The groups said health care organizations and providers should use the new measures to ensure they adhere to diagnosis and treatment guidelines for patients with high blood pressure, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Maine, and Texas.
- California: Facebook on Thursday announced it will remove posts that contain false information about the coronavirus to prevent the spread of misinformation about cures and prevention methods. Facebook in the announcement also said it would block hashtags used to spread misinformation in Instagram. The announcement came after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency (Seetharaman, Wall Street Journal, 1/31).
- Maine: State Rep. Vicki Doudera (D) on Tuesday introduced a bill to the Maine House's Health and Human Services Committee that would require physicians to receive informed consent before performing or supervising a pelvic exam on a patient who is under anesthesia or unconscious. The bill includes a provision that would allow clinicians to perform the exams on an unconscious patient in the case of an emergency (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/29).
- Texas: The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association in a recent report proposed 22 quality measures for blood pressure control. The quality measures are divided into three categories: process quality measures, performance measures, and structural quality measures. The groups said health care organizations and providers should use the new measures to ensure they adhere to diagnosis and treatment guidelines for patients with high blood pressure (Bean, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/29).