Increased hospice services may reduce hospitalization
A study found that greater "hospice penetration" at nursing homes may reduce the risk of hospitalization for all residents, regardless of hospice status, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. The report estimated that at 14,000 facilities, 38% of nonhospice patients and 23% of patients in hospice had a hospital stay in the final month of life. McKnight's Long-Term Care News
Close to 5% of patients die within a month of cancer surgery
Nearly 53,500 of 1.1 million people diagnosed with cancer between 2004 and 2011 died within a month of surgical treatment, study data showed. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers, who presented the study at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium, said disparities in the mortality rate were linked in part to uneven access to quality health care. HealthDay News
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More physicians warming up to health care law
Data from The Medicus Firm's Physician Practice Preference Survey revealed 8.6% of responding doctors gave the health care law an A rating, an increase from 6.3% in 2013. The survey found more physicians said the Affordable Care Act has improved access to health care, but few said it has improved the efficiency of health care. BeckersHospitalReview.com
Google tests a service for video chatting with doctors
Google is moving beyond facilitating Internet searches for medical symptoms by trying out a service that will let users video chat with physicians after a symptom search. The company is covering the costs of the chats during the trial, although any follow-up virtual appointments will likely be the responsibility of the patient. Engadget
Register For the 47th Annual NY CV Symposium
Learn how current research is going to impact your practice by attending the 47th Annual New York Cardiovascular Symposium, held Dec. 12 to 14 in New York, N.Y. This three-day course, directed for more than two decades by world-renowned cardiologist and teacher Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, offers opportunities to compare cardiovascular techniques with international counterparts and hear expert opinions from highly trained and well regarded faculty who will discuss innovative scientific advances, their applications into clinical practice and how the future of cardiovascular medicine will optimize patient care. Learn more and register on CardioSource.org.
The ACC and the Future of Clinical Research
"Clinical research provides the evidence base for American College of Cardiology documents that help guide clinical practice, including expert consensus documents, guidelines, performance measures, and appropriate use criteria,” write Patrick O'Gara, MD, FACC, and Robert A. Harrington, MD, FACC, in a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. However, while clinical research is critical for the advancement of clinical practice, it has also become increasingly complex, expensive and difficult to integrate into clinical care. As a result, O'Gara and Harrington note that "thoughtful and appropriate practice of cardiovascular medicine requires an ongoing commitment to the generation of new knowledge through discovery and clinical investigation." They suggest that the ACC is well poised to serve its members and society in this area. Read more.
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