Monthly Archives: May 2012

4 Reasons to Conduct Home Visits

Assessing medication discrepancies and adherence, and observing changes in patients’ daily lifestyles were two reasons home visits proved critical in reducing unplanned hospital admissions days for its Medicaid and dually eligible population, says Jessica Simo, program manager with Durham Community … finish reading 4 Reasons to Conduct Home Visits

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Many Medical Students Have Negative Views of Becoming Physicians

As graduation approaches, and medical students prepare for their residencies, many have negative views of their futures as physicians — especially primary care physicians — according to a multi- school study from the University of Michigan (U-M) Health System. A … finish reading Many Medical Students Have Negative Views of Becoming Physicians

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Asthma Healthcare Costs Top $50 Billion Annually

More than 29 million adults have been diagnosed with asthma in their lifetimes, and nearly 19 million still have asthma, according to a new report from the CDC. Key findings from the report, Asthma’s Impact on the Nation, include the … finish reading Asthma Healthcare Costs Top $50 Billion Annually

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New Web-based Tool Tracks Performance of Nation’s Healthcare System

A new Web-based measurement tool designed to track and measure critical U.S. healthcare industry data is now available from the HHS. The Health System Measurement Project combines data from a number of different federal agencies on a range of topical … finish reading New Web-based Tool Tracks Performance of Nation’s Healthcare System

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Competing Care Teams Collaborate to Speed Heart Attack Care

Reducing the time from heart attack to treatment is the goal of a new training program designed by cardiologists at Duke University Medical Center. Competing cardiac care teams in some of the nation’s most populated areas will start working together … finish reading Competing Care Teams Collaborate to Speed Heart Attack Care

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Nearly Half of All Critical Illness Insurance Claims Begin Prior To Age 55; Cancer Remains Leading Cause

Just under half, or 47 percent, of new critical illness insurance claims in 2011 began prior to age 55, according to a study from the American Association for Critical Illness Insurance (AACII) and General Re Life Corporation. This marks a … finish reading Nearly Half of All Critical Illness Insurance Claims Begin Prior To Age 55; Cancer Remains Leading Cause

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Medicare Accepts AMA Recommendations on Doctors’ Fees Nine Times Out of Ten

CMS follows the AMA’s recommendations when calculating physicians’ fees under Medicare nearly 90 percent of the time, a report from Columbia University finds. The fees, which are based on assessments of time and effort associated with various physician services, often … finish reading Medicare Accepts AMA Recommendations on Doctors’ Fees Nine Times Out of Ten

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5 Steps to a Successful Embedded Case Management Program

Establishing physician buy-in prior to embedding case managers in their practice is one of the keys to ensuring its success, explains Charlene Schlude, RN, CCM, director of case management at Capital District Physicians Health Plan, because physicians will have to … finish reading 5 Steps to a Successful Embedded Case Management Program

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New Rule Would Bring Medicaid Payments for Primary Care in Line with Medicare’s

A new proposal by CMS would bring payments for primary care physicians serving Medicaid patients in line with those paid by Medicare in 2013 and 2014. States would receive a total of more than $11 billion in new funds to … finish reading New Rule Would Bring Medicaid Payments for Primary Care in Line with Medicare’s

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42 Percent of the U.S. Population Could be Obese by 2030

Nearly half of the U.S. population could be obese by 2030, which means the healthcare system could be burdened with 32 million more obese people by that time, according to research from Duke University, RTI International, and the CDC. Keeping … finish reading 42 Percent of the U.S. Population Could be Obese by 2030

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