Dr. Colin Cooke Highlights Healthcare Reform's Effects on Pulmonary Medicine
Colin Cooke, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, says that hospitals with higher readmission rates that treat patients with acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia will be penalized due to healthcare reform. In 2015, chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease (COPD) will be added to the list of conditions measured. However, there is less evidence underlying readmissions in COPD. Dr Cooke notes that more research is needed regarding readmissions in COPD since it will be affected by the Affordable Care Act.
This video was taken on May 19, 2013, at the ATS 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Treating psychiatric disorders in children and teenagers offers benefits that far outweigh risks, according to Craig Donnelly, MD, of Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. If mental health problems go untreated, the teenager runs the risk of developing a more serious disorder as an adult.
Since it appeared last week, the editorial in the September issue of The American Journal of Managed Care, “Is All ‘Skin the Game’ Fair Game? The Problem With ‘Non-Preferred’ Generics,” has received comment in The New York Times, ProPublica, US News and World Report, and Mother Jones, among others. Commentators note that what Gerry Oster, PhD, and Co-Editor-in-Chief, A. Mark Fendrick, MD, uncovered in their brief survey of health plans is not just disturbing but possibly violates the Affordable Care Act’s prohibition against discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.
Patients with serious mental illness die 15 to 20 years earlier than those with similar cardiovascular conditions. According to Joseph P. McEvoy, MD, of the Medical College of Georgia, "There's no mystery here." Cognitive deficits, issues, and lack of access can make it hard for these patients to get primary care, and to stick with the instructions they do receive. To help this group, Dr McEvoy believes psychiatrists can gain competency to treat hypertension, diabetes, obesity and to help these patients quit smoking.
Evidence of who gets post-traumatic stress disorder, how genetics plays a role, and how to treat it is growing, but much work remains to help the estimated 3.5% of the population who suffer its effects in any given year, according to Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH, professor of Psychiatry and Family and Preventive Medicine, and vice chair for Clinical Research in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.
Measuring quality in psychiatric care and using mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques for better pain management were some of the ideas of interest to managed care professionals at the 27th US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress, which opened Saturday in Orlando, Florida.
Steven D. Hickman, PsyD, associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego, invited a roomful of conference attendees to put down the notes, close their eyes, set an intention, and breathe, gaining an “awareness of the breath.” His session, "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Patients with Chronic or Life-Threatening Illness,” highlighted techniques based on 2000-year-old Eastern philosophy that can help patients learn to respond to pain, not react to it.