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  • Report: Emergency departments deliver 47.7% of US medical care

    Data showed an average of 47.7% of US medical care was provided through hospital emergency departments from 1996 to 2010, and ED visits increased 44% over that period, according to a study in the International Journal of Health Services. African-Americans had a higher ED use rate than other racial groups and people who were uninsured or on Medicare or Medicaid were more likely to have an ED visit than patients with commercial health insurance. United Press International (10/17) Learn More

  • Education program cut inappropriate catheterization referrals

    Primary care physicians at a rural tertiary medical center stopped making inappropriate referrals for cardiac catheterization after a training and screening program was implemented. Appropriate use guidelines were disseminated to physicians and specialists and posted in catheterization labs, advanced practitioners reviewed scheduled cases for appropriateness, and appropriateness was reconfirmed on the day of the procedure. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/17) Learn More

  • Study analyzes advanced cancer patient hospitalizations

    A study of data from the California Cancer Registry found 71% of advanced cancer patients were hospitalized in the year following their diagnosis and 16% had at least three hospital visits. Researchers wrote in the Journal of Clinical Oncology that initiatives to reduce hospitalization could target high-risk patients and include policies that increase access to outpatient palliative care. Healio (free registration) (10/12) Learn More

  • Health care groups adopt new pediatric primary care models

    Health care organizations are using new models of holistic pediatric primary care to address unhealthy behaviors and prevent chronic disease in adulthood, physicians write in Harvard Business Review. These programs must include comprehensive, team-based care and address socioeconomic concerns such as housing, custody issues and substance abuse. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (10/17) Learn More

  • EHR use could help reduce medical testing, study finds

    Health care providers may use EHRs to reduce unnecessary medical testing, which could affect patient safety and satisfaction, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a participant of the Choosing Wisely campaign, integrated an alert system into its physician EHR workflow that resulted in reduced test ordering. EHR Intelligence (10/18) Learn More

  • Report examines leading causes of health care data breaches in 2017

    Forty-one percent of reported health data breaches in the first nine months of 2017 were attributed to unintended data disclosure, such as accidentally leaving a server open to the public or sending an email containing personal health information to the wrong recipient, which was also the leading cause of such incidents in 2016 and 2015, according to the Beazley Breach Insights report. Hacking or malware incidents were the second most common cybersecurity issue at 19%, followed by insider incidents at 15% and physical loss at 8%, the report stated. Health IT Security (10/17) Learn More

  • Communication with primary care provider may be lacking after urgent care visit

    Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (10/13) Learn More