Iowa wound care nurse receives award | R.I. man survives necrotizing fasciitis with hand amputation | Dipexium starts late-stage clinical trials for foot ulcer drug
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July 23, 2014
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Iowa wound care nurse receives award
Jodie Atkinson, a wound care and ostomy nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa, received a Daisy Award from the nonprofit Daisy Foundation. The medical center's Clinical Advancement Recognition of Excellence Council selected Atkinson for the award in recognition of her leadership skills and her dedication to wound care, falls prevention, pressure ulcers prevention and ostomy care. Clinton Herald (Iowa) (7/22)
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R.I. man survives necrotizing fasciitis with hand amputation
A 32-year-old Rhode Island firefighter had his hand amputated after a fall from a bicycle led to a necrotizing fasciitis infection. A thorn punctured the man's palm when he fell, introducing the bacteria. WJAR-TV (Cranston, R.I.) (7/19), The Associated Press (7/19)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Dipexium starts late-stage clinical trials for foot ulcer drug
Dipexium Pharmaceuticals has begun enrolling patients in the second of two Phase III clinical trials to evaluate the effects of a topical, broad-spectrum antibiotic peptide on mildly infected diabetic foot ulcers. The company hopes to enroll 180 patients at 20 centers in the two double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Pharmaceutical Business Review Online (7/22)
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Health Policy & Regulation
CMS experiments with observation care alternatives
Dozens of hospitals are participating in a CMS pilot program that exempts some patients from a requirement limiting nursing home coverage only to seniors admitted to a hospital for three days or longer. The pilot project aims to determine whether dropping the requirement can improve quality of care without raising costs. If successful, the program will be expanded to more hospitals. Kaiser Health News (7/22)
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Recertification rules will add to health care provider shortage, physicians warn
New requirements that specialists complete maintenance of certification programs every two to three years, in addition to retaking board certification exams every 10 years, will force competent physicians out of practice, critics say. More than 17,000 doctors have signed an online petition to eliminate the new requirements. Supporters say the requirements ensure that doctors are up-to-date on advances in their fields. Kaiser Health News (7/21), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/21)
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Sunshine Act disclosure website marred by glitches, reports say
Early reports show some glitches with the Open Payments website, the federal database designed to show doctor payments from drugmakers and medtech firms under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. Some doctors have spent an hour or more simply logging in and verifying their identities, and an error message has caused confusion among physicians who do not have ties to drug or device makers. ProPublica (7/21)
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