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Health Care Week in Review: GOP Health Bill Moves to Senate, Powassan Virus, American Technology Council, CDC Surgery Guidelines

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Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  After weeks of political tug-of-war, the House managed to pass the Republicans' replacement to the Affordable Care Act. House members voted on Thursday, resulting in a narrow margin in favor of the GOP. Democrats have made clear that they will unanimously oppose the bill.  Read More

•  With summer just around the corner, experts warn of increases in a tick-borne virus called Powassan. Over the past 10 years, 75 cases have been reported in the northeastern states and the Great Lakes region of the U.S. The virus is found to be potentially life-threatening. The most common symptoms are fever and headache, although most infected people will never show symptoms.  Read More

•  Days after Republican Rep. Will Hurd introduced a new IT modernization bill dubbed the Modernizing Government Technology Act, President Trump signed an executive order creating the American Technology Council. This organization will be aimed at modernizing the federal government's IT systems.  Read More

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new guidelines in an effort to prevent surgical site infections (SSIs), updated from the last released guidelines in 1999. Some of the updated recommendations include using an alcohol-based product to cleanse skin in the operating room, not using topical antimicrobial substances in an incision, maintaining the patient's normal body temperature and more.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture software.
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