CMS to suppress reporting of two IPF quality measures   08/07/2013
Inpatient psychiatric facilities will not have to submit data for the HBIPS 4 and 5 quality measures to receive a full payment update under the IPF prospective payment system for fiscal year 2014 due to a problem with the data submission portal, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. Data already submitted for the two measures will be suppressed from public reporting, CMS said. IPFs and distinct-part psychiatric units in acute care hospitals are eligible to participate in the IPF quality reporting program. Participating facilities must submit all other measures by Aug. 23 to receive a full payment update in FY 2014. Questions about the data submission process should be directed to CMS contractor Telligen at (888) 961-6425 or IPF-PCHQRSupport@telligen.org.
Hospitals recognized for organ donation efforts   08/07/2013
The Department of Health and Human Services recently recognized 322 hospitals for their efforts to educate and register new organ, eye and tissue donors from September 2012 to May 2013 as part of the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign. The hospitals increased the number of registered potential donors by educating staff, patients, visitors and community members about the critical need for donors. Launched in 2011 by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America affiliates, and state and regional hospital associations. Currently, 924 hospitals and transplant centers nationwide participate in the campaign, in which the AHA is a national partner and 22 state hospital associations are actively involved. To date, the campaign has registered a total of 221,834 donors.
Study: More children visiting ED with magnet-related injuries   08/07/2013
More than 22,000 children visited the emergency department between 2002 and 2011 for magnet-related injuries, according to a study published online yesterday in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Most of the cases occurred after 2006. About three-quarters of the magnets were swallowed, while 21% were ingested through the nose. Nasal magnets were most frequent in preteens and younger teens, and sometimes described as magnetic earrings or nose rings. In cases where children ingested multiple magnets, which can attract in the bowel and erode through intestinal walls, 16% were admitted to the hospital. “The national incidence of magnet ingestions has increased rapidly, possibly because of the increasing availability of small, strong magnets sold in magnet sets in recent years,” the authors said.  
Obesity among low-income preschoolers declines in some states   08/07/2013
Obesity rates among low-income children aged 2-4 declined slightly in 19 U.S. states and territories between 2008 and 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported yesterday. The decrease ranged from 0.3 percentage point to 2.6 percentage points, with the largest decline in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “While the changes are small, for the first time in a generation they are going in the right direction,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D. “Obesity in early childhood increases the risk of serious health problems for life.” About one in eight preschoolers is obese. The 2011 obesity rate in the 43 states and territories studied ranged from 9.2% in Hawaii to 17.9% in Puerto Rico. Three states saw a slight increase in rates over the three-year period.