OECD report says healthcare costs unsustainable in many countries; Cleveland stops trying to collect ambulance costs from Tamir Rice's estate;

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> A new report from the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation concludes that healthcare costs for most OECD companies are unsustainable over the long run, the International Medical Travel Journal reported. Article

> The city of Cleveland has dropped a lawsuit against the estate of Tamir Rice to collect $500 in ambulance costs after journalists and his family's attorney made the issue public, according to The New York Times. Article

> The city of Kirkland, Washington was able to slash employee healthcare costs by providing better benefits, Forbes reported. Article

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> Efforts to improve hand hygiene at health organizations must include nurses, according to an article at Becker's Hospital Review. Hospitals have long understood the importance of hand-hygiene protocols, but continue to struggle to enforce them. At Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic Florida, however, compliance is as high as 100 percent, according to Chief Nursing Officer Deb Harrison, R.N. Article

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> Digital health continues to be a big part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' improvement plans, with one of the most recent efforts announced last week in Mississippi. In a visit to Jackson, Virginia, Sec. Robert McDonald shared details of a pilot program that will boost veterans' access to care, particularly for those in rural areas, Mississippi News Now has reported. A primary goal of the effort is to cut wait times, especially in light the agency's recent troubles. Article

And finally... Mouse spotted in hospital vending machine. Article

 

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