Supreme Court ruling backs cornerstone of ACA success | Teens' sedentary behavior contributes to excess fat, study finds | Survey examines how EHR charting affects docs' productivity, workflow
 
June 26, 2015
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Supreme Court ruling backs cornerstone of ACA success
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Affordable Care Act tax credits and subsidies encouraged young people and those with moderate incomes to enroll in health insurance plans, data indicate, and opened access to health insurance across the U.S. In 2014, 20% fewer people were uninsured than in 2013, and about 87% of the more than 7 million people enrolled through the federal exchange benefited from tax credits. The Supreme Court upheld that support in Thursday's ruling that allows assistance to exchange shoppers regardless of whether they purchase coverage through a federal or state marketplace. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/25)
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Teens' sedentary behavior contributes to excess fat, study finds
Sedentary behavior such as screen time was associated with adiposity in adolescents, regardless of their dietary intake, according to an Australian study in Obesity Reviews. Researchers reviewed 25 studies that focused on the association between sedentary behaviors of 12- to 18-year-olds and cardiometabolic markers. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (6/24)
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Survey examines how EHR charting affects docs' productivity, workflow
A Physicians' Alliance of America survey found that EHR use interrupts workflow and affects the productivity of clinicians. According to the report, the productivity of 46% of doctors surveyed decreased with EHR use, compared to 26% who reported an increase in their productivity since implementing EHRs. The study also found that 34% of the over 250 clinicians surveyed spend less than half an hour on charting daily, while 9% spend over 120 minutes performing the task. BeckersHospitalReview.com (6/24)
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OSHA to launch initiative focused on preventing nurse injuries
Inspectors with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate and fine hospitals that are not acting to prevent injuries related to the lifting of patients, according to Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels. The agency will send memos to regional offices describing the initiative, Michaels said. National Public Radio (6/24)
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Medical Update
Sleep problems prevalent in older adults, particularly minorities, study finds
A study in the journal Sleep found undiagnosed sleep apnea and other sleep disorders are prevalent among older Americans, particularly in some minority groups. Researchers revealed that whites are less likely to experience sleep problems than Chinese, Hispanics or blacks. The study found severe or moderate sleep-disordered breathing affected about one-third of participants. HealthDay News (6/25)
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Study finds longer survival with postoperative radiation for some lung cancers
A retrospective 3,395-patient analysis found that patients with incompletely resected stage II or III non-small cell lung cancer who received postoperative radiation therapy at 50 to 74 Gy had overall survival times of 33.5 months, compared with 23.7 months without PORT. The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. MedPage Today (free registration) (6/24)
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Video: Robot with new level of complexity to aid patient therapy
A robot that mimics the complex movements of a human's shoulder, arm and hand holds the promise of relieving doctors and therapists of many of their rehabilitation duties. The robot, developed at Seton and the University of Texas, "can deal with physical therapy for recurring activities of daily living in a way that other robots cannot do," said UT mechanical engineering researcher Ashish Deshpande, who came up with the concept. KVUE-TV (Austin, Texas) (6/23)
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Valeant seeks FDA approval for opioid-induced constipation drug
A new drug application was submitted to the FDA by Valeant Pharmaceuticals for Relistor tablets, or methylnaltrexone bromide, to treat adults with chronic noncancer pain who suffer from opioid-induced constipation. A subcutaneous injectable is approved for the same indication for patients who have chronic noncancer pain and palliative care patients with advanced illness. Pharmaceutical Business Review Online (6/24)
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Policy Watch
CMS unveils guide to help providers prepare for ICD-10
The CMS has released a guide designed to help providers prepare for the ICD-10 transition. The Quick Start Guide lays out five steps to readying for the new coding system and notes that it's not too late to get ready, but it's essential for practices to start now. Health Data Management (6/25)
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HHS data platform provides local health agencies with disaster readiness tool
A tool that uses a geospatial information platform has been introduced by HHS to help local emergency and health management agencies plan for disasters. The HHS emPOWER Map has ZIP code-level data about Medicare beneficiaries with electricity-dependent equipment claims to help minimize and address issues caused by power outages. Health Data Management (6/24)
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