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…

 Exclusive: Main Line Health, Jefferson, Holy Redeemer and Magee Rehab in talks with fifth partner for its ACO
Delaware Valley ACO — the accountable care organization (ACO) owned by Main Line Health, Jefferson, Holy Redeemer and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital — is in talks to add a fifth partner, a health system based in southeastern Pennsylvania. More from Philadelphia Business Journal.

 Medical Corner: The positive, negative of youth sports
Donna Merkel, a board certified sports clinical specialist in physical therapy at Bryn Mawr Rehab, discusses the importance of coaches and parents to recognize that youth sports should emphasize fun, and maximize physical, psychological and social development for its participants. More from the Daily Local.

 Forensic nurses help sexual assault survivors
Riddle Hospital has eight specially-trained forensic nurses available to assist victims who come through the emergency department. They not only tend to the victims’ medical and psychological needs, they ensure evidence is properly collected and preserved should victims choose to prosecute their suspected assailants. More from the Delaware County Daily Times.


 In other health news…


 Robin Williams’ Death Shines Light on Depression, Substance Abuse
Despite Williams’ well-documented personal battles, mental health experts point to major strides in recent decades in the treatment of people who struggle with depression and substance abuse, which are often twin afflictions. More from and Wall Street Journal.


 The truth about Ebola, US risks and how to stop it
Tom Frieden, M.D., director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention,writes that special facilities aren’t needed, but what IS needed is to be especially careful with standard procedures for basic infection control, which need to be done flawlessly. Ebola isn’t highly contagious – it doesn’t spread through the air, and is far less infectious than the flu or the common cold, for example – but a single lapse can have devastating consequences. More from Fox News.

 Health: First Cases Of Human West Nile Virus In Pennsylvania And New Jersey; Higher Than Normal Amount Of Mosquitoes Testing Positive For Virus
The risk of getting the virus is expected to increase over the next few weeks, mainly because there are so many infected mosquitoes in the area. More from CBS3.

 In Ambitious Bid, Walmart Seeks Foothold in Primary Care Services
The New York Times reports about Walmart’s venture into primary health care services.

 The other health care revolution: accountability
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports about how health insurers are changing the way they compensate physicians and hospitals to a model that rewards improving quality and lowering cost.

 New Cancer Classification System Might Boost Patient Outcomes
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports about changes to the way cancers are classified and diagnosed.

 Steps to improve understanding of doctor’s advice
Studies have linked poor health literacy to higher rates of hospital readmission, expensive and unnecessary complications, and even death. More from Philadelphia Inquirer.

 New Guidelines Rein In Prescription Pain Drugs in Pa. Emergency Rooms

New statewide guidelines have been issued in Pennsylvania for how pain drugs should be administered to non-cancer patients in emergency departments throughout the Commonwealth. More from KYW Newsradio.

 Brave hospitals, rising to the challenge of Obamacare
Andy Carter, President & CEO, The Hospital & Healthsystem Assoc. of Pa., writes that because value-based reimbursement can produce lower levels of revenue, hospital decisions about capital investments, such as health care technology and facilities planning, are more difficult. Hospitals must also retool their workforces and develop new core competencies that reflect the needs of consumer-focused care. More from

40 Percent of Americans Will Develop Diabetes, CDC Projects
Half of black women and Hispanic men and women are predicted to develop type 2 diabetes during their lifetime, researchers reported. More from

Screenings Raise Risk as Well as Awareness

HealthLeaders Media reports the ACC and ACP are two of 58 healthcare provider organizations that have created a list of five common tests or procedures that physicians and patients should talk about rather than automatically ordering as part of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Choosing Wisely campaign.

Training Physicians for Empathy

HealthLeaders Media reports Stephen Klasko, the President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and TJUH System in Philadelphia, sees the current criteria used to judge med students doesn’t necessarily produce the best doctors..

Docs look to robots for imaging exams

Healthcare IT News reports about successful research into long-distance, telerobotic examinations.


Practicing on Patients

A New York Times physician columnist discusses how to protect patients while doctors learn.


The Challenges After Surviving a Childhood Disease

For millions of teens and young adults, finding a doctor to treat them as they grow up is hard. More from Wall Street Journal.


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