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iGetBetter joins Massachusetts Hospital Association to reduce hospital readmissions

iGetBetter, a supplier of post-acute care transition solutions designed to help reduce hospital readmissions, and the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), the primary representative of the hospital community in the commonwealth, announced today that iGetBetter will join MHA and contribute to efforts now underway by Massachusetts hospitals to improve post-discharge care transition and reduce hospital readmissions. [More]

Disparity in Medicare provider payments in Oregon, data show

Information gleaned from the federal government's Medicare data dump shows that Oregon providers and provider groups were paid $508 million in 2012. However, some providers made more than others. Meanwhile the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that arising from the data, Wisconsin Congressional members want physicians rated on quality of care. [More]
New drug combination proves effective in treating patients with HCV genotype 1

New drug combination proves effective in treating patients with HCV genotype 1

Treatment options for the 170 million people worldwide with chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) are evolving rapidly, although the available regimens often come with significant side effects. Two multi-center clinical trials led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center show promise for a new option that could help lead to both an increase in patients cured with a much more simple and tolerable all oral therapy. [More]

Researcher receives $20,000 grant award from SHEA to determine Washington State Validation Protocol for CLABSIs

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has announced Jason Lempp, MPH, CIC, as the winner of the third annual EPI Project Competition. Lempp was honored with the early investigator award for his project looking to determine if the Washington State Validation Protocol for central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) can be a scalable, sustainable model for tracking and ensuring quality national data on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). [More]
New Dartmouth study offers roadmap for better risk adjustment in Medicare

New Dartmouth study offers roadmap for better risk adjustment in Medicare

The methodology Medicare uses to adjust the billions of dollars it pays health plans and hospitals to account for how sick their patients are is flawed and should be replaced, according to a new study by Dartmouth investigators published in the journal BMJ that weighed the performance of Medicare's methodology against alternatives. [More]

Regional collaboration in Northwest spurs first widespread adoption of the OpenNotes initiative

A unique regional collaboration among nine prominent health systems and medical groups in the Northwest will provide more than one million patients in Oregon and Southwest Washington with electronic access to the notes their providers include in medical records. [More]

Healthy Aging Brain Center care model improves health outcomes and quality of care in older adults

Studies have shown that a new patient and caregiver centered model of innovative, coordinated brain care for older adults improves health outcomes and quality of care for those with cognitive impairment. [More]

African Americans are at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than white population

A new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center reviews research that suggests that the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease among older African Americans may be two to three times greater than in the non-Hispanic white population and that they differ from the non-Hispanic white population in risk factors and disease manifestation. [More]
Research roundup: Mental health parity; nurses' workload; can restaurants reduce portion size?

Research roundup: Mental health parity; nurses' workload; can restaurants reduce portion size?

Historically, health insurance covered mental health care differently than other medical care. Recent laws have begun bringing them into balance. ... Congress passed the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) in 2008. ... the MHPAEA applied to large group health plans, both fully and self-insured, and included a cost exemption. [More]

Docs, hospitals 'wade into world of social services'

A pair of stories examines a program that provides services beyond medical care to improve people's well-being. [More]

Longer looks: New doubts about shaken baby syndrome; arresting the mentally ill; self-help therapy

A number of reexamined cases in recent years-;aided by new technology and debate among medical experts-;have put proponents of the (Shaken Baby Syndrome) hypothesis on the defensive. [More]

Aesynt completes acquisition of Health Robotics

Aesynt™, a leading provider of integrated pharmacy automation solutions for hospitals and health systems, announced it has completed the acquisition of Health Robotics, the leading global supplier of automated technology for intravenous (IV) medication preparation, compounding and dispensing. [More]

Walgreens' March sales up 4.5% to $6.43 billion

Walgreens had March sales of $6.43 billion, an increase of 4.5 percent from $6.16 billion for the same month in fiscal 2013. [More]

Clinical Therapeutics features a special report on trans fat

Clinical Therapeutics features a special report in its March issue focusing on the science and policy leading up to the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) preliminary steps toward restricting industrially produced trans fatty acids, or trans fat, at the federal level. [More]

BIO and WLSA to explore intersection between digital health and biotechnology at 2014 BIO International Convention

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) today announced a partnership to explore the intersection between digital health and biotechnology through the inaugural Digital Health Zone and Forum at the 2014 BIO International Convention®. [More]
Health Diagnostic Laboratory opens My HDL Hub health centers to prevent major chronic diseases

Health Diagnostic Laboratory opens My HDL Hub health centers to prevent major chronic diseases

Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. is taking the next step in its mission to detect, prevent and reverse major chronic disease such as heart disease and diabetes with the launch of My HDL Hub health centers. HDL, Inc.'s My HDL Hub is a place for individuals to receive comprehensive blood tests, gain lifestyle, nutrition and fitness guidance with the company's Clinical Health Consultants and relate to others in the community with common goals of becoming healthier. [More]

Methodist Healthcare to receive Texas Award for Performance Excellence from Quality Texas Foundation

Methodist Healthcare has been selected to receive the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) from the Quality Texas Foundation, representing the highest level of quality an organization can achieve in the state of Texas. Methodist Healthcare is the first and only health care system in South Texas and the third organization in San Antonio to receive the TAPE award since the inception of the award in 1994. [More]
TV watching leads to excessive snacking, cardiovascular risk in middle school kids

TV watching leads to excessive snacking, cardiovascular risk in middle school kids

Middle school kids who park themselves in front of the TV for two hours or more each day are more likely to consume junk food and have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, even compared to those who spend an equal amount of time on the computer or playing video games, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Provo-Orem, Utah ranked first in Gallup-Healthways Community Well-Being Index

Provo-Orem, Utah ranked first in Gallup-Healthways Community Well-Being Index

For the sixth consecutive year, global well-being improvement leader Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) and world-leading management consulting firm Gallup have released their analysis of the state of well-being for communities, states and congressional districts in the United States. [More]

Viewpoints: Supreme Court on religion and health; a GOP Senate's effect on health law; where are the young adults?

Should corporations have the right to get out of obeying federal law and refuse services and deny health care coverage to some people because of the corporate owners' religious beliefs? That's the question the U.S. Supreme Court is weighing this month – and the answer could affect millions of Americans' everyday lives (Cecile Richards and Chad Griffin, 3/18). [More]