May. 28, 2014

Helping patients improve medication adherence
Medical Economics
Prescribing a medication for a patient is not the end for physicians — it's the beginning. Ensuring that the patient uses the medication correctly is a continuing challenge for many primary care physicians. Nearly three out of four Americans report not taking their medications as directed, sometimes leading to hospitalization or death, and adding as much as $290 billion in avoidable health care costs.More

PCORI announces $90 million to study treatment alternatives in 4 areas
AHA News Now
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is accepting applications for up to $90 million in funding for research comparing the effectiveness of alternative ways to treat end-stage renal disease and Crohn's disease, prevent or reduce tobacco use, and manage mental illness. Any research organization, including university/college hospital and health care systems, may apply. Proposed studies must address clinical choices faced by patients, their caregivers, clinicians or delivery systems and include patient, professional, payer or purchaser organizations as partners. Letters of intent are due June 27. The funding is part of an initiative announced last year to invest in larger and longer "pragmatic studies."More

Report shows hospitals are improving care faster than other settings
The 2013 National Healthcare Quality Report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that hospital quality improvements are surpassing those of home health, nursing home care and ambulatory settings. The study found that every measure publicly reported on the Hospital Compare website showed improvement over time, and 75 percent of hospital quality measures showed significant improvement.More

Calling all innovators:
Share your experiences, models and successes

ACMA is now accepting presentation proposals for the 2015 ACMA National Conference, April 26-29, 2015, in Phoenix, and we are searching for practitioners with innovative solutions, which have been tested in daily practice.

What makes a valuable presentation?

Speakers receive a 50 percent discount on main conference pricing.

Do you fit the bill? Then submit your presentation today — click here. Presentations must be submitted by June 2.

Could a catheter ward off hospital-acquired infections using light?
MedCity News
A medical device startup co-founded by five University of Utah graduates and students has taken on the challenge of combating the 100,000 deaths from hospital-acquired infections transmitted from catheters each year. They developed a bacteria-killing catheter that uses light to cleanse the catheter. Veritas Medical's winnings from the International Business Model competition will help lay the groundwork for clinical trials early next year.More

Flood of pediatric mental health patients strains emergency department
AAP News
Over the last decade, there has been a concerning rise in emergency department visits for mental health concerns. Pediatric patients are being referred to the ED by mental health providers, schools and pediatricians, and many are brought by family members. Between the late 1990s and last year, such visits to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center ED skyrocketed from 400 to 2,500 annual visits.More

3 ways to promote ethical employee behavior
Fierce Practice Management
While most businesses would not knowingly hire an immoral employee, the reality is that all human beings are susceptible to temptation. In a health care setting especially, lower-paid staff members have access to everything from petty cash to credit card numbers to prescription pads, and stories of their taking advantage of employers' and patients' trust in them is all too common.More

Hospitals look to health law, cutting charity
The New York Times
Hospital systems around the country have started scaling back financial assistance for lower- and middle-income people without health insurance, hoping to push them into signing up for coverage through the new online marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act. The trend is troubling to advocates for the uninsured, who say raising fees will inevitably cause some to skip care rather than buy insurance that they consider unaffordable. Though the number of hospitals tightening access to free or discounted care appears limited so far, many say they are considering doing so, and experts predict that stricter policies will become increasingly common.More