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How value-based pay can worsen patient outcomes Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 01 January 2018 16:40
In  a 12/28/17 KevinMD post, Matthew Hahn, MD states, "Results of a study released <in> JAMA Cardiology demonstrated that lower readmission rates among hospitalized heart failure patients, a key focus of recent Medicare value-based payment efforts, were associated with increased patient mortality. In other words, patients admitted to the hospital for heart failure are being re-admitted less frequently, but dying at higher numbers."
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Healthcare Professionals a Big Part of the #MeToo Movement Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 19:49
By now you undoubtedly have read or heard stories about sexual harassment taking place in Hollywood, Washington and the workplace in general. The #MeToo movement is creating a groundswell of support for those who have been the target of sexual harassment, as well as causing many who may have remained silent to be heard.  

For those in the healthcare field, sexual harassment claims are nothing new. And, based on a recently released report by BuzzFeed News, they have been taking place for decades. After reviewing sexual harassment claims filed with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) between 1995 and 2016, the BuzzFeed investigation found 170,000 healthcare industry sexual harassment claims were filed during that 21-year period.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 January 2018 09:13
U.S. healthcare spending growth slowed in 2016 Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 December 2017 19:39
According to Reuters, in a Dec. 06 2017 article, "Growth in healthcare spending in the United States slowed in 2016 following two years of expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a government health agency reported on Wednesday."
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Last Updated on Monday, 11 December 2017 19:50
CVS to Acquire Aetna  Print E-mail
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Monday, 04 December 2017 18:39

In a CNN report dated 12/3/17, it is revealed that CVS is buying health insurance giant Aetna. According to the article, "If approved, the $69 billion acquisition -- $77 billion including debt -- would drastically remap the health care industry. It would also go down as the largest health insurance deal in history...Buying Aetna puts CVS in a better position to compete with other integrated health care providers, such as UnitedHealthcare (UNH) and pharmacy benefits manager Optum."

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Last Updated on Friday, 05 January 2018 19:28
More than half of US children may be headed for obesity as adults Print E-mail
Written by HealthDay   
Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

A computer analysis predicted that more than 57% of children in the U.S. will be obese by the time they turn 35, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers analyzed data from five studies involving nearly 41,500 children and adults and found that severity of obesity in childhood was tied to an even greater risk of being obese by the age of 35.

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