Focus of the Week

May 22, 2019
Researchers recently conducted a study in which they trained an artificial intelligence (AI) deep learning tool to detect lung cancer tumors in computed tomography scans. The algorithm's evaluation was then compared with that of 6 radiologists, and the results showed that the AI was more accurate when prior CT imaging was not available. 
May 21, 2019
A study of readmission rates by primary care providers (PCPs) finds a lack of variation and calls into question implementing pay-for-performance programs that incentivize or penalize PCPs for readmissions.
May 20, 2019
The presenter of the study said the results show that children who are in a severe mass trauma need to be closely followed, and clinicians need to screen for trauma as a medical issue.
May 17, 2019
Deductible Relief Day, the day when enrollees will, on average, have spent enough on healthcare to hit the average deductible in an employer plan, will be May 19 this year, far later in the year than a decade ago when it was March 18.
May 16, 2019
For people with disabilities, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped to reduce uninsurance and healthcare that was delayed or never received, but it did not totally eliminate disparities, according to new research.
May 15, 2019
The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization, this week released the latest hospital safety grades for Spring 2019 in addition to a report compiled in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality that assessed the number of deaths due to errors, accidents, injuries and infections at all rated hospitals.
May 14, 2019
Patients with primary care appointments in the morning were more likely to have orders for and receive recommended breast and colorectal cancer screenings.
May 13, 2019
As pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacy benefit managers point fingers over who is responsible for high drug prices, employers have the opportunity to demand change to business as usual, consultant Chris Robbins of Arxcel says.
May 12, 2019
As National Nurses' week comes to a close, more attention needs to be brought to increasing rates of violence against employees in the field of healthcare.
May 10, 2019
A recent study assessed patients’ preferred route of administering biologic drugs for severe asthma, as well as their related beliefs and preferences. The authors said convenience and efficacy beliefs about pharmaceuticals are important for physicians to understand in order to share decision making with patients.
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