Aurora to get federal recognition for EHR adoption
MILWAUKEE — Aurora Health Care said it would be the first healthcare system in Milwaukee to receive federal recognition for adopting electronic health records, the organization said.
Beginning this month, hospitals and other healthcare providers can register their intent to achieve “meaningful use” of EHRs and qualify for federal incentive payments, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Six of Aurora’s hospitals are registered in the incentive program. The organization also runs a network of retail pharmacies in the region.
FDA warns consumers of liver injury risk when taking Multaq
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration and drug maker Sanofi-Aventis are warning healthcare professionals and patients about the possibility of severe liver injury in patients taking a Sanofi heart drug.
The FDA said Friday that it had found cases of liver injury, including two cases of liver failure requiring transplants, in patients taking Multaq (dronedarone), a drug used to treat abnormal heart rhythm. Multaq was approved in July 2009 with a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy, or REMS, designed to prevent its use by patients with heart failure. Since then, around 147,000 patients have filled prescriptions for the drug at retail pharmacies, according to SDI.
The announcement comes a day after a new FDA requirement for prescription painkillers containing acetaminophen to contain no more than 325 mg of the drug, also due to the risk of liver injury in patients who take more than 4,000 mg of the drug daily.
CarePoint Partners acquires home-infusion pharmacy
CINCINNATI — Specialty pharmacy and home infusion provider CarePoint Partners has acquired a Houston-based infusion company that it said would make it a leader in the Texas market.
CarePoint announced the acquisition of ivA Lifetec, a home-infusion pharmacy that specializes in infusions for children, as well as nursing. Financial details were not disclosed. CarePoint said Lifetec was its 10th acquisition since December 2007, and that it now provides home infusion and specialty services in seven states.
“Our business model is to closely partner with healthcare professionals in the patient continuum of care involving in-home or alternate-site infusion therapy,” CarePoint CEO Dana Soper said. “What really makes us different is the fact that we go beyond the fundamental drop-ship dispatch services. We employ a collaborative ‘hospital-to-home’ program that optimizes outcomes and patient satisfaction.”