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2/15/2019

Challenger, Gray, & Christmas' CEO Turnover Report showed a 19% increase in CEO departures in January compared with the same month a year ago. Health care/health products had 17 CEO departures, the second most for any sector, while pharma had 10 departures.

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2/15/2019

CMS has launched the Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) model. Through it, the agency will continue to pay for Medicare beneficiaries' emergency transport to a hospital emergency department or other destination covered under current regulations while adding payment for transportation to primary care and urgent care or for providing treatment on the scene.

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MedCity News
2/15/2019

A Texas social work researcher and advocate spotlights social factors such as race and poverty as she works to improve health care delivery at the community level. Individual service is fundamental, but "social work health equity efforts must also focus on primary prevention and upstream interventions that target economic and social disadvantage," says Jelena Todic of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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University of Texas
2/15/2019

Elevated risk of HIV infection arises in children in foster care who become homeless, according to a study headed by the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Researchers said homelessness increased the incidence of unsafe sex and trading sex for drugs.

2/15/2019

Geriatric care management is a growing profession as the population ages, and Jennipher Ama of Family First Senior Care in Washington state says social work and nursing are two of the most common backgrounds for the profession. "[C]are managers are able to have a positive effect in many different areas to help to ensure their clients can age successfully, says Ama.

2/15/2019

More than $40 million for new psychiatric beds and a 31% increase in funding to address domestic and sexual violence are part of Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu's proposed $13 billion two-year budget. The plan does not include raises in Medicaid provider rates or base school spending, both of which the Democratic-led legislature wants.

2/15/2019

Participants raised concerns at a recent community discussion of the University of Michigan's new policy requiring affiliates to report felony charges and convictions occurring on or after Feb. 1, 2019, within a week. An applicant for graduate school, who had been incarcerated and holds a bachelor's degree in social work from a different institution, said he was concerned that the policy would restrict his ability to find employment.

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University of Michigan
2/15/2019

More men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer or suspected prostate cancer recurrence who underwent fluorocholine-18-PET/CT had high-impact clinical management changes, compared with those who received conventional imaging with technetium-99 whole-body bone scan and abdomen/pelvis CT scan, researchers reported at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. The findings also showed that those in the FCH-PET/CT group had more frequent management changes, but the difference wasn't statistically significant.

2/15/2019

An Australian study found patients with renal failure who have undergone a transplant or are on dialysis were more than twice as likely to die of cancer compared with those without kidney failure, while those between the ages of 20 to 34 had an elevenfold higher risk of death from cancer. The findings were reported in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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HealthDay News
2/15/2019

Youths whose mothers were exposed to two perfluoroalkyl substances, perfluorooctanoate and perfluorononanoate, during pregnancy had reduced lung function at ages 6 to 12, compared with those weren't exposed to such substances, researchers reported in The Lancet Planetary Health. The findings also showed lower lung function among those who were exposed postnatally to copper, five different phthalate metabolites, ethyl-paraben, facility density around schools and house crowding.