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  1. CMS’ Hospital Quality Star Ratings Fail To Pass The Common Sense Test
    A new Health Affairs blog post predicts patients will find the new CMS Hospital Star Ratings program “confusing at best and misleading at worst.” Health Affairs Blog 
  2. CMS allocates $66M to support Zika prevention
    States, territories, tribes or tribal organizations experiencing local transmission of the Zika virus can apply for emergency funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help provide access to needed healthcare services. Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality 
  3. Top 10 List of Health Tech Hazards for 2017
    The ECRI Institute has placed infusion errors that can occur with large-volume infusion pumps at the top of its list of health tech hazards for 2017. Learn what other potential tech pitfalls made the list. Medscape 
  4. Teaching a Martian to make a sandwich helps clinicians catch medical errors
    Consider how simple exercises are helping students in the patient safety field improve the way they communicate with fellow clinicians, administrators and patients. STAT 
  5. New Plan Takes Aim at HAIs
    Access the Department of Health and Human Services’ new national action plan for reducing health care-associated infections in acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities and ambulatory surgical centers. ADN News Blog