The rate of drug overdose deaths among youths ages 15 to 19 in the US more than doubled between 1999 and 2015, with a 19% increase from 2014 to 2015, according to a report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. Researchers also found that most drug overdose deaths in 2015 were accidental and caused by opioids.
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A new health care model designed to improve access to care in underserved rural areas expands the role of hospital emergency departments in providing primary care services and connecting patients to community physicians, according to a study in Annals of Emergency Medicine. "Emergency medicine-primary care partnerships can address rural populations' most pressing social and medical needs," said researcher Margaret Greenwood-Ericksen of the University of Michigan.
A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found patients with cancer had greater risks for arterial thromboembolism, heart attack and ischemic stroke six months after their diagnosis, compared with those who did not have cancer. The findings were based on Medicare linked-Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results Program data for 279,719 pairs of patients with cancer and matched controls.
EHR access helps emergency medical services organizations improve clinical decision-making during high-stakes transitions of care and allows long-term post-acute care facilities to improve care coordination between providers and prescribers, experts say. Integrating EHR use and adopting health information exchange can also boost care management and collaboration among physicians in specialty care facilities.
French researchers found that rates of two-year survival and survival without sensory or neuromotor disabilities among infants born from 22 weeks to 31 weeks of gestation rose by 6% and more than 7%, respectively, between 1997 and 2001. However, the findings in The BMJ showed that 50.2% of those born at 24 weeks to 26 weeks, 40.7% of those born at 27 weeks to 31 weeks and 36.2% of those born at 32 weeks to 34 weeks scored below average in a test assessing neurodevelopment.
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin found a 6% increase in office visits among providers that have adopted electronic visit programs because many doctors feel the need to see telemedicine patients in person, causing them to spend an additional 45 minutes on those visits. The study, based on health care encounters between 90 providers and more than 140,000 patients over five years, said e-visit programs also reduced the number of new patients seen by providers each month by 15% and did not contribute any "observable improvement in patient health" between users and nonusers.
Air Force pararescue teams are able to triage and monitor multiple patients simultaneously in combat using the Battlefield Assisted Trauma Distributed Observation Kit, developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB. The platform enables documentation of wound location, type and mechanism of injury; allows treatment to be prioritized based on wound severity; and is compatible with the DOD's legacy EHR system as well as the forthcoming Military Health System GENESIS.
Among 1,339 women with urinary incontinence, 61% did not seek treatment during an office visit, with 55% saying their health care provider never asked, 73% saying the UI was not bad enough, and 53% believing it was a normal part of aging, researchers wrote in Menopause. Researcher Elaine Waetjen said providers should routinely discuss incontinence with women at midlife and older during well-woman and other preventive health visits.
A White House spokesman said health insurers will receive cost-sharing reduction payments for August, which will total around $600 million, but the future of the program remains uncertain. Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who is set to hold bipartisan hearings on the issue next month, praised the decision and called for Congress to quickly pass legislation to continue the payments through 2018.
The CMS reduced the number of locations mandated to participate in the bundled payment model on Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement and canceled two others set to begin in January without proposing replacements, saying the rules associated with these models are too burdensome to providers.
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