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February 4, 2013
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  • Abdominal fat tied to death risk in heart disease
    Data on more than 15,000 heart disease patients showed those who were of normal weight overall but had relatively large waistlines were 27% more likely to die than people who were obese but whose fat was distributed in other areas of their bodies rather than around their waistlines. The findings in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicate physicians should consider distribution of weight in evaluating risk, the researchers said. HealthDay News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leading health system speeds revenue cycle processes and adds visibility
After acquiring five new facilities and placing them all under the same tax ID, Norton Healthcare faced the challenge of bringing four additional billing systems into their processes. Manual and paper-based steps created a lack of visibility, resulting in 37 staff members taking four and a half days to complete one week of remittance transactions. Download the case study.

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  • New stroke care guidelines emphasize speed
    Stroke patients should be given anticlotting drugs and other necessary treatments within one hour of arriving in the emergency department to reduce brain damage and hasten recovery, according to new guidelines developed by the American Stroke Association. To maximize its effectiveness, the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator should be given within four and a half hours after the onset of symptoms, the group said. The guidelines appeared online in the journal Stroke. HealthDay News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study cites health issues for teens linked to energy drinks
    Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster Energy Assault and Rockstar contain about 160 milligrams of caffeine in a 16-ounce can and can pose health risks to teens, including rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure and obesity, according to report in the journal Pediatrics in Review. Daily intake of more than 100 mg of caffeine is considered unhealthy for teens, lead author Dr. Kwabena Blankson said. HealthDay News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study IDs factors in evaluating children with abdominal injuries
    Children being evaluated for abdominal injuries who showed no signs of trauma on the abdomen or chest, neurological changes, abdominal pain or tenderness, abnormal breathing, or vomiting require abdominal CT scans in just 0.1% of cases, a study found. Researchers assessed more than 12,000 pediatric patients with abdominal trauma and found that CT scans offered little useful information about a patient's condition in most cases. The findings appear in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. HealthDay News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study touts benefits of using tourniquet in knee procedure
    A study published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery has linked the use of a tourniquet during a total knee arthroplasty procedure to less blood loss, postoperative inflammation and muscle damage compared with not using a tourniquet. Patients treated with a tourniquet showed smaller decline in hemoglobin and hematocrit levels, the study said. While patients in the non-tourniquet group experienced slightly less postoperative pain, researchers said using a tourniquet may help save operative time. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Workplace wellness programs win fans among workers
    Employees are increasingly seeing the benefits of wellness programs at work, according to a Harris Interactive survey of 1,103 employees. The study found that the percentage of workers who believe in the ability of corporate wellness activities to improve health and lower costs rose to 62% last year, from 55% in 2011. Employees who participate in such programs also had positive feedback: 59% say the programs help them be more productive, 51% say they improve motivation and 43% say the programs have lowered the number of days they missed. BenefitsPro.com (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 500 hospitals, groups go for "bundled payments" in Medicare pilot
    More than 500 hospitals and other health care groups have opted to receive "bundled payments" from Medicare in a three-year program under the Affordable Care Act. The alternative to the fee-for-service model makes a single Medicare payment for an "episode of care." The project is a test to determine whether the model can reduce Medicare costs. Forbes (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Protect your career with professional liability insurance
    Protect yourself and your career with professional liability insurance. Every nurse today should carry their own professional nursing liability insurance to protect themselves from the costs of legal and board of nursing action – even if they are covered by their employer. Discounted rates are available for ANA Members. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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