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Improve Medicare's annual wellness visit to better detect early dementia

Mind-robbing Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia in the United States, usually starts quietly and largely hidden from view. Its …

Cognitive Impairment

More Gyms Are Junking Weight Machines. But Should They?

Eschewing machines is like "telling a carpenter, 'Just use a saw and a hammer. You don't need the saber saw,' " says a fitness expert who advises …


CMS Doubling Down on Health IT; Patients

By Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesAmericans enjoy the benefits of the best healthcare providers and innovators …

Health Care

States' Lawsuit Over Cost-Sharing Reductions Is Dismissed

On July 18, 2018, Judge Vince Chhabria of the federal district court for the Northern District of California issued an order dismissing a lawsuit …

Health Care

When someone claims something is healthy, be skeptical

I stood in line at the grocery store waiting to pay for my items. The woman behind me, who would be categorized as obese, was eyeing some of the …


Got Medicare Advantage? Prepare for New Perks — and New Questions.

Did you fall in the bathroom and fracture your hip? Medicare, if you have it, will pay thousands of dollars for surgery to repair the injury and thousands more for your resulting hospital stay and rehab in a nursing home.<p>But Medicare wouldn’t have paid $200 to have grab bars installed in your …

Health Care

Reverse Innovation in Health Care: How to Make Value-Based Delivery Work

Description<p>Publication Date: <b>July 10, 2018</b><p>Health-Care Solutions from a Distant Shore. Health care in the United States and other nations is on a collision course with patient needs and economic reality. For more than a decade, leading thinkers, including Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen, have …

Health Care

Quality, not quantity, should guide Medicare coverage for heart valve disease treatment

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reconsidering its nationwide policy on whether, and under what circumstances, Medicare will pay for …

Health Care

Americans are starting to suffer from Trump’s health-care sabotage

IT IS a tribute to the resilience of the United States’ public and private institutions that, despite President Trump’s incoherent management, the country has, by many measures, continued to improve, notching its lowest unemployment rate since 2000 in the latest federal employment update. But the …

Health Care

Doctors Raise Alarm About Shortages Of Pain Medications

In hospitals across the country, anesthesiologists and other doctors are facing significant shortages of injectable opioids. Drugs such as morphine, Dilaudid and fentanyl are the mainstays of intravenous pain control and are regularly used in critical care settings like surgery, intensive care …


Association Between Process Measures and Mortality in Individuals with Opioid Use Disorders

Three possible measures for quality of care may help reduce deaths from opioid addiction by one-third.


'Slips, Lapses, Fumbles': Medical Mistakes Kill, And A Solution Is Seen In Education

Medical negligence kills more than 250,000 people every year. "Most errors are made by good doctors," says Aubrey Milunsky.


Counting POLST Form Completion Can Hinder Quality

A 92-year-old woman resides in an assisted-living facility in Oregon and has extensive inoperable coronary artery disease, becoming breathless moving …

Health Care

More data needed to determine safety of probiotics and prebiotics

1. Studies are often lacking or inadequate with respect to reporting adverse events (AEs) related to probiotics and prebiotics. 2. The majority of …

Clinical Trials

Heart Failure May Be More Lethal in Women

The incidence of heart failure has declined overall in both sexes in recent years and remains higher in men. But women are more likely to die from the disease.<p>A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal included 90,707 new diagnoses of heart failure among Ontario residents from 2009 to …

Medical Journals

The Evolution of Quality Measurement and Efforts to Streamline Reporting

Quality measurement is a complicated field that is becoming increasingly important as the healthcare industry moves toward value-based care. However, …

Digital Health

Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates

To an outsider, the fancy booths at a June health insurance industry gathering in San Diego, Calif., aren't very compelling: a handful of companies pitching "lifestyle" data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like "social determinants of health."<p>But dig deeper and the implications of what …

Health Care

CMS promises to ‘restore the doctor-patient relationship’ with 2019 proposed rule

CMS issued a proposed rule yesterday that makes what officials called “historic changes” to the Medicare program, including changes to E&M …

Is Mental Illness a Risk Factor for Hospital Readmission?

Focusing on medication reconciliation or care transition services could help reduce readmission rates for Medicare beneficiaries with mental illness.

Mental Health

Worried About Dementia? You Might Want to Check Your Blood Pressure

Every day, Dr. Walter Koroshetz, 65, takes a pill as part of his effort to help keep his brain healthy and sharp.<p>The pill is his blood pressure medication. And Koroshetz, who directs the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, says controlling high blood pressure helps him reduce …


Why We Must Turn Up the Heat on Tobacco Products

<b>We’ve come a long way in reducing tobacco use, but we can save millions of lives and advance health equity by doing even more.</b> Although smoking rates …

Public Health

Over Half Of Patients And Families Hesitate To Raise ICU Safety Concerns, Study Finds

Support the news<p>Imagine you're in the intensive care unit at the bedside of your loved one, and you think you see a medical mistake — a wrong pill, …


Preserving Stewardship Of The Patient’s Story

Over the course of a week, I visited my elderly friend hospitalized with a broken hip, cognitive impairment, and chest pain. A steady stream of …

Health Policy

Retooled Vaccine Raises Hopes As A Lower-Cost Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes

For Hodalis Gaytan, 20, living with Type 1 diabetes means depending on an assortment of expensive medicines and devices to stay healthy. Test strips. …


‘Like A Ghost Town’: Erratic Nursing Home Staffing Revealed Through New Records

ITHACA, N.Y. — Most nursing homes had fewer nurses and caretaking staff than they had reported to the government, according to new federal data, …

Health Care

Newer and older insulin formulations offer similar glucose-lowering effect

1. Basal insulin analogues do not differ significantly in providing glucose control. 2. Some insulin formulations may have more favorable effects on …


Opioid prescriptions for children with minor ailments linked to adverse events

1. Even among healthy children using standard dosing, outpatient opioid prescriptions were associated with adverse events. 2. Older children were …


Psychology Itself Is Under Scrutiny

The urge to pull down statues extends well beyond the public squares of nations in turmoil. Lately it has been stirring the air in some corners of science, particularly psychology.<p>In recent months, researchers and some journalists have strung cables around the necks of at least three monuments of …


Measure Inventory

To search the measure inventory, enter one or more terms in the search box and hit enter or click the search button. CMIT searches all fields in the …


Updates | Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

Statement about the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)<p>Funding to support AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) ended on July 16, 2018.<p>The …

Health Care