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…

Eye Opener

WPHL and WCAU: Main Line Health’s JoAnn Magnatta is interviewed on the American Heart Association’s Go Red Day in support of heart health awareness.


Here’s Why ‘Go Red For Women Day’ Is So Important

CBS3: Dr. Konstadinos Plestis, Chief of Cardiothoracic surgery, for the Lankenau Heart Institute, which is part of Main Line Health, is able to replace a valve exposing just a small portion of the heart. “When the incision is smaller, then the pain is less,” Dr. Plestis said. “The recovery is much faster. This is a very new development.”


Matt Magargal named Vice President, Patient Care Services, at Paoli Hospital

Noodls: He most recently served as Director of Nursing at Paoli. Prior to this position, Magargal served as a patient care manager at Paoli, manager of the Vascular Access Team and administrative supervisor at Riddle Hospital, an Emergency Department staff nurse, and paramedic.


Women Are More at Risk to Misinterpret the Symptoms of a Heart Attack Philadelphia magazine: Leslie Poor MD, FACC, FAHA of Bryn Mawr Hospital, part of Main Line Health’s Lankenau Heart Institute, said, “”Not all patients experience classic symptoms of a heart attack. In particular, women may not experience the classic chest pain of a heart attack.” These less common symptoms may include nausea, jaw or back discomfort, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue or sweating, usually lasting longer than a few minutes.”


Big Ideas in Cancer: A Philadelphia Public Education Event

Cancer Research Catalyst: George Prendergast, PhD, president and CEO of the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research at Main Line Health, is included in this blog posting of additional insight into the recent AACR event in Philadelphia.


Cardiovascular Systems Presents Key LIBERTY 360° Demographic Data in Late-Breaking Presentation at the 28th International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy

Spoke: LIBERTY 360° is a prospective, observational, multi-center post-market study that enrolled over 1,200 patients at 53 sites across the United States, including 500 patients in the Claudicant Rutherford Class 2-3 (R2-3) Arm, 600 in the CLI (critical limb ischemia) Rutherford Class 4-5 (R4-5) Arm and 100 in the CLI Rutherford Class 6 (R6) Arm.  Authors on the abstract included Dr. William Gray, Main Line Health, Pennsylvania.


Occupational hazards for interventional cardiologists include radiation exposure, musculoskeletal injury

Healio: While there are few hard data on brain tumors as a result of radiation exposure from the cath lab, the literature suggests that there may be a connection, William Gray, MD, assistant chief of cardiovascular diseases, Main Line Health, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, said.


ACR: Quality experience committee encourages two-way communication between radiologists and patients

HealthCare Business and Becker’s Hospital Review: Ashima Lall, MD, MBA, director of PET/CT imaging at Riddle Memorial Hospital (Main Line Health) in Media, Pa., serves as vice chair. Lall, who is an MRI/MSK fellowship-trained radiologist, represents her radiology department in various hospital committees, including quality, patient safety, medical operations and peer review. She is also a green belt Six Sigma expert in process improvement methodology.


Mary De Caro, MD, to open Main Line HealthCare Primary Care at Riddle Hospital

Noodls: Main Line HealthCare physician network is pleased to announce the formation of Main Line HealthCare Primary Care at Riddle Hospital. The new practice of Mary De Caro, MD will open February 22, 2016.




Regional Health Care News…

Phila. health workers prepare for Zika

Philadelphia Inquirer and WHYY: The most telling information at a Philadelphia Department of Public Health staff briefing about the Zika virus was this slide: “Stay tuned: With the dynamic nature of this situation, updates . . . are expected.”


Lead poisoning in Pa., N.J. may be worse than Flint Philadelphia Inquirer: Though the focus in Flint is on water, the biggest source of lead remains chipping and flaking paint in old and poorly maintained houses



Patient Care News…

CDC discovers new bacteria species that causes Lyme disease

Fox News: The CDC said that the newly discovered bacteria is associated with fever, headache and fatigue plus nausea and vomiting, as well as diffuse rashes and a higher concentration of bacteria in the blood. The first-discovered bacteria was associated with a rash that forms a “bull’s eye” shape.


State Board of Medicine takes first step toward guidelines for prescribing pain meds

Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s doctors could soon have detailed, state-approved guidelines for the prescribing of opioid pain medicines.


Med students are avoiding this job – and it could be a problem for all of us

Business Insider: Geriatricians are already in short supply, and geriatrics is one of the last specialties that internal medicine residents are choosing to pursue, even though the need for them continues to increase.


BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as ‘overweight’ or ‘obese,’ study says The findings, published in the International Journal of Obesity, reveal that employers could potentially saddle people with unfairly high health insurance costs based on a deeply flawed measure of actual health.


In its 200th year, some say the stethoscope is obsolete

WHYY: In the debate over the stethoscope’s relevance, many argue that if you lose the stethoscope, you lose the tradition of healing touch.



Safety News…

Vaccinate to Prevent AF? Risk in Seniors Falls After Flu Shot

Medscape: Getting hit by the flu sometime within the past year, among those not vaccinated against it, raises the risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) by a significant 18%, while the risk drops a significant 12% for those who are vaccinated against and don’t contract the flu, suggests a large observational study based on 10 years of health insurance records in Taiwan.


Zika vaccine trials at least 18 months away, WHO says

Fox News: U.N. health agency’s response is “proceeding very quickly” and 15 companies or groups have been identified as possible participants in the hunt for vaccines.



Health Care Business News…

HHS seeks to modify stringent privacy rules on substance-abuse treatment records

Modern Healthcare: HHS wants to develop an infrastructure for managing and exchanging patient data and an increased focus on performance measurement and quality improvement within the health care system.


Legislature plans to doctor up state’s background checks law

Patriot-News: A loophole that gives a break to medical professionals from having to comply with the state’s background checks law now has legislative staffers scrambling to figure out how to fix it.


Bill would give nurse practitioners autonomy

Citizen’s Voice: Proposed regulations would allow nurse practitioners to practice without the oversight of a doctor.


With end of ‘doc fix’, effort to craft a new payment system underway

Hill: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA — provides five years’ worth of increases in Medicare payments to doctors. It also comes with a complex set of instructions for federal health officials to work with the medical community to reshape a healthcare system that can function without yearly limits on that spending.



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