• CDC joins investigation into sonic attacks in Cuba, China

    The CDC joined an investigative task force looking into sonic attacks against U.S. diplomats in Cuba and China, McClatchy's Washington, D.C., bureau reports.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • House rejects proposal to give CDC $10M for gun violence research

    The House Appropriations Committee voted along party lines July 11 to reject a proposal to set aside $10 million in grants for gun violence research at the CDC, Politico reports.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Payment transformation has become a reality in Hawaii — here's how

    Sponsored by Navvis Healthcare In an ambitious move in 2016, the largest insurer in Hawaii decided to make population health more than a theory. In partnership with Navvis, Hawaii Medical Services Association rolled out a pioneering payment program for primary care providers, in which PCPs are rewarded for quality, efficiency, cost effectiveness and innovation. In turn, program aims to reduce administrative burden for physicians and better align consumers, providers, employers, the government and the community. The result? Māhie — or "transformation" in the native Hawaiian language — for patients, providers, employers, the government and community at large. Molly Gamble, vice president of editorial for Becker's Healthcare and editor-in-chief of Becker's Hospital Review, caught up with Stuart Baker, MD, executive officer and president emeritus of Navvis, and Mark Mugiishi, MD, executive vice president, chief health officer and chief medical officer at HMSA, in this podcast to learn about work behind the major undertaking these two organizations took on in 2016. Their conversation touches on: Involving physicians in a payment transformation program and responding to their input The strategy, planning and execution required for payment transformation How a primary care payment program can account for social determinants of health and interact with the broader ecosystem of health and wellness Quality, financial and satisfaction results and outcomes achieved so far To download the .mp3 file, click here; or listen below. For more information, please visit Navvis Healthcare's website here.   By Super User -
  • Compulsive sexual behavior is a mental health disorder, WHO says

    In a decision sparking controversy, the World Health Organization classified compulsive sexual behavior as a mental health disorder in its 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases, according to CNN.  By Alia Paavola -
  • Antibiotics 'frequently' doled out sans prescription worldwide

    A study published in the Journal of Infection examines the proportion of over-the-counter antibiotics supplied without a prescription in pharmacies globally.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • How neighborhood factors could increase cancer mortality rates

    Neighborhood characteristics, including racial composition and poverty rates, are linked to increased risks of late-stage breast cancer diagnoses and higher mortality rates among urban black women, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign analysis found.  By Megan Knowles -
  • Only 20% of supermarket meats did not contain superbugs in 2015

    The Environmental Working Group released analysis showing that nearly 80 percent of meat in U.S.-based supermarkets contained antibiotic-resistant bacteria in 2015.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Intermountain devotes $12M to social determinants of health initiative

    Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare is leading a new collaboration in Ogden and St. George, Utah, called the Utah Alliance for the Determinants of Health that will seek ways of promoting health, improving access to care and decreasing healthcare costs, the health system announced June 27.  By Julie Spitzer -
  • LYNPARZA® (olaparib) approved in Japan for BRCA-Mutated metastatic breast cancer

    Merck has recently announced that LYNPARZA, the first and only PARP inhibitor has been approved for use beyond ovarian cancer.  By Staff -
  • New late-breaking data at ADA underscore significant benefits of Abbott's FreeStyle Libre system for people living with diabetes

    Abbott recently announced that expanded real-world evidence from more than 250,000 individuals using FreeStyle Libre system showed higher frequency scanning is associated with improved glucose control, decreased glucose variability and reduced incidence of both daytime and nocturnal hypoglycemia.  By Staff -
  • Viewpoint: Internet gaming disorder is a bad habit, not a disease

    The World Health Organization added internet gaming disorder to the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases June 18, causing many mental health professionals to scrutinize whether the disorder actually exists, according to an op-ed written by science reporter Benedict Carey for the The New York Times.   By Harrison Cook -
  • Georgia law seeks to address state's issue with abandoned newborns

    Under a new Georgia law, which took effect July 1, the Department of Human Services will develop a sign to post at medical facilities, police or fire stations, denoting these areas as safe places to drop off a newborn without facing criminal charges, according to News Channel 6.  By Harrison Cook -
  • 2 competing health systems partner with community group to quash escalating street violence

    The troubling face of urban violence is never more apparent than in a city's trauma centers. Omaha, Neb., is no stranger to street and gang violence that lands its residents in the hospital. In 2018 so far, the Omaha Police Department has reported 1,009 violent crime offenses and 671 aggravated assault incidents.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • What the fight over a new Supreme Court justice may mean for women's healthcare

    With Justice Anthony Kennedy's impending retirement, some physicians and healthcare experts are worried what may happen to substantial health laws like Roe v. Wade and how the repeal or overturning of such laws would affect Americans, particularly women.  By Alyssa Rege -
  • Does air pollution add to diabetes risk?

    A new study published in The Lancet Planetary Health links air pollution to an increased risk of diabetes worldwide.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Student-led mental health clubs are sprouting up across college campuses

    With mental health services stretched thin across U.S. college campuses, there is a growing trend of students creating peer-run mental health clubs and organizations, which appear to be beneficial, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.  By Harrison Cook -
  • 10 best, worst states for child well-being

    New Mexico is the worst state in the U.S. for overall child well-being, according to a report published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to improve the lives of children.  By Alia Paavola -
  • Your secret weapon against infection: clinical process improvement

    In a recent blog post, Dr. Brita Hansen of LogicStream Health  investigates the challenges and opportunities involved in reducing patient infection rates.   By Staff -
  • Jefferson has one more reason to call itself a population health powerhouse

    Navvis and Thomas Jefferson University's College of Population Health have partnered for the nation's first private sector-supported academic chair in population health.  By Molly Gamble -
  • Abbott Receives FDA Clearance for Afinion™ HbA1c Dx for Diagnosing Diabetes

    Diagnostics manufacturer Abbott recently announced FDA clearance of the Afinion HbA1c Dx assay for use with the Afinion™ AS100 Analyzer. The assay is the first-ever rapid point-of-care test approved to help diagnose diabetes and assess patients’ risk of developing the disease by offering precise and reliable results comparable to those of central laboratory systems  By Staff -

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