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March of Dimes, American Heart Association oppose new...

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association and the March...

Hurricane Irma – Disaster exceptions/exemptions for Medicare certified...

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare...

AHE presents 2017 Recognition Awards

The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), of the American Hospital Association, has announced...

Study: Nurses so stressed they might get sick

A majority of America's nurses admit they are stressed out, consuming too much junk...

IBM’s Watson data platform aims to become data...

IBM is aiming to make Watson Data Platform a de facto operating system for...

Healthmark offers new solutions for wrapped trays

Healthmark Industries has announced they are now offering Gorilla Bags as a new solution...

Triple-negative breast cancer: Is a new treatment within...

Researchers are currently investigating a potential new avenue for the treatment of triple-negative breast...

FDA approves first biosimilar for the treatment of...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Mvasi (bevacizumab-awwb) as a biosimilar to Avastin...


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.


EVS formula for success

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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.


Measuring the true value of flooring for healthcare.

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See how nora flooring brought patient, staff satisfaction to expansion at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

Two years ago, Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children completed a bold expansion that included over 200,000 square feet of nora flooring. Now it’s time to take a look at the long-term impact of nora floors—from a 30% increase in patient satisfaction to 75% increase in labor efficiency. See post-occupancy evaluation (POE) data and take a closer look at the ways nora has improved outcomes for Nemours.

HPN product picks

September 2017 Product Picks

Single-use flexible bronchoscopes The single-use, sterile aScope 3 Bronchoscope family by Ambu helps to eliminate risk of cross contamination, reduce hospital costs, improve physician workflow...

inside the current issue - September 2017

Conquering the top supply chain cost drivers

With supply chain poised to become a healthcare organization’s largest expense category within the next decade, what areas are leading the charge?

Show me the evidence!

HPN spotlights different types of no-touch room disinfection technology used in healthcare facilities, including UVC and hydrogen peroxide, foggers, and more.

EVS formula for success

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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.

Review your Redo

Renovation success stories show how cutting edge products and best practices make the SPD safe, efficient and staff-friendly.

CS Week is Oct. 8-14: Celebrate big, even on a budget

Some of the best ways to honor the CS team during CS Week cost little or no money and can leave a lasting impression.

Real-time, measurable technology helps to reduce HAIs

Thompson Health in Canandaigua, NY reduces C.diff incidence by 90% after adding UV-C to its infection prevention bundle.

Sharps safety; putting baby blankets in trays

Ray offers advice on setting up a sharps safety policy in the SPD and why placing baby blankets in case trays are not a good idea.

The challenges of extended steam sterilization cycles

September 2017
CBSPD Expiration: August 31, 2022
IAHCSMM Expiration: August 3, 2020
Extended cycles have been used quietly in sterile processing departments for decades but very few available validated packaging materials, sterilizers or monitoring devices are available for these extended cycles.

When will going green go mainstream?

While most (if not all) healthcare organizations and professionals are aware of sustainable products and services, not nearly as many have translated that awareness into action.

Going green without seeing red?

During an educational session at AHRMM, two supply chain experts shared lessons learned about an organization-wide sustainability initiative.
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Fast Stats

September 2017

From 2005 to 2014, some hospital stays decreased as costs went up.


fewer hospital stays for coronary atherosclerosis and other heart disease occurred, as did nonspecific chest pain. Pneumonia stays also decreased 32% and stays for congestive heart failure decreased by 14%.


fewer surgical stays occurred during the same time period.


fewer hospital stays among patients 75 years or older took place between 2005 to 2014.


more hospitalizations for mental health/substance abuse took place from 2005 to 2014.


was the increase in hospital stays for septicemia — nearly tripling — from 2005 to 2014.


more osteoarthritis stays occurred during the same time period, from 715,900 to 1,070,500.


is how much the overall average cost per hospital stay increased.


of all hospital stays were paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. The cost per stay for patients covered by private insurance or Medicaid increased 16% to 18%.

Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).