Black Book Market Research surveyed 3,040 hospital EHR users and found that the proportion of medical record administrators who find it difficult to exchange patient health records with health care providers who use a different EHR platform dropped from 41% in 2016 to 36% this year. In addition, 30% of hospital-based physicians said health data sent between outside providers' different EHR systems cannot be trusted.
A study from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that short-term health insurance plans cover fewer benefits than plans sold on Affordable Care Act exchanges. An analysis of 24 short-term plans sold in 45 states and the District of Columbia revealed none of the plans covered maternity care, 71% didn't cover outpatient prescription medications, 62% didn't cover substance abuse treatment, and 43% didn't cover mental health care.
The White House announced Sunday that President Donald Trump will not deliver a speech Thursday on lowering drug prices as planned. The White House did not indicate the reason for the postponement or say when the speech will take place.
Veterinarians volunteering for the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and Stokes Pharmacy's National Service Animal Eye Exam event have screened some 60,000 dogs, horses and other service and working animals since 2008. Veterinarian volunteers look for cataracts, corneal damage, retinal degeneration and other conditions that would affect the animal's eye health, says veterinary ophthalmologist Bianca Martins.
Data breach notification legislation signed into law by Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey this month now covers data breaches within the health care sector and considers an individual's medical or health information as personal information. The legislation requires affected entities to notify victims within 45 days and to include in the notice the date of the breach, contact information for the Federal Trade Commission and the three biggest consumer credit reporting agencies, and a short description of the disclosed information.
The April 1 launch of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, an initiative designed to help prevent type 2 diabetes development among older people and those with serious disabilities, did not go as smoothly as planned, with the program still being unavailable in many locations and facing implementation issues by Medicare Advantage plans, experts said. The program will be handled by community organizations, such as senior centers and YMCAs, and is available for free for those qualified individuals with prediabetes and Medicare Part B coverage.
Japanese researchers examined the eyes of 206 patients with and without diabetes and found significantly thinner total and outer choroid thicknesses among those with untreated diabetes and mild/moderate non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy and a significantly thicker choroidal outer layer thickness among those with severe NPDR, compared with controls. The findings in Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology revealed no significant differences in all stages of DR and choroidal layer thicknesses between those with treated diabetes and the control group.
A study in JAMA Dermatology showed that young adult men who have acne were at an increased risk of having higher fasting plasma glucose and insulin resistance levels, an indication of prediabetes, compared with those who did not have acne. Researchers conducted a cross-sectional study of young adult males ages 20 to 32 and found that those with acne also had higher blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Canadian researchers found that pediatric high blood pressure prevalence rose from 11.8% using the 2004 NIH guidelines to 14.2% using 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics/American Heart Association recommendations, 5.8% of whom had either newly diagnosed or deteriorating clinical stage of hypertension. The findings in JAMA Pediatrics, based on 1999 to 2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data involving 15,647 youths with a mean age of 13, "suggest that we may previously have been underestimating cardiovascular risk in otherwise healthy US children," researchers wrote.
Children whose mothers had very high, high and average caffeine consumption during pregnancy were 66%, 30% and 15% more likely to have excessive growth during the first year of life, respectively, compared with those whose mothers had low caffeine intake, Norwegian researchers reported in BMJ Open. The findings also tied average to very high prenatal caffeine intake to significantly increased overweight risk at ages 3 and 5, but only very high prenatal caffeine consumption was associated with a higher likelihood of being overweight at age 8.
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