proposed eliminating Medicare compliance requirements it says are unnecessary, outdated and burdensome for health care facilities as part of its Patients Over Paperwork program. The agency said the proposal could save health care providers an estimated $1.12 billion annually with proposed changes, which would eliminate a provision that requires repeated submission of data for patients needing an organ transplant, as well as a requirement for ambulatory surgical centers to perform pre-surgical evaluations in addition to the operating physician. Healthcare Finance (9/17)
Liver transplant scoring system disadvantages pediatric patients
United Press International (9/17)
AI method shows promise in distinguishing lung cancers
NYU School of Medicine researchers developed an artificial intelligence approach that had 97% accuracy in differentiating lung adenocarcinoma from lung squamous cell carcinoma. The findings in Nature Medicine also showed that the AI algorithm was able to identify abnormal versions of lung cancer-related genes without gene testing. Health Imaging online (9/17)
Health care systems changing their approach to patient-centered care
About 65% of health care executives have changed their definition of patient-centered care to include providing educational resources and access to coordinated care, according to a survey by Modern Healthcare. More than 94% of executives surveyed said they are investing in technology to provide better care. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (9/15)
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