Analysis backs ultrasound for pneumonia diagnosis | Study: 47% of pregnant women gain too much weight | Most U.S. patients with invasive cancer live 5-plus years beyond diagnosis

March 19, 2015
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Analysis backs ultrasound for pneumonia diagnosis
A meta-analysis reported in Pediatrics found that pulmonary ultrasound performed by skilled sonographers was useful for identifying pneumonia in children. Use of X-rays is more common, but lung ultrasound had a 96% sensitivity and 93% specificity for childhood pneumonia, according to the authors, who recommended the modality be considered as an alternative that doesn't involve radiation exposure. (3/16)
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Study: 47% of pregnant women gain too much weight
Data on more than 44,000 pregnant women showed about 47% gained excessive weight, 32% were within Institute of Medicine weight-gain recommendations and 20% gained too few pounds, CDC researchers reported in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Women who were overweight or obese were more likely to gain weight beyond recommended levels for pregnancy, the study found. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can raise health risks for both the mother and baby, researchers noted. HealthDay News (3/11)
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5 tips for managing negative online comments
The Internet gives your customers a voice online, but what can you do when that voice is yelling negative comments? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

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Philips' new CV platform gives imaging practices access to patient history
Philips unveiled its IntelliSpace Cardiovascular image and information management system at the American College of Cardiology conference. The company expects the platform, which allows access to patient medical data, to streamline workflow and lessen duplicate testing. (3/16)
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

Practice News
Physicians have leadership role in medical transparency, experts say
Physicians have a role in increasing health care transparency as patients become better informed but still seek guidance on treatments and costs, according to participants of the National Summit on Health Care Price, Cost and Quality Transparency. Colorado Medical Society President Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, M.D., said physicians should lead the transparency effort because they are most closely aligned with patient needs. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/17)
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Patient Care in Medicine
Shared decision-making gains ground with physicians, hospitals
Physicians and hospitals are using shared decision-making protocols to give patients more input into their care, according to a Kaiser Health News report. It can be challenging for physicians to adopt this model, but research shows it can improve patient satisfaction and possibly save money, says researcher Glyn Elwyn of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Kaiser Health News (3/16)
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
Advocates say pregnancy should open window for insurance enrollment
Women's health advocates and some lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to classify pregnancy as a "qualifying life event" under the Affordable Care Act, enabling pregnant women to obtain coverage outside periods of open enrollment. A letter from a coalition of Democrats to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell argues that without such a provision, women might be forced to go without essential prenatal care. However, industry experts warn that higher premiums could be a consequence. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/13)
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16.4M gain health coverage under ACA, HHS reports
Since the Affordable Care Act began to take effect in 2010, 16.4 million uninsured people have obtained coverage through its provisions in what HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell called "the largest reduction in the uninsured in four decades." The nation's uninsurance rate for adults fell from 20% in October 2013 to 13% this month. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/16), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/16), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/16)
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