Ontario Power Generation subsidiary Canadian Nuclear Partners was selected by BWX Technologies to provide irradiation services for its new molybdenum-99 manufacturing technology. BWX will use Mo-99 in its new technetium-99m generators to produce Tc-99m with similar concentrations as that made from fission-based Mo-99.
A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that only three in 10 patients who survived an opioid overdose were prescribed some type of medication-assisted treatment that could prevent a subsequent life-threatening event. The findings, based on data from 17,568 people in Massachusetts who overdosed on opioids, showed 3,022 received buprenorphine and 2,040 received methadone, and the groups had a 40% and 60% lower death rate after one year, respectively, compared with patients who were not prescribed any medications.
The ONC and CMS will work together to reduce administrative burdens related to physicians' 21st Century Cures Act requirements, according to a blog post by National Coordinator for Health IT Don Rucker. Together with other federal agencies and stakeholders, the ONC will also create a Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, address information blocking and promote the use of application programming interfaces.
A proposed CMS rule would end public reporting of certain patient infections by hospitals, along with data on types of accidents and patient injury. The Leapfrog Group protested the plan and on Wednesday released a report showing the percentage of hospitals reporting to its hospital survey that achieve zero infections has significantly decreased since 2015.
The CMS submitted several legislative ideas to Congress designed to improve care coordination for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, and some of the recommendations include giving CMS the authority to restrict the ability to change plans through special enrollments as well as the authority to streamline how dual health plans appeal reject claims.
A study in Pediatrics showed that the prevalence of unnecessary testing for group A streptococcal pharyngitis in a pediatric ambulatory setting declined from 64% to 40.5% after the implementation of quality improvement initiative approved by the American Board of Pediatrics in Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles to improve compliance to Infectious Diseases Society of America clinical practice guidelines. However, the findings showed similar appropriate antibiotic use before and after the deployment of the QI program.
Mobile health tools help health systems improve the clinical documentation query process by deploying digital messaging platforms that allow physicians to review queries and respond quickly through a mobile device. "It puts work where it should go and gives physicians back valuable time for patient care," said Dr. Daniel Brotman, an internist at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare has ramped up simulation programs that train clinicians in the US and other countries to increase patient safety and improve outcomes in complex medical situations. The biggest training facility is at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, and the program uses technology, such as 3D printing and high-fidelity manikins, and includes a full operational operating room, an intensive care room and a simulated labor delivery room.
Cigarette smoking is common in persons living with hepatitis C, at nearly triple the rate compared with those without hepatitis C. The disease is also associated with depression and hypertension in smokers. The sociodemographic profile of hepatitis C+ smokers suggests that the implementation of effective tobacco treatment will be challenging. Thoughtful treatment strategies that are mindful of the unique characteristics of this group are needed.
Results suggest that public health messaging urging parents not to allow their children to get, open, or pour alcoholic drinks or get or light cigarettes for family members may be helpful in reducing teen substance use.