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How Doctors Treated the Thai Boys in the Harrowing Minutes After They Were Freed from Cave Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 April 2019 00:00
In a Live Science article by Rachael Rettner, we get a fascinating description of emergency medicine in action:
The harrowing rescue of 12 boys and their coach from a cave in Thailand captured the world's attention last summer. But after the extraordinary feat to get them out of the cave, the work was far from over: The boys  and their coach needed urgent medical care to prevent the occurrence of critical health issues such as hypothermia, according to a new report. The brief report, published today (April 3) in the The New England Journal of Medicine, describes how the boys and their coach were treated immediately after they were pulled from the cave, before they were transported to a hospital via helicopter or ambulance. When doctors first saw the boys, they had been anesthetized with the drug ketamine so that they would be unconscious during the grueling journey out of the cave in the arms of experienced divers.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2019 17:24
The Trump administration wants to kill ObamaCare. What happens if it does? Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 01 April 2019 16:05
Megan Henney reports for FOXBusiness on March 28, 2019:
The Trump administration made its intentions clear this week about the future of the Affordable Care Act: It wants to nix it, in its entirety. On Monday <3.25.19>, in a letter to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Department of Justice said it agreed with a December ruling by a federal judge in Texas that struck down one of the biggest legislative accomplishments of the Obama administration as unconstitutional.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:38
Trump Administration and Democrats Return Health Law to Political Center Stage Print E-mail
Written by Julie Rovner | KHN   
Friday, 29 March 2019 16:10
Healthcare has returned in force as the dominant political issue in Washington, reflecting what voters have been telling pollsters for the past year. The Trump administration moved Monday night to get more in line with President Donald Trump's voter base by endorsing a Texas federal  judge's December opinion that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. After he arrived at the Capitol for lunch with Republican senators Tuesday, Trump endorsed the change, suggesting it will usher in Republican priorities instead. Less than two hours later, House Democrats unveiled their proposals to not only protect the health law, but also expand it - including extending help paying premiums and other costs to families higher up the income scale than those now eligible and reinstating cuts made by the administration for outreach to help people sign up for coverage. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that, since taking control of the House in January, Democrats have been fighting to preserve the health law and "voted on Day One" to file a motion in the Texas court case to support the ACA.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:37
Social Determinants of Health Impact Hospital Readmission Rates Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 25 March 2019 16:33
Jacqueline LaPointe reports on a new study in a March 20, 2019 post in RevCycle Intelligence. New research in Health Services Research shows (not surprisingly) that social determinants of health are linked to hospital readmission rates. Therefore, accounting for disability, housing instability, and other social risk factors in value-based purchasing models can help level the playing field for safety-net hospitals.
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Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2019 16:38
Death By 1,000 Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong Print E-mail
Written by Fred Schulte and Erika Fry | Fortune via KHN   
Friday, 22 March 2019 17:33
Electronic health records were supposed to do a lot: make medicine safer, bring higher-quality care, empower patients, and yes, even save money. Boosters heralded an age when researchers could harness the big data within to reveal the most effective treatments for disease and sharply reduce medical errors. Patients, in turn, would have truly portable health records, being able to share their medical histories in a flash with doctors and hospitals anywhere in the country - essential when life-and-death decisions are being made in the ER.

But 10 years after President Barack Obama signed a law to accelerate the digitization of medical records - with the federal government, so far, sinking $36 billion into the effort - America has little to show for its investment. KHN and Fortune spoke with more than 100 physicians, patients, IT experts and administrators, health policy leaders, attorneys, top government officials and representatives at more than a half-dozen EHR vendors, including the CEOs of two of the companies. The interviews reveal a tragic missed opportunity: Rather than an electronic ecosystem of information, the nation's thousands of EHRs largely remain a sprawling, disconnected patchwork. Moreover, the effort has handcuffed health providers to technology they mostly can't stand and has enriched and empowered the $13-billion-a-year industry that sells it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 17:51
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