Oregon Department Of Human Services Selects APS Healthcare To Manage Expanded Statewide Medicaid Program

June 1, 2009

APS Healthcare, a leading provider of specialty healthcare solutions, has been selected by the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Medical Assistance Programs, to manage its statewide Medicaid disease and medical care management programs. The integrated program will assist Oregon’s Medicaid and SCHIP fee-for-service clients to access healthcare, minimize catastrophic health events and improve health outcomes through education and interventions that help promote behavior change.
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Statement On The Healthcare Commission’s 6th Survey Of National NHS Staff Conducted Autumn 2008, UK

March 26, 2009

This survey has revealed significant improvements across the NHS contributing to patient safety. Key findings shows there was an increase in the reporting of errors, near misses or incidents coupled with staff now feeling more encouraged to report these errors. There is strong evidence that increased reporting is a reflection of a transparent organisation with a strong safety culture.

“We welcome this report and are greatly encouraged by the findings showing an increase in staff reporting patient safety incidents. This is strong evidence that we are making gains in ensuring that all NHS organisations promote an open and fair culture. This is a vital foundation for improving patient safety because a culture of blame will only drive problems underground.” says Martin Fletcher, Chief Executive, NPSA
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Healthcare Commission Report A Damning Indictment Of Emergency Care In Mid Staffordshire – The King’s Fund, UK

March 19, 2009

Commenting in response to the Healthcare Commission’s investigation into emergency care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, The King’s Fund’s Chief Executive Niall Dickson said: ‘This is a damning indictment of the quality of emergency care provided to patients in Mid Staffordshire and raises fundamental questions about how the hospital has been managed and why the right numbers of skilled doctors and nurses were not in place. This is not to say that care in other parts of the hospital was poor, but it does reveal there has been a fundamental breakdown in the systems and standards patients have a right to expect.
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Healthcare Commission Issues Hygiene Code Improvement Notice To Ashford And St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust

December 30, 2008

Trust failing over mattress cleaning and decontamination of equipment at Ashford Hospital

The Healthcare Commission announced that it has issued an improvement notice to the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, requiring changes to its infection control practices.

The Commission found the trust was in breach of the hygiene code, which sets out 11 mandatory duties for NHS trusts to reduce and control healthcare-associated infections.
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FDA Gives Green Light To GE Healthcare Surgery; Shipping Resumes

December 26, 2008

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified GE Healthcare’s Surgery business, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, that the company has satisfied the criteria in the January 2007 consent decree required to resume operations. The OEC 9900 Elite C-arm, a fluoroscopy device that uses x-rays to reveal real-time imagery of a patient’s internal structure, is the first product to receive manufacturing and shipping authorization. More than 300 of these units will be shipped to customers in the first 10 days of operations.
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FDA Gives Green Light To GE Healthcare Surgery; Shipping Resumes

December 26, 2008

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified GE Healthcare’s Surgery business, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, that the company has satisfied the criteria in the January 2007 consent decree required to resume operations. The OEC 9900 Elite C-arm, a fluoroscopy device that uses x-rays to reveal real-time imagery of a patient’s internal structure, is the first product to receive manufacturing and shipping authorization. More than 300 of these units will be shipped to customers in the first 10 days of operations.
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FDA Gives Green Light To GE Healthcare Surgery; Shipping Resumes

December 26, 2008

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified GE Healthcare’s Surgery business, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, that the company has satisfied the criteria in the January 2007 consent decree required to resume operations. The OEC 9900 Elite C-arm, a fluoroscopy device that uses x-rays to reveal real-time imagery of a patient’s internal structure, is the first product to receive manufacturing and shipping authorization. More than 300 of these units will be shipped to customers in the first 10 days of operations.
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