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Acentec Study Shows Affordable Care Act Not Always Beneficial to Independent Physicians
PRWeb
While much of the buzz surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been focused around its benefits to patients, less attention has been given to how it affects physicians. Acentec, Inc., a medical practice solution and service provider, recently released a survey showing that many independent physicians were not yet benefiting from the ACA, and that many were still in the dark as to how to take advantage of it.
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Maryland's Plan to Upend Healthcare Spending
The Washington Post
The Obama administration is set to announce soon an ambitious healthcare experiment that will make Maryland a test case for whether aggressive government regulation of medical prices can dramatically cut health spending. Under the experiment, Maryland will cap hospital spending and set prices — and, if all goes as planned, cut $330 million in federal spending.
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Will Physicians be Dropped From Managed Care Networks?
HealthLeaders Media
Insurers are dropping thousands of physicians from their managed care networks in response to growing pressures from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), leaving many doctors to wonder what plans they will still participate in for 2014 and beyond. But that's not all. If the insurer lets you stay, reimbursement rates may be cut so much that you will wonder whether being dropped was the better outcome.
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Nevada Continues to Rank Poorly in Numbers of Doctors, Nurses
Las Vegas Sun via HealthLeaders Media
The chronic shortage of doctors that afflicts Nevadans may grow worse, lawmakers were warned recently. A group of healthcare experts reviewed the state's longstanding deficiency in providing an adequate healthcare workforce for Nevada's residents at a legislative committee, providing fresh data showing that Nevada still ranks poorly among states for the number of doctors and nurses it counts among its population. That shortage of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals isn't going away anytime soon, experts say. Instead, it could actually be getting worse.
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Study: EHR Beliefs Tied to Gender, Personality
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
It's an established fact that for technology implementation to be successful, there needs to be some flexibility in order to meet the individual needs of those learning the new systems. Researchers at the University of Florida conducted a survey of 126 third-year medical schools to determine which personal characteristics related to their perceptions of electronic health record systems. Among their findings was that men were more likely than women to report that EHRs were easy to use. But some officials caution that it would be bad to place people in groups based on gender, culture or personality.
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Kidney Cancer Patients on ASI Antihypertensives Live Longer
Medscape
A retrospective analysis of 4736 patients with metastatic kidney cancer has found that patients who were taking antihypertensive drugs that act as angiotensin system inhibitors (ASIs) lived significantly longer than patients who were not taking such drugs. The overall survival among patients taking ASIs was 27 months vs. 17 months for patients who were not talking these drugs.
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Blood Pressure Drugs Lengthen Survival in Advanced Kidney Cancer
HealthCanal
Patients who were on medications called angiotensin system inhibitors (ASIs), including angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor and angiotensin system blockers, commonly used to treat high blood pressure and other medical conditions survived an average of 26.68 months, compared with 17.05 months in those who did not receive the drugs, said Dr. Rana McKay, a clinical oncology fellow at Dana-Farber.
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Dwindling Saline Supplies Worry Hospitals, Dialysis Centers
Chicago Tribune
A shortage of intravenous saline is causing hospitals and dialysis centers to scramble to manage their supplies of the commonly used solution. Healthcare providers are asking doctors and staff members to use smaller IV bags and find alternatives, if possible, officials and executives said.
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Home-Based Stool Test Detects 79 Percent of Colorectal Cancers
Medscape
The fecal immunochemical test (FIT), a simple at-home stool test that requires no change in diet to complete, can accurately detect 79 percent of colorectal cancers (CRCs). In addition, two of the most well-studied FIT brands are highly sensitive and specific, according to a meta-analysis of 19 studies. Dr. Jeffrey K. Lee, from the University of California, San Francisco, and coauthors published the findings of their evidence review in the Feb. 4 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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