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Expanding Medicaid Lowers Depression, Financial Strain, But Doesn’t Improve Physical Health

While Medicaid coverage has helped to increase diabetes diagnoses and medication compliance among the poor, and reduce depression and out-of-pocket medical expenses, it has not helped to reduce the prevalence of diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure, according to … finish reading Expanding Medicaid Lowers Depression, Financial Strain, But Doesn’t Improve Physical Health

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Telehealth to Reach 1.8 Million Patients by 2017; Diabetes Cases in Majority

Telehealth could reach as many as 1.8 million patients worldwide by 2017, as more and more healthcare organizations use it as a means toward reducing readmission rates and tracking disease progression, according to a report from InMedica, a division of … finish reading Telehealth to Reach 1.8 Million Patients by 2017; Diabetes Cases in Majority

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Primary Care Physicians Play Vital Role with Diabetic Patients

Primary care physicians (PCPs) provide better care to diabetic patients than other providers in primary care settings because they are more likely to alter medications and provide lifestyle counseling, according to a study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). The … finish reading Primary Care Physicians Play Vital Role with Diabetic Patients

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Most Americans Living Longer, But Not Necessarily Healthier

Americans are living longer given increasing medical advances, but these advances can’t offset Americans’ unhealthy lifestyles, according to United Health Foundation’s 2012 America’s Health Rankings®. Rates of premature, cardiovascular (CV) and cancer deaths have declined since 1990 by 18 percent, … finish reading Most Americans Living Longer, But Not Necessarily Healthier

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NQF Endorses 10 Behavioral Health Measures

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed 10 quality measures focused on behavioral health, including such issues as alcohol and tobacco abuse, antipsychotic medication adherence, and post care follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness. Behavioral health refers to a state … finish reading NQF Endorses 10 Behavioral Health Measures

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Colorado ACO Yields Big Savings, Reduced Readmissions

A new Colorado ACO proved to be beneficial in its first year of operation, yielding significant cost savings, quality of care, patient outcomes, and utilization of services, according to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. In an … finish reading Colorado ACO Yields Big Savings, Reduced Readmissions

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4 Rules for Using Registries to Identify Gaps in Care

Registries can be particularly useful in population health management, particularly when used for patients with diabetes, who necessitate separate categories, explains Gregory Spencer, MD, FACP, chief medical officer with Crystal Run Healthcare. Diabetic patients on Coumadin®, for example, need to … finish reading 4 Rules for Using Registries to Identify Gaps in Care

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A CDE’s 5-Step Approach to Diabetes Education

Engaging diabetic patients in conversation and helping them to establish monitoring, nutrition and exercise goals are the first steps in an education program, explains Janet Wendle, an RN and certified diabetes educator (CDE) who is also system director of the … finish reading A CDE’s 5-Step Approach to Diabetes Education

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Physical Health Problems Spur More Patients to Seek Mental Health Services

People who experience physical health problems are three times more likely to seek mental health services than those who have no physical ailments, according to a new study from Oregon State University (OSU). Using data from more than 6,000 people … finish reading Physical Health Problems Spur More Patients to Seek Mental Health Services

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Motivational Interviewing Offers 3 Different Communication Styles

A skillful practitioner can shift flexibly among the three different communication styles: directing, following and guiding, as appropriate to the client and situation, explains Dr. Karen Lawson, program director for the health coaching track at the Center for Spirituality and … finish reading Motivational Interviewing Offers 3 Different Communication Styles

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