An infection-control program implemented at all 127 Veterans Affairs acute-care hospitals reduced the rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections by 75% in intensive care units and by two-thirds systemwide. A new study shows that the program also resulted in a 43% decrease in tough-to-eradicate Gram-negative bacterial infections.
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A report from the Commonwealth Fund found that health care quality and access have improved in US communities, with care quality highest in San Francisco, some Midwestern states, Hawaii and New England. Most communities have reduced 30-day mortality, hospital readmissions and risky medication use among seniors, but progress is uneven and has improved more rapidly in areas where more people have health insurance.
Health care systems in at least four states are opening "microhospitals" that are full-service and contain an emergency department but have fewer than a dozen inpatient beds. The idea is to help health systems get a foothold in attractive markets without the cost of building a large hospital, but Priya Bathija of the American Hospital Association said microhospitals potentially could be used in communities that lack access to health care.
A New York woman who traveled to an area with active Zika transmission and her male partner have been diagnosed with Zika virus infection, according to a report from the CDC. "This case represents the first reported occurrence of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus," the agency said.
Small, rural hospitals in Wisconsin face staffing, training and other challenges not seen in urban facilities, but they continue to get high quality and patient satisfaction ratings. Technology is important to the success of smaller facilities, such as St. Clare Hospital, which has a telehealth program allowing physicians in St. Louis to help care for patients in the ICU.
A report from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission found a 17.9% increase in the number of computer and math science positions in hospitals from 2010 to 2014. MedPAC analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and suggested this growth may be tied to hospitals' efforts to implement EHR systems.
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