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NY Attorney General Sanctions Highlight Need for Higher Standards for mHealth Research and Development Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer S. Geetter, Chelsea M. Rutherford | MWE.com   
Thursday, 06 April 2017 00:00

On March 23, 2017, the New York Attorney General's office announced that it has settled with the developers of three mobile health (mHealth) applications (apps) for, among other things, alleged misleading commercial claims. As part of the settlement, each developer must revise its advertising, consumer warnings and privacy practices, and must pay a monetary penalty to the Office of Attorney General. This settlement underscores for all mHealth developers the importance of having sufficient scientific evidence to support their commercial claims.

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Last Updated on Friday, 07 April 2017 17:31
 
Engaging Patients to Optimize Medication Adherence Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 03 April 2017 00:00

An NEJM Catalyst post dated March 29, 2017 examines the problem of medication non-adherence:

...for many Americans, taking their medications according to their health care provider's instructions is a challenge. About half of patients with chronic diseases don't take their medication as prescribed.

Medication non-adherence has important health consequences, ranging from decreased quality of life and poorly managed symptoms to death. But the implications of medication non-adherence extend beyond the individual; non-adherence is also associated with significant societal costs.
 
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Last Updated on Monday, 24 April 2017 17:15
 
Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century Print E-mail
Written by Anne Case and Sir Angus Deaton | Brookings.edu   
Saturday, 25 March 2017 08:35

In "Mortality and morbidity in the 21st Century," Princeton Professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton follow up on their groundbreaking 2015 paper that revealed a shocking increase in midlife mortality among white non-Hispanic Americans, exploring patterns and contributing factors to the troubling trend.

Case and Deaton find that while midlife mortality rates continue to fall among all education classes in most of the rich world, middle-aged non-Hispanic whites in the U.S. with a high school diploma or less have experienced increasing midlife mortality since the late 1990s. This is due to both rises in the number of "deaths of despair"-death by drugs, alcohol and suicide-and to a slowdown in progress against mortality from heart disease and cancer, the two largest killers in middle age.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:10
 
Insurers weigh a simpler, cheaper treatment for artery disease: supervised workouts Print E-mail
Written by Eric Boodman | STAT   
Monday, 20 March 2017 00:00

When Char Zinda's doctors discovered that she had had a couple of small, undiagnosed heart attacks, their instructions were to start walking.

She was game. She tried going to the local university's indoor walking track near her house. But she couldn't even walk two-tenths of a mile. "The bottoms of my feet just felt like somebody had taken a sharp pencil and was poking it in," said the 64-year-old, who lives in Morris, Minn. The pain was so bad it made her cry.

That was a telltale sign of peripheral artery disease, which affects an estimated 8 million Americans. Zinda had a number of treatment possibilities, but the cheapest and least invasive has generally not been covered by insurance, despite years' worth of evidence that it can be as effective as other options.

That is on the cusp of changing, experts say...

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 18:13
 
PCMH recognition process isn't easy but it is becoming more relevant and less burdensome Print E-mail
Written by Yul Ejnes, MD | American College of Physicians via KevinMD   
Friday, 03 March 2017 18:29

When the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the other primary care societies introduced the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) over 10 years ago, the model was untested. Here's a look at how the PCMH recognition process has evolved and how my experience seeking recognition helped me in my role on the PCMH 2017 Advisory Committee that was established to guide the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) on the next update of the recognition program.
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 18:33
 
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