Kaitlynn Ely


Number of Paid Sick Days Correlates to Use of Preventive Services

March 12, 2018

American workers between the ages of 49 and 57 with at least 10 paid sick days had a significant increase in receiving preventive services, such as a flu shot, checking cholesterol and blood pressure, and a fasting blood sugar test for diabetes.

Patients With Breast Cancer or Lymphoma Have Increased Risk of Heart Failure

March 10, 2018

Patients who had breast cancer or lymphoma who were treated more than 3 times are more likely to develop congestive heart failure than those who did not have cancer, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session.

UnitedHealthcare Reports Positive Shift Toward Value-Based Care Plans

March 07, 2018

A continued shift towards value-based care incentivizes better health behaviors and improves coordination of care among healthcare providers by focusing on cost savings, according to UnitedHealthcare’s second annual report on value-based care.

Survey Finds Physicians Need More Accurate and Efficient Network Directory Systems

March 02, 2018

More than half of physicians find that their patients encounter coverage issues due to inaccurate information included in payer directories at least once per month, according to a survey from the American Medical Association (AMA) and LexisNexis Risk Solutions.

States With Strict Tobacco Regulations Have Lower Incidence of E-Cigarette Users

March 02, 2018

States that implement strict laws to limit smoking in public areas and add heavy taxes on cigarettes have a lower rate of not only cigarette users, but also e-cigarette users, according to a report from NYU School of Medicine and the NYU College of Global Public Health.

What Are the Implications of the Costs of Operating Room Time?

March 02, 2018

In California, 1 minute of operating room (OR) time costs an average $36 to $37 per minute, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery. Hospital costs are important to understanding value-based care, and are even more critical when analyzing cost-saving interventions during surgery, the study said.