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A Pennsylvania woman is the first in the country to come down with a "nightmare" bacteria that is resistant to last-resort antibiotics, according to researchers, who documented the case in a study published by Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services intends to incorporate sociodemographic factors into its methodology for determining hospital quality, but in the meantime, some providers are taking the initiative themselves, according to Kaiser Health News.
In this FiercePracticeManagement exclusive, Mark Miller, M.D., explains how he's overcome obstacles that stand in the way of practices staying independent and offers advice on how other solo practitioners can do the same.
The role of the nurse practitioner has grown increasingly important in the provision of high-quality, patient-centric, team-based care. Indeed, NPs now make up approximately one-third of the workforce in primary care settings, according to American Association of Nurse Practitioners President Cindy Cooke.
Medicare's plans for a new physician payment system o ffers doctors a better alternative to the widely unpopular sustainable growth formula, but physician leaders need to speak up in order to help shape the proposed law into a more effective vehicle for payment reform, write two health policy experts in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Some physician groups oppose the Department of Veteran Affairs' proposed rule to give advanced practice registered nurses expanded practice authority, citing concerns about a lack of clinical oversight from physicians.
A Huntsville, Alabama, hospital cut sepsis mortality more than 50 percent with electronic surveillance and a staff education initiative, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Some healthcare groups have voiced opposition to the Department of Veteran Affairs proposed rule that would give advanced practice registered nurses expanded practice authority, citing concerns about a lack of clinical oversight from physicians.
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