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In recognition of the nation’s highest quality hospitals, The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit hospital watchdog organization, announced today the recipients of its 2017 Top Hospitals award. This year, New Jersey, California, Florida and Massachusetts had strong showings, with 10 or more hospitals in each of those states receiving the elite distinction.

HONOLULU – With the need for donated organs far exceeding the number available for transplantation in the U.S., the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted policy during its Interim Meeting this week aimed at increasing organ donation rates—particularly among minority populations with historically low donation rates.  

HONOLULUDuring the opening session of its 2017 Interim Meeting, the American Medical Association (AMA) presented Karen L. Hackett, FACHE, CAE, former chief executive officer of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors a medical association executive who has contributed substantially to the goals and ideals of the medical profession.

‘Physician Innovation Network’ builds on AMA efforts to ensure digital health tools are patient-centered, evidence-based, interoperable and outcomes-focused

 The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based organization aiming to improve health care quality for consumers and purchasers, announced today the agenda for the first National Health Care Ratings Summit, which will be held on December 6 and 7 in Arlington, Virginia. 

AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AMN), healthcare's innovator in workforce solutions and staffing services, announced today that it has again been named the largest healthcare staffing company in the U.S. by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA).

Leveraging its strategic partnership with Enterprise Ireland, Northwell Health today announced an expanded partnership agreement with Irish company Salaso Health Solutions Limited.

Knox Singleton, 69, the longtime CEO of Inova, Northern Virginia's largest private employer, announced he will be retiring July 1st, 2018, completing 35 years of growth for what has become a world-class healthcare system now serving more than two million patients a year.

Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach has named Linda Pauliks, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist and expert in cardiac imaging, as medical director of pediatric and congenital cardiac imaging.

Xcertia, an organization that supports the collaborative development of industry guidelines for safe and effective mobile health applications (apps), announced four newly appointed members to its Board of Directors drawn from organizations that are some of health care’s biggest movers and shakers.

Security Health Plan of Wisconsin today announced that Mayo Clinic, one of the nation’s leading health care organizations, has joined the insurance company’s provider network.

As Hurricane Irma devastates areas throughout Florida, and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey continues to cripple families and businesses in Houstonand the surrounding areas of the Gulf Coast, National Kidney Foundation would like to extend its heartfelt support to all those affected by these unparalleled natural disasters.

Healthcare simulation is rapidly changing the face of healthcare. Simulation is a technique that creates a situation or environment allowing people to experience a representation of a real event for the purpose of experiential practice, learning, testing, evaluation and understanding of systems. The inaugural Healthcare Simulation Week will be held September 11-15, 2017.

Hurricane Irma's forecast track changes hourly, but this massive, powerful storm has the potential to cause a devastating blow to the state of Florida, affecting millions of Americans and putting lives in danger. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP) warn the public to take this situation very seriously.

The Patient Safety Act received certification today from the Massachusetts Attorney General's office. The Patient Safety Act will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals by setting a safe maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while providing flexibility to hospitals to adjust nurses' patient assignments based on specific patient needs. Currently there are no requirements for hospitals to provide an adequate level of nursing care in such areas as the emergency department, medical-surgical floors, maternity units or psychiatric units.

NEW HYDE PARK, NY – In the wake of the devastation that Hurricane Harvey inflicted upon the Houston area, the need for medical care has risen to crisis levels for those impacted by the flooding and who rely on their healthcare providers to manage existing chronic conditions. In response, Northwell Health has connected with its counterparts at the Houston–based MD Anderson Cancer Center to offer assistance to match the hospital‘s specific needs. Within 24 hours after requesting help from its clinicians, Northwell has enrolled more than 600 employees interested in volunteering. Beginning Monday, September 4th, the first Northwell team of 40 will be deployed to Houston.

 

Highmark Health today announced that Highmark Inc., the organization's health insurance provider, is contributing $50,000.00 to the American Red Cross to support their efforts in providing food, shelter, relief supplies and other assistance to the residents of southeast Texas who have been directly affected by the severe flooding that struck in recent days.

Doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals are heading back to school at Cedars-Sinai, joining the first class of a new, accredited master’s degree program in health delivery science, offering an advanced curriculum focused on measuring and improving the value of healthcare.

The Illinois Blockchain Initiative announced today its partnership with blockchain healthcare innovation company Hashed Health, to leverage blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. The pilot program will initially explore opportunities to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the medical credentialing process in Illinois. The concept will leverage a blockchain-based registry to streamline the sharing of medical credential data and smart contracts to automate workflow related to multistate and interstate licensure.

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