The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer found cancer diagnoses and deaths in the US overall have been decreasing for men and women, mainly due to better treatments, prevention and screening in colorectal, lung and breast cancers. Prostate cancer death rates stabilized, however, after years of decline, and cases of oral and liver cancers are rising.
A study in the journal Cell, based on 2 million EHRs from three New York-based academic medical centers, showed that emergency contact information in EHRs could help predict a patient's risk of developing 500 hereditary conditions, including celiac disease and type 2 diabetes. Researchers identified 7.4 million familial relationships from reviews of standard emergency contact information included in patients' EHRs.
Infection rates were higher after colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy at ambulatory surgical centers, compared with prostate screenings or mammography, but lower compared with rates for bronchoscopy and cystoscopy, according to a study in Gut. Infection rates at one week postendoscopy varied widely among ASCs.
The Government Accountability Office released a report encouraging the CMS to continue its prior authorization demonstrations, which require providers and medical device suppliers to demonstrate compliance with payment and coverage rules before receiving payments for certain products and services. Estimates showed the CMS has saved up to $1.9 billion since the demonstrations started in 2012, but most of these programs have ended or will end soon.
The number of uninsured Americans increased slightly in 2017 to 29.3 million, or 9.1% of the population, statistically unchanged from 28.6 million in 2016, but 19.3 million lower than in 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act became law. Among adults ages 18 to 64, 12.8% lacked coverage, 69.3% had a private plan, and 43.7% had a high-deductible plan, up from 39.4% in 2016, according to the CDC.
This interview with Dr. Nancy Reau, a member of the American Liver Foundation's National Medical Advisory Committee, discusses the current state of viral hepatitis awareness and the hurdles that need to be overcome in terms of screening and care.
Kickstand Communications polled 600 US employees from various industries and found that 87% of health care workers reported using nonsecure email to share sensitive data, including protected health information, with almost three-quarters of them considering email to be a secure form of data, document or information delivery. Findings also showed that health care workers were 36% more likely to use nonsecure methods such as email to send regulated data than those from the financial services sector, and a majority of them admit to externally sharing customer data and regulated data.
An analysis of commercial and individual market plans from 2014 to 2016 showed that 23.3% of every premium dollar goes to prescription drugs, 22.2% to physician services, 20.2% to office visits and 16.1% for hospital stays, according to a Milliman study commissioned by America's Health Insurance Plans. "[A]s prescription drug prices and medical costs continue to rise, it forces premiums higher for hardworking American families," said AHIP incoming President and CEO Matt Eyles.
A Doctor.com survey found that nearly two-thirds of patients will choose a doctor in part based on the physician's web presence. The survey also showed about 45% of patients want a digital method for making an appointment.
ACG's SCOPY: Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention & Year-Round Excellence annually recognizes the achievements of ACG members in their community engagement, education and awareness efforts for colorectal cancer (CRC) prevention. Did you give a presentation, run a social media campaign, orchestrate a screening event or plan another CRC awareness initiative this year? The deadline for submissions to the 2018 SCOPY Awards is next Thursday, May 31. Apply now.
Log in and submit an abstract for your research to be considered as an oral or poster presentation at the ACG 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, Oct. 5-10, in Philadelphia. More than 40 awards in a variety of areas will be given to outstanding abstracts. In addition, the 6th Annual Endoscopy Video Forum will be held on Monday, Oct. 8. The 75-minute video abstract session will focus on endoscopy techniques and challenging or unique GI endoscopy cases. The deadline to submit is Monday, June 25, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Go directly to the submission site and learn more about ACG 2018.