Healthcare providers and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are expected to produce the most merger and acquisitions activity this year behind only the technology sector, according to a new survey by accounting and consulting giant KPMG.
The drive for efficiency in health care has led to a boom in hospitalists-and growing pains for the profession as hospitals seek to increase efficiency and demonstrate high quality outcomes, reports the New York Times.
The socio-economic status of patients in a given community may explain some of the variation in hospital 30-day readmission rates.
In hospitals, alarms on patient-monitoring devices create a cacophony of noise day and night-beeping, pinging and ringing so often that doctors and nurses ignore them, turn them off or just stop hearing them.
Medicare and Medicaid, the two mainstays of government health insurance, turn 50 this month. The programs have made it possible for most Americans in poverty and old age to get medical care.
Thanks to expanding health insurance coverage, the number of virtual video consultations between primary health care providers and their patients will double in five years in the U.S. fueling the nation's tele-health boom, according to a new analysis.
It's the time of snow and ice, trees and tinsel, naughty and nice. Yes, the holiday season has arrived, and with it, a unique set of accidents and hospital visits. The most recent revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) was recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The updated lists holds more than 14,000 codes, 16,000 with optional sub-classifications, of diseases, symptoms, complaints and external causes of injury or disease. But we have narrowed this down to the top ten potential codes that our clinicians may need to know during the holiday and winter months.
Obesity is redrawing the common imagery of old age: The slight
nursing home resident is giving way to the obese senior, hampered by diabetes,
disability and other weight-related ailments. Read
The government on Monday urged primary-care physicians who
prescribe opioids for pain relief to rein in their use of the drugs, proposing
new guidelines that call for a more conservative approach than the one that has
led to a crippling epidemic of addiction to the powerful narcotics. Read
When it comes to helping seniors age in their own home, an in-home assessment from a physician or nurse practitioner goes a long way.
Health care is expected to add more jobs than any other sector through 2024, including at least 394,900 hospital jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected today.
Matt Maloney was shoveling snow when he started experiencing chest pains. With a family history of coronary artery disease, his primary care physician sent him in for a stress test. Matt was diagnosed with sudden Myocardial Infarction and was rushed into surgery for emergency coronary bypass grafting. During that procedure, he developed pulmonary edema, an excess of fluid in the lungs.
Matt had developed acute respiratory distress syndrome, and now required prolonged mechanical ventilation and a tracheostomy. When he left the ICU, he was transferred to Kindred Hospital Heritage Valley where he could be successfully weaned from the ventilator while also monitoring his kidney dialysis.
After Ashley came home from her freshman year in college, she
made a trip to the doctor. A high cortisol level led to more testing, which led
to the discovery of a tumor on her pituitary gland. This was found to be the
cause of her high cortisol levels, and she was officially diagnosed with
Cushing’s disease. Ashley soon went in for surgery to remove the tumor, which
was successful, but with a cost.
During the surgery, a blood clot formed that eventually made its
way to her lungs. She developed respiratory failure, sepsis, and pneumonia
along with ARDS, a severe inflammation of the lungs, according to Sarmad
Ashfaq, MD, of Kindred Hospital Heritage Valley, where Ashley was transferred
to after surgery for long-term acute care.
Josephine is originally from the East Coast. She and her
husband moved to California where they raised their son, who gave them two
grandchildren to share their love. Josephine was a very successful registered nurse
and became the director over a large nursing agency covering Los Angeles and
Prior to being admitted to Kindred Hospital Brea, Josephine
lived in an assisted living facility with her husband. Sadly, her husband passed but Josephine still
lovingly refers to him as being her “biggest supporter”.
After a hospital stay, patients may just want to put the
experience behind them. The last thing they want to do is come back. Read
The AAMI Foundation has released a free compendium designed
to help hospitals and health care organizations meet The Joint Commission’s
National Patient Safety Goal on clinical alarms. Read
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