Healthcare Roundup—Mayo Clinic taps Gianrico Farrugia as new CEO; Denver medical center monitors hand hygiene

Gianrico Farrugia named new CEO of Mayo Clinic 

Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees announced that Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., will succeed John Noseworthy as CEO of the health system. 

Noseworthy will stay in the role through the end of the year and will work closely with Farrugia ahead of his retirement, Mayo Clinic announced. Farrugia has been a vice president and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida since 2015. 

Farrugia is also co-founder of the Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic. 

“Dr. Farrugia is a visionary and servant leader who brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge—both as an innovator and an executive,” Noseworthy said. (Announcement

Denver Health Medical Center launches electronic hand hygiene system 

Denver Health Medical Center has rolled out a new electronic system to monitor hand hygiene and has seen adherence improve significantly. 

The system is in place on two of the hospital’s surgical units, the intensive care unit and the step-down care unit. Since implementing the tracking system, adherence rates on those wards have increased from 40% to 70%. 

The system monitors use of both waterless hand sanitizers and soaps. 

"Using data from the electronic hand hygiene compliance system, Denver Health was able to properly audit hand hygiene processes and provide additional training and education to staff where needed most," said Heather Young, M.D., medical director of infection prevention. (Healthcare IT News

CMS' proposed rule on ACOs draws praise from Obama's National Coordinator

Obama-era healthcare officials rarely have had positive things to say about the Trump administration's actions. But last week, one expressed praise for CMS' most recent proposed rule.

The rule (PDF), which would limit the duration of one-sided risk ACOs, is a step in the right direction, said Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.M., who served as the National Coordinator for Health IT under President Barack Obama.

"The overall framework that they have … a basic track and then an enhanced track, I think, is a good framework," said Mostashari, who has since founded the ACO advisory group Aledade.  (FierceHealthcare)