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February 14, 2013
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  • Consensus reached on 12 warning signs after bowel surgery
    A report in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons finds that poor discharge directions for colon surgery patients can lead to readmissions. Investigators assembled experts to assess postsurgical events that should should raise concern and narrowed the list to 12 that most of the experts could agree on. More than 16% of Medicare patients who have colon surgery end up back in the hospital within 30 days. Two reasons cited to seek emergency care were chest pain and an inability to breathe or shortness of breath. HealthLeaders Media (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study looks at human metapneumovirus in hospitalized children
    Hospital records from three U.S. counties from 2003 to 2009 showed that 6% of 3,490 hospitalized children had human metapneumovirus and 7% of 3,001 pediatric emergency department visits were linked to the virus. Children infected with the virus were more likely to have pneumonia or asthma, require oxygen treatment and have longer stays in intensive care units, researchers said. The findings appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. HealthDay News (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties healthier lifestyle to lower GDM risk
    About 78% of obese pregnant women who underwent caloric restriction with mild physical activity were able to stay within the acceptable-weight-gain range, compared with 30% of those in the control group, a study found. The lifestyle-change treatment also lowered the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus, hypertension and preterm delivery, according to the study that is to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Yahoo/Asian News International (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HHS encourages e-patients with new effort
    HHS announced plans to create a broad shift to a less hierarchical health care system and give patients and families a greater role in their own care. A new initiative aims to expand patients' access to EHRs, mobile health applications and devices, and secure electronic messaging between patients and providers, according to an article published in the journal Health Affairs. "Engaged patients ... are more likely than others to participate in preventive and healthy practices, self-manage their conditions and achieve better outcomes," said National Health IT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Using AI models may boost patient outcomes, curb costs
    The use of artificial intelligence algorithms in health care resulted in significantly better patient outcomes at a lower cost, researchers at Indiana University found. "The framework here easily outperforms the current treatment-as-usual, case-rate/fee-for-service models of health care," said researcher Casey C. Bennett. Computerworld (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Ulm, Minn., wellness project shows positive results
    Halfway through a 10-year "Heart of New Ulm" project to improve the Minnesota community's cardiovascular health, data show lower rates of high blood pressure and cholesterol, a stable obesity rate, and a small drop in weight across the population. The project has broad community support and data is tracked using electronic medical records at New Ulm Medical Center, where more than 90% of the 13,000 residents get their health care. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • States prepare to market health coverage to the uninsured
    States faced with the prospect of bringing millions of people into health insurance exchanges are developing strategies such as partnering with local celebrities and athletes to reach the 30 million uninsured Americans who will soon be eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. "We have to look at doing things a lot differently than what's been done in the past because this is a very unique audience, and we're marketing a product that's never been marketed before," said Michael Marchand of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. The Wall Street Journal (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Psychiatric Advanced Practice RNKaiser PermanenteSuitland, MD
Part Time Health Coach in London, OHUnitedHealth GroupColumbus, OH
Behavioral Health Care Advocate - Telecommute - New York OnlyUnitedHealth GroupAlbany, NY
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  ANA News 
  • Show Nurses Some Love -- Celebrate National Nurses Week May 6-12
    ANA is honoring nurses around the United States this year through the theme "Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care." Recognize everything that your nursing staff and colleagues do on a daily basis by using this logo in your own celebrations during National Nurses Week. ANA will continue to add more opportunities to celebrate National Nurses Week in the coming months -- so stay tuned! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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