BD and CareFusion have announced a definitive agreement under which BD will acquire CareFusion for $58.00 per share in cash and stock, or a total of $12.2 billion, to create a global leader in medication management and patient safety solutions.
Mayo Clinic is committed to reducing healthcare expenses and improving access to medical services through a new telemedicine pilot project called Mayo Clinic Health Connection.
A Quality (of Life) Conundrum
Summertime: Health Maintenance or Just Plain Fun?
Most days, one can easily find news stories about the health impact of something in our world. Today, it was a BBC story about fish with confused genders: a little of each, actually. Chemicals in the water where the fish had been presumably happily swimming were the purported cause of the gender anomalies. The related question is, “How worried should we all be about ourselves?” Is the corollary, should we still go swimming?
Horror stories abound about dreadful, careless parents allowing their children to play freely in the sun and fresh air. Facts would suggest, however, that sun is actually good for us all, and that the upsides of sun exposure outweigh the downsides.1
And what about play, for adults as well as children? Heat stroke is a serious illness, but is it common enough to merit over 2,000,000 citations on Google in less than 30 seconds? Wouldn’t we all be better off playing tennis, walking, and biking instead of watching TV in the air conditioning?
Then, there is summer reading. Research suggests that children who do not read over the summer lose skills; none of us want that to happen. Even Oprah knows that reading has health benefits for adults.2 But, I must confess that I read…on the beach, in the backyard, and just about everywhere else because it’s fun. And I think lots of other people do, too.
And finally, there is food. Special summer fruits and veggies are the best: peaches, plums, strawberries, tomatoes, and fresh corn on the cob. But then, there are barbecues: hot dogs
(oh, those nitrates) and hamburgers (oh, the cholesterol). Let’s not even think about the chips and ice cream. But wait, maybe we can admit to that after all. It seems some of the dietary wisdom of recent years MIGHT be wrong.3
What do we really know about summer? That sun, exercise, reading, relaxation, and time with friends and family are probably healthy. So, health maintenance or just plain fun, I hope you enjoyed your summer!
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ABQAURP welcomes applications for joint sponsorship of educational activities for continuing education credit. ABQAURP accredits a variety of activities, including:
• Live Activity
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ABQAURP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians and is accredited by the Florida Board of Nursing to sponsor nursing contact hours. As an accredited provider, ABQAURP is here to work with each joint sponsor organization to ensure the accreditation process runs as smoothly as possible. Benefits of working with ABQAURP include: one-on-one assistance, on-site assistance, contact for speakers and commercial supporters, evaluation compilation, one-time mailing list to drive attendance, website placement, and advertising in Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare magazine.
For more information, please call Deborah Naser at (800) 998-6030, ext. 118.
Did you miss our recent conference?
New Multimedia Online Courses are Available Now!
How are you preparing for the changes in health care coming later this year and in 2015? We are proud to introduce two new multimedia online courses that explore ways to make your approach to this changing environment easier and better!
These courses are recorded from our Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference and provide up-to-date content about today’s health care challenges.
Getting Paid for Innovation and High Value Outcomes
The Affordable Care Act is a reality. Accountable Care Organizations are up and running. It has become clear that despite ongoing legal challenges, change is going forward, perhaps at a rate faster than envisioned. Providers need the tools to succeed and prosper in this new environment.
Survive and Thrive in the Changing Health Care Environment
As we transition from volume-based to value-based care, health care providers and other stakeholders are struggling to identify key drivers to address the challenges around the redesign of health care delivery and payment reforms. What will be the role of integrated care management, ACOs, and transitions of care models? How can we efficiently integrate all transactions of care across the care continuum? Discover what the practitioner needs to not only survive, but to thrive in the evolution of health care.
Find out more on our online course catalog: http://www.abqaurp.org/course.asp.
Health Care Quality and Management (HCQM) Certification
When deciding on a credential, you want the best, most comprehensive certification that covers the entire health care quality continuum. Choose the provider with the experience that has come to define the field of Health Care Quality and Management.
ABQAURP is pleased to collaborate with the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) in the administration of the HCQM certification exam. ABQAURP is dedicated to assuring a high quality certification process with definable standards; the NBME involvement reinforces that dedication. Together, we consult on the planning, development, analysis, and scoring of the certification exam, bringing examinees an exam experience based on a vast array of knowledge and expertise.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 HCQM exam window.
Registration Discount – Take $100 off your Exam Fee by February 28, 2015
Application Deadline: June 30, 2015
Exam Window: August 15 – October 15, 2015
Don’t delay, seating is limited!
CORE BODY OF KNOWLEDGE ONLINE COURSE
20 CME/CE Hours!
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The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA), and Kimberly-Clark Professional have announced the recipients of the third annual Heart of Healthcare Awards, honoring outstanding environmental services technicians who make a difference for patients and long-term care residents.
Inova Fairfax Medical Center (IFMC) in Virginia and its newly opened Advanced Surgical Technology and Education Center (ASTEC) are using Qstream's mobile, game-based platform to drive improved patient safety and clinical knowledge among an interdisciplinary operating room (OR) team.
Since its inception in 2006, The Way-Paver Award for Bedside Barcoding has acknowledged the exceptional contributions of individuals and organizations who have helped clear the path and pave the way to safer patient care by applying bar-code technology in healthcare.
PDI, maker of infection prevention products and solutions, continues to reinforce the importance of a complete infection prevention program for skin antisepsis.
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recently issued a policy statement that underscores the importance of safe, accurate, and effective diagnostic tests by recommending that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begin to actively exert its authority to regulate high-risk laboratory developed tests (LDTs) that are being utilized by physicians to make treatment decisions, including the tailoring of an individual’s cancer treatment regimen.
An advanced healthcare analytics and workflow software package, the Juvo Care Performance Platform is being launched by Midas+, A Xerox Company, to collect and analyze today’s massive amount of patient-care data and deliver detailed recommendations for better healthcare.
The Joint Commission has issued a new Sentinel Event Alert that addresses the risks of accidental medical tubing misconnections that can cause severe patient injury or death.
CareFusion Launches App to Help Clinicians Improve Patient Care for Mechanically Ventilated Patients
CareFusion, a global medical technology company, has announced the availability of a new capability on the CareFusion Respiratory Knowledge Portal to help clinicians improve patient care for ventilated patients.
- CHRISTUS Health Upgrades Patient Monitoring to Pulse Oximetry Technology
- Cerner, Siemens Create Strategic Alliance to Improve Clinical Outcomes and More
- Survey: Work-related Injuries and Their Potential Impact on Quality Patient Care to be of Great Concern to Nursing Workforce
- ECRI Institute's Alarm Safety Handbook Helps Hospitals Minimize a Top Threat to Patient Safety
- Report: Changes to Graduate Medical Education Needed for Future of Physician Workforce
- New Toolkits Ease the Transition from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare
- Infirmary Health Achieves Rapid Physician Adoption of its EHR Using Nuance Cloud-Based Speech Recognition
- St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Expands Use of LiveData Technology to Improve Patient Safety
- Reduce Readmissions to Lower Healthcare Costs: ASQ Survey
- Welch Allyn Expands Connex Vital Signs Monitor to Improve Bedside Patient Safety
- AAMI, ECRI Institute Report Guides Senior Executives on Meeting Key Healthcare Technology Safety Challenges
- Baptist Health Becomes World’s First Health System to Adopt Uniforms with Fluid-Repelling, Antimicrobial Textile Technology
- The Joint Commission Alerts Healthcare Industry to Prevalence of Unsafe Injection Practices
- Boston Hospitals Report Improved Patient Outcomes, Financial Savings from Nurse-led Initiatives
- Louisiana’s Top-ranked Health System Adds to RL6 Patient Safety Software