Health Care Providers & Specialties

Family Medicine SmartBrief

News for family physicians

Family Medicine SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: AAFP American Academy of Family Physicians

HHS report calls for better access to care for Medicaid patients

9/29/2014

  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

An HHS Office of Inspector General report said standards governing access to care for Medicaid patients vary by state and are not always enforced, causing long waits and travel distances. Inspector Ge… Read More

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief

News for physicians caring for the seriously ill

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

9/26/2014

  • HealthDay News

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when people can bring unused, expired or unwanted prescriptions to more than 5,200 U.S. sites for safe disposal. The Drug Enforcement Administrati… Read More

AANP SmartBrief

News for nurse practitioners

AANP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Group releases new guidelines for narcotic painkiller use

9/30/2014

  • HealthDay News

The American Academy of Neurology issued new guidelines outlining how to safely and effectively prescribe narcotic painkillers. In a statement published in the journal Neurology, the group urged physi… Read More

AAP SmartBrief

News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

AAP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Academy of Pediatrics

After-school exercise program boosts children's mental skills

9/29/2014

  • Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The

Children who participated in an after-school physical-activity program called FitKids had greater concentration and did better in switching between mental tasks than peers who did not participate in t… Read More

American College of Cardiology Quality First SmartBrief (A Service of the PINNACLE Network)

Quality care news for cardiologists and other medical professionals

American College of Cardiology Quality First SmartBrief (A Service of the PINNACLE Network)

Published in partnership with: American College of Cardiology

AMA agrees with governors on expanding PA scope of practice

9/30/2014

  • HealthLeaders Media

The American Medical Association said it concurs with a National Governors Association's recommendation that states should expand practice parameters for physician assistants to help treat increasing … Read More

ANA SmartBrief

Nursing news and information

ANA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Nurses Association

Bill introduced to boost ACOs' care outcomes, telehealth use

9/30/2014

  • Health Data Management

Reps. Diane Black, R-Tenn., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., have proposed the ACO Improvement Act, which would lead to a Medicare pilot project that bases reimbursements to accountable care organizations on t… Read More

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief

News for the orthotics, prosthetics and pedorthics profession

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association

Little progress in new treatments for diabetic foot ulcers

9/25/2014

  • Medscape (free registration)

A review published in the journal Advances in Therapy found that progress has been stagnant in developing new treatments for diabetic foot ulcers. Amputation is needed in about 1 in 4 patients with di… Read More

ASDS Skin Source SmartBrief

News for and about dermatologic surgeons

ASDS Skin Source SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Sunscreen-ingredient bill clears Senate committee

9/24/2014

  • Hill, The

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has endorsed a bill seeking faster FDA reviews of applications to market new sunscreen ingredients. Read More

ASNC SmartBrief

Nuclear cardiology news

ASNC SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

MPI zeroes in on CAD risk in asymptomatic patients with diabetes

9/29/2014

  • TCTMD.com

New data support use of myocardial perfusion imaging to screen patients with diabetes who are at risk of heart problems yet have no symptoms. Abnormalities on imaging signaled a seven times greater ri… Read More

Animal Health SmartBrief

News for animal health professionals

Animal Health SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Veterinary Medical Association

Shelter addresses heartworm cases to make dogs more adoptable

9/30/2014

  • Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.)

One North Carolina animal shelter is improving its adoption rate by treating heartworm-positive dogs. Most stray dogs with the diagnosis languish at the shelter because prospective owners are wary of … Read More

AWHONN SmartBrief

News on the health of women and newborns

AWHONN SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Association of Women's Health, OBG and Neonatal Nurses

Nurses are retiring later, study shows

9/26/2014

While forecasts in the previous decade warned of large shortages of registered nurses, the nursing workforce reached 2.7 million in 2012 -- 500,000 more than previously projected. Now, a new study sho… Read More

DiabetesPro SmartBrief

News for diabetes health professionals

DiabetesPro SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Diabetes Association

Deadline is today for EPs to register for GPRO reporting

9/30/2014

  • EHR Intelligence

The CMS has announced that eligible professionals may now use the group practice reporting option to sign up for the Physician Quality Reporting System and avert 2016 payment adjustments. Group practi… Read More

NANN SmartBrief

News for neonatal care professionals

NANN SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Study examines risk of CMV transfer in breast-feeding

9/23/2014

  • HealthDay News

Among very low birth weight infants, breast milk consumption was associated with a greater risk of mother-to-infant cytomegalovirus transmission than blood transfusion, according to a study in the jou… Read More

PCNA SmartBrief

News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

PCNA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

Diabetes patients on biguanides, liraglutide show lower heart risks

9/24/2014

  • Healio (free registration)

Data presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting found treatment with biguanides and liraglutide helped reduce the risk of ischemic heart disease, stroke or heart failure i… Read More

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief

News and information about plastic surgery

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief

Study compares varicose vein therapies

9/26/2014

  • HealthDay News

Surgery, sclerotherapy and laser ablation relieve pain, swelling and itchiness associated with varicose veins, but laser ablation is associated with the lowest risk of bruising and bleeding, researche… Read More

SCAI SmartBrief

News for invasive and interventional cardiologists

SCAI SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions

Study parses TAVR periprocedural complication costs

9/22/2014

  • CardiovascularBusiness.com

More than $10,000 in costs associated with transcatheter aortic valve replacement can be attributed to periprocedural complications, according to an analysis of 506 patients with severe aortic stenosi… Read More

Critical Care SmartBrief

News for professionals in critical care medicine

Critical Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society of Critical Care Medicine

Physician-led ACO reports $11 million in savings

9/26/2014

  • MedCityNews.com

Apollo Medical Holdings' accountable care organization, which includes intensivists, reported $11 million in savings for its first year of operation. The physician-based ACO includes more than 700 phy… Read More

SNMMI SmartBrief

Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging news

SNMMI SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

EMA panel backs Navidea's Lymphoseek agent

9/30/2014

  • MolecularImaging.net

The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use recommended approval of Navidea Biopharmaceuticals' Lymphoseek for lymphatic mapping ahead of surgery in cases of breast … Read More

AJMPlus

News for physicians

AJMPlus

Published in partnership with: Elsevier

New toolkit to measure person-centered care

9/24/2014

  • Journal of the American Medical Directors Association

Moving beyond anecdote and finding a way to measure person-centered care (PCC) in nursing homes means moving toward honoring residents' preferences. It requires knowing each resident as a whole person… Read More

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief)

Professional practice news

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief)

Published in partnership with: National Certification Corporation

Children's hospital uses traffic-light monitoring system

9/5/2014

  • MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration)

Hurley Children's Hospital in Flint, Mich., uses a traffic-light system to help nurses monitor patients based on the risk that their condition will deteriorate. Pediatrics and NICU nurse Stephanie All… Read More

American Pain Society SmartBrief

Research and trends in pain-related topics

American Pain Society SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Pain Society

LOI deadline for Keller Research Grant Program is Tuesday

9/24/2014

The Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Grant Program LOI deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 30. The purpose of the Keller Grant Program is to fund research projects that investigate the effectiveness of n… Read More

Ultrasound SmartBrief

Sonography industry news

Ultrasound SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

HHS: Hospitals to save $5.7B because more people have insurance

9/25/2014

  • Kaiser Health News

HHS estimated U.S. hospitals will save $5.7 billion in 2014 because of fewer unpaid bills for uninsured patients who now have coverage through the Affordable Care Act. About 74% of the savings will be… Read More

ANA Nurse CareerBrief

Nursing career news

ANA Nurse CareerBrief

Published in partnership with: American Nurses Association

More nurses are sought for hospice, palliative care

9/29/2014

  • Grand Rapids Business Journal (Mich.)

Michigan hospices and palliative care programs, especially those in rural areas, need more nurses and other clinicians who specialize in end-of-life care and have the technology skills to use electron… Read More

Chiropractic Today powered by SmartBrief

News for Chiropractic Professionals

Chiropractic Today powered by SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Chiropractic Association

Families march on Washington to demand more regulation of opiates

9/29/2014

  • Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Family members of people who have overdosed on opioid drugs marched in Washington on Sunday to call for more government oversight of opiates. Many of those present shared similar stories of loved ones… Read More