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Sept. 24 is the First Supplier Compliance Deadline for UDI Requirements

The first official deadline for the Unique Device Identifier (UDI) system is a few weeks away. Visit the FDA’s UDI page for more information. By Sept. 24, the label and device packaging of every medical device in the Class III and Public Health Service Act categories must feature a UDI. A Class III device is a highly-regulated… More >

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BMCS’ New Care Models and Procedures Improve Communications and Productivity

Baptist Medical Center South (BMCS) in Montgomery, Ala., discovered that disjointed departments and processes increased the average length of stay (LOS) and overall costs of care. These inefficiencies affected patient throughput and created a constant strain on the system’s capacity and LOS performance. Systemwide, disconnects and miscommunications often took nurses away from bedsides and frustrated… More >


VHA’s New Toolkit Raises Awareness of Early Elective Delivery Risks

As part of our work as a Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), VHA is offering a free toolkit to educate patients and community stakeholders of the risks associated with early elective deliveries (EED) in an effort to reduce the demand. An EED is scheduling a baby’s birth before 39 weeks gestation without medical justification, and it… More >

Regional Focus


Congratulations to VHA Member CEOs

Modern Healthcare’s 2014 list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare is out. It’s the 13th year for the publication to showcase individuals making a difference in our industry. Leaders in six VHA member organizations appear on the 2014 list: Toby Cosgrove, MD; Patrick Fry; Gary Gottlieb, MD; Rodney Hochman, MD; John Noseworthy, MD;… More >


VHA Presents at CleanMed; Sponsors Keynote Speaker

VHA was again pleased to help sponsor CleanMed 2014 Conference and Exposition, June 2-5 in Cleveland. Our sponsorship included hosting the closing keynote speaker, Rebecca Onie, chief executive officer of Health Leads. As the nation’s premier sustainability conference for the health care sector, CleanMed draws hospital and business leaders committed to delivering environmentally responsible patient care. The… More >


VHA Central Atlantic Recognizes Members for Outstanding Performance

VHA Central Atlantic honored hospitals and health systems on achieving excellence during 2013 in clinical quality and supply chain performance. Health systems in VHA Central Atlantic are in the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The awards will be formally presented – and celebrated – during the region’s… More >

  • CMS finalizes inpatient payment rule.

    Washington-Update-72On Aug. 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the FY2015 inpatient prospective payment system and long-term care hospital payment rule. The rule slightly increases reimbursement for hospitals to 1.4% (CMS initially proposed a 1.3% increase). For hospitals that fail to report quality data or are not on schedule to meet meaningful… More >

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