Rate of Stroke Increasing Among Women During, Soon After Pregnancy

Monday, August 8th, 2011
This post was written by Cheryl Miller

An alarming new statistic has been released by the American Heart Association: the rate of women having strokes while pregnant and immediately afterwards has increased by more than 50 percent over the past dozen years. Risk factors like high blood pressure and obesity are the culprits. This finding maps to our recent story from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health revealing that almost a third of people in 12 states were obese in 2010.

In other news in today’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update, prescription drug spending has slowed by almost 2 percent in 2010, according to new data released by CMS and reported in Health Affairs. Increases in generic dispensing rates is just one of the reasons for the slowdown.

In a move designed to improve quality and reduce healthcare costs, Blue Shield of California and SJHS are launching an ACO. The healthcare entities will work together to share clinical and case management information and coordinate comprehensive healthcare services.

And, midway through our Patient Registries Survey we find that three-fourths of our respondents see diabetes patients as the principal targets of registries. Want to weigh in on your organization’s use of registries? You have a few more days to complete the survey online, and you’ll receive a free executive summary of the survey results once they are compiled, providing key benchmarks and metrics for using registries to improve reimbursement and patient outcomes.

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