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Trending Stories Report for 28 May 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: income inequality, climate change, genetics, cancer, precision medicine, medical imaging, schizophrenia, research funding, molecular biology and skin cancer.

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Penn Nursing Study Cites Federal Policy as Key to Primary Care Access and Nurse Practitioner Workforce Development

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With demand for primary care expected to increase sharply over the next five years– due to passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), population growth and aging – the role of advanced-practice nurses or nurse practitioners (NPs) is also increasing. But a new study illustrates how federal policies influence the NP workforce and practice, and how misalignment of those policies with state mandates can affect workforce supply and patient access to care.

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Researchers Find Ending Medicaid Dental Benefit Costly

A new study finds states gain little when dropping adult dental coverage. Researchers say adults in California made 1,800 more hospital visits annually for dental care after losing the benefit. California spent $2.9 million each year, 68 percent more before eliminating the benefit. Results in the journal Health Affairs.

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Nation’s Research Funding Squeeze Imperils Patient Care, Say Top Medical School Deans

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Constraints in federal funding, compounded by declining clinical revenue, jeopardize more than the nation’s research enterprise. These twin pressures have created a “hostile working environment” that erodes time to conduct research, “discourages innovative high-risk science” and threatens to drive established and early-career scientists out of the field. And this, in turn, undermines patient care, proclaimed deans of leading academic medical centers from across the U.S. The group commentary was published in Science Translational Medicine on Wednesday.

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Rheumatology Community Praises Rep. Diane Black for Introducing Legislation to Ensure “Fair and Responsible” Transition Into New Government Healthcare Coding System

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today expressed its support for the ICD-TEN Act (H.R. 2247), a bill introduced by Representative Diane Black (R-TN) to ensure a reasonable and responsible transition to ICD-10.

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Clinical Trial Reduces Stress of Cancer Caregivers

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Cancer caregivers are stressed, potentially impacting the quality of the care they give. A University of Colorado Cancer Center clinical trial demonstrates how to help.

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Hospice Use Linked to Fewer Depressive Symptoms for Surviving Spouses

Spouses of patients receiving hospice for three or more days more frequently reported reduced depression symptoms, compared to surviving spouses of patients who did not receive hospice.

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Should Cost-Effectiveness Be Included In Clinical Treatment Guidelines?

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Issues surrounding cost effectiveness and related clinical questions were taken up in the Second Plenary Session at the ISPOR 20th Annual International Meeting, entitled, “Cost-Effectiveness and Clinical Practice Guidelines: Have We Reached a Tipping Point?”

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Large Urban Hospitals at Disadvantage by Current Medicare/Medicaid Patient Satisfaction Rating System

The largest urban health systems do worse on government patient satisfaction scores than smaller, non-urban hospitals likely to serve white customers with higher education levels.

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The State of the Learning Health Care System: Has the Investment in Using Electronic Data to Track Patients Across Health Care Providers and Time Paid Off?

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Speakers at the 20th Annual International Meeting of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), held May 18th to 20th in Philadelphia, discussed the status of the Learning Health Care System in their first plenary session, entitled “Taking Stock of the Learning Health Care System: What Have We Achieved and Why Does it Matter?”