A study presented at an American Heart Association meeting found use of antibiotics for at least two months among women aged 60 or older was associated with a 27% greater risk of all-cause mortality during an eight-year period and a 58% higher risk of cardiac disease-related mortality. The findings were based data for more than 37,000 women.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center researchers have identified a new human antibody called CIS43 that could prevent malaria infections due to its ability to bind to the circumsporozoite protein, a surface protein found in nearly all malaria strains, based on findings reported in the journal Nature Medicine. The breakthrough shows potential for finding new pathways to prevent malaria.
A US Preventive Services Task Force final recommendation calls for physicians to counsel children, adolescents, young adults and parents of young children on reducing exposure to ultraviolet radiation to prevent skin cancer in fair-skinned individuals ages 6 months to 24 years. The task force said decisions on counseling adults with fair skin who are older than 24 should be based on individual risks for skin cancer.
AAFP recommendations to the CMS for improving the MyHealthEData Initiative, which is aimed at giving patients more control over their medical information, include making vendors responsible for providing required updates to EHR systems without placing additional costs on physician practices. CMS also should follow AAFP's Principles for Administrative Simplification to reduce documentation requirements for physicians, the Academy said.
A study review found ICU quiet time interventions may improve sleep quality and have beneficial physiological effects for patients, researchers reported in the journal Nursing Standard. Nurses also said the interventions led to a more satisfying work environment.
Parents of children in hospital NICUs preferred parent-centered decision-making, compared with medical team-centered decision-making, when decisions involved big-picture goals and had a potential to harm infants, researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics. For technical decisions, along with those that had a higher potential benefit, required medical expertise or were urgent, parents preferred a medical-team decision approach.
Mayo Clinic clinicians spend three to five minutes less reviewing a patient's chart since an ambient intelligence application was added to the electronic health records system, according to a report in Harvard Business Review. The Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation program, which is in use at all Mayo campuses, covers all ICUs and tracks detailed information on each patient.
Four skilled nursing facilities and two consulting firms reached a settlement deal worth a total of $6 million with the US Attorney's Office in Maryland to settle allegations of falsely billing Medicare for medically unnecessary or unprovided skilled therapy services from January 2010 to January 2014. The facilities and companies include Caring Heart Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, GNH, OPOP, Riverview SNF, Global Healthcare Services Group and GHC Clinical Consultants.
Fathallah Mashali, a physician from Dover, Mass., who operated several pain management clinics in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, was sentenced to an eight-year prison term plus three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay over $8.7 million in restitution after entering a guilty plea to Medicare fraud and money-laundering charges. Mashali submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare for unprovided treatments and services, and overprescribed narcotics to patients who didn't need them, authorities say.
Angelia Rawlings, a resident of London, Ky., and her son's caregiver, Janice Mosley, each entered a guilty plea to theft by unlawful taking over $500 and Kentucky Medical Assistance Fraud of $300 or more in a Medicaid fraud case. Rawlings submitted fraudulent receipts worth over $1,200 to the Cumberland Valley Area Development District for health care items, which were reimbursed by Medicaid, while Mosley submitted over $4,500 worth of fraudulent time sheets to the district while working as a Consumer Directed Option employee for Rawlings' child, authorities say.