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2011-09-20 11:41:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) today launched an initiative with the Ad Council to encourage clinicians and patients to engage in effective two-way communication to ensure safer care and better health outcomes. For nearly a decade, AHRQ has encouraged patients to be more involved in their health care, and this new initiative builds on previous public...

2011-09-19 23:14:36

For medications to be effective, they must be taken in the correct dosage at the right time, as prescribed by healthcare providers. The World Health Organization estimates that half of patients take their medications incorrectly, costing the U.S. health care system and consumers about $300 billion each year. In a new article, University of Missouri researchers say medication non-adherence interventions should be based on a personal systems approach that focuses on integrating medication...

2011-09-19 08:30:00

Nurses and Patient Safety Advocates Will Testify in Support of the Measures that Will Save Thousands of Lives and Millions of Valuable Health Care Dollars BOSTON, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Massachusetts Nurses Association: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20060525/NETH016LOGO) What: The legislature's Joint Committee on Public Health will hold a public hearing on two pieces of legislation that would improve the quality of...

2011-09-13 21:52:26

National push for quality health care requires leaders to promote growth, use of new technology Strong leadership, communication and teamwork are essential to successful organizations, especially health care facilities. However, how those organizations achieve improvement is not clearly understood, says a University of Missouri researcher. Amy Vogelsmeier, assistant professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing, found that leadership is critical to supporting open communication and...

2011-09-12 15:46:00

Program works to prevent adverse health events ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A dozen Minnesota hospitals each won a Minnesota Hospital Association Patient Safety Excellence Award this month. The initiative recognizes organizations' efforts to prevent pressure ulcers, (under the association's SAFE SKIN campaign); falls (under the SAFE from FALLS program); wrong-site surgical or other invasive procedures (under the SAFE SITE program); and foreign objects...

2011-09-08 19:59:10

National survey shows about half of patients say it's missing in the US health care system In light of a national survey showing that only about half of patients believe the U.S. health care system is a compassionate one, the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare today proposed an agenda for improving such care in an article in the September issue of Health Affairs, the nation's leading health policy journal. "For most clinicians, compassionate care matters because it is...

2011-09-01 07:00:00

PA Healthcare facilities' CLABSI data provides focus for prevention strategies HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Data submitted by Pennsylvania hospitals in 2010 pinpoints timelines for prevention strategies for reducing and/or eliminating central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), according to information published in the September 2011 Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory. Central venous catheters (CVC) are used as one form of access to a...

2011-08-24 11:17:00

Oct. 21, 2011 Summit panelists will address medical home outcomes, accountable care relationships, workforce issues, team-based care and behavioral health integration WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act directed attention from the health care industry to activity at the federal level geared to reward more accountable, patient-centered care. Two keynote speakers at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative's...

2011-08-23 13:30:00

Historic, statewide collaborative contributes to saving lives, improving quality of care and reducing health care costs for Californians LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In its first year, Patient Safety First...a California Partnership for Health, reports that it has helped save 800 lives by working to prevent sepsis-related deaths. Launched in 2010, Patient Safety First is a groundbreaking three-year, $6-million collaboration between the National Health Foundation,...

2011-08-23 05:00:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Family Health Network is pleased to announce its participation in a program in partnership with Kerr Health, a subsidiary of the renowned regional pharmacy chain, Kerr Drug. Kerr Health will deploy Family Health Network's Connected for Life(SM) platform to an initial group of patients who require frequent interaction with a pharmacist to assist them with medication therapy management. By enabling direct interaction between pharmacists and...