• CDC urges rapid antiviral use for all hospitalized patients with suspected flu

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Health policy/regulation

    Health care providers should initiate antiviral treatment as soon as possible for all patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, citing reports of severe respiratory illness or death in young- to middle-aged adults infected with the recently predominating strain. Some of the patients reportedly had negative results from a rapid flu diagnostic test.

  • CMS releases first-ever home health star ratings

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Workforce

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its first-ever star ratings for home health care, based on patient experience survey results. The Home Health Compare website offers ratings from one star to five stars using data from patients (or the family or friends of patients) who have been treated at the agency.

  • FDA updates information on validated duodenoscope reprocessors

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week posted updated information on which makers of automated endoscope reprocessors (AERs) for duodenoscopes have completed validation testing with adequate results.

  • Home visits after heart surgery reduce readmissions, study finds

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Health policy/regulation, Workforce

    Heart surgery patients who receive home visits from physician assistants (PAs) are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital and have lower overall surgery costs, a new study finds. The analysis of 1,185 patients who had cardiac surgery between 2008 and 2012 at Staten Island University Hospital in New York was presented during the annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

  • IOM workshop Feb. 16 to discuss Zika research priorities

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Research

    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) will convene a Feb. 16 workshop to identify research priorities to inform public health and medical practice for domestic Zika virus.

  • Senate committee holds hearing on Wakefield nomination

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update

    The Senate Finance Committee this week held a hearing on the nomination of Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, to deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has not scheduled a vote, he praised Wakefield's experience.

  • Sexual transmission of Zika virus confirmed by Texas health officials

    February 05 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Health policy/regulation

    Health officials in Dallas said this week that a case of the Zika virus had been transmitted sexually from someone who recently returned from Venezuela infected with the mosquito-borne virus, CNN reported. The finding prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to update its Zika virus guidance for pregnant women to advise them to protect themselves if their male sexual partner has traveled to or lives in an area where Zika virus is circulating, CNN said. NPR described the extensive effort of the CDC, along with other health agencies, to track the virus and confirm its health effects in humans.

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