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Insurer finds EMRs won’t pay off for its doctors

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

One health plan has come to a conclusion that many physicians already have reached: The financial benefits of office-based electronic medical records systems are not worth the cost to doctors.

Relying on information from past studies, including an American Medical Association estimate that doctors see only 11 cents of every dollar saved through the use of information technology, BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts recently announced that it has decided not to require physicians to install an EMR to participate in its bonus program.

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Health reform update: Transparency hot, state mandates not

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Washington — Many states enacted modest health coverage expansions in 2007, but gloomy budget forecasts will continue to make it tough for them to adopt more expensive, comprehensive health reforms.

Three major state reform trends continued or developed in 2007, said Susan Laudicina, one of the authors of a recent BlueCross BlueShield Assn. report on health legislation. States continue to adopt bills expanding access to public health programs and legislation making private insurance more affordable or flexible. Ten states also adopted transparency bills, most of which required hospitals to disclose medical errors and infection rates.

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Treat Teens with Combo Therapy

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

(Ivanhoe Newswire) –Teenagers suffering from depression who do not respond well to their first antidepressant may have a viable treatment option.

Results of a large study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health reveal teens who do not respond to a first antidepressant are more likely to respond to combination therapy — another antidepressant and psychotherapy.

Researchers observed 334 depressed teens who did not respond to treatment with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) — paroxetine (Paxil), citalopram (Celexa) or fluoxetine (Prozac) — alone for more than two months. They report 55 percent of teens who switched from their current medication to a different SSRI plus cognitive behavioral therapy responded to treatment.

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Blood Testing to Treat Mood Disorders

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Blood testing for mood disorders may help the medical community come up with better treatments for the conditions.

Currently, there are no blood tests for mood disorders. And relying on patients to rate the severity of their symptoms and on the clinicians’ impression may limit the chances of effective treatment and new drug development.

Researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine instead propose a new way to help identify blood biomarkers to help determine mood state.

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Antidepressants: Are They Necessary?

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Antidepressant medications like Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft have become almost as common as bread and butter — but are depression rates rising, or are these medications just being overprescribed to people who don’t really need them?

A new study suggests despite the high rates of prescriptions, antidepressants only help patients suffering from severe depression. British researchers wanted to see if a patient’s response to antidepressants depends on how badly depressed they are. To do so, they reviewed clinical trials submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for four of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. Before antidepressants are be approved by the FDA, clinical trials must be conducted to evaluate their effectiveness.

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Jinx of the J-1 visa: IMGs finding other paths to residency

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Glenns Ferry Health Center used to attract international medical graduates looking for work. But the Idaho clinic is now struggling to hire IMGs and finds itself part of a national crisis facing rural health centers.

The clinic has one full-time physician and two locum tenens who run the center’s three sites in the southern part of the state. Four doctors are needed, but two years of aggressive recruiting, including offering higher salaries, have generated no new hires, putting the clinic on the verge of closing one of its offices. That would leave patients, especially Medicaid mothers who rely on the center for prenatal and delivery services, few alternatives.

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House passes partial forgiveness for medical student loans

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Washington — Becoming a doctor isn’t cheap. The average debt for medical school graduates is approximately $140,000, according to the American Medical Association. But the burden could get a little lighter for some medical students under a bill passed last month by the House.

A provision inserted into legislation reauthorizing the federal government’s student loan programs would allow medical specialists with five or more years of graduate medical education to qualify for up to $2,000 in loan forgiveness annually for serving in areas of need. The maximum amount would be $10,000 for five years of service.

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Meningococcal bug develops quinolone resistance

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

In some areas of North Dakota and Minnesota, Neisseria meningitidis has developed resistance to quinolone antibiotics. Public health officials recommend that ciprofloxacin, the drug from this family commonly prescribed to reduce the risk of illness in healthy people who have been exposed to this bacterium, no longer be used for this purpose.

The officials also want physicians outside the region to be alert to the possibility that the medication may not have the desired effect, according to statements issued by health departments in those states and a report in the Feb. 22 (more…)

Hair Helps Police Track Criminals

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Water is not only good for your body — it’s good for the police! The general location a person drank water is recorded in their hair, showing where they have been in recent weeks and years. This could help police track the past movements of criminal suspects or unidentified murder victims.

“You are what you eat and drink — and that is recorded in your hair,” co-author Thure Cerling, University of Utah, was quoted as saying.

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Rules aim for better patient safety through confidential error reports

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Washington — Federal regulators have proposed sweeping patient safety rules to give physicians and others a confidential, voluntary way to report medical errors and near mistakes. Several health care organizations applauded the release of the long-awaited regulations but want a closer look before making a final judgment.

The rules, published Feb. 12 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, would implement the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005. The law, supported by the American Medical Association, authorizes creating patient safety organizations to which doctors, other health professionals, hospitals and other institutions could report mistakes.

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