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Electronic health records improve weekend surgery outcomes
Electronic health record systems significantly improve outcomes for patients who undergo surgeries on weekends, according to a Loyola Medicine study published in JAMA Surgery. Past research has shown that weekend surgery patients tend to experience longer hospital stays and higher mortality rates and readmissions, a phenomenon known as the 'weekend effect.' (2017-03-29)

TBI in emergency departments a substantial economic burden
A new study that looked at nearly 134,000 emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury, including concussion, during a one year period in Ontario estimated that those visits had a total cost of $945 million over the lifetimes of those patients. (2017-03-29)

Cannabis use may predict opioid use in women undergoing addictions treatment, study says
Researchers have found that women in methadone treatment who use cannabis are 82 per cent more likely to continue using opioids. This means that women who use cannabis are at high risk of failing methadone treatment. Tailoring treatment to the patient's sex can help to deliver more accurate, personalized treatment. (2017-03-29)

Neurological diseases cost the US nearly $800 billion per year
A new paper published in the Annals of Neurology reports the most common neurological diseases pose a serious annual financial burden for the nation. (2017-03-28)

NUS Pharmacy team develops 'calculator' to predict risk of early hospital readmission
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore has developed a novel web-based tool that predicts a patient's 15-day readmission risk. (2017-03-27)

Neurosurgical practices must evolve and transform to adapt to rapidly changing healthcare industry
Neurosurgeons hoping to successfully navigate the rapidly changing healthcare industry must advance their strategies and adapt new ways of thinking in order to continue to thrive in an evolving environment. (2017-03-24)

Reduced risk of pressure injuries at hospitals with nurses certified in wound, ostomy, and continence care
Hospitals that employ nurses who have specialty certification in wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) care have lower rates of hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs), reports a study in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. Official journal of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN®) Society, the Journal of WOCN® is published by Wolters Kluwer. (2017-03-23)

Overcoming workplace barriers to breastfeeding -- review and recommendations in The Nurse Practitioner
For mothers of new infants, going back to work may pose a number of obstacles to continued breastfeeding. Workplace policies affecting the ability to breastfeed -- and the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) in helping to overcome those obstacles -- are the topic of a special article in The Nurse Practitioner, published by Wolters Kluwer. (2017-03-23)

Penn researchers call for better laws covering patient incentives to improve care
Current federal anti-kickback laws prohibit pharmaceutical companies and providers from bribing patients to seek their goods and services. Unfortunately, the laws also prevent hospitals from offering services that could potentially benefit patients, such as free rides to elderly or disabled patients to help them get to their appointments. In an essay published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers call for a recrafting of these laws to permit more sensible health-promoting initiatives. (2017-03-22)

Initial hospital costs from gunshot wounds total $6.6 billion over 9 years, study finds
Gun violence resulted in initial hospitalization costs of more than $6.6 billion nationwide from 2006 through 2014 -- an average of $734.6 million per year, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine. (2017-03-21)

Anti-bacterial discovery will prevent infections spreading on medical devices
Bacterial biofilms frequently attach to medical devices in the body, such as hip replacements and heart valves, after surgery. These biofilms often cause the removal of these devices because the bacteria cannot be killed by antibiotics. However, a team of microbiologists from Trinity College Dublin has just discovered how to prevent these bacteria establishing, which has significant financial and health-related implications. (2017-03-20)

Nation's largest private health care database acquires all Medicare claims data
FAIR Health, which operates the largest repository holding private health care and dental claims, totaling some 23 billion records, now is adding four recent years of Medicare claims data to its holdings. (2017-03-17)

Routine blood tests can help measure a patient's future risk for chronic disease, new study finds
A new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City finds that combining information from routine blood tests and age of primary care patients can create a score that measures future risk of chronic disease. (2017-03-17)

Minneapolis Heart Institute physician receives American College of Cardiology top honor
Cardiologist will receive the Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award for his commitment to improving patient care. His achievements will be recognized Sunday at the American College of Cardiology conference in Washington, DC. (2017-03-17)

AGS raises concerns on cuts to training, research in president trump's proposed budget
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) expressed its deep disappointment with proposed cuts to geriatrics training, healthcare research, and a range of services for older adults -- all outlined by President Trump in his budget plan for 2018. (2017-03-16)

One-third of costs prior to knee replacement for non-recommended therapies
In the year prior to total knee replacement (TKR) surgery, almost one-third of the costs for treatment of arthritis symptoms went toward strategies not recommended by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), according to new research presented today at the 2017 AAOS Annual Meeting. Costs could decrease by an estimated 30 percent if treatments that are not recommended are no longer utilized. (2017-03-14)

Two common tests aren't effective in predicting premature births, says new national study
Two screening tests often used to try to predict which pregnant women are likely to deliver prematurely aren't effective in low-risk women, according to a national collaborative study of more than 10,000 women, led by clinician-researchers at University of Utah Health Sciences and Intermountain Healthcare. Researchers found that neither transvaginal cervical measurement or fetal fibronectin tests, used separately or together, adequately predicts preterm birth. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2017-03-14)

Accountable Care Organizations reduced medical costs without increasing drug costs
A key component of the Affordable Care Act successfully saved Medicare $345 per person in medical costs in its first year without driving up prescription drug coverage costs, according to an analysis led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. (2017-03-13)

Expensive taxi rides for business travelers
Using the example of taxi rides, a new study conducted by scientists from the universities of Cologne and Innsbruck has shown that markets for credence goods create a strong incentive for the providers of these goods to behave dishonestly. The researchers tested this on the taxi drivers of Athens, who indeed do not charge every passenger the same fare. (2017-03-13)

Study questions benefits of long-term use of ADHD medications
In a study that followed more than 500 children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) into adulthood, extended use of stimulant medication was linked with suppressed adult height but not with reduced symptoms of ADHD. (2017-03-13)

American Geriatrics Society addresses American Health Care Act
As an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of us all as we age, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today voiced opposition to several components of the newly released American Health Care Act -- legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and legislation AGS experts believe would harm access to key health services for older adults, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. (2017-03-09)

Opioids before surgery means higher costs, more problems afterward, U-M study finds
Surgery patients often go home from the hospital with a prescription for painkillers to take as they recover. But a new study suggests that doctors should also focus on patients who were taking such medicines before their operations. People who received prescriptions for opioid painkillers in the months before elective abdominal operations had longer hospital stays, and a higher chance of needing follow-up care, than patients who weren't taking such medications before surgery. (2017-03-09)

New NHS safety investigator must become fully independent body
The new NHS safety investigator for England, which starts work in April 2017, must become a fully independent body through primary legislation, according to healthcare safety experts writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. (2017-03-09)

ACR: AHCA does not go far enough to help Americans with rheumatic diseases
American College of Rheumatology President Sharad Lakhanpal, MBBS, M.D., released a statement this morning expressing concern about the American Health Care Act's (AHCA) proposed tax credits system and its failure to include a repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. (2017-03-09)

'Stepping Up' model of care improves uptake of type 2 diabetes treatment
A new model of health care that focuses on a stronger role for nurses in primary care has been associated with a higher uptake of insulin treatment among patients with type 2 diabetes, reports a study published in The BMJ today. (2017-03-08)

New healthcare pricing resource quantifies costs of complete episodes of care
New Healthcare Pricing Resource offers building blocks for reforming the way in which healthcare services get priced and reimbursed. Offers a lens into the healthcare system allowing greater clarity into healthcare costs. Also aids development of quality provider networks and informed budgeting as well as to help shed light on value based payment methodologies. (2017-03-08)

Decreasing antibiotic use can reduce transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms
Reducing antibiotic use in intensive care units by even small amounts can significantly decrease transmission of dangerous multidrug-resistant organisms, according to new research published online today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Researchers developed models to demonstrate the impact of reducing antibiotics by 10 percent and by 25 percent, and found corresponding reductions in spread of the deadly bacteria of 11.2 percent and 28.3 percent, respectively. (2017-03-08)

Peripartum cardiomyopathy occurs globally and is not a disease of the poor
Peripartum cardiomyopathy occurs globally and is not a disease of the poor, according to research published today in the European Journal of Heart Failure. Cases were reported from many countries for the first time. (2017-03-08)

Newer medications can cure HCV infections
A new analysis reveals a dramatic transformation in the care of patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) as more effective and tolerable medications have become available. (2017-03-08)

Better injury data management can save fire departments hundreds of thousands of dollars
A new study out of Drexel University shows that more accurately tracking injuries in the fire service can save fire departments a great amount of money and more accurately focus injury prevention efforts. (2017-03-06)

1 in 5 residents overuses electricity at neighbors' expense
Household electricity use falls by more than 30 percent when residents are obliged to pay for their own personal consumption. This is shown in a new Swedish study by researchers at Uppsala University's and the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS). (2017-03-06)

Louisiana Tech University set to host inaugural North Louisiana Health Analytics Conference
Healthcare professionals, educators and executives from around the region will join state officials and economic development leaders for the inaugural North Louisiana Health Analytics Conference, March 10 at the Willis-Knighton Innovation Center in Bossier City, Louisiana. (2017-03-03)

More bang for the buck
Researchers find cost-effective solutions to sediment runoff and other land-based pollution affecting West Maui reefs (2017-03-02)

Cleveland takes new steps to tackle 'superbugs'
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center are teaming up to take on the rising problem of antibiotic resistance. (2017-03-02)

Pulling the curtain back on the high cost of drugs
Extreme price hikes for a handful of pharmaceuticals in recent years have severely soured public sentiment toward the industry. Drugmakers are pushing back with a public relations campaign to highlight the new treatments they bring to the table. But industry watchers say what they might need instead is more transparency and perspective, according to the cover story in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. (2017-03-01)

Neither increased access to surgery nor reduced costs achieved in states that 'opt-out' of requiring physician supervision for anesthesia
'Opting-out' of the Medicare rule that requires anesthesia to be administered with physician supervision has little or no impact on access to either inpatient or outpatient surgery, according to a study published in Health Economics Review. Researchers also found the opt-out policy does not reduce costs, and in some cases may be associated with higher costs related to inpatient surgical care. (2017-03-01)

Food subsidies and taxes significantly improve dietary choices
A new systematic review and meta-analysis finds that lowering the cost of healthy foods significantly increases their consumption, while raising the cost of unhealthy items significantly reduces their intake. (2017-03-01)

Americans missed out on $5.4 billion by not refinancing, study says
BYU economics professor Jaren Pope found that when interest rates dropped, 20 percent of American homeowners who could have benefited from refinancing didn't, leaving a total of $5.4 billion on the table. (2017-03-01)

Tanning devices cost US healthcare $343 million a year
Tanning devices cost the US $343.1 million a year in medical costs because of the skin cancers their use is associated with, according to a new study published in the Journal of Cancer Policy. In a new study, Dr. Hugh Waters and his colleagues from the University of North Carolina established how prevalent indoor tanning-related skin cancers are in the US, and calculated the costs of these diseases. (2017-02-28)

Collaborative diabetes clinic lowers health care costs
Researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego are running a Diabetes Intensive Medical Management (DIMM) 'tune up' clinic for complex type 2 diabetes patients. In a study published in the March 2017 issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy, the researchers report the clinic's economic benefits, which include an estimated cost avoidance of $5,287 per DIMM clinic patient over three years. (2017-02-27)

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