PRACTICE NEWS
CDC: Death Rate for American Youth Up in Recent Years
 

For persons aged 10 to 19 years, there was a 33% decrease in the total death rate from 1999 to 2013, followed by a 12% increase between 2013 and 2016, according to the CDC’s National Vital Statistics Report. The increase from 2013 to 2016 was due to an increase in injury deaths for 10- to 19-year-olds. All three leading injury intents (unintentional, suicide, and homicide), increased from 2013 to 2016, with unintentional injury increasing 13%.


Mon, 04 Jun 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Prompts May Up Goals-of-Care Dialogues at Outpatient Visits
 

A patient-specific pre-conversation communication-priming intervention targeting patients and clinicians is associated with an increase in goals-of-care discussions among patients with serious illness, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.


Fri, 01 Jun 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS
Tighter Alcohol Policies Cut Alcohol-Related Crash Deaths
 

Strengthening state alcohol policies can reduce alcohol-related crash fatalities, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The researchers found that over the study period there were 505,614 adult motor vehicle crash fatalities in the United States, of which 35.4% were alcohol related. For each 10-percentage point increase in the Alcohol Policy Scale score (more restrictive state policies) there was a reduced individual-level odds of alcohol involvement in a crash fatality (adjusted odds ratio, 0.90).


Wed, 30 May 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Congress Approves Bill Expanding Private Care for VA Patients
 

Patients served by the beleaguered Veterans Affairs health system may have wider access to private care, thanks to a bill approved by the Senate. The new bill would open up access to private doctors for veterans who don’t feel they are getting the care they expect within the VA — with the approval of a VA health care provider.


Wed, 30 May 2018 GOVERNMENT AND MEDICINE
Congress Approves Bill Expanding Private Care for VA Patients
 

Patients served by the beleaguered Veterans Affairs health system may have wider access to private care, thanks to a bill approved by the Senate. President Donald Trump is known to support the bill, which awaits his signature. The Senate passed the bill 92 to 5 vote, thereby avoiding a shutdown of the VA’s Choice private-sector program, the AP said. That program was expected to run out of funding next week, which would have necessitated cutbacks in care to veterans.


Fri, 25 May 2018 BREAKING NEWS
Language Used in Medical Record Can Affect Patient Care
 

Stigmatizing language used in medical records to describe patients can influence medical students and residents in terms of their attitudes towards the patient and their clinical decision-making, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.


Wed, 23 May 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT