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The Medical Minute: When to Get a Second Opinion

Getting a second opinion for a medical condition isn’t quite the same as cheating on your hairstylist. In fact, when it comes to complex or serious, life-threatening conditions, most doctors encourage second opinions.

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PinnacleHealth Opens Pre-Surgery Optimization Clinic to Support Patients at High Risk for Surgical Complications

Pre-surgical clinic aims to improve patient satisfaction and overall health and to decrease surgical complications, readmissions, same-day surgery cancellations and hospital length of stay.

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Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Responds to Office of Inspector General’s Report: Adverse Events in Rehabilitation Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses President Cheryl Lehman, PhD RN CNS-BS RN-BC CRRN, offers the following in response to the Office of Inspector General’s recent report, “Adverse Events in Rehabilitation Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries.”

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50 Years Ago This Month, a New Era in Health Care Dawned

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July 1966 holds a special historical significance for those who work to study and improve health care. The landmark event was quiet, but its impact lasts to this day, in the form of better care for Americans of all ages.

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The Lewy Body Dementia Association and HCR ManorCare Join Together to Provide Support for Lewy Body Dementia Families

Atlanta, Ga - 07/20/2016 - The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) and HCR ManorCare announced today that the two organizations are working together to provide a collaborative approach to providing support to those affected by Lewy body dementia.

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Helping Doctors Transform Their Practices Into Patient-Centered Models of Health Care

The article demonstrates the effectiveness of teaching practice facilitators how to use cognitive task analysis to help them guide doctors's office staff in changing to a patient-centered model.

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Nearly half of California nursing home residents complete end-of-life care orders

Research finds broad acceptance of written end-of-life care orders among California nursing home residents, with nearly half completing a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, form in 2011. The study also found no difference in completion of the form by race or ethnicity.

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‘Medical Error’ Study Shows Major Flaws, Should Be Retracted

Medical blogger Shyam Sabat, MD, writes about flaws discovered in paper titled "Medical Error: The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.” and scrutinizes this paper’s statistical work.

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NCCN Publishes New Patient Education Resources about Myelodysplastic Syndromes

New NCCN Guidelines for Patients® and NCCN Quick Guide™ series outline disease basics, testing, and treatment information about MDS so patients can make well-informed decisions about their cancer care.

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Nancy Lee, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, Joins Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer

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Nancy Lee, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, will join Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) as senior vice president and chief clinical officer (CCO), effective July 5, 2016.

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Latest Research on Physical Therapy in ICU Setting a "Surprising Reversal"

In a surprising about-face, researchers have determined that a protocol providing physical therapy to ICU patients did not shorten hospital length of stay. The study, which is the largest to-date, reversed the findings from earlier pilot studies.

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Study Finds Decrease in Uninsured Hospital Patients, Increase in Those with Medicaid

In a study appearing in the June 21 issue of JAMA, Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and colleagues examined changes in insurance coverage among hospitalized nonelderly adults after Michigan expanded Medicaid coverage in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Long-Term Opioids May Not Be Best Pain Management Option for All Sickle Cell Patients

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In a small study looking at pain assessments in adults with sickle cell disease, researchers at Johns Hopkins says overall, those treated long-term with opioids often fared worse in measures of pain, fatigue and curtailed daily activities than those not on long-term opioids.

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Wolters Kluwer to Publish Pediatric Quality and Safety

Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, is pleased to announce the new open-access journal, Pediatric Quality and Safety, launched online on June 16, 2016.

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Mercy Medical Center’s Nursing Excellence Once Again Honored with Prestigious Magnet® Recognition

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Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, a nationally renowned medical institution named one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters, has re-earned the coveted “Magnet®” recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center®.

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How Patients-Practitioners Communicate About Infertility Focus of Research

With the prevalence of infertility cases, how caregivers and patients communicate around this medical condition takes on greater importance, which is why two UNC Charlotte researchers are investigating ways to improve discourse on the subject.

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Nonin Medical® Introduces Apple® iOS-Compatible NoninConnect™ Elite Model 3240 Bluetooth® Smart Wireless Finger Pulse Oximeter

/PRNewswire/ -- Nonin Medical, Inc., the inventor of finger pulse oximetry and a leader in noninvasive medical monitoring, today announced it has globally launched the NoninConnect™ Elite Model 3240 Bluetooth® Smart wireless finger pulse oximeter for clinicians and their patients.

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St. Jude Becomes First Children’s Hospital in U.S. To Earn CAP ISO15189 Accreditation

The Department of Pathology has been accredited by The College of American Pathologists (CAP), a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)-approved accreditation authority.

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In-Hospital Mobility Program Proves Successful for Patients’ Posthospital Function

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A UAB study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows patients’ mobility while hospitalized helps maintain daily activity in older adults.

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Pharmacist Association Calls for Ban on Prescription Drug Advertising

At the annual meeting of the ASHP House of Delegates during ASHP’s 2016 Summer Meetings and Exhibition this week in Baltimore, ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) approved a policy calling on Congress to ban all direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs and medication-containing devices.