In health care news this week

 Selected news media reports on MLH and the health care industry, excerpted from MLH’s daily Morning News Report…

 

In Main Line Health news…

 

CT scan can detect arterial calcium

Available for years, the scan is now getting renewed attention after it was cited in new guidelines for treating cholesterol, issued in November by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Suburban facilities offering the test include Abington Memorial, St. Mary Medical Center, and Main Line Health’s Lankenau Heart Institute. More from Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

Main Line, Jefferson split final

The financial separation of Main Line Health and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals is official. Jefferson is using a bridge loan to refinance $325 million in debt, leaving Main Line Health, which is the successor organization to the former Jefferson Health System, with $218 million in debt. More from Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

 

In other health news…

 

How to maintain HIPAA compliance with mobile devices

With photographic and data transmission/storage capabilities, mobile devices present providers with new legal challenges, particularly maintaining HIPAA compliance. More from The Advisory Board.

 

9 in 10 New Physician Jobs Follow Employment Model

HealthLeaders Media reports, “The shift toward the employed physician model has grown from a stream to a deluge…”

 

Doctors v. boards: The debate over new certification rules

The new rules—which took effect on Jan. 1—are intended to require continuous learning, instead of a short period of studying prior to a recertification exam every 10 years. More from The Advisory Board.

 

‘Supercooling’ technique may preserve transplant organs longer

Freezing the organs helps reduce damage in the cells of the organ, which begin to die as soon as they leave the body. Currently, most transplant organs can survive outside the body for only five to 24 hours. More from Fox News.

 

CHOP study finds babies commonly delivered early for no medical reason

Elective early C-sections and inductions were both associated with babies having to stay longer in the hospital, often from difficulties in feeding. More from WHYY.

 

Infection Prevention Effort Targets Hospital Handshakes

HealthLeaders Media reports about reducing hospital infections by replacing handshakes with fist bumps and other gestures.

 

Doctors shortage worsening, demand growing

USA Today reports with an update about the worsening national shortage of doctors.

 

New Weapon in Fight Against ‘Superbugs’

A soil sample from a national park in eastern Canada has produced a compound that appears to reverse antibiotic resistance in dangerous bacteria. More from Wall Street Journal.

 

One-third of knee replacements in the U.S. may be inappropriate

The number of total knee replacement surgeries done each year more than doubled between 1991 and 2010, leading some to question whether the procedure is overused. More from Philly.com.

 

Routine Pelvic Exam Isn’t Helpful, Report Says

Healthy women don’t need regular pelvic exams, says the American College of Physicians, in a new set of guidelines released Monday. More from Wall Street Journal.

 

Childhood Vaccines Vindicated Once More

A new review of existing scientific evidence has concluded that childhood vaccines are safe and don’t cause serious health problems such as autism or leukemia. More from Philly.com.

FDA approves inhaled insulin

FDA recommends that physicians test patients’ lung function before prescribing the inhaler and periodically after prescribing the inhaler. More from The Advisory Board.

 

How Mainstream Medicine Is Stepping Out of the Mainstream

Integrative medicine is a hot topic in health care these days, as even the most traditional providers offer alternative and complementary therapies that promise to treat the whole person. More from Wall Street Journal.

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