Unmarried people face elevated risk of heart disease, mortality | Longer sleep duration associated with better cardiometabolic profile in youths | Lifestyle influences CVD risk in type 2 diabetes, study finds
June 20, 2018
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Unmarried people face elevated risk of heart disease, mortality
A study in the journal Heart found individuals who were single, divorced or widowed had a 42% higher risk of cardiovascular disease, compared with married people. The findings, based on 34 studies across the world involving more than 2 million participants ages 42 to 77, also showed people who were not married faced greater risks for coronary artery disease and CAD- or stroke-related mortality.
Medical News Today (6/19) 
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Longer sleep duration associated with better cardiometabolic profile in youths
Researchers found that longer sleep duration and better sleep efficiency positively correlate with lower metabolic risk scores for homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance, HDL cholesterol, fat mass, waist circumference, systolic blood pressure and log-transformed triglycerides among adolescents. The findings, based on 829 adolescents, were published in Pediatrics.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (6/15) 
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Medical expenses force 45% of diabetes patients to pass on medical care
A report issued by health care services provider UpWell Health found that 45% of patients with diabetes have missed out on medical care due to costs, based on a survey of 5,255 patients with diabetes living in the US. Diabetes-related medical expenses can reach $7,900 per person each year, according to the American Diabetes Association, and the report found that 43% of patients spent up to $1,000 out of pocket for diabetes complications, 34% spent personal money to pay for trips to a clinician's office for diabetes management, and 37% disclosed that diabetes has caused stress in their family, social and work relationships.
Becker's Hospital CFO Report (6/18) 
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Patient no-shows for scheduled imaging exams may cost offices $1M yearly
University of Washington researchers found that radiology departments can have up to $1 million in uncaptured revenue annually from patients not showing up for scheduled imaging exams. The findings in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology also showed the highest rate of patient no-shows was for mammography screenings, which had up to $350,000 annually in lost revenue.
Health Imaging online (6/19) 
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Regulatory & Policy
CMS seeks comments on proposal to mandate patient data sharing
The CMS will accept until June 26 comments on its proposed rule that would require electronic sharing of patient data between hospitals participating in Medicare and other providers when a patient is discharged or transferred. The agency wants to know potential barriers to complying with this rule, the time frame for compliance and whether the rule could lessen information blocking as defined in the 21st Century Cures Act.
Becker's Health IT & CIO Report (6/18),  Politico (6/18) 
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Labor Dept. announces final rule on association health plans
The Labor Department issued a final rule that will make it easier for small businesses and self-employed individuals to join together to purchase cheaper association health plans that skirt some Affordable Care Act requirements. Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta said the new plans "will offer more health care coverage options at a better price," but a recent Avalere Health analysis showed expansion of association health plans would cause 3.2 million people to leave the ACA markets by 2022 and raise premiums for those still in the individual market by 3.5%.
The Hill (6/19),  Kaiser Health News (6/19) 
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Tonight's the night! IAEA/ASNC Technologist Webinar at 9 p.m. (PT)
Tonight's the night! IAEA/ASNC Technologist Webinar at 9 p.m. (PT)
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) present the second in a series of complimentary webinars, "Best Practices for Technologists," tonight, Wednesday, June 20, at 9 p.m. (PT) -- please note the time zone! These webinars are designed to provide the best practices in nuclear cardiology to cardiologists, radiologists, technologists and nuclear medicine physicians. Register now!
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