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Health care system-level factors may increase likelihood of medication adherence among seniors

Health care system-level factors may increase likelihood of medication adherence among seniors

Specific system-level factors controlled by health care systems - including prescriptions with a medication supply greater than 90 days, mail-order pharmacy use, and lower copayments and out-of-pocket maximums - nearly doubled the likelihood that patients adhered to prescribed heart and diabetes medications, according to a new study published in the journal Medical Care. [More]
Transcatheter MitraClip system safe, effective for valve repair treatment

Transcatheter MitraClip system safe, effective for valve repair treatment

The commercial track record with transcatheter mitral valve repair, approved for patients at high risk for surgery, compares favorably with pre-approval reports, according to findings from a U.S. registry presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Senator Heidi Heitkamp honored for advocacy work, leadership on mental health issues

Senator Heidi Heitkamp honored for advocacy work, leadership on mental health issues

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) was honored last night by the American Psychological Association Practice Organization for her advocacy work and leadership on mental health issues. APAPO recognized Sen. Heitkamp with the 2015 Outstanding Leadership Award, given annually to a member of Congress who has championed the goals of professional psychology. [More]
UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health recognized as one of America's Best Breast Centers

UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health recognized as one of America's Best Breast Centers

UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health earns the 2015 Women's Choice Award as one of America's Best Breast Centers, acknowledging its dedication to providing exceptional patient care and treatment. [More]
Loyola's Neil Gupta recommends patients to ask four questions when planning a colonoscopy

Loyola's Neil Gupta recommends patients to ask four questions when planning a colonoscopy

"Most people focus on the dislike of the preparation, the need to arrange transportation and the fear of being anesthetized during the procedure and then potentially getting a cancer diagnosis," says Neil Gupta, MD, MPH, Director of Endoscopy at Loyola University Health System. "Screening colonoscopy is a very critical examination that really can determine life and death when it comes to colon cancer. It is now clear that not every colonoscopy is equal. Once you've decided it's time to get a screening colonoscopy, the next step is to make sure that you get a high-quality one." [More]
New hepatitis C drugs to place economic burden on health care system, predicts MD Anderson study

New hepatitis C drugs to place economic burden on health care system, predicts MD Anderson study

The cost of treating people infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) with newly approved therapies will likely place a tremendous economic burden on the country's health care system. The prediction comes from a cost-effectiveness analysis led by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
Potential solutions to help reduce high cost of cancer drugs in the U.S.

Potential solutions to help reduce high cost of cancer drugs in the U.S.

Increasingly high prices for cancer drugs are affecting patient care in the U.S. and the American health care system overall, say the authors of a special article published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. [More]
Social media ratings may influence patient perceptions of hospitals, quality of care

Social media ratings may influence patient perceptions of hospitals, quality of care

Social media has become an important way for institutions to communicate - both sending messages and receiving feedback - with clients and with the general public. [More]
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital recognized as one of 100 Top Hospitals in U.S.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital recognized as one of 100 Top Hospitals in U.S.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. [More]
New study explores patient outcomes one year after TAVR procedure

New study explores patient outcomes one year after TAVR procedure

In an analysis of outcomes of about 12,000 patients who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement, death rate after one year was nearly one in four; of those alive at 12 months, almost half had not been rehospitalized and approximately 25 percent had only one hospitalization, according to a study in the March 10 issue of JAMA. [More]
Rehospitalizations after severe sepsis may be potentially preventable

Rehospitalizations after severe sepsis may be potentially preventable

In an analysis of about 2,600 hospitalizations for severe sepsis, readmissions within 90 days were common, and approximately 40 percent occurred for diagnoses that could potentially be prevented or treated early to avoid hospitalization, according to a study in the March 10 issue of JAMA. [More]

OSTAR announces global launch of new patient-centered Vendor Neutral Gateway

OSTAR Healthcare Technology, a Washington State-based Telehealth Solutions company, announced the global launch of its G4 Device Gateway. This revolutionary HIPAA compliant Vendor Neutral Gateway (VNG) provides seamless remote device integration and monitoring for devices such as multi-vendor Glucometers, Vital Signs, Blood Pressure and Weight Scales. [More]
Obese older adults have higher rate of hospitalizations, ER admissions

Obese older adults have higher rate of hospitalizations, ER admissions

Obesity is associated with substantial increases in older adults' hospitalizations, emergency room admissions and use of outpatient health care services, according to a new study of 172,866 Medicare Advantage members throughout the U.S. [More]
Duke researchers find major shift in treatments for peripheral artery disease

Duke researchers find major shift in treatments for peripheral artery disease

Federal efforts to curb Medicare costs for unclogging blood vessels in the limbs slowed the growing use of the treatments, but also coincided with a marked increase in doctors using a more expensive approach, according to an analysis by Duke Medicine researchers. [More]
GeneSight test better predicts antidepressant outcomes for patients with depression

GeneSight test better predicts antidepressant outcomes for patients with depression

The combinatorial, multi-gene GeneSight test has been found to better predict antidepressant treatment outcomes for patients with depression, and their use of health care resources, than any of the individual genes that comprise the test, according to a peer-reviewed analysis by investigators from the Mayo Clinic and Assurex Health, and published online by The Pharmacogenomics Journal. [More]
Prime Therapeutics recognized with PBMI's 2015 Rx Innovation Award

Prime Therapeutics recognized with PBMI's 2015 Rx Innovation Award

Prime Therapeutics LLC received the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute's 2015 Rx Innovation Award today in recognition of its innovative "Specialty Drug Watch List." [More]
New report: Prevalence of CKD in the U.S. projected to increase 16.7% by 2030

New report: Prevalence of CKD in the U.S. projected to increase 16.7% by 2030

The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) will rise in the United States, according to a new report led by RTI International and published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases during March's National Kidney Month. [More]
Study: African Americans who moved from the South during Great Migration face shorter life expectancy

Study: African Americans who moved from the South during Great Migration face shorter life expectancy

Millions of African Americans moved from the South in the early 20th century to seek better job opportunities and higher wages, but a new study on the historic Great Migration shows that with improved economic conditions came a greater risk of mortality. [More]
Medicare Part D, adherence can help save patients with high cholesterol

Medicare Part D, adherence can help save patients with high cholesterol

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three American adults has high cholesterol. For those struggling with high cholesterol, getting needed prescriptions and adhering to the prescribed treatment regimen is critical. [More]
Insurance status linked to patient safety, quality of care for patients with brain tumors

Insurance status linked to patient safety, quality of care for patients with brain tumors

Patients that are on Medicaid or uninsured have higher rates of reportable patient safety and quality of care issues during hospitalization for brain tumors, reports a study in the March issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. [More]
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