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Hospitals, health systems pursuing population health management, value-based payment initiatives

Hospitals and health systems in the U.S. are pursuing the development of value-based payment and population health management initiatives, according to the Governance Institute’s 2013 biennial survey. The survey findings, contained in Governing the Value Journey: A Profile of Structure, Culture and Practices of Boards in Transition, were released today. Among the 541 responding hospitals […]

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President signs law allowing FDA to regulate drug compounding facilities

President Obama last week signed H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act. The act gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate specialty compounded (altered) drugs. It creates a voluntary program for the FDA to regulate entities engaged in batch compounding and establishes authority for the agency to develop a national track-and-trace […]

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University of Wisconsin Hospital receives prevention award for reducing healthcare-associated infections

The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) received the 2013 Partnership in Prevention Award today for successfully reducing healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rates. The prestigious award is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The […]

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OSHA rule change designed to ease employers’ mechanical power press paperwork burden

The U.S. Department of Labor introduced four rules this week to update or rescind obsolete regulations and requirements. One of the rules eliminates an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirement for employers to document mandatory weekly inspections of mechanical power presses and clarifies their inspection responsibilities. Removing weekly power press inspection and test certifications […]

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Joplin tornado report contains recommendations to improve response, save lives, reduce property damage

Nationally accepted standards for building design and construction, public shelters and emergency communications can significantly reduce deaths, property damage and costs caused by tornadoes, according to findings from a two-year technical investigation by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) into the impacts of the May 22, 2011, tornado that struck […]

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New guide aimed at protecting employee safety, health in culturally diverse workplaces

Work Safe: An Employer’s Guide to Safety and Health in a Diversified Workforce was released today in preparation for its launch tomorrow at the annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management Conference in Las Vegas. The guide, compiled by Peter Rousmaniere, a risk and insurance industry consultant and nationally known writer, features advice from more […]

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Nature of relationships on clinic teams affects patient satisfaction, study shows

One of the first studies to quantify the impact relationships among clinic colleagues have on patient satisfaction may have applications for occupational health providers. In the study published in the Annals of Family Medicine, 437 clinicians and staff in 17 Veterans Administration primary care clinics completed a survey using a 15-item work relationship scale (WRS) […]

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