Diet rich in olive oil might help healing of burns | Sacramento-area hospitals recognized for reducing pressure ulcer rate | Study finds ultrasound effective in healing split-thickness grafts
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November 12, 2014
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Diet rich in olive oil might help healing of burns
Patients with burns requiring hospitalization who were fed a diet rich in olive oil had shorter hospital stays and faster healing than similar patients given a diet rich in sunflower oil, according to a study published in the journal Burns. There were no differences in intensive care unit admission, wound infection or sepsis rates between the groups. (11/6)
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Sacramento-area hospitals recognized for reducing pressure ulcer rate
Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center, Mercy San Juan Medical Center and the University of California, Davis Health System were among 60 hospitals nationwide recognized by the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes for reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers. Pressure-ulcer prevention initiatives include using new surgical cushions and pads, identifying and addressing multiple risk factors for ulcers, identifying patients at risk for pressure ulcers and educating health care staff on how to detect early signs of pressure ulcers. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (11/9)
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Study finds ultrasound effective in healing split-thickness grafts
Noncontact low-frequency ultrasound might reduce itching and accelerate healing of split-thickness skin grafts, according to a small study presented at the American College of Surgeons meeting. Medscape (free registration) (11/6)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Epidermal grafting offers minimally invasive option
Wound care and hyperbaric medicine physician Katherine Lincoln recently presented research on the economic value of epidermal grafting in wound care. Epidermal grafting is minimally invasive compared with split-thickness grafting and is performed in the office on an outpatient basis. Lincoln's case study found that the procedure is versatile and accelerates wound healing. Killeen Daily Herald (Texas) (11/9)
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Health Policy & Regulation
Supreme Court to hear ACA subsidies case
The Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging the eligibility of lower-income consumers who shop via the federally run Affordable Care Act exchanges to receive subsidies. At issue is whether the tax credit subsidies should be available only in states that operate their own health insurance exchanges. CNN (11/7), Reuters (11/7), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/7)
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CMS bundling, competitive bidding rule finalized
The CMS has issued the final rule on bundling and competitive bidding, which will phase in bid rates in areas without competitive bidding beginning Jan. 1, 2016. The payment will be 110% of the average single payment amount in areas with competitive bidding. Stakeholders are concerned about potential access issues, since rural providers are not required to accept assignment, and they say an OIG study of how bidding will affect rural areas needs to be completed before moving forward with the plan. HME News (11/7)
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