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National Survey Examines Perceptions of Health Care Provider Quality

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released the results of a major survey examining the public’s opinions about what it means to be a quality health care provider in the United States. The survey, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sheds new light on how American adults perceive the quality of their health care and doctors, as well as the information they use and trust when making health care decisions. The survey produces new and actionable data during a crucial period of Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation. Interviews were conducted with 1,002 adults age 18 and over.

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55 Percent Third-Degree Burns; 0 Handicap for Loyola Burn Patient

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Once told he would never golf again, burn victim Jamie Nieto, now head pro at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, is leading the ninth annual Burn Awareness Golf Outing and silent auction there on Friday, August 29. All proceeds benefit Loyola University Medical Center Burn Center, where Nieto was a patient

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COLA: Helping Labs Prepare for the Healthcare Future

The nation’s healthcare system -- and with it, the laboratory community – is undergoing a period of tremendous change as The Affordable Care Act begins implementation and new healthcare delivery models such as The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) proliferate. With more than 70 percent of medical decisions based on lab data, laboratories are emerging as vital partners of these new healthcare teams. Labs are uniquely qualified to use the patient data they capture to provide feedback to allied health professionals that can increase efficiency and contain health-care costs while improving patient care.

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Repeal of Exclusionary Michigan Licensing Law a Victory for Consumer Health, Says Nutrition Professional Group

The repeal of the Michigan law is the latest significant sign that policy makers are recognizing the growing diversity of the nutrition profession and the benefit to consumer health and job growth by broadening, rather than narrowing, access to nutrition services.

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Hour-Long Home Coaching Greatly Decreases Re-Admission and Health Care Costs for Medicare Patients

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One hour of coaching and two to three followup phone calls seems to help Medicare patients avoid being re-hospitalized.

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Live Kidney Donors Face ‘Pointless’ Insurance Troubles

Healthy living kidney donors often face pointless post-donation hurdles when seeking or changing health or life insurance, according to results of a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers.

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4 Lessons for Effective, Efficient Research in Health Care Settings

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University of Colorado Cancer Center study shows that by taking into account the real-world constraints of the systems in which providers deliver care and patients receive it, researchers can help speed results, cut costs, and increase chances that recommendations from their findings will be implemented.

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Needs, Risks of Low-Wage Workers and the Impact on Public Health

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As low-wage jobs continue to show strong gains since the recession, findings from the Low-Wage Workers’ Health Project led by Upstate Medical University is offering insight into how these jobs affect public health and the economy in Syracuse, N.Y., and reflect national trends in issues related to low-wage workers.

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Cost of Expensive Medication in Dialysis Catheters May Be Offset by Reduced Complications

• The increased cost of an expensive drug that can prevent clots in dialysis catheters may be offset by lower costs for managing complications. • Additional studies are needed to determine the medication’s long-term cost and effectiveness.

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Johns Hopkins Study Charts Path for Successful Academic ACOs

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Strong leadership, reliable health care coordination and first-rate information technology are key for academic medical centers seeking to establish successful accountable care organizations, according to a Johns Hopkins study published in the journal Academic Medicine this week.

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