Study debunks link between coffee, atrial fibrillation | CDC update: Salmonella outbreak sickens at least 558, kills 3 | Survey: Doctors agree on importance of accountability
September 25, 2015
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Study debunks link between coffee, atrial fibrillation
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Coffee consumption does not raise the risk of atrial fibrillation, even among people who drink large quantities, according to a 12-year study published in BMC Medicine. Researchers analyzed the health of 76,475 study participants who drank an average of three cups of coffee daily and reviewed earlier research involving 248,910 people. News (9/24)
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CDC update: Salmonella outbreak sickens at least 558, kills 3
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CDC officials reported Tuesday that a salmonella outbreak tied to imported cucumbers has made at least 558 people sick and caused three deaths. The garden cucumbers were imported from Mexico by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce and distributed between Aug. 1 and Sept. 3. The company issued a voluntary recall Sept. 4. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/23)
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Collaboration Is the Key for Health Plans in a Shared Risk Environment
The shared-risk payment models that are central to health reform require tight coordination among payers, providers, and patients to succeed. As payers and providers enter into more of these agreements, they need to enhance success by communicating and collaborating more effectively with their partners and actively engaging, supporting, and empowering their members. Learn more about how to make this collaboration work.
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Survey: Doctors agree on importance of accountability
Sixty-nine percent of physician leaders responding to a recent survey said that doctors should be held accountable for quality and costs of care, but they do not want to be held accountable for factors out of their control, such as whether patients quit smoking or take prescribed medicines. A majority of respondents see the accountable care organization as a permanent risk-sharing model. HCPLive/Physician's Money Digest (9/21)
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Central to successful collaboration is the ability to gather & share information effectively. Learn to bridge these gaps and enable a new healthcare team that is broader in scope, more engaged, and more effective.
Central to successful collaboration is the ability to gather & share information effectively. Learn to bridge these gaps and enable a new healthcare team that is broader in scope, more engaged, and more effective.
Video: Together—Making Healthcare Work
Healthcare reform has brought with it a shifting tide of risk, as patients and providers increasingly find themselves sharing financial risk with insurers. Central to successful collaboration is the ability to gather & share information effectively. Learn to bridge these gaps and enable a new healthcare team that is broader in scope, more engaged, and more effective. Watch the full video here.
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Secondhand smoke tied to hospitalization, poor lung function in pediatric asthma
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A review published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found that children with asthma who live with smokers have 85% greater odds of hospitalization than asthmatic children who are not exposed to secondhand smoke. Children with asthma also have 66% higher odds of needing emergency care, are 32% more likely to experience wheezing symptoms and are more than three times as likely to have poor lung function due to secondhand smoke. Findings were based on data from 25 studies involving over 430,000 children with asthma. Reuters (9/24)
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Diabetes prevention tied to timing of taking blood pressure drugs
People who took their blood pressure medications at bedtime had a 57% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those who took the drugs in the morning, according to a Spanish study in the journal Diabetologia. Researchers followed over 2,000 people with high blood pressure, but not diabetes, for six years and found a 30% reduction in a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes for every 14-point decrease in their average sleeping systolic blood pressure. HealthDay News (9/23)
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Children with kidney stones may be at higher risk of atherosclerosis
A study in the Journal of Pediatrics found an association between having kidney stones in childhood and atherosclerosis in adulthood. Study data revealed children with kidney stones had higher concentrations of proteins, which are biomarkers for inflammation, in their urine than those without kidney stones. Researchers used a cohort of 30 children with and without kidney stones, ages 12 to 17. United Press International (9/21)
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Veterans interested in computerized psychotherapy, study says
A study in Telemedicine and e-Health found interest in computerized psychotherapy among veterans being treated in a Veterans Health Administration substance use disorder outpatient facility. The study included responses from 151 patients, and 46% expressed interest in CPT for substance abuse, 45% for depression and 42% for insomnia. Healthcare IT News (9/23)
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Study: US prices for TKIs far exceed production costs
A study by University of Liverpool pharmacologist Andrew Hill found Americans pay more than double the prices charged in Europe for tyrosine kinase inhibitor cancer drugs, with drugmakers charging up to 600 times the cost of production. Hill's findings will be presented at the European Cancer Congress in Vienna. Reuters (9/22)
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FDA warns about dosing risk in antibacterial agent, changes label
The FDA is warning pharmacists that information on the carton and vial labels about the drug strength of Actavis' antibacterial agent Avycaz could be confusing and lead to dosing errors. The labels show the strength of the individual active ingredients, ceftazidime and avibactam, instead of the strength of the sum of the ingredients, on which dosing is based. The FDA has changed the labels to reflect the combined ingredient strength. Pharmacy Times online (9/23)
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GAO warns unanticipated errors are possible in ICD-10 transition
A Government Accountability Office report says the CMS's true ability to process ICD-10 codes won't be known until after the Oct. 1 transition despite extensive testing and validation beforehand. Unanticipated errors could undermine the processing of Medicare claims, but the report emphasized that the CMS is taking steps to minimize problems and will offer technical support. The cost of updating CMS systems for the transition is currently estimated at about $116 million. (9/23)
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Webinar: AI will render your Current Engagement Plans Obsolete
Despite the health care industry's best efforts, tactics for getting patients engaged in their wellness have remained elusive. Join us for this webinar on Oct. 6 from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT, to learn how a cognitive, artificial-intelligence-based patient engagement platform can accomplish what other tactics can't. Register today.
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The important things to know about soaring drug prices
Exorbitant drug prices are keeping life-saving treatments out of reach for patients and creating an unsustainable health care system. What we need is transparency, not price controls, and increased competition, not monopoly power. Learn more on the AHIP Coverage blog.
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