Health Care News 7-7-2017

Price appoints Georgia health commissioner Fitzgerald to head CDC 

HHS Secretary Tom Price on Friday named Georgia’s top public health official, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  READ MORE

Healthcare hiring soars in June with 36,500 new jobs

The healthcare industry added 36,500 jobs in June, marking the strongest month so far in 2017 for job creation in the sector. The healthcare hiring machine continued to churn even as Senate Republicans mull over plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  READ MORE

Houston to Goop: We’ve got a problem

Gwyneth Paltrow, whose Goop website has a blog post rhapsodizing about a line of “wearable stickers thar promote healing,” got fact-checked by NASA.  READ MORE

Wide variation in opioid prescribing among U.S. counties, report finds

Despite an overall decline in recent years in the amount of opioids prescribed nationally, large disparities have been found among counties due largely to inconsistencies in prescribing practices, a new government report found.  READ MORE

Painkiller maker stops sales at FDA request because of abuse

The maker of opioid painkiller Opana ER is pulling the drug off the market at the request of federal regulators because it’s being abused.  READ MORE

S.C. hospital to pay $1.3 million for not properly treating emergency psych patients

AnMed Health has agreed to pay the largest-ever settlement in a case brought under the federal law requiring hospitals to stabilize and treat patients in emergency situations.  READ MORE

NQF launches opioid stewardship initiative

Looking to play a larger role the fight against opioid abuse, the National Quality Forum on Wednesdaylaunched a new stewardship program to lower rates of overprescribing among healthcare providers and curb patient addiction risks.  READ MORE

News from other sources…

The VA and Air Force team up for telehealth, generic drug manufacturers challenge a price-gouging law, and scientists modulate sleep brainwaves to control memory.  READ MORE

Streamlined EHR Helps Urgent Care Center Improve Patient Experience

How eClinicalWorks’ comprehensive EHR system provided more efficient and streamlined workflows to this urgent care center, from enrollment to the point of care and beyond.  READ MORE

Controlling Costs in a New Age of Workforce Management

Learn how traditional scheduling software is being replaced with mobile real-time solutions that prepare hospitals for a new age in workforce management.  READ MORE

Turnover to Triumph 

Like most providers, you recognize turnover as a growing problem. Read how B.E. Smith researched and developed strategies to combat turnover in today’s healthcare industry.  READ MORE

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