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HSCA supports President Trump for signing FDA Reauthorization...

Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) President and CEO Todd Ebert, R.Ph., released the following...

Preventing spread of disease in wake of mudslides...

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone...

Democrats prep for next round of healthcare fight

Democrats are heading toward a new phase in the battle over healthcare as they...

Many more children will suddenly be diagnosed with...

More children and teens are likely to be categorized as having abnormal blood pressure...

A new class of antimicrobials has just been...

The looming threat of antibiotic resistance means we desperately need new remedies to counter...

Solar eclipse could make for busy ERs

Monday's rare solar eclipse could create a temporary surge at emergency departments across the nation,...

Late-onset infant Group B Streptococcus infection associated with...

In September 2016, the Oregon Health Authority was notified of a case of late-onset...

FDA Recall: Sterile drug products by Bella Pharmaceuticals...

Bella Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling all lots of unexpired sterile drug products due to...


How Value Analysis Teams (VAT) can improve overall quality, reduce costs...

Delivering a consistent positive healthcare experience for every patient, without going red, is every facility's goal - and Value Analysis Teams (VATs) play a critical role in making that happen.

Bethany Gleim, director of value analysis for ASP Global begins by explaining what smart global sourcing is and how it can impact your VAT. She offers proven ways to advance quality and increase standardization while reducing costs. If your VAT is not familiar with global sourcing, they should be. Click here to dowload the White Paper.


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2017 Environmental Services Buyer's Guide: EVS teams are integral to an infection prevention strategy but to succeed they need strong support and access to effective products, training, and education.

HPN product picks

August 2017 Product Picks

New residue-free extra foaming hand sanitizer, Disposable stethoscope covers, Bleach-friendly scrubs, Electronic document management

inside the current issue - August 2017

Supply Chain can fuel doctor-patient relationships, organizational health

Depending on the healthcare organization, and professional and personal attitudes, physicians and surgeons can be a boon or bane to supply chain operations. Those physicians...

PPE is smarter than ever. How smart are you?

Personal protective equipment technology is progressing while knowledge about how to identify and use it properly is still lags among many healthcare workers.


Healthmark Industries VP Ralph Basile explains what kinds of PPE CS/SPD staff must wear and why, what the biggest concerns are, and how to address them.

Defending the dermis

HPN explores innovative solutions for preventing and treating surgical-site incisions, chronic, hard-to-heal wounds, and other skin care challenges.

Your CS/SPD staff is certifiable

HPN spotlights CS/SPD departments with robust certification and training programs and the various resources these facilities are using to grow and nurture capable, knowledgeable teams.

Vendor resources for CS/SPD certification and training success

These vendor resources assist CS/SPD pros with training, certification and continuing education and keep SPD employees on top of their game.

An update from IAHCSMM on certification and training

IAHCSMM provides an update on sterile processing education and certification including plans to launch a new Certified Endoscope Reprocessor (CER) recognition.

Critical thinking

CBSPD Expiration: July 31, 2022
IAHCSMM Expiration: July 6, 2020

Combining similar instruments with different IFUs; lining sterilizer racks; mixing sterilization...

Ray Taurasi advises on how to handle and combine sets with differing IFUs, best practices for lining sterilization racks, and mixing containers.

Networking essential for sharing challenges, solutions, best practices

When CS staff taps the power of networking and info sharing, they won’t have to navigate those day-to-day challenges alone.

Today's Headlines
• Solar eclipse could make for busy ERs
• Late-onset infant Group B Streptococcus infection associated with maternal consumption of capsules containing dehydrated placenta
• FDA Recall: Sterile drug products by Bella Pharmaceuticals due to lack of sterility assurance
• Rethink data management with increased EHR use
• A simple eye test could alert you of onset Alzheimer's years before symptoms emerge
• The ongoing MRSA epidemic continues to be ignored
• Blood-filtering organs fight infections that enter through the skin
• Program looks to reduce inappropriate use of IV acetaminophen
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• VA medical center warning 526 patients of infection risk from scopes
• HHS awards nearly $105 million to improve health center quality
• Physicians with increased stress make more mistakes in patient care
• DEA proposes reduction to amount of controlled substances to be manufactured in 2018
• Innovative Medical Products' Locking Peg assists in patient positioning stability during hip surgery
• New CDC funding for U-M Injury Center probes solutions to the opioid epidemic and injuries nationally
• Proven smart underwear prevents back stress with just a tap
• Aging and weight cannot explain drastic rise in knee arthritis since 1950, study shows
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Today's Headlines
• Few outcome measures meet criteria for assessing accuracy and validity, according to two Joint Commission executives
• CMS releases Hospice Compare website to improve consumer experiences, empower patients
• Class I Recall: Zenith Alpha Thoracic Endovascular Graft by Cook Medical
• Edward-Elmhurst hospital system plans $50 million in cuts, including layoffs
• Rising medical costs mean more rough times ahead
• CMS proposes changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model
• There's plague in Arizona. Authorities warn of fleas that can infect people and pets
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Fast Stats

August 2017

In April 2017, health plan executives and primary care physicians with a private practice and an affiliation with a hospital were surveyed on their views about value-based care. Here’s what they said:


of respondents said the transition to value-based care will continue.


of respondents said the United States actually has a value-based healthcare system … the majority think fee-for-service is still the name of the game. 


of physicians say they have the needed tools to succeed under value-based care, up from 29% in 2016.


of respondents said payer-provider alignment is more important to value-based care than ever before.


of health plan executives said EHRs have everything physicians need.


of physicians agreed the EHRs have everything they need.


of physician respondents indicated they’d be willing to spend more time using technology tools if their EHRs could give more insights unique to their patients. 


of health plan executives noted that a co-investment in HIT by payers and providers could speed up value-based care adoption.

Source: Quest Diagnositics and Inovalon