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Medicare Approval of DNA Colorectal Cancer Test Should Lead to Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage

The evidence standard that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) used to approve Medicare coverage of a stool DNA colorectal cancer (CRC) screening test, under a new joint approval process with the Food and Drug Administration, should be applied to CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) and other CRC screening exams. In a new letter to CMS, the American College of Radiology urged that coverage criteria be transparent and consistently applied.

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World Study Shows Better Health Care as Important as Controlling Risk Factors for Heart Health

The research shows that for better heart health, rich countries should continue to deliver high quality health care while trying to reduce risk factors, while poor countries need to avoid the rise of risk factors but also substantially improve their health care.

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Younger, College-Educated Consumers More Likely To Use Potentially Unreliable Online Health-Care Information

Consumers are increasingly turning to forums, video-sharing sites, and peer support groups to gather anecdotal health-care information and advice, which may distract them from more reliable and trustworthy sources. New research to be presented at the HFES 2014 Annual Meeting in Chicago studies the characteristics of consumers who use the Internet to collect health-care information.

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Study Shows Clinical Education Improves Sepsis Outcomes

Sepsis is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and new research published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality (JHQ) shows that educating clinicians about expediting diagnosis and administration of antibiotics can reduce sepsis patient mortality and lower hospital costs.

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Wrong Diagnosis Leading Cause for Catastrophic Malpractice Payouts

A study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality reports that many huge malpractice awards can be prevented by targeted interventions by health care provider organizations to reduce patient safety risks, such as reducing diagnosis errors.

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National Physician Assistant Leader Available to Speak about Growth of PA Profession

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Lawrence Herman, PA-C, Chair of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Chair of NYIT’s Physican Assistant Studies Program says the outlook is positive for the profession and its growing number of educational programs.

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Health Care Workers in Poor Nations Lack Gear Needed to Protect From HIV and Other Bloodborne Infections Like Ebola

Health care workers in some of the world’s poorest countries lack basic equipment to shield them from HIV and other bloodborne infections during surgical and other procedures, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. The findings underscore the lack of adequate protective supplies in nations at the center of the current Ebola outbreak.

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Losing Weight Lowers Health Care Costs for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

Overweight individuals with diabetes who lose weight by dieting and increasing their physical activity can reduce their health care costs by an average of more than $500 per year, according to a new study.

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Physician Turnover Remains High as More Physicians Retire

Physician turnover continues at the highest rate since the first year data was collected in 2005 for the second year in a row. Medical groups reported an average turnover rate of 6.8 percent in 2013, unchanged from 2012, according to the 9th annual Physician Retention Survey from the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and Cejka Search.

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Patient Education Identified as a Key Component to Supporting Population Health Initiatives and Accountable Care Models

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Announcing the release of a comprehensive look at patient education as a tool for value based care and better health outcomes. Citing research and defining the components of quality, behavior focused content, the paper helps providers quantify the power of a proper patient engagement program.

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