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Judging by 28 different metrics, Vermont offers the highest-quality and most cost-efficient care for children, according to a new study from personal finance website WalletHub, while Nevada struggles with limited access to care and poor oral health among those under the age of 18. 

The effectiveness of accountable care organizations (ACOs) may be limited by two factors, according to a new study published in Health Affairs: low numbers of enrollees attributed to participating physicians and the constant “churn” of the patient population caused by substantial physician turnover.

An emergency physician from Michigan has been arrested on charges she performed genital mutilation procedures on multiple girls between the ages of 6 and 8, which prosecutors say could be the first criminal case involving the practice since it was outlawed in the U.S. in 1996.

While healthcare costs continued to rise at other facilities, one Netherlands hospital was able to lower costs by 8 percent in a single year while improving quality. The credit goes to a value-based care strategy focusing on everything from closer coordination on cardiovascular patients to keeping more experienced physicians in the emergency department. 

Large corporations want healthy workers and lower healthcare costs. If hospitals and medical groups are going to win the right to provide care to those employees and their families, innovative approaches to care, having the right infrastructure in place and taking a lot of meetings are a must. 

 

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Fujifilm CMO on the company’s growing healthcare portfolio and the trends of tomorrow

Fujifilm’s ties to healthcare date all the way back to 1936, when it released its very first x-ray film. Today, Fujifilm is a large global company—it reported revenues of more than $22 billion in the last year—and its healthcare business alone was responsible for approximately $3.8 billion in revenue.

Overweight teens shouldn’t be told to diet, says new guidance for pediatric docs

When teenagers are obese or overweight, pediatric physicians should steer clear of encouraging them to diet, and family members should do the same, according to new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

CMS: Medicare Part D costs increased 17 percent in 2014

CMS has released new data on prescriptions made by physicians and providers paid for through Medicare Part D in 2014.

AAHC president offers plan to improve graduate medical education

In a Health Affairs blog post, Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) President Steven Wartman, MD, PhD, wrote about ways he believes graduate medical education (GME) and residency can be improved.

Cancer tops heart disease as leading cause of death in 12 European countries

Cardiovascular disease has been the top killer of people for decades, but now cancer is reaching the top of the list in 12 European counties.

Study: Surgery is best treatment for myasthenia gravis

Surgically removing the thymus gland from patients with the rare autoimmune disease myasthenia gravis provides significant benefits for patients who don’t have a chest tumor, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Study: Opioid dependence claims increased by 3,200% among privately insured

Between 2007 and 2014, private insurance claims which included a diagnosis of opioid dependence increased by more than 3,200 percent, according to a new study released by nonprofit group FAIR Health.

U.S. News and World Report releases expanded hospital rankings

The Mayo Clinic tops the 2016-17 U.S. News and World Report best hospitals list, which has been expanded to include 20 facilities on its “honor roll” based on 25 different specialties, procedures and conditions.

CDC releases first-ever survey of prison healthcare

In the first national survey on health care services in prisons conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency found some inconsistency in how care is provided to a population which has higher rates of mental illness, chronic conditions and infectious diseases.

CDC: Kids under 15 most common ER visitors for brain injury

Younger people are more likely to be checking into emergency departments for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) than any other age group, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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