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Depression Among Heart Attack Survivors Can Be Deadly, But Often Ignored Print E-mail
Written by Liz Szabo | Kaiser Health News   
Friday, 21 July 2017 17:47

One in 5 people hospitalized for a heart attack or chest pain develop major depression - about four times the rate in the general population, according to the American Heart Association. One in 3 stroke survivors become depressed, along with up to half of those who undergo heart bypass surgery. 
Heart disease patients who become depressed are twice as likely to die within the following decade as other patients, according to an unpublished study presented in March at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting. 

Depression increased the risk of death more than any other risk factor in the study - even smoking, said lead author Heidi May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.  

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 July 2017 17:49
Rat Lungworm: Brain Burrowing Parasite Is Spreading Through FL Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 03 July 2017 00:00

Josh Solomon, in a June 30, 2017 Tampa Bay Times  post, reports:
Angiostrongylus cantonensis, also known as rat lungworm, has been detected in rats and snails in five Florida counties, including Hillsborough, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Florida's Department of Infectious Disease and Pathology.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 15:42
Genesis Healthcare Settlement Another Example of Government's Anti-Fraud Campaign Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 00:00

Whatever else is taking place in the nation's capital these days, one thing is for certain, there is no letup in the government's crackdown on healthcare fraud. This is made  clear by the continued announcements of multimillion-dollar settlements coming from various fraud-fighting agencies.

One of the more recent settlements involves Genesis Healthcare, Inc., a Kennett Square, Pa. provider of short-term post-acute, rehabilitation, skilled nursing and long-term care services.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Genesis will pay the federal government $53.6 million, including interest, to settle six federal lawsuits and investigations regarding the submission of false claims for medically unnecessary therapy and hospital services, as well as "grossly substandard" nursing home care.

The settlement resolved four sets of allegations...

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 July 2017 16:59
Florida Supreme Court Overturns Med Mal Damage Awards Cap Print E-mail
Written by Matt Gracey   
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

The Florida Supreme Court's recent overturn of the caps on non-economic damage awards in medical malpractice cases is the final nail in the coffin of tort reforms enacted in 2003. The frequency of lawsuits against doctors and correspondingly the premiums for malpractice insurance in Florida since 2003 have dropped on average about 65%. The market has become healthy with many insurers competing for doctors' business. As the premiums have steadily dropped over the last decade and a half, many insurers' loss ratios have now increased up to, and in many cases over, the 100% combined loss ratio mark. Thus, most insurers have been needing rate increases to stop mounting losses or thin profit margins. This court action will hasten the anticipated hardening of the marketplace and doctors are sure to see higher prices for their coverage and fewer insurers bidding on their malpractice insurance in the near future.

Five Steps I Recommend to Florida Doctors Now...

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Last Updated on Friday, 23 June 2017 17:01
Steve Scalise's Doctor On Congressman's Condition, Injuries Sustained Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 19 June 2017 17:53

Dr. John Torres has an exclusive interview with Dr. Jack Sava (director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center) about Rep. Steve Scalise's condition, what's being done to treat him and Scalise's chances for recovery. This video was posted to YouTube by NBC on 6.16.17...

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 13:47
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