CDC: Hospitals continue to reduce infections   02/12/2013
Hospitals reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections and surgical site infections by 41% and 17%, respectively, between 2008 and 2011, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from declines of 32% and 7%, respectively, reported in 2010. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections declined 7% in 2010, with modest reductions in general wards reported in 2011. The findings are based on data from the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network, which includes hospitals participating in the inpatient quality reporting program. AHA's Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate is administering national projects to reduce CLABSI and CAUTI infections through the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program.
FDA seeks input on strategic plan to prevent drug shortages   02/12/2013
The Food and Drug Administration seeks comments through March 14 on issues related to developing a strategic plan to prevent and mitigate drug shortages, as required by the FDA Safety and Innovation Act of 2012. An internal FDA task force developing the plan, which is expected to address shortages of both drug and biological products, seeks input on ways to facilitate expansion of manufacturing capacity and better manage and communicate about shortages, among other issues. For more information, see the FDA notice.
Report: Indiana Medicaid expansion would boost economy, jobs   02/12/2013
Expanding Indiana's Medicaid program under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would generate up to $3.4 billion in state economic activity and more than 30,000 jobs through 2020, according to a report released yesterday by the Indiana Hospital Association. More than 406,000 residents would gain health coverage through the expansion, saving individuals $236 and families $677 on private insurance premiums annually, the report by the Center for Health Policy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center estimates. "Expanding coverage in Indiana would benefit all Hoosiers," said IHA President Doug Leonard. "This report demonstrates the positive impact that extending coverage would bring to our state's economy and the overall health of our communities."
Hospitals add $6.2 billion to Iowa economy   02/12/2013
Iowa hospitals generate more than 133,000 jobs that add nearly $6.2 billion to the state's economy, according to a new report from the Iowa Hospital Association. As Iowa legislators debate expanding the state's Medicaid program to cover more low-income residents, IHA said one aspect of the debate is the economic impact of expansion. "We can't ignore the fact that Medicaid expansion would bring as much as $600 million a year to Iowa's economy," said Iowa Hospital Association President and CEO Kirk Norris. "That is a huge influx of dollars that would spread across the state. It's not unlike a major business choosing to relocate to Iowa, but the impact is much broader and beneficial to far more Iowans."