mednewsWe know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Below is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. Study Puts Spotlight on Preventing Fall-Related Injuries
    The National Institutes of Health and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute are about to embark upon a $30 million, five-year study to determine essentially whether or not intensive falls prevention interventions facilitated by falls risk managers really reduce falls and ultimately reduce readmissions. Learn more about this first-of-its-kind study that will aim “to identify the most effective combination of falls prevention strategies to fit the needs of different individuals and different healthcare systems.”
  2. NAHQ Sets Stage for 39th Annual Educational Conference in Music City
    Registration is underway for the 39th Annual Educational Conference presented by the National Association for Healthcare Quality slated for September 7 – 10 in Nashville, Tenn. Attendees who want to get in on discounted early bird rates need to register by Monday, August 4.
  3. In Blow to Health Law, Appeals Court Limits Subsidies
    Conflicting decisions made this week in two federal appeals courts, regarding the legality of government subsidies for health insurance premiums, will likely spur confusion within health insurance markets as the feds prepare for another open enrollment season set for Novermber.
  4. TJC Issues Sentinel Event Alert Regarding Unsafe Injection Practices
    The Joint Commission has released a Sentinel Event Alert aimed at educating healthcare providers about the risks associated with the misuse of vials of injectable medical products.