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  • Op-ed by Kevin Kavanagh: Ky. Voices: Better monitoring needed in a post-antibiotic era
    Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Thursday July 11, 2013)

    Op-ed co-written by Kevin Kavanagh. Dr. Kevin T. Kavanagh of Somerset is a physician and board director of Health Watch USA. He writes: “Mandatory reporting of bacteria that are developing resistance is needed to determine how effectively they are being controlled and where they are coming from.”

  • Kentucky and online audiences hear discussion of proposed system for patients to report medical errors; comments due July 8
    Source: Kentucky Health News (Saturday June 22, 2013)

    “The Obama administration is creating a new system for patients to report medical mistakes because existing systems fail to do so, and if all goes as planned, the pilot program will launch this fall, a federal official told a Health Watch USA meeting in Kentucky and online Wednesday night.”

  • Slap: University Says It Sued Reporter to Protect Patients
    Source: Reporting on Health (Friday June 7, 2013)

    Reporting on Health’s Bill Heisel does Q & A with the University of Kentucky’s executive director for public relations and marketing., on the suing of one of its own public radio reporters who was trying to gain access to information about its children’s hospital.

  • Ky. Voices: Tough diagnosis: hospital rankings (Op-ed by Kevin Kavanagh)
    Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday May 12, 2013)

    Op-ed by Safe Patient Project network member, Kevin Kavanagh in Lexington Herald-Leader. Consumers deserve good data, reports.

  • Editorial: UK errs in suing WUKY reporter; avoiding questions about surgeries
    Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Wednesday May 1, 2013)

    “Avoiding questions about surgeries”

  • UK appeals ruling requiring release of children’s hospital surgery documents
    Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Thursday April 25, 2013)

    Lexington Herald-Leader reports: “The University of Kentucky on Thursday sued a public radio reporter who requested documents about surgeries at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.”

  • Listen: Dr. Arjun Srinivasan from the CDC and Dr. Kevin Kavanagh from HW USA discuss healthcare acquired infections
    Source: Health Watch USA (Thursday April 25, 2013)

    link to Dr Arjun Srinivasan’s radio presentation April 23, 2013 on 590 AM WVLK

  • Costs soar when doctors work for hospitals
    Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (Monday April 22, 2013)

    Op-ed by Dr. Kevin Kavanagh: “As more physicians become employees of hospitals, more hospital outpatient services will be provided, which produces an ever increasing cash trove for facilities, while increasing costs for patients and draining Medicare’s financial reserves.”

  • CRE: Mandatory reporting of ‘superbug’ sought
    Source: Courier Journal (Friday April 12, 2013)

    A state legislator from Louisville and the leader of a national watchdog group (Dr. Kevin Kavanagh of Health Watch USA) are calling for a new rule that hospitals report all CRE “superbug” cases to the state — a measure they say would better control the potentially deadly bacteria.

  • Kindred had 40 CRE cases
    Source: Courier Journal (Tuesday April 16, 2013)

    The Kentucky Department for Public Health and Kindred Healthcare are investigating the presence of CRE superbugs in about 40 patients since July at Kindred Hospital Louisville, a transitional-care hospital where patients often stay for weeks.

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Research and Reports

  • Can Inpatient Hospital Experiences Predict Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections?
    Source: PLOS ONE (Friday April 5, 2013)

    Health Watch USA Publication: An association between CLABSI and Hospital Wide Patient Survey Results points to a Problem with the Culture of Safety in Facilities with poor CLABSI rates.

    Can Inpatient Hospital Experiences Predict Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections? Plos One. April 5, 2012.

  • Health Watch USA Newsletter – March 2013
    Source: Health Watch USA (Wednesday March 27, 2013)

    Patient safety news collected by Health Watch USA.

  • Health Watch USA Newsletter – February 2013
    Source: Health Watch USA (Monday February 11, 2013)

    Patient safety news collected by Health Watch USA.

  • Health Watch USA Newsletter – January 28, 2013
    Source: Health Watch USA (Saturday January 28, 2012)

    Patient safety news collected by Health Watch USA.

  • Health Watch USA Newsletter – December 20, 2012
    Source: Health Watch USA (Thursday December 20, 2012)

    Patient safety news collected by Health Watch USA.

  • Health Watch USA Newsletter – November 15, 2012
    Source: Health Watch USA (Sunday November 11, 2012)

    Patient safety news collected by Health Watch USA. Health Watch USA 2012 Conference Information Now Online. Over 140 participants were at the 2012 Health Watch USA Conference. Topics included Shared Decision Making, Overutilization, Value Purchasing and Patient Engagement. Presentations now online include: Dr. Leana Wen, Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Dr Said Abusalem, and Rosemary Gibson. To view presentations and PowerPoints go to: http://www.healthwatchusa.org/conference2012/index.html

  • Health Watch USA Newsletter – October 23, 2012
    Source: Health Watch USA (Tuesday October 23, 2012)

    Patient safety news collected by Health Watch USA.

  • Health Watch USA Newsletter – September 2012
    Source: Health Watch USA (Saturday September 1, 2012)

    Patient safety news collected by Health Watch USA.

  • Health Watch USA Conference – November 9, 2012, Lexington, KY
    Source: Health Watch USA (Thursday August 30, 2012)

    Health Watch USA Conference for Healthcare Transparency & Patient Advocacy (November 9, 2012, Lexington, KY)

  • Health Watch USA August 2012 Newsletter
    Source: Health Watch USA (Wednesday August 22, 2012)

    Patient safety news and links from Health Watch USA.

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