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Health Ethics Trust's Compliance Program certification awarded to Diversified Service Options

Health Ethics Trust's Compliance Program certification awarded to Diversified Service Options

Diversified Service Options, Inc., (Diversified) today announced that the company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, First Coast Service Options and Novitas Solutions, have achieved the prestigious Health Ethics Trust's Compliance Program certification for their compliance program, Navigator. [More]
Express Scripts report shows that new exchange plan enrollees spent less on medications in Q1 2015

Express Scripts report shows that new exchange plan enrollees spent less on medications in Q1 2015

New exchange plan enrollees spent less on medications in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same time a year ago, according to the third edition of the Express Scripts Exchange Pulse report, released today. [More]
Hospital-wide clinical improvement initiative for patients at risk for DASH reduces readmission rates

Hospital-wide clinical improvement initiative for patients at risk for DASH reduces readmission rates

Brigham and Women's Hospital finds that developing and implementing an interdisciplinary care improvement initiative improves outcomes. [More]
FAU awarded $2.1 million to examine effectiveness of antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia

FAU awarded $2.1 million to examine effectiveness of antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia

Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine was recently awarded a $2.1 million, two-year contract by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. to conduct a study to examine the effectiveness of an injectable long-acting antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia and its impact on 30-day hospital readmission rates. [More]
Veracyte named to Bay Area News Group's Top Workplaces list for second consecutive year

Veracyte named to Bay Area News Group's Top Workplaces list for second consecutive year

Veracyte, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company pioneering the field of molecular cytology, today announced that it has been named to the Bay Area News Group's prestigious Top Workplaces list for the second year in a row. The news group selects Top Workplace winners based solely on an annual survey of Bay Area-company employees. [More]
Kenall Manufacturing introduces light fixture to kill harmful bacteria linked to HAIs

Kenall Manufacturing introduces light fixture to kill harmful bacteria linked to HAIs

Kenall Manufacturing today introduced Indigo-Clean, a light fixture that uses Continuous Environmental Disinfection technology to continuously kill harmful bacteria linked to hospital acquired infections (HAIs). The technology behind Indigo-Clean inactivates a wide range of micro-organisms that are known causes of HAIs, including MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), C.difficile and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus). [More]
Study shows wide geographic variation in use of 'clotbuster' for stroke treatment

Study shows wide geographic variation in use of 'clotbuster' for stroke treatment

It looks like a crazy quilt spread over the continent. But a new map of emergency stroke care in America shows just how much of a patchwork system we still have for delivering the most effective stroke treatment. [More]

Tissue Regenix secures Medicare approval for DermaPure reimbursement

Tissue Regenix Group plc, the regenerative medical devices company, today announces it has secured approval from the Noridian Healthcare Solutions and Palmetto GBA Medicare administrators for DermaPure reimbursement. [More]
IPs spend more time in collecting and reporting hospital infection data than protecting patients

IPs spend more time in collecting and reporting hospital infection data than protecting patients

Collecting and reporting hospital infection data to federal health agencies takes more than 5 hours each day, at the expense of time needed to ensure that frontline healthcare personnel are adhering to basic infection prevention practices such as hand hygiene, according to a recent case study, to be presented on Saturday, June 27 at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. [More]
Bayer Yakuhin receives MHLW approval in Japan for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection to treat RVO patients

Bayer Yakuhin receives MHLW approval in Japan for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection to treat RVO patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that Bayer HealthCare's Japanese subsidiary, Bayer Yakuhin, Ltd., received approval for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) in Japan for the treatment of patients with macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion (RVO). [More]
Life-saving defibrillators are grossly underutilized, shows study

Life-saving defibrillators are grossly underutilized, shows study

Heart attack patients age 65 and older who have reduced heart function might still benefit from implanted defibrillators, according to a Duke Medicine study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [More]
Study: Unauthorized immigrants pay billions more than they utilize in Medicare Trust Fund

Study: Unauthorized immigrants pay billions more than they utilize in Medicare Trust Fund

Unauthorized immigrants pay billions more into Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund each year than they withdraw in health benefits, according to research from Harvard Medical School, the Institute for Community Health and the City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College. [More]
AMGA outlines policies to support care for the chronically ill

AMGA outlines policies to support care for the chronically ill

Today, the American Medical Group Association submitted a letter to the newly formed Senate Committee on Finance Chronic Care Workgroup outlining policies that would support care for the chronically ill. [More]

Centene recognized with Auburn University's Corporate Anti-Bullying Hero Award

Centene Corporation announced today that the company received the Corporate Anti-Bullying Hero Award at Auburn University's Anti-Bullying Summit in Peachtree City, Georgia. [More]
Readmission to same hospital for post-surgical complications improves survival

Readmission to same hospital for post-surgical complications improves survival

Patients rehospitalized with complications after major surgery are 26% more likely to survive if they return to the hospital where they had their operation compared to those readmitted to a different hospital, according to a national study involving over 9 million Medicare patients in the USA, published in The Lancet. [More]
University of Utah-led study suggests that readmission to same hospital important for recovery

University of Utah-led study suggests that readmission to same hospital important for recovery

Up to 22 percent of surgical patients experience unexpected complications and must be readmitted for post-operative care. A study led by the University of Utah suggests that returning to the same hospital is important for recovery. Readmission to a different hospital was associated with a 26 percent increased risk for dying within 90 days. [More]

Better primary care needed to reduce unnecessary ED visits by Medicaid patients

Although a goal of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was to provide Medicaid patients with a source of nonemergency care outside of hospital emergency departments (EDs), researchers suggest that these newly enrolled patients will likely continue to look to EDs for treatment of chronic diseases and other nonemergency issues, despite state attempts to impose fees on ED visits. [More]
University of Delaware researchers identify prime suspects in cataract formation

University of Delaware researchers identify prime suspects in cataract formation

When cataracts encroach on the eyes, the only effective remedy is to surgically replace the eyes' lenses with synthetic substitutes. But what if scientists found a way to delay or prevent cataracts from forming in the first place? Researchers at the University of Delaware may have found such an opportunity by identifying the prime suspects in the formation of cataracts - deficiency of two genes that encode regulatory proteins. [More]

AMGA submits comments on proposed rule to modify Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017

Today, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making recommendations on the proposed rule to modify Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017. [More]
ABC Medical Home program achieves significant health improvement for people with depression

ABC Medical Home program achieves significant health improvement for people with depression

The Aging Brain Care Medical Home, a novel population health management program implemented in the homes of older adults achieves significant health improvement for individuals with depression and also substantial stress reduction in family caregivers of dementia patients, according to a new study by investigators from the Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University Center for Aging Research and Eskenazi Health. [More]
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