Archive September 2010

[NA]-Pharmacology Watch

Sep30

WHO Issues Global Alert on Antiviral UsePharmacology Watch

[SHW]-North Carolina uses population management tack

Sep30

North Carolina uses population management tackCommunity Care of North Carolina, an enhanced Primary Care Case Management (PCCM) program, uses a "population management" approach to manage high-cost Medicaid clients.Evidence-based guidelines are used, with outreach and care management targeting the patients with the highest risk and cost. These individuals receive disease management, team-based care, and treatment of […]

[PEM]-Ways to effectively educate all patients

Sep30

Ways to effectively educate all patientsDevelop processes and support systemsIn the treatment chapter of "Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient-and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals," issued by The Joint Commission, hospitals are told that patient education materials should be written at a 5th grade or lower reading level.According to Amy Wilson-Stronks, MPP, the […]

[OHM]-Hospitals must address risk of work violence

Sep30

Hospitals must address risk of work violenceIncidents trigger OSHA citation, Joint Commission alertHospitals have been placed on notice: They must address the hazards of workplace violence.In a Sentinel Event Alert, The Joint Commission accrediting body reminds hospitals of the requirements to maintain a written security plan, conduct risk assessments, develop prevention strategies, and maintain a […]

[IDA]-Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Practices

Sep30

Human Papillomavirus Vaccination PracticesAbstract & CommentaryBy Hal B. Jenson, MD, FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Chief, Academic Officer, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA, is Associate Editor for Infectious Disease Alert.Dr. Jenson reports no financial relationships relevant to this field of study.Synopsis: A survey of physicians showed that the vast majority […]

[HPR]-Should you post, text your ED wait times?

Sep30

Should you post, text your ED wait times?Hospitals are getting techyA lot of hospitals are doing it these days posting their emergency department wait times on bulletin boards, on their websites, or even through text messages. Sandra M. Schneider, MD, FACEP, president-elect of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and professor of emergency medicine […]

[IDA]-T. whipplei Bacteremia and Fever in West Africa

Sep30

T. whipplei Bacteremia and Fever in West AfricaAbstract & CommentaryBy Dean L. Winslow, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Chief, Division of AIDS Medicine, Santa Clara Valley, Medical Center; Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, is Associate Editor for Infectious Disease Alert.Synopsis: Blood samples from febrile patients from two Senegalese villages were prospectively collected over a nine-month […]

[HEH]-Violence threatens patients, HCWs

Sep30

Violence threatens patients, HCWsSentinel event alert urges action to reduce riskHospitals are not the "safe havens" they once were. That is the cautionary message of a recent Sentinel Event Alert by the Joint Commission accrediting body, which focuses on attacks on patients.Hospitals report the assault, rape or homicide of patients as a sentinel event. Those […]

[HEH]-Hospitals must address risk of violence at the workplace

Sep30

Hospitals must address risk of violence at the workplaceIncidents trigger OSHA citation, Joint Commission alertHospitals have been placed on notice: They must address the hazards of workplace violence.In a Sentinel Event Alert, The Joint Commission accrediting body reminds hospitals of the requirements to maintain a written security plan, conduct risk assessments, develop prevention strategies, and […]

[HAM]-Too many clinical claims denials? Education is key

Sep30

Too many clinical claims denials? Education is keyA perfect job is ‘invisible’Don’t expect a bouquet of flowers if patients gets their appointment reminder, they show up on time, the right payer gets billed, and the hospital is reimbursed."It’s the nature of the work," saysDouglas Weaver, operations manager for outpatient registration and insurance verification at University […]