Shear-wave elastography can uncover premature labor risk, study suggests | Musculoskeletal ultrasound pinpoints erosions missed by X-ray | Ultrasound findings suggest women who breast-feed enjoy better heart health
August 20, 2015
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Shear-wave elastography can uncover premature labor risk, study suggests
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Clinicians may be able to use shear-wave elastography to spot cervical softening at 24 to 35 weeks' gestation, when it is a marker of preterm labor risk. Cervical stiffness is typically checked manually, but a team of researchers sought to develop a less subjective measure. The study documented SWE measurements from 157 expectant mothers already scheduled for sonograms, then tracked each patient's pregnancy. The proof-of-concept study was reported in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. (free registration) (8/19), Business Standard (India)/Indo-Asian News Service (8/19)
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Musculoskeletal ultrasound pinpoints erosions missed by X-ray
Examination of hand joints in 24 patients with gout and a history of at least one arthritic event in the hand suggests ultrasound is able to detect erosions missed by radiography, researchers report. "Musculoskeletal ultrasound is an extremely valuable tool in the evaluation of gouty arthritis of the hand," according to the researchers. Healio (free registration) (8/12)
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Heart group says apps, wearable sensors can be useful tools
An American Heart Association scientific statement said evidence showing that mobile applications and wearable sensors help reduce cardiovascular risk factors is limited, but the technology still can be useful. The report in the journal Circulation, which analyzed peer-reviewed study data, found apps and mobile technology were linked to greater short-term weight loss, increases in physical activity and a better chance people would stop smoking. HealthDay News (8/13)
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Practice News
ICD-10 checklist focuses on verification, financial issues for hospitals
A checklist for hospitals leading up the Oct. 1 ICD-10 code deadline has been prepared by the American Hospital Association. The list covers financial protection as well as verification of the readiness of internal systems and external partners. EHR Intelligence (8/18), Health Data Management (8/18)
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Patient Care in Medicine
Initiative taps paramedics for home care
Health systems are testing programs that engage paramedics in efforts to keep patients out of the hospital. In community paramedicine programs, paramedics visit elderly or frail patients at home to assist with chronic disease management, medication adherence and home safety, administering care if needed and helping patients coordinate with nurses or home-health agencies. One such program at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has cut 30-day readmissions by 15% and hospital admissions and emergency room visits by 50% among patients with heart failure between March 2014 and June 2015. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/17)
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Chronic disease, frequent ED use raise readmission risk, study says
Belgian researchers found that patients with chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary disease were most likely to be readmitted to the hospital. Predictors of readmission included at least four emergency department visits over six months, Friday discharge and longer length of hospitalization. The researchers, whose work was published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, suggest improving continuity of care following discharge and carefully monitoring patients who exhibit risk factors for readmission. News (8/18)
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Study: Routine screening, treatment unnecessary for asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy
Researchers from the Netherlands said treating asymptomatic bacteriuria with antibiotics may reduce pyelonephritis risks but that is not sufficient to warrant routine screening and treatment in low-risk women. The study in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases found asymptomatic bacteriuria does not increase the likelihood of preterm birth or growth restriction in low-risk pregnant women. Medscape (free registration) (8/17)
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
2,100 providers enter Medicare bundled-care agreements
Increased health care costs
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About 2,100 of the nearly 7,000 health care providers that initially enrolled in the Medicare Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative have agreed to accept bundled reimbursement for treating any of 48 conditions including heart attack, heart failure, joint replacement, stroke and pacemaker replacement. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (8/13)
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