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3/2/2011: Elder Abuse Reports

The testimony of Mickey Rooney recently highlighted the plight of seniors suffering from abuse by family, caregivers, and others. The GAO also today released two reports on how the Federal Government could strengthen the response to these crimes. The report is entitled “Elder Justice: Stronger Federal Leadership

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3/1/2011: Major Reduction in Blood Stream Infections Associated With Central Lines

Today’s Issue of MMWR is reporting that the number of central-line associated blood-stream infections has decreased from 48,000 reported cases in ICUs in 2001 to 18,000 – a 58% reduction. The report is available on the CDC website (external link – HTML).

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2/23/2011: HHS Issues Final Rule on Fed. Healthcare Provider Conscience Protection

HHS has released today the final rule on enforcement of the Federal Health Care Provider Conscience Protection Laws. The rule can be found at GPO’s website here (note: external link, Adobe PDF).

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2/17/2011: Register today for Healthcare Safety and Security Joint Conference

The Southeastern Safety & Security Healthcare Council (SSSHCC) and the NC Chapter of the International Association for Healthcare Safety & Security (IAHSS) are presenting their 8th Annual Joint Educational Conference May 10 – 13, 2011. Registration is $200 before April 15, $225 after April 15, and $250

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2/2/2011: Minnesota Annual Report on Adverse Events

Minnesota has published their 7th Annual Report on Adverse Health Events. To view the report please go to the Health Department website for Minnesota (direct external link, PDF).

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2/2/2011: Final Rule on for Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs

CMS Has Issued its Final Rule on for Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs that include additional screening requirement for providers. To see the entire final rule click here (external link, PDF).  

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1/27/2011: Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Annual Report

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Justice have released the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Annual Report. This report is for Fiscal Year 2010 and can be found online at the HHS OIG Website (External link – PDF).

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1/15/2011: New Book by Virtual Group Member David Sine

Fellow TVG member David Sine of SafetyLogic Systems has a new book, Soaring to Success Taking Crew Resource Management from the Cockpit to the Nursing Unit. David co-authored the book with Gary Sculli. Details on the book can be found at HC Marketplace (external link).

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1/15/2011: New 2011 CDC Flu Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted interim recommendations on the use of antiviral medications this flu season, adding that updated recommendations will be published in an upcoming Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In addition, updated guidance on the use of rapid influenza diagnostic tests is

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12/22/2010: GAO Report on LTACs

The Government Accountability Office (GA0) today released a report on oversight of long term care hospitals. Click here to see the report as a PDF document (external link).

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