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January 4, 2013
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Study: Alcohol-impregnated disinfection cap may lower infection rates
    Researchers looked at contamination rates among 799 patients from three U.S. hospitals and found a 52% decline in the incidence of central line-associated bloodstream infections when a 70% alcohol-impregnated disinfection cap was used, instead of a standard cleaning protocol. Systemwide use of alcohol-impregnated disinfection caps would prevent 21 CLABSIs and four deaths annually, researchers estimated. The study appeared in the American Journal of Infection Control. Nurse.com (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Hydrogen peroxide vapor disinfects hospital rooms
    A Johns Hopkins Hospital study that used Bioquell robots to disinfect rooms with hydrogen peroxide vapor showed the method reduced the number of patients contaminated with common drug-resistant bacteria by 64%. The study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, found the method reduced the risk of vancomycin-resistant enterococci infection by 80%. Palm Beach Daily News (Fla.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

  Medicine in the News 
 
  • Obama signs "fiscal cliff" bill delaying SGR fee cuts
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, popularly known as the "fiscal cliff" legislation. The measure delays for one year an almost 27% cut in doctor fees under the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula. The bill, however, compensates for the SGR fix with budget cuts in other areas, including $800 million in fee cuts in radiology and $300 million in cuts in radiation oncology. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Medicare should adopt private-sector incentive strategies, GAO says
    CMS should reward doctors for improving performance and meeting quality goals and should adjust payment more quickly in an effort to move Medicare from a fee-for-service system to one based on outcomes, a Government Accountability Office report suggests. The GAO recommends rewarding performance improvement based on nationally recognized standards rather than penalizing low quality. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Trends and Technology 
 
  • Meaningful use, ACOs among key trends for health IT this year
    The health IT industry is expected to strengthen its focus on patient involvement this year as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The new year also will see a greater emphasis on data analytics and interpretation, more provider groups joining accountable care organizations and tougher, more complex meaningful use requirements, according to this article. Government Health IT online (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Enrollment in U.S. nursing schools is on the rise
    A report from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing shows increases in nursing-school enrollments in 2012. Entry-level baccalaureate programs grew by 3.5%. RN-to-BSN programs grew 22.2%, an illustration of the increasing demand for nurses with bachelor's degrees, the group said. Nurse.com (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

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Beware the fury of a patient man."
--John Dryden,
British poet, critic and playwright


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