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June 29, 2015

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June 29, 2015

Experts Cover Korean MERS Outbreak in New Article

June 29, 2015 — An overview and analysis of the factors underlying the recent Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus outbreak in Korea has been published by ... read more

New Strategies for Combatting Chronic Kidney Disease, Other Long-Term Conditions

June 25, 2015 — New strategies for using electronic health records (EHRs) to treat patients with chronic kidney disease have been outlined by investigators. Their recommendations may help clinicians and hospitals ... read more

Infection Preventionists May Spend More Time Collecting Data Than Protecting Patients

June 25, 2015 — Collecting and reporting hospital infection data to federal health agencies takes more than five hours each day, at the expense of time needed to ensure that frontline healthcare personnel are ... read more

Patient Outcomes Could Improve by Preparing Nursing Homes for Health Information Exchange

June 24, 2015 — When older adults transfer between nursing homes and hospitals, inefficient and unclear communication between the organizations can hinder patient care. Now, a team of researchers is working to ... read more

Oh, to Have Dr. Facebook on Call

June 24, 2015 — If it were up to Internet-savvy Americans, more of them would be emailing or sending Facebook messages to their doctors to chat about their health. That's the result of a national survey that ... read more

Unauthorized Immigrants Prolong the Life of Medicare Trust Fund, Study Suggests

June 23, 2015 — Unauthorized immigrants pay billions more into Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund each year than they withdraw in health benefits. In 2011 alone, unauthorized immigrants paid in $3.5 ... read more

Dietary Guidelines for Americans Shouldn't Place Limits on Total Fat Intake

June 23, 2015 — Researchers call on the American federal government to drop restrictions on total fat consumption in the forthcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for ... read more

Independence at Home Program National Demonstration Saves More Than $25 Million

June 22, 2015 — House calls, a long-running option dating back to the early days of medicine, can be used in a new way to improve geriatric care and lower costs, says a new ... read more

How Can Health Professionals Enhance Cognitive Health in Older Adults?

June 22, 2015 — An expert panel has clarified the cognitive aging process by making a distinction from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and provided recommendations to enhance cognitive health in ... read more

Clients Lost in System When Safety-Net Agencies Close

June 22, 2015 — Safety-net agencies, such as food banks and nonprofits offering health care, serve vulnerable individuals who are uninsured or underinsured and help them connect with services, such as health care, ... read more

Smoking Allowed in Growing Number of Restaurants, Bars in Georgia

June 22, 2015 — Despite the passage of Georgia's Smokefree Air Act in 2005, the number of restaurants and bars that allow smoking has doubled in recent years, according to ... read more

Best Practice Framework Is Good Benchmarking Tool for Fracture Liaison Services Worldwide

June 22, 2015 — The success of the Capture the Fracture Best Practice Framework has been confirmed as a single set of quality standards which can be used effectively to benchmark Fracture Liaison Services within a ... read more

No 'Heckler's Veto' in Online Ratings of Doctors, Study Shows

June 22, 2015 — Doctors have many concerns about online crowdsourced ratings, which are intended to make patients better-informed consumers of health care, but this is a big one: They worry that complainers will be ... read more

More Women Are Reaching 100 but Centenarian Men Are Healthier

June 22, 2015 — New research has found an increasing trend in the number of people in the UK reaching age 100 over the past two decades. The study also found that, whilst women were far more likely to reach 100 than ... read more

Upcoding Inflates Medicare Costs in Excess of $2 Billion Annually

June 18, 2015 — Medicare, which is already the costliest public health insurance program in the world, is costing taxpayers an excess of $2 billion annually because of a practice called “upcoding” in private ... read more

Doctors Protest Over Australia's 'Repressive Legislation' on Asylum Seekers

June 18, 2015 — In a new article, two doctors criticize Australia for passing legislation that may be used to silence doctors working with asylum seekers. The Border Force Act 2015 says that from July 2015 ... read more

Should We Welcome Multinational Companies' Connection to Projects to Improve Child Health?

June 18, 2015 — Partnerships with multinational companies in child health programs can work to help save lives, write the co-founders of charity ColaLife. But an academic argues that connections between ... read more

Better Primary Care Needed for Medicaid Patients, Expert Suggests

June 17, 2015 — 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 ... read more

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome: A Global Health Challenge

June 17, 2015 — Two public health experts outline strategies for managing MERS-CoV, focusing on transparency, trust and infection control in health care settings. The duo also outlines weaknesses in a World Health ... read more

Prescription Drug Benefit Doesn't Save Money for Medicare

June 16, 2015 — For years, the Medicare pre­scrip­tion drug ben­efit Part D has been cred­ited with pos­i­tively impacting national trends in health out­comes and med­ical ser­vices. But a recent study ... read more

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