Researchers examine rates of harm in hospitalized children | More U.S. children with mental health problems receiving treatment | Prospects improve when people with autism are taught life skills
May 21, 2015
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Researchers examine rates of harm in hospitalized children
Two hundred and forty pediatric patient harms were identified in 600 patient charts from six academic children's hospitals, with at least one harm recognized for 23.4% of patients, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers said 45% of the harms were potentially or definitely preventable. The most common pediatric patient harms were respiratory distress, pain, constipation, surgical complications, and intravenous catheter infiltrations or burns. (5/18)
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More U.S. children with mental health problems receiving treatment
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the number of U.S. children and teens who were treated for mental health problems annually increased from just over 9% in 1996 to 1998 to more than 13% in 2012. Researchers also found that almost 44% of children with more severe mental health problems were receiving some kind of therapy in 2012, compared with 26% in the late 1990s, and that the use of both talk therapy and medication increased over the years. News (5/20)
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How Patient-Centered Medical Home Enhances Your Practice
Children's Hospital & Medical Center presents The Future of Pediatrics Conference: Creating the Patient-Centered Medical Home, from Inception to Implementation, June 11-12, 2015, in Omaha, Neb. Designed for pediatricians, pediatric specialists and other pediatric practitioners. Up to 13.25 CME hours. Deadline: June 1, 800-833-3100. Learn more.
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Prospects improve when people with autism are taught life skills
Teaching practical life skills to young adults with autism may improve their future prospects, according to a study presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. Researchers found higher levels of employment, better quality of life and less social isolation among young adults who were taught adaptive behavior skills such as personal hygiene and grooming, financial management, and household skills. (5/18)
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Researchers link childhood bullying to health problems in adulthood
A British study published in the journal Psychological Medicine found that adults who experienced bullying when they were at ages 7 and 11 were more likely to become obese, overweight and have blood inflammation later in life, compared to those who were never bullied. The study involved over 7,100 people born in England, Scotland and Wales. HealthDay News (5/20)
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Study examines role of fathers' speech in children's language development
Fathers who do not engage in motherese, or baby talk, with their children may actually be helping them develop their language skills. The findings, presented at the Acoustical Society of America meeting, revealed that fathers talk with their children the same way they talk to adults, with some modifications for vocabulary or changing the duration or volume of their speech, which can help children connect to real-world speech. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (5/20)
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Diabetes risk in pregnant women tied to baby's gender, study finds
Women pregnant with a son had a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes than women carrying a daughter, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers also found women pregnant with a daughter who did develop gestational diabetes had a higher risk for type 2 diabetes after pregnancy. HealthDay News (5/20)
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Is It Time to Replace Your PM System?
Practice Management (PM) systems form the backbone of any medical practice, helping physicians and their staff manage appointments, keep track of patients, and perform medical billing. This white paper covers the key drivers—market, technology, and user experience—behind the PM replacement trend and why many practices are making the move to modern, cloud- based PM systems. Download now.

Trends & Technology
Study: EHR reminders could increase HPV vaccination rates
A study in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found that issuing reminders prompted by EHRs could increase human papillomavirus vaccination rates. Research showed that participants ages 9 to 18 whose clinicians were prompted by EHRs to provide recommended services notes, including a vaccine reminder, to them and their parents were almost three times as likely to begin the vaccination series and 10 times as likely to finish the series than those who did not get a reminder. Vaccination rates also increased in patients 19 to 26 years of age who received the reminders. HealthDay News (5/19)
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Pat Croce Reveals His Insights for Acting on Your Passion
If you're ready to "get your butt off the couch and get into the game of life," it's time to get inspired by this successful entrepreneur and leadership expert. Read the featured article.

Health Policy & Regulations
CBO evaluated ACA based on tax credits for all, former director says
Congressional Budget Office analysts always assumed the Affordable Care Act would extend tax credits to anyone below a certain income level who bought health insurance from a publicly run exchange, regardless of whether the exchange was set up by a state or the federal government, former CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf said. The Hill (5/19)
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CMS to discuss ICD-10, ICD-10-PCS Section X in national call
A national call will be hosted by the CMS on June 18 to discuss resources and strategies to help health care professionals convert to ICD-10 codes. The ICD-10-PCS Section X for new technologies, which hospitals will use, also will be covered in the call. Health Industry Washington Watch blog (5/19)
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13th World Congress of Pediatric Dermatology call for courses, symposia and seminars
The Society for Pediatric Dermatology will host the 13th World Congress of Pediatric Dermatology (WCPD 2017), July 6 - 9, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Illinois. Pediatric dermatologists, pediatricians and dermatologists from all over the world will attend this special event, and proposals for courses, symposia and seminars are now being accepted for potential presentation at WCPD 2017. The deadline is July 1. Learn more or submit.
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Office preparedness during hurricane season
National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2015 occurs next week, May 24 to 30. Take time now to prepare your facility by discussing the Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices with office staff. For more information, see the AAP Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Storms Web page.
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He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command."
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