Archive August 2010

[IDA]-Updates by Carol A. Kemper, MD, FACP

Aug31

UpdatesBy Carol A. Kemper, MD, FACP, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University, Division of Infectious Diseases; Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Section Editor, Updates; Section Editor, HIV, is Associate Editor for Infectious Disease Alert.HAART and Ribavirin: Mitochondrial ToxicitySource: Reiberger T, et al. Mitochondrial toxicity is associated with virologic response in patients with HIV and […]

[IDA]-Airborne spread of Pneumocystis jirovecii

Aug31

Airborne spread of Pneumocystis jiroveciiAbstract & CommentaryBy Dean L. Winslow, MD, FACP, FIDSA Chief, Division of AIDS Medicine, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center; Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, Section Editor, HIV, is Associate Editor for Infectious Disease Alert.Dr. Winslow is on the speaker’s bureau for GSK and Cubist Pharmaceuticals, and is a consultant […]

[HPR]-Patient Satisfaction Planner: Make a good first impression: It’s critical

Aug31

Make a good first impression: It’s criticalImproving patient satisfaction is "a high priority" for the patient access department at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, according to Michael F. Sciarabba, MPH, CHAM, the hospital’s director of patient access services."We believe strongly that we have an important role in transforming the patient experience," says Sciarabba. […]

[HPR]-Patient Satisfaction Planner: 15-minute policy results in few refunds

Aug31

15-minute policy results in few refundsPayouts are for waits of 20 minutes or soRepresentatives at Emerus Emergency Hospitals, a licensed emergency specialty hospital company based in The Woodlands, TX, have been telling patients at several of its "24-hour EDs" for months now that if they are not seen by a physician within 15 minutes, the […]

[AIDS]-Abstract & Commentary: Treatment update: HIV and HCV co-infection

Aug31

Treatment update: HIV and HCV co-infectionBy Dean L. Winslow, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Chief, Division of AIDS Medicine, Santa Clara Valley, Medical Center; Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Winslow serves as a consultant for Siemens Diagnostics and is on the speaker’s bureau for GSK and Cubist.Synopsis: Sixty-four patients with HIV/HCV coinfection being treated […]

Maine Organizations Qualify for Assistance with Early Retiree Health Costs

Aug31

AUGUSTA, Maine, Sept. 1 The Democratic Majority in the Maine State House of Representatives issued the following news release:A number of entities in Maine have qualified for assistance in paying for health care costs in a transitional provision of the federal health care law now in effect. All applications have not been reviewed as of […]

Pharmaceutical Company Allergan Agrees to Plead Guilty and Pay $600 Million to Resolve Allegations of Off-Label Promotion of Botox

Aug31

ATLANTA, Sept. 1 The U.S. Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation Atlanta Field Office issued the following news release:Sally Quillian Yates, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, today announced that pharmaceutical manufacturer Allergan Inc., headquartered in Irvine, California, has agreed to plead guilty and pay $600 million to resolve its criminal […]

Prestigious Fellowship Brings Real-World Health Experience to Capitol Hill

Aug31

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued the following news release:Six exceptional health professionals have been selected as this year’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows. The fellows will utilize their wide range of academic, public health, clinical and community-based experience to provide health policy leadership on Capitol Hill."This is an incredible […]

State Health Commissioner Announces New Guidance for Improving Patient Care and Satisfaction in Hospitals

Aug31

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 1 The Virginia Department of Health issued the following news release:State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA, announced the completion of new guidance intended to assist hospitals wishing to develop policies and procedures for boarding admitted patients. This new guidance is an important tool that will help hospitals in their ongoing efforts […]

New York Hospitals Make Progress in Lowering Rates of Infections

Aug31

ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 1 The New York State Department of Health issued the following news release:New York’s hospitals continue to make significant progress in reducing infections patients may acquire in hospitals, according to the third annual report on Hospital-Acquired Infections issued today by the New York State Department of Health (DOH).The report, which presents 2009 […]