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7/16/2019

An employee email account at Plattsburgh, N.Y.-based Adirondacks Accountable Care Organization was accessed by an unauthorized third party between March 2 and March 4, possibly exposing the information of around 25,000 patients. The compromised email account contained a "gap in care" spreadsheet, some of which had the patients' Medicare or health insurance numbers, birth dates or Social Security numbers.

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7/16/2019

Health insurance providers are ramping up efforts and taking on more risk to address social determinants of health, and AHIP is leading the effort with Project Link, which aims to promote the sharing of approaches used by health care stakeholders to address social barriers to well-being and good health. One example is CareMore Health's Togetherness program, which identifies patients who may be lonely using health records, then works to connect them to their communities and meet health care needs with the help of care managers.

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7/16/2019

Project Play, a Fayetteville, Ark., group, is gathering toys to send to migrant children in a detention center at the US-Mexico border to help encourage playtime. "This is how you can start to speak the language of healing, and that's through play and art," says Felicia Ramos, a social worker who founded Project Play.

7/16/2019

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden released a $750 billion health care plan, which he says would shore up the Affordable Care Act and allow Americans to maintain coverage by private health insurance or purchase coverage through a public option like Medicare. Biden's plan also includes proposals to cut prescription drug prices by allowing Medicare to negotiate prices with drugmakers, restricting prices for new drugs with no competition and permitting consumers to purchase drugs from abroad.

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7/16/2019

The FDA issued a complete response letter to AstraZeneca declining its application for Farxiga, or dapagliflozin, to be used as a supplement to insulin in adult patients with type 1 diabetes that do not respond adequately to insulin alone. The company plans to meet with the agency to decide its next action.

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7/16/2019

Researchers reported at the Heart in Diabetes conference that women with type 2 diabetes in the US had worse health outcomes, such as being less likely to receive cardiovascular drugs, having multiple hospitalizations and worse quality of life than men, while patients who received a diabetes diagnosis before age 40 had an up to 50% increased risk for combined renal and CV endpoints and renal death than those diagnosed later. Findings also revealed that blacks and Hispanic Americans had the lowest CVD health scores among women.

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7/16/2019

Preschoolers with obesity whose parents alone underwent an obesity treatment program, which included parenting skills training, with or without booster sessions, had greater declines in body mass index z-scores after 12 months, compared with children and parents who received standard treatment, according to a Swedish study in Pediatrics. However, researchers found that only those in the booster session group had weight status improvements.

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Obesity
7/16/2019

Researchers evaluated data from six studies involving 36,030 adult participants and found that those who had elevated LDL cholesterol levels before age 40 had a 64% higher risk of having a heart attack, compared with those with low levels of LDL cholesterol. Findings published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology also showed that young adults with high systolic and diastolic blood pressure had increased odds of developing heart failure later in life.

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7/16/2019

An additional four hospitals under Florence, S.C.-based McLeod Health will implement a Cerner EHR system in September. A single EHR system could help reduce the risk of prescription contraindications or errors, enable better health care decisions, and prevent redundant diagnostics or procedures, according to Dr. Bryon Frost, an emergency medicine physician.

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7/16/2019

The shortage of data scientists has restricted the implementation of big data analytics in healthcare facilities. A Perspectives in HIM study explores big data tool and technology usage, examines the gap between the supply and the demand for data scientists, and recommends adoption of curriculum-building models.