• FDA approves novel molecular-based assay to help determine blood compatibility October 16, 2018
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ID CORE XT, a molecular-based assay used in blood transfusion medicine to help determine blood compatibility. The assay can be used to determine blood donor and patient non-ABO red blood cell (RBC) types. ID CORE XT is the second molecular assay approved for use in transfusion medicine, and […]
  • 61 percent of doctors say value-based care will damage their practice October 16, 2018
    Physicians are still on the fence about the impact value-based care will have on their business and patient care, a recent survey showed. Forty-nine percent of over 3,400 physicians recently surveyed by the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, the Doctors Company, said value-based care and reimbursement will have a negative impact on patient care […]
  • Report: World support for mental healthcare is 'pitifully small' October 16, 2018
    It's a major milestone in the fight to recognize mental health and mental illness as global issues: a comprehensive report from the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health, three years in the making, released this past week at a London summit with royals Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, in attendance to show […]
  • What drove physician practices to join early Medicare ACOs? October 16, 2018
    What are the characteristics of physician practices that intended to join Medicare accountable care organizations in 2012? In the October issue of The American Journal of Managed Care, researchers probe 1398 practices to examine the different capabilities and experience levels needed to manage risk in these healthcare models.
  • Glowing skin might start in your genes October 16, 2018
    The beauty and skin care industry are saturated with products that make perfect skin seem not just attainable but standard. Anti-wrinkle creams, acne medications, expensive facials: No matter what the skin ailment, there’s a product that claims to fix it. According to data compiled by the U.S. Census and Simmons National Consumer Survey, 1.35 million […]
  • Government policies are driving doctors to quit healthcare October 16, 2018
    Doctors nationwide are burnt out and unsatisfied. Many want to quit the profession entirely, according to a new survey from the Physicians Foundation. The government deserves much of the blame for doctors' low morale. For years, the feds have cut their pay, meddled in their decisions, and subjected them to mountains of needless paperwork.
  • Google's AI tool can identify one type of breast cancer more accurately than human doctors October 16, 2018
    Determining whether cancer has spread, or metastasized, from the primary site to nearby lymph nodes is a difficult, time-intensive task for pathologists. Google AI has developed a promising algorithm to evaluate lymph node biopsies in breast cancer patients, and it’s more accurate than humans in certain circumstances.
  • Are you prepared for the unexpected? How to handle gaps in health insurance coverage October 16, 2018
    Many companies in the next few weeks will offer employees a chance to review and enroll in workplace benefits for the following year. During this open-enrollment period, many people focus on their health insurance, which makes perfect sense. Insurance offers financial backing for annual wellness doctor visits or visits to the hospital if you get […]
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  • 'Outside the box' solutions needed for seniors' care October 16, 2018
    When it comes to meeting the healthcare needs of seniors — especially those with low incomes and multiple illnesses — thinking differently is what's needed, several experts said here Wednesday at a briefing sponsored by the Alliance for Health Policy. For example, Medicare's accountable care organizations (ACOs), under which groups of physicians, hospitals, and health […]