National Quality Forum launches antibiotic stewardship playbook

With reports suggesting that drug-resistant superbugs could kill 10 million people a year by 2050, healthcare experts have compiled a playbook that offers hospitals across the country tools and solutions to improve antibiotic stewardship.


CMS launches new Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to launch a series of "Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks" to strengthen patient safety, improve hospital care quality and reduce readmissions.

VA's proposed rule would give advanced practice registered nurses full practice authority

The Department of Veterans Affairs aims to expand the scope of practice of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who work for the agency in order to provide veterans with greater and timely access to care.

NY health system's collaborative care program helps patients battle depression

A collaborative care program that incorporates mental health treatment and screening into primary care has helped the country's largest public healthcare system improve depression symptoms in more than half of enrolled patients, according to a blog post for NEJM Catalyst. 


CVS, Palo Alto VA partner to offer veterans treatment at MinuteClinics

The more than 60,000 veterans enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in California can now be referred to a MinuteClinic for treatment of acute health issues.


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Under legislation proposed last month by Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Billy Long (R-Mo.) in the wake of continued cyberattacks on the healthcare industry, the president would appoint a chief information security officer (CISO) for the Department of Health and Human Services. However, witnesses at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday focusing on the bill voiced concern about potentially politicizing such a position.


Most accountable care organizations reported "significant" ongoing costs of operation and even more plan to leave the program if ACOs are excluded from a federal list of alternative payment models proposed as part of the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.