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March 6, 2013
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  • CDC warns of deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria
    CDC data show that in the first half of 2012, 4% of U.S. hospitals and 18% of nursing homes had at least one case of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, a deadly bacteria resistant to even the strongest antibiotics. The CDC urged facilities to stop the spread of the bacteria by enforcing infection-control policies, grouping CRE patients together, alerting hospitals when these patients are transferred and using antibiotics judiciously. HealthDay News (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Heart wall scarring linked to higher risk of cardiac death
    U.K. researchers examined 472 individuals with dilated cardiomyopathy using advanced MRI and found that those with scarring or fibrosis in the middle section of the heart muscle wall faced a more than fivefold greater risk of sudden cardiac death than those without such scarring. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (3/5)
 
  • Optimistic outlook may influence cholesterol levels in midlife
    Middle-aged people with a more optimistic outlook in life had higher levels of high-density lipoproteins and lower triglyceride levels than pessimists, according to a study in the American Journal of Cardiology. Researchers found no link between optimism and total cholesterol levels or low-density lipoproteins. Reuters (3/5)
  • Food allergies may be affected by early antibiotics, study says
    The risk of food allergy was greatest among children who were exposed to more antibiotics during the first year of life, a case-control study showed. Receiving one or two antibiotic courses did not substantially raise children's food allergy risk, researchers reported at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting. Family Practice News (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report finds no ideal diagnostic protocol after first febrile UTI
    Researchers assessed five diagnostic algorithms and a protocol where all tests were performed in children after the first febrile urinary tract infection, and found no ideal procedure in terms of specificity/sensitivity, cost and radiation dose. They noted that all five approaches failed to detect a variable proportion of reflux and scars. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. Family Practice News (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hospitals prescribe anger management for misbehaving doctors
    Some hospitals are taking steps such as mandating anger management classes to address disruptive behavior by doctors. Up to 5% of doctors can exhibit inappropriate displays of anger, experts say, and this article cites a surgeon who injured a technician by slamming down a malfunctioning piece of equipment. Regulations adopted in 2009 require hospitals to have policies addressing disruptive behavior. Kaiser Health News/The Washington Post (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report IDs 6 primary areas of focus for ACO metrics
    A report by MedeAnalytics revealed accountable care organization metrics fall into six major categories including pediatric, ambulatory and acute care. Researchers also found commercial ACOs were more likely to focus on ambulatory processes and cost reduction, while Medicare ACOs were more focused on quality outcomes. BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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After acquiring five new facilities and placing them all under the same tax ID, Norton Healthcare faced the challenge of bringing four additional billing systems into their processes. Manual and paper-based steps created a lack of visibility, resulting in 37 staff members taking four and a half days to complete one week of remittance transactions. Download the case study.

  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
RN – Chief Nurse, Ambulatory Care Nursing ServicesVA Outpatient Clinic - Green Bay Clinic, Green Bay, WIUS - WI - Green Bay
Director of Perioperative ServicesBaptist Memorial Hospital- MemphisUS - TN - Memphis
CNOBaptist Memorial Hospital North MississippiUS - MS - Oxford
CNOBaptist Memorial Hospital_ TiptonUS - TN - Tipton
TRICARE Clinical Quality Med/Surg Patient Safety Lead - RNUnitedHealth GroupPhoenix, AZ
MANAGER, DERMATOLOGY AND PLASTIC SURGERYFroedtert HealthMilwaukee, WI
Nurse Practitioner Manager (CSM) - NY/NJUnitedHealth GroupNew York, NY
House Calls NPs! Per Diem! Lane, Benton, Polk Counties, OR!UnitedHealth GroupEugene, OR
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  ANA News 
  • Applying ANA's Code of Ethics to Everyday Practice
    The Code of Ethics for Nurses has nine provisions and serves as a general guide for the profession's members and as a social contract with the public that it serves. This CE module will help nurses struggling with complex ethical situations and seeking to improve their knowledge of ethical practice. Members save more than 50% when they sign up for this CE module at ANANurseCE.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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