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  • Study: Hospitalization risk after Paxlovid treatment

    Research published on the medRxiv preprint server ahead of peer review indicates that the antiviral drug Paxlovid may reduce risk of COVID-19 hospitalization by 45% when given to individuals who have been infected with the coronavirus. Researchers said that while this protection level was lower than the 90% reduction in hospitalization seen in Paxlovid's clinical trials during the Delta wave of infection, the drug's effects against the Omicron variant are still comparable to the effectiveness of Tamiflu to avert hospitalization in flu patients. HealthDay News (6/27) Learn More

  • Research examines PPI use in patients with cirrhosis

    People with cirrhosis who used proton pump inhibitors had an increased risk of cirrhosis decompensation and severe infection, according to a study by Dr. Nadim Mahmud of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and colleagues that was presented at the International Liver Congress. Researchers found that all-cause mortality was not linked to PPI use among hospitalized patients with gastrointestinal bleed, and such patients had a lower mortality risk. Healio (free registration) (6/27) Learn More

  • HHS urged to release in-hospital infection data

    The Biden administration has declined to publicly disclose data on in-hospital SARS-CoV-2 transmission amid concerns that the information might embarrass hospitals and prevent them from sharing data. Patient advocates are urging the HHS to make the information public to allow patients, particularly those with weak immune systems and chronic conditions, to make safe choices and avoid hospitals with poor track records. Politico (6/25) Learn More

  • CMMI launches new risk-based cancer care payment model

    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation announced that health systems can apply to join a voluntary payment model for cancer care that allows them to receive retrospective payments for performance on quality and savings if they assume financial risk for patient care on the front end. The Enhancing Oncology Model is open for applications, including from at-home cancer care providers, through Sept. 30. Home Health Care News (6/28) Learn More

  • Some hospitals not adhering to price transparency rules

    A federal law established in 2021 states that US hospitals must publish what they charge for about 300 commonly provided services and procedures, so consumers can compare costs before deciding where to seek care. However, a study published in JAMA found that more than half of hospitals have not followed the requirements of the hospital price transparency rule. USA Today (6/30) Learn More

  • Hospital CIOs, IT leaders discuss top health IT concerns

    Fostering innovation, embracing technology, reducing stress around information technology, vigilance on cybersecurity and competing for talent are the top areas that 12 hospital CIOs identified as their most pressing health IT concerns. Supply chain and interoperability challenges, along with the complexity of health IT, are some other areas that IT leaders noted. Becker's Hospital Review (6/29) Learn More

  • CVD risk elevated in patients who survived cancer

    Patients who have survived cancer appear to carry significantly greater risk for cardiovascular conditions including stroke and heart failure, according to a 10-year, 12,000-patient study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Study data showed that patients who survived cancer had a 42% higher risk of cardiovascular disease than those who had not survived cancer. Specifically, the survivors had a 52% greater risk of developing heart failure and a 22% greater risk of stroke. Cardiovascular Business online (6/29) Learn More

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