Industry News: Volume 10, Issue 16

INDUSTRY NEWS 

Leapfrog Releases Bi-Annual Hospital Safety Grades

By John Commins

Healthleadersmedia.com – One third of the 2,600 general, acute care hospitals across the nation rated in The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades got an ‘A,’ grade, while 1% flunked, the patient safety monitors said.

Leapfrog grades are based upon process and structural measures such as hand hygiene, risk mitigation, and discharge communication, as well as outcome measures such as falls, pressure ulcers, and infections.

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U.S. vaping-related deaths climb to 39, illnesses to 2,051

By Manojna Maddipatla and Saumya Sibi Joseph

(Reuters) – U.S. health officials on Thursday reported 2,051 confirmed and probable cases and 2 more deaths from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the total death toll to 39.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 1,888 cases and 37 deaths from the illness.

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US continues to lead in healthcare spending

By Emily Rappleye

Beckershospitalreview.com – The United States spends more than twice as much as the average Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development country on healthcare, yet it lags in many health indicators, according to a recently published OECD report.

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Welcome to Molar City, Mexico, The Dental Mecca America’s Health Care Costs Built

By Jeffrey Young

Huffpost.com – The billboards that line the stretch of California’s Interstate 8 headed toward Los Algodones make it clear travelers are not on their way to a typical tourism destination.

The signs that beckon Americans as they head west toward Andrade, California’s narrow border crossing, aren’t for resorts or beaches but for dental clinics offering bridges and root canals at half what they cost in the United States.

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A political race to the bottom on drug prices

By Caitlin Owens

Axios.com – President Trump wants the U.S. to pay less than other countries for some prescription drugs covered by Medicare — a benchmark even lower than what congressional Democrats want.

Between the lines: The administration has moved the goalposts on its one major drug pricing policy left on the table, which could take a hatchet to the U.S. pharmaceutical system’s business — if it’s ever implemented.

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Montefiore inks deal with United Arab Emirates

By Alia Paavola

Beckershospitalreview.com – New York City-based Montefiore Health System has signed an agreement to offer complex medical care to patients from the United Arab Emirates.

Montefiore joins a group of several other leading U.S. hospitals that have signed agreements with the UAE health department to bridge the specialized care gap.

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