In health care news this week

 

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

 

Main Line Health News…

 

Cardiologists urge caution with daily aspirin for non-heart attack patients

Pharmacy Choice reports that Martin O’Riordan, who is on staff at Lankenau Medical Center, says that aspirin is more potent than many people realize

 

Winter Slowing You Down? 5 Ways to Boost Your Fitness Motivation Right Now Philadelphia magazine article by Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist on staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital, notes a few tricks for pushing yourself during the freezing winter months.

 

Medical Corner: Examine your heart to save your life

Daily Local News article by Donald Ferrari, DO, a Lankenau Heart Institute cardiologist at Paoli Hospital, reports that, thanks to a new cardiovascular screening tool called the AngioScreen, you can learn more about your heart health and how to improve it in less than an hour.

 

How CrossFit Made Me a Saner Parent Philadelphia magazine article by Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist on staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital, notes, “By strengthening my social network, I have become less dependent on my children for my own happiness.”

 

Heart health tip: Where to get vascular screening Philly.com notes that AngioScreen is offered at a number of hospitals across the country, including Lankenau Medical Center and Paoli Hospital.

 

Heart Disease in Women: Avoid this #1 Killer with Awareness and Lifestyle Changes Philadelphia magazine article quotes Dr. Leslie Poor, M.D., Co-Director of the Women’s Heart Initiative, Lankenau Heart Institute’s unique women’s heart program dedicated to empowering women to Learn, Act, Live: “Each year more than 30,000 young women under 55 are hospitalized with a heart attack.”

Community Briefs: Heart Ball raises $1.6 million for research

Delaware County Daily Times reports that Dr. Peter Kowey, Main Line Health, was presented with the Edward S. Cooper MD award.

 

Local Doctors Seek Patients For New Pacemaker Trial

KYW Newsradio reports the new device is about the size of a large vitamin and is placed directly in the heart through a catheter, according to Dr. Doug Esberg, a cardiologist at Lankenau Medical Center.

 

 

 

Regional Health Care News…

Health: New Information On Superbug Infection

CBS3 reports that, in PA, it’s up to hospitals whether they disclose CRE infections.

 

A system for spotting bad medical bills

Fortune reports that TrueClaim is set to begin a pilot program with Independence Blue Cross and its 250,000 enrollees in the first half of this year.

 

WHYY’s PriceCheck needs your help to crowdsource health costs

WHYY reports that it is launching a new project called WHYY PriceCheck to build a crowdsourced database of prices for common medical procedures here in the Delaware Valley.

 

Pennsylvania agency releases first study of pediatric heart surgery outcomes

Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the study included outcomes for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Geisinger Children’s Hospital in Danville, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.

 

 

Patient Care News…

Managing Obesity Starts with Patient Engagement

HealthLeaders Media reports about the need to engage patients to better manage obesity.

 

Are novice surgeons more likely to kill you?

CBS News reports about newly released study results about less experienced surgeons.

 

Nutrition Panel Calls for Less Sugar and Eases Cholesterol and Fat Restrictions

New York Times reports that the panel said that Americans were eating too much salt, sugar and saturated fat, and not enough foods that fit a “healthy dietary pattern,” like fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and moderate levels of alcohol.

 

Daily tasks predict hospitalization, death for heart failure patients

Fox News reports that a study team adjusted for other illnesses, and found that compared to people with no difficulty with daily activities, those with moderate difficulty were 50 percent more likely to die, and those with severe difficulty were more than twice as likely to die during the study.

 

Weight-loss surgery tied to pregnancy benefits, risks

Fox News reports that, compared to obese women who didn’t have bariatric surgery, women who did were less likely to develop diabetes during pregnancy and less likely to deliver overly large babies but more likely to have shorter pregnancies and to deliver smaller-than-normal babies.

 

 

Safety News…

Two New Studies Add to Scrutiny of Gynecology Tool

The Wall Street Journal reports about increased scrutiny surrounding the use of laparoscopic power morcellators.

 

A Doctor’s Advice, a Patient’s Race Influence Flu Shot Rates Philly.com reports that of 475 people surveyed in Detroit, 90 percent of them followed through on a doctor’s advice to receive the flu vaccine, but just 58 percent of those whose doctor didn’t recommend vaccination got a flu shot.

 

Health: Vaccination Mistakes

CBS3 reports that a Philadelphia lawyer says, “In my personal experience, it seems that a lot of vaccine petitioners get the vaccine at a pharmacy.”

 

 

Health Care Business News…

BYOD causing big IT headaches

Healthcare IT News reports, “The proliferation of personal devices and the apps that drive them is one of the biggest security concerns to hit health care in the digital age.”

 

EHR Use Increases in EDs, Outpatient Departments

MedPage Today reports that the use of electronic health records is increasing in hospital emergency and outpatient departments.

 

Stagnation with a chance of decline: Healthcare’s 5-year forecast

Becker’s Hospital Review reports change is only going to become more dramatic in the next five years.

 

Physicians support legislation limiting ‘retroactive denials’

The Central Penn Business Journal reports about physician support for legislation that would limit insurers’ retroactive denials of health insurance claims.

 

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