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New research suggests only 12% of older Americans have dental insurance

New research suggests only 12% of older Americans have dental insurance

Only 12 percent of older Americans have some form of dental insurance and fewer than half visited a dentist in the previous year, suggests new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research on Medicare beneficiaries. [More]
Bedfont Scientific signs OEM deal with Laborie for Gastrolyzer range of breath monitors

Bedfont Scientific signs OEM deal with Laborie for Gastrolyzer range of breath monitors

Laborie, an international leader in medical devices but notably gastroenterology, has signed an OEM agreement with Bedfont Scientific for their Gastrolyzer range of hydrogen and methane breath monitors. [More]
Mayo Clinic study finds overlapping surgeries to be safe for patients

Mayo Clinic study finds overlapping surgeries to be safe for patients

A common way of scheduling surgeries to expand patient access to care and improve hospital efficiency, known as "overlapping surgeries," is as safe and provides the same outcomes for patients as non-overlapping surgeries, a Mayo Clinic study has found. [More]
Report reveals hospitalization, mortality rates for kidney disease patients continue to decrease in the U.S.

Report reveals hospitalization, mortality rates for kidney disease patients continue to decrease in the U.S.

According to an annual data report from the United States Renal Data System, hospitalization and mortality rates for patients with chronic kidney disease continue to decline in the U.S. [More]
Majority of U.S. radiologists receive favorable satisfaction scores from patients, study shows

Majority of U.S. radiologists receive favorable satisfaction scores from patients, study shows

According to a new research study, most U.S. radiologists receive favorable satisfaction scores from their patients. [More]
RSNA 2016: Philips launches next-generation radiation dose management software platform for healthcare providers

RSNA 2016: Philips launches next-generation radiation dose management software platform for healthcare providers

Royal Philips today introduced DoseWise Portal 2.2, a next generation radiation dose management software platform for healthcare providers to record, track and analyze radiation exposure to patients and clinicians. [More]
New study finds substantial decline in new enteral access procedures

New study finds substantial decline in new enteral access procedures

According to a new study by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, the last two decades have seen a substantial decline in new enteral access procedures in the Medicare population. [More]
Medicare beneficiaries without supplemental insurance experience highest out-of-pocket cancer costs

Medicare beneficiaries without supplemental insurance experience highest out-of-pocket cancer costs

Which Medicare beneficiaries shoulder the highest out-of-pocket costs after a cancer diagnosis? The answer is those beneficiaries without supplemental insurance, according to a new article published online by JAMA Oncology. [More]
UB study finds low usage of dental services by patients at long-term care facilities

UB study finds low usage of dental services by patients at long-term care facilities

Nearly 90 percent of patients at long-term care facilities don't take advantage of dental services, even when they are free, a recent study by University at Buffalo researchers has found. [More]
Multi-disciplinary care in patients with CKD likely to be cost effective intervention, study finds

Multi-disciplinary care in patients with CKD likely to be cost effective intervention, study finds

Coordination of care designed to slow the progression of kidney disease is likely to be cost effective because it prevents the need for dialysis, according to a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15¬-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. [More]
New survey finds 1 in 4 vacations includes visit to ER

New survey finds 1 in 4 vacations includes visit to ER

If you've ever had to seek medical attention for an illness or an injury during a vacation, you're not alone. [More]
ASN Foundation for Kidney Research announces launch of Securing the Future Campaign

ASN Foundation for Kidney Research announces launch of Securing the Future Campaign

The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research is proud to announce the public launch of its Securing the Future Campaign during ASN Kidney Week 2016. [More]
Palliative care could reduce hospitalizations, make life easier for older adults with serious illnesses

Palliative care could reduce hospitalizations, make life easier for older adults with serious illnesses

Palliative care is treatment--such as medication, nutritional support, or massage--that helps you feel better when you have a serious illness. [More]
Study finds stable trends in ventilator-associated pneumonia rates

Study finds stable trends in ventilator-associated pneumonia rates

In a study published online by JAMA, Mark L. Metersky, M.D., of the UConn School of Medicine, Farmington, and colleagues analyzed trends in Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System ventilator-associated pneumonia rates from 2005 through 2013. [More]
Medicare expands lifestyle intervention to combat prediabetes

Medicare expands lifestyle intervention to combat prediabetes

Most people struggle with their weight and are less active than ever before. Taken together, this toxic lifestyle can lead to serious health problems. The truth is that 86 million American adults—more than one out of three—have prediabetes. What's scarier is that nine out of 10 don't know they have it. [More]
Tight ‘social networks’ of physicians may help improve patient outcomes, study suggests

Tight ‘social networks’ of physicians may help improve patient outcomes, study suggests

To get the best results for patients, it may pay for their doctors to heed the words of legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler: the team, the team, the team. [More]

Retired cardiologist explains how high hospital profits hurt the practice of medicine

Is the medical profession losing the race to attract the best and the brightest? In a series of insightful commentaries on Negative Secular Trends in Medicine published in the American Journal of Medicine, Robert M. Doroghazi, MD, retired cardiologist and publisher of The Physician Investor Newsletter, explains how high hospital profits are hurting the practice of medicine. [More]
Novel brain-focused population health management program lowers depression severity

Novel brain-focused population health management program lowers depression severity

The Aging Brain Care Medical Home, a novel brain-focused population health management program implemented in the homes of older adults, lowered depression severity by more than 50 percent over six months according to a new study from the Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University Center for Aging Research, IU Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science, and Eskenazi Health. [More]

Study: Patients and providers account for virtually equal shares of disparities in regional medical spending

In Miami, health care providers spent about $14,423 per Medicare patient in 2010. But in Minneapolis, average spending on Medicare enrollees that year was $7,819, just over half as much. In fact, the U.S. is filled with regional disparities in medical spending. [More]
Study investigates long-term outcomes in trauma patients discharged to IRFs

Study investigates long-term outcomes in trauma patients discharged to IRFs

As more trauma patients survive their initial hospital stays, new study results show that acute inpatient rehabilitation facilities are the best places for some of these patients to go once they leave the hospital. [More]
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