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Higher continuity of care for seniors linked to lower risk of visiting emergency department

Higher continuity of care for seniors linked to lower risk of visiting emergency department

Seniors with traditional Medicare coverage who have more continuity of care - defined as consistently seeing the same physician in an outpatient setting - have lower chances of visiting an emergency department, according to the results of a study published online earlier this month in Annals of Emergency Medicine. [More]
ISCT announces reasons for opposing current version of REGROW Act on cell therapies

ISCT announces reasons for opposing current version of REGROW Act on cell therapies

The International Society for Cellular Therapy, the global society of clinicians, researchers, regulatory specialists, technologists, and industry partners dedicated to the translation of cellular therapy into safe and effective therapies to improve patients’ lives, today announces its reasons for opposition to the current version of the REGROW Act - the US government’s legislative efforts to promote faster patient access to effective new cellular therapies. [More]
Study looks at ways to reduce prescription drugs linked to fracture risk among older adults

Study looks at ways to reduce prescription drugs linked to fracture risk among older adults

Fragility fractures -- those that occur at standing height -- are a significant source of sickness and death among the elderly population in the United States. They are also associated with annual direct costs of over $16 billion. [More]
Breast cancer screening provides framework for radiologist-led bundled payment models, study reports

Breast cancer screening provides framework for radiologist-led bundled payment models, study reports

According to a new report by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, mammography may present an opportunity for the expanded use of bundled payments in radiology. [More]
Researchers urge people with suspected hepatitis C to get tested to prevent risk of liver disease

Researchers urge people with suspected hepatitis C to get tested to prevent risk of liver disease

Up to 70 per cent of Victorians with suspected hepatitis C may not have received follow-up testing, putting them at risk of chronic liver disease and even cancer, University of Melbourne researchers say. [More]
Simple phone checklist can help spot health problems in elders receiving supportive home-care

Simple phone checklist can help spot health problems in elders receiving supportive home-care

A simple phone checklist can help detect telltale changes in the health status of people receiving nonmedical home care, according to the findings of a pilot study led by investigators at Harvard Medical School. [More]
Tips to help older adults maintain lifelong oral health

Tips to help older adults maintain lifelong oral health

Seventy million people in this country - 20 percent of the US population -- will be 65 or older by 2030. If you're one of them, you probably think often about how to stay as fit and healthy as possible. But, you may not be giving as much thought to the health of your teeth. [More]
Study shows universal health insurance may mitigate surgical disparities for African Americans

Study shows universal health insurance may mitigate surgical disparities for African Americans

A new study from Brigham and Women's Hospital utilized claims data from more than 630,000 patients living in the state of California and found no significant differences in post-operative complications or mortality between African American patients and White patients who were treated in a universally insured military health system. [More]
Penn study shows synchronized refill program enhances medication adherence

Penn study shows synchronized refill program enhances medication adherence

Programs aimed at helping patients adhere to prescription medication regimens have become an area of interest for researchers as nearly half of patients do not take medications as prescribed. [More]
Working or volunteering could decrease chances of physical disability in elders

Working or volunteering could decrease chances of physical disability in elders

Working or volunteering can reduce the chances of chronic health conditions leading to physical disability in older Americans, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Florida State University. [More]
Study finds no major difference in effectiveness of two classes of drugs in peritoneal dialysis patients

Study finds no major difference in effectiveness of two classes of drugs in peritoneal dialysis patients

With cardiovascular disease being the No. 1 cause of death in end-stage kidney disease patients on peritoneal dialysis, a new study examined two classes of medications commonly prescribed to prevent cardiovascular events in these patients and found no significant difference in outcomes. [More]
Report reveals staggering cost of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea in the U.S.

Report reveals staggering cost of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea in the U.S.

Today the American Academy of Sleep Medicine released a new analysis, titled "Hidden health crisis costing America billions," that reveals the staggering cost of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. [More]
Study finds racial, ethnic disparities in utilization rate and health outcomes after TKR surgery

Study finds racial, ethnic disparities in utilization rate and health outcomes after TKR surgery

Minority populations have lower rates of total knee replacement (TKR) utilization but higher rates of adverse health outcomes associated with the procedure, according to a new study appearing in today's issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. [More]
Study shows hospitals that send more number of heart patients to ICU perform worse in quality of care

Study shows hospitals that send more number of heart patients to ICU perform worse in quality of care

Patients who suffer heart attacks, or flare-ups of congestive heart failure, can be cared for in a variety of hospital locations. But a new study suggests that they'll fare worse in hospitals that rely heavily on their intensive care units to care for patients like them. [More]

FSMB receives NCQA Certification for third time

The Federation of State Medical Boards announced that it has been certified for a third time by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. [More]
Researchers estimate $40 billion in annual costs to care for elderly stroke survivors

Researchers estimate $40 billion in annual costs to care for elderly stroke survivors

It's assumed that family and friends will help out in the event of a medical crisis, but that's not always feasible. And when stroke survivors need more than 20 hours of care per week, as a study in the August edition of Stroke shows, it's a large burden for their loved ones. [More]
Generic biologic drugs appear to be as effective as brand-name versions

Generic biologic drugs appear to be as effective as brand-name versions

Generic forms of a biologic drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis appear to be as safe and effective as their brand-name counterparts, a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analysis suggests. [More]
CMS ratings on health care place Cone Health in top 3% of hospitals

CMS ratings on health care place Cone Health in top 3% of hospitals

The latest government ratings on health care puts most of Cone Health in the top 3 percent of hospitals when it comes to quality. [More]
Headache and migraine sufferers asked to self manage treatment as part of new Griffith research

Headache and migraine sufferers asked to self manage treatment as part of new Griffith research

Headache and migraine sufferers are being asked to self manage their own treatment as part of new research at Griffith University. [More]
Medical professionals express fears in implementing new EHR system in hospitals

Medical professionals express fears in implementing new EHR system in hospitals

As waves of hospitals move from older methods of record keeping to new digital electronic health record (EHR) systems, many medical professionals express fears that implementing an EHR system in their hospital will have dire results, including more errors and higher patient mortality. [More]
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