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Hour-long educational coaching session reduces re-admission odds, cost for Medicare patients

Hour-long educational coaching session reduces re-admission odds, cost for Medicare patients

A new study in Journal of General Internal Medicine reports that an hour-long educational coaching session and two or three follow-up phone calls after a hospital stay reduced re-admission odds by 39 percent among Medicare patients. [More]
EHR algorithms can successfully identify patients with undiagnosed hypertension

EHR algorithms can successfully identify patients with undiagnosed hypertension

A new study authored by Northwestern Medicine- researchers found that reviewing electronic health records (EHRs) using algorithms can successfully identify patients with previously undiagnosed hypertension, or high blood pressure, with a high rate of accuracy. [More]
Mayo Clinic achieves Honor Roll status in U.S. News and World Report's top hospitals ranking

Mayo Clinic achieves Honor Roll status in U.S. News and World Report's top hospitals ranking

Mayo Clinic has achieved the highest honor in U.S. News and World Report's ranking of top hospitals. Mayo Clinic earned more number one rankings than any other provider, ranking number one or number two in 11 of the 12 specialties based on reputation, services and volumes, safety and clinical outcomes. [More]
Mount Sinai Hospital earns top rankings on the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Honor Roll

Mount Sinai Hospital earns top rankings on the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Honor Roll

By earning "top rankings" in six out of 16 medical specialties, The Mount Sinai Hospital achieved "Honor Roll" status in this year's U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" guidebook. [More]
Memorial Sloan Kettering ranked number one cancer hospital in the U.S.

Memorial Sloan Kettering ranked number one cancer hospital in the U.S.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is proud and honored to announce it has been named the number one hospital for cancer care in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in its annual listing of Best Hospitals. Since the inception of the revered list 25 years ago, MSK has held either the first or second spot each year. [More]
Cedars-Sinai named to Honor Roll in America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

Cedars-Sinai named to Honor Roll in America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

With 12 medical specialties rated among the finest in the nation, Cedars-Sinai has been named to the Honor Roll in the 2014-15 issue of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. [More]
UH Case Medical Center named one of nation's top hospitals

UH Case Medical Center named one of nation's top hospitals

University Hospitals Case Medical Center has once again been named one of the nation's top hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals rankings. UH Case Medical Center was ranked in all 12 methodology-ranked specialties for the third year in a row and in the Top 20 in four specialties - Cancer, Gastroenterology, Ear, Nose & Throat, and Orthopaedics. [More]
Researchers use simple tactics to reduce unnecessary blood tests, health care spending

Researchers use simple tactics to reduce unnecessary blood tests, health care spending

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient charges. [More]
Seattle magazine names 36 EvergreenHealth physicians to "Top Doctors" list

Seattle magazine names 36 EvergreenHealth physicians to "Top Doctors" list

The latest issue of Seattle magazine names 36 physicians within the EvergreenHealth network to the publication's annual "Top Doctors" list. [More]
Weak hospice oversight makes safety problems hard to identify

Weak hospice oversight makes safety problems hard to identify

The typical hospice undergoes a full government inspection about once every six years, according to The Washington Post, making it one of the least scrutinized areas of U.S. health care. [More]
Study questions whether health system, government policies can meet needs of people aging with HIV

Study questions whether health system, government policies can meet needs of people aging with HIV

As the first people with HIV grow old, a new study from St. Michael's Hospital questions whether the health care system and other government policies are prepared to meet their complex medical and social needs. [More]
Physician describes ways to combat post-cancer pain

Physician describes ways to combat post-cancer pain

More and more people are surviving their cancer. Unfortunately, sometimes survival can come with pain. Although many people won't feel any pain after their cancer treatment, some may have chronic, bothersome pain. [More]
Long-term care for soaring numbers of people with dementia need to be improved, says new RAND study

Long-term care for soaring numbers of people with dementia need to be improved, says new RAND study

As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring numbers of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers, a new RAND Corporation study says -- and it offers possible ways to do so. [More]
Hypertension medication may cause metabolic-related adverse events in older adults

Hypertension medication may cause metabolic-related adverse events in older adults

Adults over 65 who have recently begun thiazide diuretics are at a greater risk for developing metabolic-related adverse events, researchers at UT-Southwestern Medical Center have found. [More]
Research roundup: Hospital readmissions; researchers mistrust social media; premiums in Washington state

Research roundup: Hospital readmissions; researchers mistrust social media; premiums in Washington state

Reducing hospital readmissions is a major target for current quality improvement and cost-containment efforts. [More]
Two Regenstrief investigators receives Career Development K23 Awards from NIH

Two Regenstrief investigators receives Career Development K23 Awards from NIH

Two Regenstrief Institute investigators and Indiana University Center for Aging Research scientists -- Michael LaMantia, M.D., MPH, and Noll L. Campbell, PharmD -- have each received five-year Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development K23 Awards from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. [More]
African-American women at increased risk for deadlier breast cancers, study finds

African-American women at increased risk for deadlier breast cancers, study finds

A research study led by cancer specialists at MedStar Washington Hospital Center found that African-American women frequently present with biologically less favorable subtypes of breast cancer. [More]
Elderly Americans are most likely to own gun that presents medical and legal problems

Elderly Americans are most likely to own gun that presents medical and legal problems

In the United States the debate around gun ownership often focuses on teenagers; however, research shows that elderly Americans are the most likely to own a gun and that presents both medical and legal problems for physicians and carers. [More]
People with diabetes have about double risk of premature death

People with diabetes have about double risk of premature death

People with diabetes have about double the risk of premature death as people of the same age without diabetes. [More]
14th Annual Geriatrics Healthcare Symposium to be held on Sept. 19, 2014

14th Annual Geriatrics Healthcare Symposium to be held on Sept. 19, 2014

Experts in the use of comprehensive geriatric assessment for hospitalized elders and immunizations in older adults, and the author of the 2012 Beers Criteria - a guide to medication use in elders - will be featured at the 14th Annual University of Louisville Geriatrics Healthcare Symposium. [More]