Virginia’s new data-sharing platform could be a peace offering in payer-provider battle to control ED utilization

From Fierce Health IT:

Virginia has launched a single, statewide platform to connect 129 hospital emergency departments across the state, allowing physicians to access patient records and tap into the state’s prescription monitoring program.

In doing so, the state may have discovered one way to smooth over what has become an increasingly combative relationship between emergency physicians and payers over ED utilization.

Unveiled by Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday, Virginia’s Emergency Department Care Coordination program is a collaboration that stretches across providers, payers and state agencies aimed at controlling ED utilization costs and directing patients to the appropriate care provider.

Superbugs now also becoming resistant to alcohol disinfectants

From Reuters:

Multidrug-resistant “superbugs” that can cause dangerous infections in hospitals are becoming increasingly resistant to alcohol-based hand sanitizers and disinfectants designed to hold them at bay, scientists said.

In a study of what the researchers described as a “new wave of superbugs”, the team also found specific genetic changes over 20 years in vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, or VRE – and were able to track and show its growing resistance.