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  1. MAP releases annual list of potential Medicare quality measures
    The Measure Applications Partnership, has published a list of about 130 measures under consideration for use in hospital and other Medicare public reporting and payment programs, including about 60 for use in the new physician Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. Access the list here and provide preliminary comments through December 7. 
  2. Hospitals Form Patient Advisory Councils to Learn How They Can Improve Care
    Learn more about the integral roles being played by former patients in helping hospitals improve care and strengthen patient and family engagement.
  3. Significant Reduction in HACs Saves Lives, Money
    A new report, released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, shows hospitals have seen a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2014. According to AHRQ, this substantial improvement in patient safety has translated into 87,000 lives saved along with a savings of nearly $20 billion in healthcare costs.
  4. Superbug playbook: how to build an antibiotic stewardship program that works.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that out of the 2 million Americans sickened each year by antibiotic-resistant infections, 23,000 die. Consider seven steps your organization can take to combat life-threatening superbugs.
  5. TJC Releases 2015 Annual Report on Quality, Safety
    The Joint Commission’s newly published report, which summarizes data on 49 accountability measures reported by more than 3,300 TJC accredited hospitals in 2014, points to how well hospitals are performing on evidence-based care processes for treating conditions including heart attack, pneumonia and stroke.
  6. FDA orders recall of 2,800 scope-cleaning machines due to infection risk
    The Food and Drug Administration issued a recall of all Custom Ultrasonic brand automated endoscope reprocessors (AER) such as the System 83 Plus, System 83 Plus 2, and System 83 Plus 9. In addition, the FDA urged facilities to implement alternative cleaning methods for the endoscopes such as manual high-level disinfection or other sterilization methods that comply with instructions from the equipment manufacturer.