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Supreme Court approves Obamacare subsidies on HealthCare.gov
Obamacare just survived a potentially fatal heart attack.
In a major decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal subsidies that help nearly 6.4 million people pay for their Obamacare health plans are legal under the Affordable Care Act.
The 6-3 ruling upholding that financial aid avoids what many analysts predicted would be a nightmare scenario had the plaintiffs won: individual plan insurance prices skyrocketing in 34 states and the loss of health coverage for upwards of 8 million people in those states served by the federal insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov as of next year.
Docs prescribe ACA improvements
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the subsidies provided to all patients who participate in the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) health insurance exchanges, physicians and provider groups are focusing on ways to improve the law's implementation.
At the American College of Physicians (ACP) in Philadelphia, the first priority is Medicaid expansion, particularly in Southern states, said ACP president Wayne Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA. "We see this as a critical element in terms of making sure that more Americans get health coverage."
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Emergency room visits, hospitalizations of children with food allergy reactions increase in Illinois
Emergency room visits and hospitalizations of children with severe, potentially life-threatening food allergy reactions increased nearly 30 percent in Illinois over five years, reports a Northwestern Medicine study.
Hispanic children, who previously had the lowest reported cases of food allergies, had the biggest increase of emergency room and hospitalizations overall with a 44 percent rise.
Clinical considerations for the evaluation of ill travelers from Liberia to the US
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In light of the lowered exposure risk to the Ebola virus disease in Liberia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends healthcare providers should still consider EVD, but also other more likely infectious diseases, including malaria, when evaluating ill travelers from Liberia to the United States. Signs and symptoms of EVD are nonspecific and overlap with many other more prevalent infectious diseases in West Africa.
Emergency department visits for teen self-inflicted injuries increases
eNews Park Forest
A study in the July issue of Pediatrics, “Emergency Department Visits for Self-Inflicted Injuries in Adolescents,” examined 286,678 adolescent trauma patients, 3,664 of whom sustained a self-inflicted injury.
The study aimed to describe emergency department visits for self-inflicted injury in teens from 2009 to 2012, by tracking trends in mechanism of injury and identifying factors associated with increased risk of self-harm behaviors.
Dusting off drug libraries yields smarter IV pumps
Pharmacy Practice News
Partnering with nurses, conducting rounds on inpatient floors and continually educating staff are all ways that hospitals can improve drug library compliance for smart pumps, panelists said at a kick-off meeting for the National Coalition for Infusion Therapy Safety. This is an initiative by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Foundation and industry partners to develop and promote solutions that improve infusion therapy–related patient outcomes.
Misdiagnoses of UTI, STI occur often in women in EDs
Infectious Disease Special Edition
Urinary tract infection (UTI) and sexually transmitted infection (STI) in women were misdiagnosed by hospital emergency departments nearly half the time, a study has found. These misdiagnoses result in overuse of antibiotics, increasing antibiotic resistance, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
The real problem with medical internships
The New York Times
Author Sandeep Jauhar writes: Approximately 26,000 newly minted doctors across the United States will begin their internships on July 1. For many, this legendarily grueling year will be the most trying time of their professional lives. Most will spend it in a state of perpetual exhaustion, as near ascetics with regard to family, friends and other pleasures. I was an intern nearly 20 years ago, but I still remember it the way soldiers remember war.
Kids can suffer 'dry drowning' hours after leaving pool
As more kids head to the pool in the summer, parents should be aware that children don't need to be in water to die of drowning.
Dry drowning, also called secondary drowning, can occur hours after a child has experienced a near-drowning incident. If untreated, if can lead to brain injury, respiratory problems or death.
Even if a child ingests only a "few gasps" of water in a pool incident, he or she could be at risk of experiencing dry drowning later, said Purva Grover, medical director of Cleveland Clinic Children's pediatric emergency departments.
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