A recent study conducted at National University of Health Sciences reviewed the prevalence of nonmusculoskeletal versus musculoskeletal cases cared for in their student clinics. Those treated only for musculoskeletal conditions totaled 52% of the patients; 48% of the patients were treated for nonmusculoskeletal conditions, or musculoskeletal plus nonmusculoskeletal conditions. This comparison suggests to NUHS that it is nearing its institutional goal of training its student interns as primary care practitioners.
Prevalence of nonmusculoskeletal versus musculoskeletal cases in a chiropractic student clinic. Hodges BR, Cambron JA, Klein RM, Madigan DM. J Chiropr Educ. 2013 Fall;27(2):123-127
There has been a large drop in the number of E HR companies who are ready for the Stage 2 menaingful use. 2011 marked the Stage 1 meaningful use requirements and more than anticipated amount of vendors achieved this stage of development in their clinical record systems. But with the more stringent requirements set forth in Stage 2, will there be a shake-out of products?
So far just 79 vendors have certified systems ready for the mandatory Stage 2 standards set to go into effect in 2014. “This is just the beginning of the shakeout,” said Dr. David Brailer, founder and CEO of Health Evolution Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm and former head of the Office of the National
Due to having 5 times more visitors than usual with one million visits before 7am opening day, the exchange has still experienced difficulties in operating. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated the agency was anticipating issues and has asked for patience. She stressed October 1 was the beginning of the launch, not the end of anything. The 6 month period of time allowed should be ample time for awareness and education of the public.
Read more about it here: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20131001/NEWS/310019950?AllowView=VW8xUmo5Q21TcWJOb1gzb0tNN3RLZ0h0MWg5SVgra3NZRzROR3l0WWRMWGFWUDBBRWxiNUtpQzMyWmFyNTMwWUpibWg=&utm_source=link-20131001-NEWS-310019950&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hits
According to a new study, atrial fibrillation will double in the next 16 years. This extracted from a large insurance claim data base between 2001 through 2008. Red more about it here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/26/us-americans-heartbeats-idUSBRE96P0ZT20130726.
As stated in the article, irregular heartbeats are most common among older people, but the projected growth in cases would result from aging as well as increases in risk factors for AF, including obesity and diabetes. About 15 percent of strokes in the U.S. are a result of atrial fibrillation. How do we counter this trend as clinicians? As also stated in the article, “to lower the risk of developing AF, especially older adults should ‘make sure they get good preventive health care, including diagnosis and treatment of
The results of a recent survey reveal what clinicians would do to save money in the health care system. over 2500 participated in this Mayo Clinic study. You can read about it here: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-physician-relationships/10-cost-cutting-methods-physicians-support-most.html
The top recommendations? Promoting continuity of care, rooting out fraud and abuse, doing a better job coordinating care for chronic disease patients, limiting corporate influence on clinician behavior and expanding quality and safe data for evidence-based decisions. Last on the list? Expanding the use of electronic health records. Interesting…