Industry News - March 2013

Mississippi hospital announces HIPAA breach

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) officials have announced a HIPAA breach at the hospital caused by a missing laptop computer.


American Hospital Association to move into new space in D.C.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has signed a lease at the mixed-use CityCenterDC development in downtown Washington, D.C. The AHA will occupy approximately 42,000 square feet when it moves into its new space in September 2014.


Private equity firms see profit in growing trend of urgent care clinics

Private equity firms are funding the ongoing expansion of medical walk-in clinics across the U.S., and with profits expected to grow with healthcare reform, there is no end in sight.


Facilities team plays role in ambulatory surgery center joint venture deliberations

The facilities department can provide important strategic information that should be considered prior to a hospital embarking on an ambulatory surgery center joint venture.


New HIPAA regulations include vendors as responsible parties

New Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations, which expand the scope of responsible parties to include vendors who contract with healthcare companies, are set to take effect on March 26.


Extending deadline for nursing home sprinklers open for comment

A proposed deadline extension for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) requirement that all nursing home facilities have automatic sprinkler systems by August 13 is open for comment.


More than 8,000 hospital safety violations now publicly searchable

A searchable database of federal safety rule violations at about 1,000 hospitals since 2011 is now available.


Experts debate effectiveness of antibacterial soap on infection prevention

While experts agree hand washing is an important tool to stop the spread of infection, there is some debate over what type of soap is most effective for consumers and healthcare professionals alike.


ASHE offers course in healthcare facility commissioning

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is offering a two-day course designed to specifically address the commissioning process in healthcare facilities.


IT is key to managing healthcare costs, says former president

Speaking March 6 at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) convention in New Orleans, former President Bill Clinton suggested information technology could be the key to controlling rising healthcare costs.


Healthcare food service company vows to improve patient nutrition

Morrison Healthcare Food Services today announced further company commitments to better nutrition at the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) 2013 Building a Healthier Future Summit.


CDC outlines plan to halt spread of CRE in healthcare facilities

The CDC announced an updated plan for healthcare facilities to deal with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can lead to deadly healthcare-acquired infections.



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