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February 6, 2013
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  • Palliative care, geriatrics suffer brand recognition problems
    Palliative care and geriatrics suffer from a lack of name recognition by the public, Dr. Eric Widera writes in GeriPal. An informal survey by Johns Hopkins researchers found that only 10% of 82 people interviewed in downtown Baltimore recognized the term "geriatrician." GeriPal blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Flu particularly dangerous for seniors this year, CDC data show
    Although influenza is beginning to taper nationwide, the outbreak remains serious and seniors are at particular risk, CDC epidemiologist Michael Jhung reported Friday. Jhung said the rate of deaths associated with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 116 per 100,000 cases among patients older than 65. "We've still got several weeks of the season yet, so it's going to be much worse," Jhung said. USA Today (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers: Data lacking on how caffeine affects cognition
    There is not enough study data to determine whether caffeine helps prevent cognitive decline, according to a literature review by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles. The study in Advances in Nutrition identified six prospective, longitudinal studies reported from 2003 to 2011, and researchers said the data in general suggested cognitive decline was lower among people who drank caffeinated coffee or tea. Medscape (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boomers have more chronic disease than their parents did
    West Virginia University researchers say baby boomers are not as healthy as their parents were, having higher rates of diabetes, obesity, hypertension and self-reported disability than the generation before them did. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that while fewer baby boomers smoke, the previous generation got more regular exercise. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Practice  
  • HHS: Cutting outdated Medicare rules could save $676M yearly
    HHS proposed eliminating some outdated Medicare regulations to save health care providers and hospitals about $3.4 billion in five years, or $676 million a year. "By eliminating outdated or overly burdensome requirements, hospitals and health care professionals can focus on treating patients," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. Reuters (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Agency releases final Sunshine Act rule
    The CMS on Friday released the final rule for the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, requiring drug and device companies to gather information on gifts, payments and other value transfers provided to doctors and teaching hospitals starting Aug. 1. The rule also requires manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to report ownership and investment interests by physicians. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Data-driven effort helps Fla. provider improve care for seniors
    HHS chief technology officer Bryan Sivak called Florida-based primary care practice ChenMed an example of how outcomes can be improved through data-driven health care after he observed operations there. ChenMed has implemented a performance-based care model to improve treatment of seniors with complicated medical conditions. The practice uses IT platforms, such as clinical decision support tools and drug use monitoring systems, to oversee patient flow and guide management decision-making in real time. Healthcare IT News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How can you stay inspired and up to date on the latest advances in hospice and palliative care?
    Join the more than 2,400 hospice and palliative care professionals who meet once each year to gain knowledge directly from leaders in the field at the 2013 AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly. Learn the latest scientific advances. Share best practices. Build long-lasting relationships. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Need help explaining hospice and palliative medicine?
    Help others understand how hospice and palliative medicine can help. Share the video, "You're Sick. It's Serious." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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