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Study: Hospital-acquired infections cost nearly $10 billion annually
Nature World News
Billions of dollars are lost every year in treating hospital-acquired infections, a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows.
In all, the report reveals that an estimated $9.8 billion is spent annually in order to treat the five most common infections picked up in the hospital. These include bloodstream infections; ventilator-associated pneumonia; surgical site infections, infection by Clostridium difficile, a strain of bacteria that attacks the digestive system; and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
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Florida grants arrive at local agencies to fund health insurance navigators
To push the healthcare overhaul message from the top of Capitol Hill down to the grass roots, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will spend $67 billion on navigator programs, spread across the 34 states that will be part of the federally run insurance exchange.
Nearly $8 billion of that grant money will come to Florida.
Protocol speeds elective surgery for patients starting dialysis
For patients with end-stage kidney failure, scheduling elective surgery within 24 hours of undergoing hemodialysis is a simple way to reduce costs and potential unnecessary risks associated with surgery, researchers have found.
Patients with end-stage renal disease are at increased risk for hyperkalemia, which can induce deadly arrhythmias, and hypervolemia, which can ultimately cause acute congestive heart failure.
No rate increase, study predicts
Health News Florida
Contradicting Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation, a study from the RAND Corporation reports that the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to cause a hike in premiums for the individual market in this state or nationally. The RAND study findings stand in stark contrast to the widely publicized predictions of Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty.
Technology: The cure for rising healthcare costs?
MIT Technology Review
In a financially stretched healthcare market, medical technology is sometimes seen as an expensive luxury. But use of the right technology can actually cut the overall cost of medical treatment and improve patient outcomes. You might be wondering how.
Editorial: Free nurse practitioners from supervision
Whatever its flaws, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has sparked innovation across the U.S.'s sclerotic healthcare system. An especially welcome example is the push to expand the role of nurse practitioners in primary care.
Register now for FANA's 2013 Annual Meeting at Walt Disney World
Join FANA at the beautiful Disney Yacht & Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World (Lake Buena Vista/Orlando) Oct. 11-13 for our Annual Meeting & Exhibition. You won't want to miss a minute of this important gathering where, in addition to clinical lectures and hands-on workshops, we will discuss how healthcare reform is changing the entire anesthesia marketplace. This event is your opportunity to learn how looming changes will affect you and how to best position yourself in the new environment.
New this year, we are offering joint sessions with the American College of Healthcare Executives where you can enjoy co-education, networking and pilot discussions on critical topics such as workforce issues, coordination of care delivery models, accessibility, tort reform and barriers to care integration, to name just a few.
To review the complete agenda and to register, go to www.fana.org.
For additional information or questions, contact Marna Krot at FANA Headquarters, 407-774-7880 or email her at email@example.com.
A disrupted healthcare market in Florida
A cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act is the new healthcare exchanges that will sell insurance online to individuals and small businesses. The law requires that these exchanges sell plans to everyone, no matter their health, and at regulated prices. Some people may also be eligible for subsidies to offset the cost of buying health coverage.
Florida, along with 33 other states, has opted to let the federal government run its health exchange.
Joint Commission names top compliance issues for ASCs
Outpatient Surgery News
Credentialing, medication storage and infection control were the three biggest challenges for ASCs in the first half of 2013, according to a new Joint Commission report listing the top five areas of non-compliance associated with various types of providers.
Half of all surgery centers are out of compliance with credentialing requirements, says the report.
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