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July 19, 2016
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VA MRSA-control protocol also reduced Gram-negative infections
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.
National Geographic News (free registration) (7/13) 
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CMS Open Payments: What You Need to Know
As part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments, medical drug & device companies submitted data about their financial relationships with you–physicians and teaching hospitals. This data is now live and CMS encourages you to review, and dispute if needed, your information in the system. Limited time remaining–Learn more now!
Medicine in the News
Report: Health care quality improving, but geographical disparities persist
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 IT Analytics (7/15) 
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Health systems open "microhospitals" with limited inpatient beds
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.
Kaiser Health News (7/19) 
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Case of female-to-male Zika transmission suspected in N.Y.
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.
CNBC (7/15) 
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Why Bad Bosses Sabotage Their Teams
Ever been undermined at work? Here's what you can do. Learn more from research by Kellogg School of Management Professor Jon Maner.
Trends and Technology
Technology helps small, rural hospitals meet operational challenges
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.
The Eagle (Sauk City/Prairie du Sac, Wis.) (7/18) 
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MedPAC reports more computer, math science workers in hospitals
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. (7/18) 
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The Basics of Encryption and Compliance
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