Parents with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit who were given two training sessions with a nurse and a brochure on recognizing and relieving their child's pain reported higher satisfaction with the pain information provided to them and said they would want to have a bigger role in comforting their babies compared with those who didn't have the training, a study conducted in the U.K. found. However, both groups expressed the same satisfaction level with the pain care given to their children as well as felt very stressed during the babies' hospital stay.
Seven-year-olds with mothers who did not work were less likely to be obese than those with working mothers, a Scottish government study of 13,800 families found. The researchers said busy working mothers may serve more fast-food items and ready-made meals, which could contribute to childhood obesity.
An eight-week campaign launched by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association is encouraging parents to enroll uninsured schoolchildren in the state in MIChild or Healthy Kids, two statewide programs for low-income families. Improved coverage and access to care would help in the fight against childhood obesity, diabetes, mental health problems and other diseases, said Dr. Stephen Guertin, medical director of Sparrow Hospital's Children's Center in Lansing.
The CMS on Tuesday unveiled four models under the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative, a voluntary payment approach meant to encourage collaboration among providers. Under the program, Medicare would make a single bundled payment for a patient's treatment, rather than multiple payments to separate providers.