Dr. David Weidig Addresses Discharge Planning Initiatives in Pulmonary Medicine
David Weidig, MD, System Director of Hospital Medicine, Aurora Medical Group, Milwaukee, WI, says that readmissions are not necessarily a failure of medical treatment, but a failure of psycologic and social support systems for the patient that are not addressed while the patient is hospitalized. Dr Weidig states that the Society of Hospital Medicine's Project BOOST is a program that will allow people to look at tools that address the risks and issues that are key factors in readmission.
This video was taken on May 19, 2013, at the ATS 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
The FDA today granted accelerated approval to olaparib, a poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, for treatment of advanced ovarian cancer in women with defected BRCA genes, along with a companion diagnostic test that marked the agency’s first approval of a laboratory developed test (LDT) under a premarket approval application.
The annual estimated cost of mental healthcare is $80-$100 billion in direct costs, but Paul Gionfreddo and Stuart Lustig, MD, both don’t believe that any more cost savings can be realized by squeezing the back end of the system.
Fresh off re-election, Governor Robert Bentley moved this week to name 6 groups to coordinate managed care in Medicaid, as part of a cost-saving strategy he launched in 2012. But the bigger news has been his reversal on expanding the program; as in other Southern states, hospitals have been pressing for the change to solve fiscal problems.
All medical illnesses have issues with nonadherence and part of the reason is because the American health system doesn’t provide the right education, support, and close follow-up needed to get the right medicine to the right person, Wayne Katon, MD, said.
Wayne Katon, MD, addresses the concern of overdiagnosis in mental health, which results in an overuse of drugs like Prozac for people with minor depression. He attributed the problem to the fact that primary care physicians have difficulty getting people into the therapy they need and have to result to medications.