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Empowering Family Caregivers Assures Successful Acute Care Transitions

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When hospitals adopt proactive, enhanced care transition interventions to assure that family caregivers are well prepared when patients are discharged, the incidence of adverse outcomes due to communication lapses with clinicians or medication mistakes can be reduced significantly, according to new research published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality (JHQ).

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Medicaid "Fee Bump" to Primary Care Doctors Associated with Better Access to Appointments, According to Penn Study

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The increase in Medicaid reimbursement for primary care providers, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was associated with a 7.7 percentage points increase in new patient appointment availability without longer wait times, according to results of a new 10-state study — co-authored by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Urban Institute, and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — published online-first by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Bone Stem Cells Shown to Regenerate Bone and Cartilage in Adult Mice

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A stem cell capable of regenerating both bone and cartilage has been identified in bone marrow of mice.

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New Research Unlocks How Melanoma Can Resist Newly Approved Drug Combo Therapy

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In a new study researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have uncovered how melanoma becomes resistant to a promising new drug combo therapy utilizing BRAF+MEK inhibitors in patients after an initial period of tumor shrinkage.

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Doctors Who Use Health Information Technology Are 'Slightly' More Likely to Get Patient Data, Reports Medical Care

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Physicians who use health information technology (HIT) systems are only slightly more likely to receive the patient information they need to provide coordinated care, reports a study in the January issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Influencing Physician Referrals Ethically

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Medical ethicists at Johns Hopkins and Brigham and Women’s Hospital provide a roadmap to the health care holy grail of higher quality, lower cost care via referrals, while avoiding the ethical pitfalls of managed care in the 1990s

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Possible Treatments Identified for Highly Contagious Stomach Virus

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Antibiotics aren’t supposed to be effective against viruses. But new evidence in mice suggests antibiotics may help fight norovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus, report scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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S. Lee Kling Center for Proton Therapy Completes First Year of Patient Care​​​​​​​​​​

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More than 100 cancer patients have received an innovative form of radiation therapy at the S. Lee Kling Center for Proton Therapy in the center’s first year of operation.

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Leading Ohio Health Care Systems Launch a Collaborative Effort to Improve the Value of Health Care

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Six of Ohio’s leading health systems have agreed to form a large-scale entity whose mission is to improve the value of health care services delivered to patients and communities throughout Ohio.

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Penn Medicine Study: Web-based TAVR Marketing Found to Overstate Benefits, Understate Risks of Procedure

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Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, has been called one of the biggest advances in cardiac surgery in recent years. The procedure delivers a new, collapsible aortic valve through a catheter to the valve site within the heart - a repair that otherwise requires open heart surgery. While a boon for many patients who would not have been a candidate for conventional surgery, Penn Medicine researchers have discovered that marketing for TAVR does not accurately portray the risks associated with undergoing the procedure. Their analysis is available in the January 12 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.