AJMC’s Dr Fendrick Elected to Institute of Medicine
The Institute of Medicine announced yesterday that A. Mark Fendrick, MD, co-editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Managed Care
and a national leader in efforts to reform healthcare reimbursement strategies, is among 70 new members elected to the prestigious body.
How Do Today’s ACOs Differ From ’90s Managed Care?
As accountable care organizations, or ACOs, proliferate across the United States, a question arises for both veteran healthcare leaders and consumers: is the ACO something new, or just a relabeling of managed care vehicles created during the last wave of healthcare reform? A well-run ACO offers something better than the managed care of prior years, according to presenters at the gathering of the ACO and Emerging Healthcare Coalition, which took place October 16-17, 2014, in Miami, Florida.
Report of Second Texas Nurse With Ebola Fans Hospital Safety Fears
Health officials from CDC and the state of Texas are reeling in the wake of today’s report that a second nurse at the Texas hospital that treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for the virus. The news came while health leaders were still trying to determine how 26-year-old nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola while caring for the first patient diagnosed with the disease on US soil. Meanwhile, the largest nurses' union says its members report that most hospitals are not ready for an Ebola patient.
Transition to Managed Care Proves Rough for Ohio Dual Eligibles, Reports Say
Ohio is the latest state to experience a rough transition to managed care in its Medicaid program, according to weekend reports. Delayed payments and service disruptions to fragile patients are among the complaints. Kentucky had a similar bumpy start when it changed to Medicaid managed care in 2011, and Kansas has had many problems recently.
Less Imaging in Cardiac Stress Tests Could Add up to Managed Care Win, Study Finds
A study conducted at NYU Langone Medical Center finds that unnecessary radiation in cardiac stress tests costs $500 million a year and causes nearly 500 cases of cancer. Greater use of ultrasound or treadmill tests could save money and improve patient safety; however, earlier studies by The American Journal of Managed Care point out possible barriers to these options.
Amid Good News, CDC Data Show Uptick in Deaths From Suicide
Amid yesterday’s good news from the CDC that Americans are living longer than ever was a sobering fact. Rates for the top 10 causes of death all fell from 2011 to 2012, save one: suicide. The death rate increased from 12.3 to 12.6 deaths per 100,000 people.