Prescription Drugs Overtake Cannabis in Fatal Crashes

Since 1993, the profile of a drugged driver has changed substantially.

New "Flight Simulator" Technology Gives NYU Langone Neurosurgeons a Peek Inside Brain Before Surgery

The New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center is now using a novel technology that serves as a "flight simulator" for neurosurgeons, allowing them to rehearse complicated brain surgeries before making an actual incision on a patient.
The new simulator, called the Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP), creates an individualized walk-through for neurosurgeons based on 3D imaging taken from the patient’s CT and MRI scans.

Study Provides Conclusive Evidence that Suncscreen Use in Childhood Prevents Development of Malignant Melanoma in Adults

Research conducted at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, published in the latest issue of the scientific journal Pigment Cell and Melanoma, has established unequivocally in a natural animal model that the incidence of malignant melanoma in adulthood can be dramatically reduced by the consistent use of sunscreen in infancy and childhood.
According to senior author John L.

CMS Initiative Helps People Make the Most of Their New Health Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a national initiative “From Coverage to Care” (C2C), which is designed to help answer questions that people may have about their new health coverage, to help them make the most of their new benefits, including taking full advantage of primary care and preventive services.  It also seeks to give healthcare providers the tools they need to promote patient engagement.

Insurer Begins Huge Palliative Care Program

Written by Marissa Evans, published in Kaiser Health News:
“Person-centered care” is the buzz phrase floating around the healthcare industry, and a Pacific Northwest-based giant insurer thinks it has hit the mark with a new palliative care program coming this summer.

Researchers Uncover New Insights Into Developing Rapid-Acting Antidepressant for Treatment-Resistant Depression

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers have generated fresh insights that could aid in the development of rapid-acting antidepressants for treatment-resistant depression. The researchers found that by blocking NMDA receptors with the drug ketamine, they could elicit rapid antidepressant effects in patients with treatment-resistant depression.

Open Payments Sunshine Program Increases Transparency in Healthcare

By Betsy Thompson, MD, DrPH, Chief Medical Officer, Region 9

As part of the Open Payments program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon make data about the financial relationships between the healthcare industry and physicians (e.g. including medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, dentists, chiropractors, and others) and teaching hospitals available to the public. Offering this data will create more transparency and allow those interested to use, analyze and monitor it. 

New Medicare PPS for FQHCs: Operational Requirements - Register Now

Wednesday, Jun 25, 1:30-3pm ET

As required by Section 10501 of the Affordable Care Act, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) will transition to a Prospective Payment System (PPS) beginning on October 1, 2014. This MLN Connects National Provider Call will provide information on operational requirements of the new payment system.

'Nothing is Broken': For an Injured Doctor, Quality-Focused Care Misses the Mark

Written by Dr. Charlotte Yeh, Chief Medical Officer, AARP Services, Inc., published in HealthAffairs.

It was just after 6 o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, December 7, 2011—Pearl Harbor Day—when I left my organization’s Washington, D.C., office to meet a colleague for dinner. It was dark and rainy, and I had one more intersection to cross to get to the restaurant. I was about a third of the way across the intersection when I heard a loud “thump” and felt a sharp pain squarely in my backside. A dialogue unfolded in my head: “Wow! I wonder what that was…. I think it was me. No, I don’t think it was me. Wait…I think I just got hit by a car! But there’s no way!” Before I could even make sense of the situation, I had flown through the air and landed on the street.
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