2nd child dies from enterovirus D68 | BMI is strong predictor of early death, study finds | Many providers lack capacity to take on Big Data, analytics
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October 14, 2014
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2nd child dies from enterovirus D68
The death of 21-month-old Madeline Reid from Michigan became the second confirmed fatality directly associated with enterovirus D68, health officials said Saturday. The CDC said close to 700 people, mostly children, in 46 states and Washington, D.C., have been infected with the virus. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/13), NBC News (10/11), Reuters (10/11)
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BMI is strong predictor of early death, study finds
A study by the American Cancer Society revealed the risk of early death associated with excess weight was similar in both black and white patients, even when they did not smoke or have a major disease. The findings were published in the journal PLOS One. DailyRx.com (10/13)
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Many providers lack capacity to take on Big Data, analytics
A MeriTalk survey found that while health care providers expressed positive views about tools to optimize EMR data, 96% lack the infrastructure to fully take advantage of Big Data, analytics and other tools. However, providers say such technologies will help them save money, according to the report. Healthcare IT News (10/13)
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Study finds longer time to treatment for in-hospital strokes
A Canadian study found up to 17% of strokes happen in hospitalized patients but treatment times may be longer than for patients who have them at home and go to the emergency department. Researcher Dr. Alexandra Saltman of the University of Toronto said stroke symptoms in hospitalized patients, especially those in an ICU who may not be awake or able to communicate, may not be readily recognized. Medscape (free registration) (10/9)
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Patients acquire HCV from organ transplantation
Patients acquired hepatitis C via solid organ transplant despite a negative HCV test before the procedure, according to a study presented at the IDWeek meeting. Of six patients implanted with organs from a common donor, three tested positive for HCV post-transplant although the donor tested negative, indicating the donor was in the early stages of HCV infection. "These findings underscore the importance of recipient informed consent and post-transplant bloodborne pathogen screening." Healio (free registration)/HCV Next (10/10)
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Dialysis method shows no definitive impact on outcome in diabetes plus ESKD
Researchers found the modality choice of hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis as a primary therapy for diabetes patients with end-stage kidney disease had no effect on mortality outcome. The analysis was published in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (10/13)
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Emerging Trends
Bard gains FDA approval for drug-coated balloon catheter
The FDA has given C.R. Bard the green light to market its drug-coated balloon catheter. The Lutonix 035 system is said to be the first such device approved in the U.S. for use in patients with peripheral artery disease in the superficial popliteal and femoral arteries. CardiovascularBusiness.com (10/10), MedGadget.com (10/10)
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Pharma News
Pneumococcal vaccine protects children from antibiotic-resistant infections
The pneumococcal vaccine reduced the incidence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial pneumonia, meningitis and bloodstream infections by 62% among children younger than age 5 between 2009 and 2013, CDC researchers found. The findings were presented at the IDWeek conference. HealthDay News (10/10)
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Policy Watch
ONC reports HIT adoption progress to Congress
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has submitted a progress report on its health IT-related efforts to Congress which says that 92% of qualified hospitals and critical-access hospitals and 75% of eligible professionals were given incentives under the EHR Incentive Programs as of June. The agency also reported that over 60% of hospitals and 14% of doctors have exchanged patient information with outside providers electronically. The report highlighted obstacles to HIT use, including limited HIE use among providers who are not qualified to join the EHR meaningful use initiatives. Health Data Management (10/10)
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Health insurance goes retail
Looking for opportunities to make life-long customers? At AHIP's Consumer Experience Forum, Nov. 19 and 20 in Phoenix, Ariz., you'll hear from health plans and health care solutions providers on how storefronts help engage customers. This and more! Register by Oct. 24 for discounts. Get free webinars when you sign up for the Forum! Learn more.
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Webinar: Remote Blood Glucose Monitoring
The interest in remote blood glucose monitoring as a cost-effective tool to help manage diabetes continues to grow. A proposed CMS rule could make reimbursements for the use of this technology available for Medicare patients effective Jan. 1. Join us for this webinar on Friday, Oct. 17, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT, to learn the potential for this technology and how reimbursements need to be examined by providers and payers. Register now.
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An industry update from AHIP CEO Karen Ignagni
While you enjoy your morning coffee at the Ops/Tech Forum, Nov. 17 to 19 in Phoenix, Ariz., AHIP CEO Karen Ignagni will share insights on the health insurance industry from her unique perspective. Attend the session to get the latest on the industry's biggest issues. Early registration ends Oct. 24, so save your seat now!
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