Lower antibiotic use seen in children's hospitals with ASPs | U.S. has high rate of early elective deliveries for Medicaid patients | U.S. teen vaccination rate up, infant mortality down
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December 11, 2014
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Lower antibiotic use seen in children's hospitals with ASPs
Children's hospitals that adopted formalized antibiotic stewardship programs between 2007 and 2012 showed lower average antibiotic use compared with facilities that did not, a study indicated. The findings in Pediatrics enforce recommendations for implementing ASPs, researchers noted. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (12/8)
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U.S. has high rate of early elective deliveries for Medicaid patients
A study in Health Affairs revealed the rate of Medicaid-covered early elective deliveries in U.S. states ranged from 2.8% to 13.7%. Data also showed 1.9% of elective births were performed for no medical reason before 37 weeks, while 7% were delivered prior to 39 weeks. However, more than 20 states have developed strategies to discourage early elective births. Kaiser Health News (12/8)
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U.S. teen vaccination rate up, infant mortality down
The America's Health Rankings has named Hawaii as the healthiest state for three consecutive years, while Mississippi was listed as the least healthy. Data also showed vaccination for adolescents grew 5% and infant death rates declined 4% compared with 2013. USA Today (12/10)
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Study ties parental solvent exposure to brain tumor in children
Children born to fathers who worked with certain solvents at one year before conception were two to four times as likely to develop brain tumors, a study in the British Journal of Cancer showed. Researchers also found children whose mothers worked with chlorinated solvents at any time before giving birth were at an increased risk of brain cancer. Allvoices (12/8), ScienceNetwork WA (Australia) (12/6)
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Study: Moms' mobile-device use during meals reduces interaction with children
Mothers who used mobile devices during meals had 20% fewer verbal and 39% fewer nonverbal interactions with their children, according to a study in Academic Pediatrics. Maternal mobile-device use also resulted in 26% fewer verbal and 48% fewer nonverbal interactions with children during introduction of unfamiliar foods. Yahoo/Indo-Asian News Service (12/10)
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Can genomics help us treat ALL and avoid relapse?
Approximately 65 percent of babies who get acute lymphoblastic leukemia by their first birthday will relapse within about a year of starting treatment. New research led by Children's Mercy Kansas City is sequencing the genome of infant leukemia cells with the goal of better targeting therapies to the kill leukemia cells and prevent relapse. Learn more.
Trends & Technology
More patients expected to go online to make clinical appointments
An Accenture survey predicts 64% of patients will schedule clinical appointments online by the end of 2019. The move equates to 986 million appointments and potential health care savings of $3.2 billion over the next five years, researchers said. BeckersHospitalReview.com (12/10)
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Residency location may influence health care spending
Physicians who completed their residencies in more expensive regions spent an adjusted average of $522 more per Medicare patient than those who practiced in less expensive areas, a study revealed. The disparities in spending were more apparent in doctors who recently finished their residencies, but they were no longer evident at 16 to 19 years following completion, researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (12/9)
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5 positive ways to respond to negative comments.
Social media is a great way to connect with your customers, but what do you do when the conversation takes a negative turn? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

Health Policy & Regulations
CMS video provides information on ICD-10
A video was recently released by the CMS to answer questions about the ICD-10 implementation scheduled for October 2015. Among the topics covered are basic information about the coding system, how ICD-10 differs from ICD-9, ICD-10 code structures and resources for coders. BeckersHospitalReview.com (12/9)
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HHS recognizes efforts to improve care with $36M in funding
More than $36 million has been awarded by HHS to over 1,000 health care centers in the U.S. The funding, which recognizes efforts to advance patient care, including use of EHRs, will be used to finance further infrastructure, systems and overall patient care improvement. The Hill (12/9)
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Happy birthday to HealthyChildren.org
Join the AAP in celebrating the 5th birthday of HealthyChildren.org by watching and sharing this birthday video — and "signing" our birthday announcement on Facebook. Thank you to all AAP members and other health care professionals who have strongly supported HealthyChildren.org throughout these first five years.
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Visiting lectureship grants
The AAP Julius B. Richmond Visiting Lectureship Program provides grants of up to $3,000 to support two-day, customized, educational meetings both in the U.S. and abroad that are focused on protecting the health of children and families by controlling tobacco smoke exposure. Proposals are due Jan. 30, 2015.
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