Outpatient care for certain low-risk patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) can be safely and effectively used in place of inpatient care, according to a randomized, multi-center study in 19 emergency departments. The findings, published June 23 online in the Lancet, support current practice guidelines that are rarely followed by physicians. "This is the most rigorous study to date to compare inpatient and outpatient care for a selected group of stable patients with pulmonary embolism, " said Donald M. Yealy, M.D., senior author of the study and chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "Our findings support a shift in clinical management of PE for a substantial portion of low-risk patients, which may reduce hospitalizations and costs.
Pay plays a relatively small role in a nurse's decision to stay at or leave a job in a nursing home, according to new research from Rice University, the University of Pittsburgh and Baylor College of Medicine. In a comprehensive study of certified nursing assistants, researchers found that attitudinal factors such as job satisfaction and emotional well-being are better predictors of turnover in long-term care facilities. While previous studies have found high turnover rates -- between 23 and 36 percent -- in the long-term care industry, this new study found that only 5.8 percent of the workers left the industry and 8.4 percent switched to another facility within a year. "Many of the past studies mix full-time and part-time workers and tend to overestimate the turnover rate in the industry, " said Vikas Mittal, co-author of the study and professor of marketing in Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business.
America's providers of durable or home medical equipment and services have long advocated for tough anti-fraud measures, and this sector hopes that federal regulators and Congress will continue to focus their efforts on effective, targeted measures aimed at stopping criminals intent on stealing taxpayer dollars. The American Association for Homecare, which represents providers of home medical equipment and services, is attending today's Philadelphia Health Care Fraud Prevention Summit which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice. In a statement today, the Association made the following points: "The American Association for Homecare and its members have always had zero tolerance for fraud and will continue to work with federal officials to prevent fraud.
CJPS Medical Systems Launches Game Changing Product To Improve Health Care While Reducing Its Cost, In The United Kingdom
CJPS Medical Systems are launching into the U.K. market this week their VitalPoint® Remote Patient Monitor, a medical device capable of measuring patients' vital signs from home, allowing secure and direct communication with their caregiver, creating electronic medical records, and transmitting vital signs data. According to experts, eight out of ten older adults are living with the health challenges of one or more chronic diseases, ones that are long lasting, incurable, or recurrent. For these patients, prevention of reoccurrence and health monitoring are critical to their recovery, safety and quality of life, for which remote patient monitoring (RPM) such a VitalPoint® , has been shown to be extremely effective. They can help older patients slow progression of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and end-stage renal disease (ESRD).
The State of the Medicare Mobility Benefit has never been more troubling, and perplexing. For much of the last decade, Congress and regulators implemented policies and regulations limiting the effectiveness of the Medicare benefit that is used by senior citizens and people living with disabilities to obtain power wheelchairs prescribed by their physicians. But a series of changes ranging from the so-called competitive bidding program to elimination of the first-month purchase option to excessive audits and denial of reimbursement claims are combining to place serious doubt on whether Medicare beneficiaries can continue to receive medically required power mobility equipment that enhances their quality of life and ultimately saves taxpayer dollars. It's unfortunate that as we assess the care received by some of the most vulnerable people in our society, the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) must question the government's commitment to them.