Incidence, mortality and cost of c diff infections are at all time high

The incidence, mortality, and medical costs of clostridium difficile infection (CDI) are at their highest levels in history, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to grant $218 million to improve patient safety

The Department of Health and Human Services will award $218 million to 26 hospitals and hospital associations to target initiatives aimed at reducing preventable injuries and complications from hospital-acquired conditions, according to Health Leaders Media.
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Public physician database is back online

After being offline for two months, a publicly available version of the National Practitioner Data Bank, which allows users to track doctors' records, check prospective hires, and make other decisions, is back online, according to Propublica.org. The publicly available version of the site contains no confidential identifiers such as doctors' names and addresses.
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Over 2,000 hospitals join Partnership for Patient Safety Initiative

Nearly 4,500 organizations, including over 2,000 hospitals, have pledged their support for the Partnership for Patients, the Obama Administration’s new nationwide patient safety initiative, according to a press release by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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