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Failure to fund efforts to fight Zika reveals need to permanently address public health disasters

Failure to fund efforts to fight Zika reveals need to permanently address public health disasters

Congress adjourned for several weeks without approving funds to fight the Zika virus because of political arguments. Health officials say a permanent fund for such emergencies would help with future outbreaks.



Technology

EHR rollouts have little impact on patient outcomes, study finds

Implementing new or different EHR systems had negligible short-term effects on readmission or mortality rates across a 17-hospital sample, according to a study published in the BMJ. The new or different information technology also had no statistically significant adverse impact on patient safety.

Safety & Quality

CMS releases star ratings for hospitals

The CMS published the much-anticipated Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on Wednesday after industry stakeholders and Congress pressured the agency to continue to delay their release. See a complete, searchable list at the bottom of this story.

People

Long-time Lilly CEO Lechleiter to retire in December

Lilly CEO John Lechleiter will retire in December after leading the drugmaker through a challenging period in which it lost U.S. patent protection for several top-selling products. David Ricks, president of its biomedicines business, will replace Lechleiter in January.

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