Growth in spending on five low-value health care services fell by 1.7% on average annually from 2014 to 2016, while spending on five high-value services climbed an annual average of 5.6% over the same period, according to an Altarum report. Average annual commercial insurance spending climbed by 6.6% during the study period.
Children's social worker Roseanna Freiburghaus struggled with long hours and a heavy workload, which eventually led to burnout. She quit that job and focused on her recovery and building resilience, using cycling to work as a method to process difficult cases and ease stress.
The UN Food and Agricultural Organization is calling on Asian nations to make stopping the spread of African swine fever a top priority. More than 3.7 million pigs have been culled in the region, yet the disease continues to spread, having reached at least six countries, and some experts say it is the largest animal disease outbreak in history.
Instagrammers are inspiring cat owners to leash their feline friends and take them hiking, canoeing and on other unexpected adventures, but the activities may not be the right fit for all cats, according to cat behavior researcher Mikel Delgado of the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Delgado said cats generally like routine and are territorial, and cat psychologist Dennis Turner says owners should watch cats carefully for signs of stress.
The Labor Department plans to complete by September a fiduciary rule for retirement advice that takes into account a ruling by the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals that vacates an earlier version. The department aims to make the rule compatible with the Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation Best Interest.
Researchers recruited 210 patients with severe obesity and found that those who underwent bariatric surgery had an up to $80 reduction in diabetes medication costs and an up to $54 reduction in hypertension drug costs over three to six months after surgery. Presented at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery national clinical symposium, findings also revealed that adult and adolescent patients lost 29% and 26% of their body mass after undergoing weight-loss surgery, respectively.
Researchers reviewed data from the Danish National Birth Cohort involving the mothers of 55,061 children and found that 11-year-old girls whose mothers used acetaminophen during pregnancy were at a 10% increased risk of being overweight, compared with those whose mothers did not use the drug. The findings in the journal Obesity also showed that acetaminophen use during each trimester was tied to increased odds of being overweight among girls at age 11.
Companies can reduce employee financial stress by setting up an automatic emergency savings account program that helps them create a rainy day fund for unexpected expenses, said Terry Dunne of Millennium Trust. Having savings can keep employees from taking money out of their 401(k) or other retirement accounts to pay for emergency expenses, Dunne said.
Community Healthlink, UMass Memorial Health Care's mental health organization in Worcester, Mass., alerted 4,598 patients about an April 18 phishing attack involving two employee email accounts. Although a forensic IT firm was unable to determine if there was any personal health information viewed, the incident may have exposed patients' names, health insurance information, diagnosis and treatment information, client identification numbers, dates of birth and some Social Security numbers.
Epic has added VisualDx, a clinical decision support system tool, to its App Orchard online marketplace. The tool creates a list of diagnoses and medications by gathering patient health information from the Epic EHR system, which will help clinicians to diagnose patients.
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