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March 2013 Briefing - Critical Care

March 2013 Briefing - Critical Care

Many Uninsured Vets Will Be Eligible for Medicaid Under ACA

FRIDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- A large proportion of uninsured veterans and their spouses will be eligible for Medicaid or new subsidies for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a report published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Regional Variation Noted in Prevalence of Delayed Care

THURSDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- There is considerable county-wide variation in the prevalence of delayed care, with high prevalence linked to a weaker health care infrastructure, according to a letter published in the March 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Study: Primary Care Extension Program Should Be Funded

THURSDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- The Primary Care Extension Program (PCEP) has the potential to transform primary care and needs to be funded, according to a study published in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Using Internet Search Logs Can Help Identify Drug Interactions

THURSDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- Search logs can be used to inexpensively mine for anonymized signals that may alert authorities to potential drug interactions and add new Web-scale pharmacovigilance capabilities, according to research published online March 6 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

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Inpatient Deaths Fell by 8 Percent in Last Decade

WEDNESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- The number of inpatient hospital deaths declined by 8 percent over the last decade, although the total number of hospitalizations increased by 11 percent during the same period, according to a March data brief issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Submitting Peer-Review Reports Could Expedite Process

WEDNESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- Attaching previous peer-review reports during the next submission of the same paper to a different journal could optimize the peer-review process, according to research published in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Daylight Savings Time Modestly Affects AMI Type, Incidence

WEDNESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- Transition to and from daylight savings time (DST) might modestly affect the incidence and type of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), according to research published in the March issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Chelation Therapy Effectiveness Is Limited After Heart Attack

TUESDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- Chelation therapy only results in a small reduction of the risk of a cardiovascular event following a myocardial infarction (MI) and should not be used in routine clinical care, according to a study published in the March 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Certified Primary Stroke Centers Use More Rt-PA

TUESDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- Joint Commission certified primary stroke centers (PSCs) use more recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) for ischemic stroke than non-PSCs, according to a study published online March 26 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Residency Reforms Reduced Duty Hours, Increased Sleep

TUESDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- Additional residency reforms implemented in 2011 have reduced duty hours and increased sleep duration, but with perceived reductions in quality of patient care, according to research published online March 25 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Exhaled Breath Can ID Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- An exhaled breath metabolome is feasible for identifying acute decompensated heart failure, according to a research letter published in the April 2 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Antiplatelet Drugs Don't Up ICH Risk in New Study

MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Pre-existing antiplatelet use does not seem to be associated with an increased risk of ischemic hemorrhage (ICH), according to an observational study published in the February issue of Academic Emergency Medicine.

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High Mortality, Morbidity With Early-Onset Scoliosis Surgery

MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery for patients with early-onset scoliosis is associated with an 18 percent mortality rate and an 84 percent complication rate, according to research published in the Feb. 15 issue of Spine.

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Clarithromycin May Be Linked to Cardiovascular Events

FRIDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or community-acquired pneumonia, use of clarithromycin correlates with increased risk of cardiovascular events, according to a study published online March 22 in BMJ.

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Impact of Budget Sequestration on Health Care Discussed

THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- The impact of sequestration will have far-reaching consequences in health care, according to a perspective piece published online March 20 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Race Influences Lower Extremity Ischemia Treatment

THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Even after adjustment for confounding variables, black patients are significantly more likely to undergo amputation for critical lower extremity ischemia, according to a study published online March 20 in JAMA Surgery.

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Higher Infection Rate Noted With NICU Nurse Understaffing

THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Understaffing of neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) is common and is associated with an increased risk of nosocomial infection in very low-birth-weight (VLBW) infants, according to a study published online March 18 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Effect of Immigration Status on Medicaid Eligibility Discussed

WEDNESDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- Under the Affordable Care Act, a considerable proportion of low-income uninsured adults will be ineligible for Medicaid coverage due to their immigration status, and their main providers are likely to be safety-net health care providers, according to a March report published by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center.

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Long-Term Mortality Up for Under-50s With First Stroke

TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- For adults aged 18 to 50 years with acute stroke, 20-year mortality is higher than expected, according to a study published in the March 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Sepsis Drug Eritoran Not Superior to Placebo

TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- Eritoran, a synthetic analog of lipid A and a toll-like receptor 4 antagonist, is no better than placebo in reducing mortality in patients with severe sepsis, according to a study published in the March 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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ER Discharge Dx/Disposition Discordant With Chief Complaint

TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- A considerable proportion of patients with emergency department visits with the same presenting complaint as those ultimately given a primary care-treatable diagnosis require immediate emergency care or hospital admission, according to a study published in the March 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures Common at 2011 AAOS Meeting

TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- At the 2011 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting, voluntarily disclosed conflicts of interest were common, especially for featured symposia, according to a study published in the March 6 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

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Variation Seen in Vena Cava Filter Use Among Hospitals

TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- The frequency of vena cava filter (VCF) use in patients with acute venous thromboembolism (VTE) varies widely and depends primarily on hospital practice, even after adjustment for clinical and socioeconomic factors, according to research published online March 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Final Rule in Notice of Benefit, Payment Parameters Issued

FRIDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- The final rule of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2014, which expands on existing standards, has been released.

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Oral Melatonin Has No Effect on Appetite in Advanced Cancer

FRIDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- Oral melatonin does not improve appetite, weight, or quality of life for patients with cachexia due to advanced cancer, according to research published online Feb. 25 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Health Insurance Exchanges Will Mainly Be Run by Feds

FRIDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of the states within the United States will allow the federal government to establish health insurance exchanges, according to a report issued by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Stimulated Reporting Accounts for High Dabigatran Bleeding

THURSDAY, March 14 (HealthDay News) -- The increased number of post-marketing reports of bleeding associated with use of dabigatran seems to be an example of stimulated reporting and may not represent an increased bleeding risk, according to a perspective piece published online March 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Family-Centered Advanced Care Planning Benefits Ailing Teens

THURSDAY, March 14 (HealthDay News) -- Family-centered advanced care planning (ACP) enables families to better understand and agree on end-of-life decisions for adolescents with cancer, according to a study published online March 11 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Childhood Obesity Tied to Worse Hospital Outcomes

THURSDAY, March 14 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood obesity may be a risk factor for worse outcomes in hospitalized children with critical illness, oncologic diagnoses, or transplants, according to a review published online March 11 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Medicare Cancer Spending Has Little Effect on Survival

THURSDAY, March 14 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare spending for advanced cancer care has substantial regional variation, according to a study published online March 12 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Medicare Patients Enrolled in Hospice Receive Better Care

THURSDAY, March 14 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare patients who enroll in hospice care receive better care at a lower cost, with the greatest savings if they enroll 15 to 30 days before death, according to a study published in the March issue of Health Affairs.

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Family Presence During CPR Has Positive Effect for Family

WEDNESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- Family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at home correlates with positive psychological variables for the family; and survival and readmission among older patients who survive an in-hospital cardiac arrest is related to demographic variables and neurologic status at discharge, according to two studies published in the March 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Post-PCI Bleeding Linked to Increased In-Hospital Mortality

WEDNESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- Post-percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) bleeding events are associated with an increased risk of in-hospital mortality, according to a study published in the March 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Post-Stroke Walking Improves Survivors' Quality of Life

WEDNESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- Walking improves the physical health component of quality of life measures in stroke survivors, according to a study published online March 7 in Stroke.

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Sentinel Injuries Are Common in Infants Who Are Abused

WEDNESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- Sentinel injuries are common among infants who suffer abuse and are rare in those who are evaluated for abuse and found to not be abused, according to a study published online March 11 in Pediatrics.

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AMA Files Brief Contesting Insurer's Payment Practices

WEDNESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- A landmark case examining the question of whether physicians can bring a class arbitration against a health insurer who has underpaid them is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, in a brief filed by the Litigation Center of the American Medical Association and State Medical Societies and the Medical Society of New Jersey.

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$120 Million to Be Sequestered From Health Centers in 2013

TUESDAY, March 12 (HealthDay News) -- Budget sequestration, which is expected to reduce federal spending, is likely to result in a $120 million loss in grant funding for the nation's 1,200 community health centers in 2013, according to a report published by the Geiger Gibson/ RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative.

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More Evidence of Waning Immunity of Pertussis Vaccine

MONDAY, March 11 (HealthDay News) -- Children who receive five doses of the acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP) have an increasing risk of developing the illness in the six years after the last dose, supporting the concept of waning vaccine immunity and possibly explaining the increasing proportion of cases among 7- to 10-year-old children, according to a study published online March 11 in Pediatrics.

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Shelf Life of Blood Appears Shorter Than Thought

FRIDAY, March 8 (HealthDay News) -- Red blood cells stored longer than three weeks begin to lose their flexibility, according to a small study published online Feb. 28 in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

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Coordinated Care Model Suggested for Palliative Care

THURSDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- To deal with the increasing demand for palliative care services, a coordinated palliative care model is proposed, according to a perspective piece published online March 6 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Insomnia Linked to Greater Risk of Heart Failure

THURSDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- Insomnia is associated with an increased risk of heart failure, with the risk increasing as the number of insomnia symptoms increases, according to a study published online March 5 in the European Heart Journal.

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In U.S., Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Increasing

WEDNESDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- In the last decade there has been an increase of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in acute-care hospitals in the United States, according to a report published in the March 5 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.

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Changes Suggested for Hospital Readmission Reduction Program

WEDNESDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- To avoid penalizing hospitals that care for the most vulnerable Americans, modifications are suggested for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), according to a perspective piece published online March 6 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Clinical Trials Published Almost Two Years After Completion

WEDNESDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- Clinical trials are published, on average, almost two years after completion, with time to publication affected by the funding source, number of trial participants, and journal impact factor, according to a research letter published online March 4 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Portable Device May Help Diagnose Vertebrobasilar Stroke

WEDNESDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- A portable device that measures eye movements may help non-specialist physicians diagnose stroke in high-risk patients with acute vertigo or dizziness, according to a study published online March 5 in Stroke.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Common After Lung Injury

WEDNESDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms are common in patients recovering from acute lung injury (ALI), according to a study published online March 5 in Psychological Medicine.

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Simple Measures Feasible for Promoting Sleep in the ICU

TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- Simple interventions to promote sleep are feasible for patients in medical intensive care units (ICUs) and result in improvements in nighttime noise and reduced incidence of delirium/coma, according to a study published in the March issue of Critical Care Medicine.

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Mortality Index Can Accurately Identify 10-Year Mortality Risk

TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- For U.S. adults older than 50 years, a 12-item mortality index can accurately detect 10-year mortality risk, according to a research letter published in the March 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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U.K. Health Performance Worse Than Comparable Countries

TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- The United Kingdom has worse health performance than other comparable countries, according to a study published online March 5 in The Lancet.

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Blacks Have More Preventable Hypertension Hospitalizations

TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- Blacks have higher rates of preventable hypertension hospitalizations than whites, according to a study published online Feb. 28 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Proportion of Black Males in U.S. Medical Schools Dropping

MONDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) -- The proportion of black males in medical school is decreasing, according to a report published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

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Panel Recommends 10 Patient Safety Strategies

MONDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) -- An expert panel is strongly encouraging the immediate adoption of 10 patient safety strategies and encouraging the adoption of a further 12, according to a supplement published in the March 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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CMS Reports on Progress Toward Improved Health Care

MONDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) -- Considerable progress has already been made toward improving the quality and delivery of health care, according to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) bulletin published online Feb. 28.

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Computerized Provider Order Entry System Cuts Rx Errors

MONDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic prescribing through computerized provider order entry (CPOE) systems can substantially reduce medication errors in inpatient acute-care settings, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

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N-acetylcysteine Use Improves Liver Graft Survival

FRIDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- Liver graft survival, postoperative complications, and the prevalence of primary liver dysfunction in suboptimal grafts are all significantly improved by the infusion of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) during liver procurement, according to research published in the February issue of Liver Transplantation.

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Personalized Patient-Risk Info Enhances Informed Choice

FRIDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- When patients are given personalized versus generic risk information, they are better able to make genuinely informed choices about undergoing screening tests, according to research published online Feb. 28 in The Cochrane Library.

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Sequestration to Impact Health Care-Related Programs

FRIDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- The $85 billion of mandatory cuts in federal spending that take effect March 1 as part of sequestration will be felt across health care and related programs, with cuts to Medicare providers and to the budgets of federal agencies.

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