Focus of the Week
April 23, 2018
Guidance for primary care physicians prescribing type 2 diabetes therapies comes at an opportune time. A major rift over guidelines for glycemic control has opened between the American College of Physicians, a professional association of internists, and diabetes specialists, including endocrinologists and diabetes educators.
April 20, 2018
A few days after releasing a call for action about social determinants of health, the American College of Physicians (ACP), talked more about the topic as they began their Internal Medicine Meeting 2018. The briefing discussed ways to reduce inequalities in healthcare and how the ACP and other medical professionals can promote health equity.
April 19, 2018
Divorce and socioeconomic status (SES)—measured by disposable income and education—predict patients who survived a heart attack who are at higher risk of a second event.
April 18, 2018
The number of consumers enrolled in high-deductible health plans with health savings accounts (HSA-HDHPs) increased by 8% from 2016 to 2017, according to a report from America’s Health Insurance Plans.
April 17, 2018
A new, large cohort study of transgender or gender nonconforming youth—the Study of Transition, Outcomes, and Gender—showed that people who first presented as transgender or gender nonconforming before their 18th birthday have a higher prevalence of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and attention-deficit disorders compared with their cisgender counterparts.
April 16, 2018
Researchers found that cost-effectiveness calculations shifted dramatically when they assumed people with diabetes used continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) sensors for 10 days instead of 7 days. This is significant because Dexcom just received approval for a next-generation CGM system with a factory-calibrated 10-day sensor.
April 13, 2018
The Trump administration's proposal to extend the duration of short-term health plans would have a particularly significant impact on patients with cancer and cancer survivors, according to a webcast hosted by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship on Thursday.
April 12, 2018
What do primary care providers really think about using electronic consultation (eConsult) systems to confer with specialists? A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found a mix of opinions, and most primary care providers viewed eConsult as shifting some specialty work to them.
April 11, 2018
Being uninsured puts patients at risk of delayed or suboptimal care for serious diseases, including colon cancer. While colon cancer is potentially curable at its early stages, those who lack insurance (or who have public insurance only) are less likely to receive screening, and some studies have demonstrated that those with no insurance or public insurance are less likely to receive the chemotherapy that can reduce the risk of recurrence in phase III disease.
April 10, 2018
The third annual population health survey from Numerof & Associates found that healthcare organizations have not made as much progress to transition to risk-based agreements as they predicted they would 2 years ago.