Monthly Archives: January 2017

FDA confirms elevated levels of belladonna in certain homeopathic teething products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today (Jan. 31,2017) that its laboratory analysis found inconsistent amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, in certain homeopathic teething tablets, sometimes far exceeding the amount claimed on the label. The agency is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna pose an unnecessary risk to infants and children and… Read more »

Northwell Health pivots telehealth services to consumers

by Evan Sweeney | FierceHealthIT Jan 27, 2017 11:52am After years of using a telehealth platform to allow clinicians to consult with one another, one of New York’s largest health systems is taking steps to open the service up to patients. The transition has created new opportunities for units throughout Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ),… Read more »

Trump’s regulatory freeze delays HHS rules

by Evan Sweeney | FierceHealth Jan 26, 2017 10:33am An announcement from the White House freezing all new and pending federal regulations has forced the Department of Health and Human Services to withdraw a dozen rules, including one in which the freeze could delay eligibility for those with exchange plans, Medicare Part D or Medicaid.… Read more »

VA makes big strides in efforts to reduce hospital-acquired MRSA infections

by Paige Minemyer | Jan 5, 2017 4:06pm The Department of Veterans Affairs has made significant progress with its efforts to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at its facilities. The research, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, found that over an eight-year period, MRSA hospital-acquired infection rates dropped by 87% in intensive care… Read more »

Unnecessary surgeries: 4 ways to reduce C-sections

by Paige Minemyer | FierceHealthcare Dec 19, 2016 10:34am More than 60% of reporting hospitals had excessive rates of cesarean section, according to the Leapfrog Group, but there are steps that they can take to reduce them. Leah Binder, CEO of Leapfrog, writes in a column for Forbes that hospitals should adopt four strategies to… Read more »

Joint Commission reaffirms ban on texting orders

by Paige Minemyer | FierceHealthcare Jan 9, 2017 11:02am Citing burdens on clinicians that could lead to treatment delays, the Joint Commission said its ban on doctors using text messages to order treatments will stay in place for the time being. The Joint Commission briefly lifted the ban last spring, but then temporarily reinstated it… Read more »

mHealth roundup: Health apps to cut costs, improve care

by Judy Mottl | FierceHealthcare Jan 12, 2017 9:05am Mobile apps are ubiquitous in wellness and healthcare, driven by consumers eager for healthcare information at their fingertips. Hospitals, health systems and health insurance companies have embraced them as a way to provide better, faster and more cost-effective care and treatment. A top focal point for… Read more »