Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., have proposed sweeping legislation designed to lower health care costs by addressing unexpected medical bills and improving drug price transparency. Alexander has said they hope to bring the package, which consists of close to three dozen provisions, to the Senate floor for a vote in July.
Peter Bauer, who spent more than a decade as an Army clinical social worker, says he hopes Americans will remember the importance of Memorial Day and support service members. "I hope that as we remember, this year and in the future, those who have died and those who have been injured, both physically and mentally, that we have the resolve as a country to truly help those who have served," Bauer wrote.
Veterinarians at Tufts University's Cummings Veterinary Medical Center are running a clinical trial on a long-lasting insulin that would require weekly instead of twice-daily injections. If successful, the medicine could improve quality of life for diabetic dogs and their owners, says veterinarian Orla Mahony, who is also designing a trial of long-lasting insulin for cats.
Chronic wasting disease may be shrinking some elk and deer herds in North America, taking a toll on state economies that benefit from hunting and heightening fears the prion disease could jump to other species, including humans. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently finalized standards for the Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program, which includes guidelines for testing, disease investigation and prevention.
A report from Moody's finds that cyberattacks on higher education institutions are escalating, but the financial risk of those breaches remains relatively low. Universities with medical centers are most appealing to hackers, as are institutions doing defense research, which puts them at risk of cyberespionage, the report says.
A study in Diabetes Care showed that 28.1% of patients with type 2 diabetes were nonadherent to antidiabetes, lipid-lowering and/or antihypertensive medications, with the highest nonadherence seen for statins and lowest for oral hypoglycemic drugs. UK researchers analyzed urine samples from 228 patients and found that nonadherent patients had significantly higher A1C levels, lipid profiles and albumin-to-creatinine ratios than those who were adherent to their treatment.
Researchers used a cohort of 1,313 adults with type 1 diabetes, median age of 53, and found that 93% would consider using an adjunct therapy of 200 mg or 400 mg sotagliflozin, with the 400-mg dose as the preferred option, compared with taking insulin alone. The findings in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics revealed that maintaining A1C levels within a target range, making diabetes management less stressful and keeping daytime blood glucose levels between 70 mg/dL and 180 mg/dL were among the unmet needs considered high priority among patients.
Individuals who fasted for 15 hours daily as part of Ramadan had higher blood levels of the proteins tropomyosin 1, 3 and 4, which are responsible for the regulation of skeletal muscle and heart contraction and help maintain the health of cells related to insulin resistance, between baseline and one week after the fasting period, researchers reported at the Digestive Disease Week. Based on 14 healthy people, findings showed that the "timing of and duration between meals could be important factors to consider for people struggling with obesity-related conditions," said lead study author Dr. Ayse Leyla Mindikoglu.
A Chartis Group report found that most US hospitals at Stage 4 of HIMSS Analytics' EMR Adoption Model fail to achieve the benefits of EMR, such as better preventive care, a higher rate of billings, shorter hospital lengths of stay and faster cash collections, five years after receiving certification. The report cited best practices that health care organizations should follow to attain EMR benefits, including assembling a team of individuals responsible for benefits realization, establishing a "short list" of benefits and implementing a benefits measurement system.
Medical Informatics Engineering, a software and EMR services vendor in Indiana, will pay $100,000 to the HHS Office for Civil Rights and implement a corrective action plan to settle potential HIPAA violations stemming from a data breach discovered May 26, 2015, that compromised the protected electronic health information of 3.5 million patients. The company is also required to create and implement a risk management plan that must be submitted to the OCR within 30 days of completing its risk analysis and has to include a process and timeline to introduce, evaluate and possibly change the plan.
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