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…

Science Center Smart Talk Session Welcomes Keith Leaphart, Entrepreneur, Physician and Community Advocate
Mississippi News Now: Leaphart serves as President & CEO of Replica Global, LLC, parent company for Replica Creative, is currently on staff at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, and has chaired the board of the Lenfest Foundation since 2013.


Humana, Delaware Valley ACO tout Medicare partnership results
Philadelphia Business Journal: Since 2014, Humana members cared for through the value-based agreement with DVACO have experienced a ten percent increase in medication therapy adherence and a four percent increase in disease management program participation.


New ACS Mammography Guidelines Cause Controversy
Clinical Oncology: The harms of a false positive pale in comparison with a missed diagnosis, suggested Marisa Weiss, MD, the director of breast radiation oncology and breast health outreach at Lankenau Medical Center, in Wynnewood, Pa.


Barbara Wadsworth Named to Gift of Life’s Governing Board
Noodls: Main Line Health Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Wadsworth, DNP, RN, FAAN, has been named to the Governing Board of the Gift of Life Donor Program. Wadsworth previously served on the program’s Medical Advisory Board for six years.


AAHRPP Accredits Three More Research Organizations
TulsaCW: The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs today announced that it has accredited three more research organizations, including Main Line Health.


Study: Philly-Area Hospitals Charge Wildly Different Prices for Same Treatment
Philadelphia magazine: For an angioplasty or stent procedure to treat a heart attack, prices vary from hospital to hospital. It costs $203,509 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania but just $79,896 at Paoli Hospital.



Regional Health Care News…

With comics, students expose a dark side of medical education
WHYY: In the class Comics in Medicine, students study graphic novels with medical themes, then are assigned to create their own strips based on their days as trainees.


Report: Mortality & readmission rates down at Pa. hospitals
Philadelphia Business Journal: In Southeastern Pennsylvania, the average hospital charge for congestive heart failure range from a high of $90,102 at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia to a low of $29,435 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pa.


Jefferson, Philadelphia University to merge
Philadelphia Inquirer: Jefferson CEO Steve Klasko said every deal brings in new “all-star” talent to help run what he envisions as a “revolution” in academics and health care.

Patient Care News…

Who’s too old for major treatment? Age not always a barrier
Fox News:  Very old age is no longer an automatic barrier for aggressive therapies, from cancer care like the former president has received, to major heart procedures, joint replacements and even some organ transplants.


More joint-replacement patients are skipping physical therapy Philadelphia Inquirer: Now that new payment schemes encourage surgeons and hospitals to pay more attention to the cost and effectiveness of the care patients get when they leave the hospital, postsurgical rehab has become a target for cuts.



A doctor reflects: ‘How do you eat a sandwich after pronouncing a man dead?’
The Advisory Board:  It is hard for doctors to be both analytical and emotional at the same time. Instead, what physicians must learn to do is toggle between the two.


What the most-crowded EDs have in common
The Advisory Board: A study looked at whether hospitals implemented 17 “proven interventions” to reduce ED overcrowding, including bedside registration, computer-assisted triage systems, and surgical schedule smoothing.


FDA Closer To Decision On Approving Implant Treatment For Drug Addiction
CBS3: The Probuphine implant is currently being reviewed by the FDA and was tested here in the Philadelphia area.


Encouraging online reviews can benefit docs
Fox News: Doctors should encourage patients to leave reviews on websites that rate their performance because a wider variety of contributors creates a more balanced picture, suggests a new study.


Safety News…

Doctors asking about domestic violence is important, but daunting
WHYY: Just asking the question plants a little seed in their mind – that the abuse is wrong, that there’s a way out, and that hospitals and doctor’s offices are safe places, where they can turn.


Child trafficking happening here and pediatricians need to be alert, experts say
Patriot-News: While some child victims may be seen for regular well-child visits, they are more often seen in emergency departments, urgent care centers or regional health clinics.



Health Care Business News…

Is Lab Testing the ‘Wild West’ of Medicine?
Wall Street Journal: Federal officials say lab-developed tests are especially vulnerable because they rarely are scrutinized by the FDA, go through clinical trials, or are proven accurate or even medically useful before going on sale.


For first time, CMS posts individual physician quality data, angering some
The Advisory Board: The data include 2014 clinical quality performance measures for about 40,000 individual physicians who submitted information through Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System. Doctors submitted the data voluntarily, although beginning in 2016 they will face a penalty if they opt out.


The doctors most likely to be sued—and what they learn from it
The Advisory Board: Most often, respondents faced lawsuits related to failure to diagnose (31%) and related to a patient suffering an abnormal injury (31%).


PwC lays out its top 10 healthcare issues for 2016
HealthCareIT News: “It will be a year of firsts for healthcare consumers, organizations and new entrants as innovative tools and services enter the new health economy.”


Many Muslim doctors say they face frequent workplace discrimination
The Advisory Board: Nearly a quarter of Muslim physicians in the United States say they have experienced frequent religious discrimination during their careers, according to a first-of-its-kind study.


Cigna Drops Coverage Of 3D Mammograms
CBS Boston: The medical advisor to the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition wants to meet with the head of Cigna over what he says is a bad decision the provider is making.


Kaiser Permanente to Launch Medical School
Wall Street Journal:  Kaiser Permanente will launch a medical school focused on training students in its integrated style of care, in the latest sign of growing efforts to expand and reshape traditional physician education.


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