CDC to host webinar on MERS virus   06/07/2013
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a June 13 webinar for clinicians on how to recognize and prevent the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, a novel virus that has infected 55 people in eight countries in the past year, more than half of whom have died. No cases have been reported in the U.S. to date. Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued an emergency determination of the potential for a public health emergency involving MERS, which allows the Food and Drug Administration to quickly authorize new tests to diagnose the virus. For the latest information on MERS, including case definitions and infection control guidance for health care providers, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers.
SHM launches survey on research priorities for hospital-based geriatric care   06/07/2013
The Society of Hospital Medicine is surveying clinicians and other stakeholders through Aug. 1 to identify the most pressing research questions related to acute care of older patients. Hospital leaders are invited to complete the short survey, which will be used to develop a patient-centered research agenda focused on geriatric, hospital-based medicine. AHA is a participant in the project, called the Acute Care for Older People Priority Setting Partnership. For more information, visit www.hospitalmedicine.org.
PCORI seeks center to coordinate research network   06/07/2013
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will accept proposals through July to establish a coordinating center to support a national research network. According to the request for proposals, organizations with prior experience in health informatics, outcomes research and development of large program coordinating centers are encouraged to apply. PCORI last month announced up to $68 million in phase-one funding to develop a national network to facilitate patient-centered clinical research. Most of the funding will support up to eight Clinical Data Research Networks, each involving two or more health care systems, which will conduct randomized comparative effectiveness studies using data from clinical practice in large defined populations. Up to $12 million will support Patient-Powered Research Networks, groups of patients interested in forming a research network and participating in research. Letters of intent to apply for the funding are due June 19.
Hospitals jobs decline by 5,900 in May   06/07/2013
Employment at the nation's hospitals fell by 0.12% in May to a seasonally adjusted 4,829,900 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. That's 5,900 fewer people than in April but 48,800 more than a year ago. Without the seasonal adjustment, which removes the effect of fluctuations due to seasonal events, hospitals employed 4,821,600 people in May – 6,800 fewer than in April but 50,400 more people than a year ago. The nation's overall unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage point in May to 7.6%.