Archive for September, 2008

September is Prostate & Ovarian Cancer Awareness Months

September 5th, 2008 by Melanie Matthews

Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, and prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in American men, second only to lung cancer. With these unsettling statistics in mind, and as Prostate Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Months continue, this week’s Disease Management Update sheds some light on related research.

Infants Have Highest Proportion of Potentially Avoidable ED Visits in California

September 4th, 2008 by Melanie Matthews

A report released by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found that Infants have the highest proportion — nearly seven in 10 — of potentially avoidable ED visits to the state’s hospitals. Babies less than a year old with common childhood ailments, such as ear infections or fevers, are frequent visitors to the ED, regardless of the family’s insurance status.

Other findings from the study include:

  • The uninsured are nearly twice as likely to visit the ED as the privately insured but far less likely than Medi-Cal or Medicare patients.
  • Children under 18 account for a quarter of ED visits. Children covered by Medi-Cal make more potentially avoidable ER visits than privately insured and uninsured children.
  • Medicare patients are frequent ER visitors, but fewer than three in 10 visits by patients over 65 were considered avoidable. Forty percent of the patients in this age group are admitted to the hospital for further treatment.
  • This study suggests that expanding access to high-quality care outside the hospital could reduce avoidable ED visits. Parents who can go to an urgent care center in the early evening — the peak time children go to the ED — or on weekends may be less likely to go to the hospital. Broadening the network of community healthcare centers and expanding the supply of PCPs in underserved areas may also improve preventive healthcare for the uninsured and publicly insured.

    Join HIN on Facebook, Twitter

    September 3rd, 2008 by Melanie Matthews

    Get connected to HIN on Facebook! Simply facebook HIN COO Melanie Matthews and join her Healthcare Intelligence Network group. HIN’s new Facebook group is a great way to keep up-to-date on any new products or services HIN is offering, including webinars, books, podcasts, videos, white papers, e-newsletters and more!

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    Healthcare Trends in 2009: Tell Us Your Concerns

    September 3rd, 2008 by Melanie Matthews

    A faltering economy, a presidential election and a number of other factors promise to drive changes in the healthcare industry. Want to know how other healthcare organizations are preparing for what the healthcare industry will face in 2009? Complete HIN’s Survey of the Month on Healthcare Trends in 2009 by September 30 and you’ll get a free executive summary of the compiled results. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential.