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Telehealth Outlook Under the Trump Administration

The Trump Administration is likely to drive telehealth advancement in a positive direction. For example, President Trump’s plan to reform the Veteran’s Affairs Department includes improved patient care through the use of telehealth technology.

Chiropractic in Texas Is Under Attack

The medical lobby has launched a coordinated, multi-front assault. If left unchecked, this assault will not only be extremely damaging to the practice of chiropractic in the Lone Star State, but also will have national and international repercussions, as a victorious and emboldened medical lobby will undoubtedly seek to expand this fight to other states and even other nations.

Old-Style Chemo Is Still A Mainstay In The Age Of Targeted Cancer Therapy

Chemotherapy remains one of the mainstays of cancer treatment, but these harsh drugs are slowly being edged aside in medical research, as new treatments, like immunotherapy, grab the spotlight.

Alternative medicine becomes a lucrative business for U.S. top hospitals

Chinese herbal therapies, acupuncture, homeopathy and reiki are just a few of the offerings that some prestigious medical centers now provide, despite the fact that in many cases there is no evidence the therapies work.

Making sense of the political conflict surrounding healthcare

Former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare legislation - the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - did not have bipartisan support, but it was passed when Democrats controlled the federal government. Now that power has swung to the Republican Party, we expect changes to, if not an outright repeal of, this legislation.

FDA Issues Final Guidance on Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a final guidance titled “Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices.” The guidance applies to “(1) medical devices that contain software (including firmware) or programmable logic, and (2) software that is a medical device, including mobile medical applications.”

Shoulder Rehab: Start With the Scapula

The scapula is an incredible display of elegance and movement within the biomechanics of human motion. It's evolved for mobility and stability in the scapulo-thoracic region, giving us the ability to do things that are uniquely human, such as throwing with accuracy.

Another Big Health Insurer Loosens Rules For Covering Addiction Treatment

Aetna, one of the nation's largest insurance companies, says that starting in March it will remove what's been a key barrier for patients seeking medication to treat their opioid addiction. The change will apply to all its private insurance plans, an Aetna spokeswoman confirmed.

Hospital Impact: 4 tips for clinical documentation improvement in ambulatory settings

It has become a common topic of conversation in the clinical documentation improvement (CDI) world, but most of the time when I ask people what they mean when they mention it, I am not able to get a discrete answer.

Roadblocks remain in visualization technology

Technology in the lab has come a long way and brought many amazing advances, but it still has its issues — or roadblocks as Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz calls them.

Challenges and potential rewards for mobile dentistry

Seldom are there public health issues that provide the opportunity for our profession to expand its patient base, while at the same time helping to ameliorate the problem. The aging of the population in the United States offers this opportunity, but dentists are forced to consider alternate delivery models.

A case for hospital dental hygienists: Hospitalized patients need routine dental care too

realize our profession is working diligently to position dental hygienists in areas that will improve access to care so we can better meet the needs of the underserved.

Your dental practice is dynamic, so why is your website so boring?

Is your website a dynamic portal for your practice, or is it a static, online brochure? For too many dental practices, creating a website is the equivalent of checking an item off a list. You hire a designer, you approve the final draft, you put it online, and then you forget about it.

What Can a Surgeon Do to Prevent Opioid Abuse

An interesting article titled “The Surgeon’s Roles in Stemming the Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic” written by James Hupp appears in the 2016 Journal of Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery

Use the Right Water to Improve Care, Productivity, and Profitability

Water is one of life’s most important resources. It is critical for growing food, producing goods, sanitation, recreation, transportation, and much more. Most people don’t realize how important water is to dental offices, as dental practitioners use water for virtually every appliance in their practice.

Policing illegal or unethical insurance practices

When you're up against an insurance carrier who is repeatedly denying claims, it can feel hopeless—but it's not. It is possible to fight back. Here's how.

Similar appearances in oral pathology: Is it a peripheral ossifying fibroma or a pyogenic granuloma?

Neoplasia refers to an uncontrolled growth of tissue or cells not under physiologic control that may be either malignant or benign. A tumor is a swelling or an enlargement. The classification of neoplasia and tumors sometimes overlaps. The differentiation is very subtle in some instances clinically and only discerned by microscopic examination.

Guide dental patients to accept treatment with motivational interviewing (MI)

Dentists should try to learn the art of motivational interviewing (MI). This method of communication guides dental patients toward case acceptance because they learn what they value about their dental treatment.

Making a bite: The problems behind dental occlusion analysed

It’s a phrase that’s probably not an everyday term, but dental occlusion is something that affects a surprising amount of people. To put it in simple terms, it refers to the process where your teeth don’t fit together properly – your ‘bite’ just isn’t ‘right’.

Resin Sealings Delay and Replace Fillings in Caries Treatment

Anesthesia and fillings are routine in dentistry now, but that soon may change. The University of Copenhagen School of Dentistry has been developing resin sealings that could postpone and even replace traditional fillings on permanent teeth...

Is Your Nursing Career on Autopilot?

Nurses, do you ever feel that your nursing career is on autopilot? Are you coasting, resting on your laurels, or otherwise sitting in the back seat of your career? This can work for a while, but it can eventually lead to boredom, ennui, and even burnout and an abandoned career.

Who is an agency nurse's employer for purposes of liability?

Those of you who work as an agency nurse know all too well the ins and outs of that role. Some of you may work at a particular facility on a particular unit for weeks or months at a time. In contrast, some of you may work at a different facility every few days.

Akron City Hospital ER nurses say physician staffing change has put patients at risk; Summa, doctors deny allegation

Nine registered nurses who work at Summa Akron City Hospital’s emergency room said they believe some of the physicians who took over the ER Jan. 1 put patients’ lives in danger.

More informatics experience means more money for nurses

One of the great things about the HIMSS Annual Conference and Expo is the amount of research and revelations to come from the organization each February or so.

15 Great Cities For Nurses In 2017

In The Doors’ haunting, sermonic song, "The End," Jim Morrison sings "ride the highway west, baby." That’s pretty good advice, these days, if you’re a nurse looking to make the most out of your paycheck.

Your Nursing Career Mitochondria

We all know that mitochondria are the energy-producing powerhouses within each cell of our bodies, synthesizing ATP (adenosine triphosphate) for us around the clock. In terms of your nursing career, what are the mitochondria that power your engine?

What it takes to become a great nurse leader

Best-selling books have been written about what makes a leader great. Ivy League graduate business schools have designed their curricula around the question, and many award-winning movies and documentaries have featured the making of great nurse leaders.

Confronting Nurse Burnout, Workplace Violence and the Nursing Shortage

Maureen Swick, AHA chief nursing officer and AONE chief executive, on nurse leadership in an era of change

A calm in the storm: Nurses and the ACA

As 2017 moves into February, all eyes are on the Donald Trump administration in relation to the promised repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Nurses, physicians, hospitals, insurers and patients are all feeling the uncertainty.

Why do older mothers have birth complications? New study investigates

As more and more women decide to become mothers later in life, the risk of experiencing pregnancy complications also increases. New research explores why this may be the case, suggesting that a delayed and longer labor may play a role.

Collaborating with prescribers: Pharmacists offer advice from the front lines

Community pharmacists have to be creative in how they think about collaborations with local prescribers to care for patients, according to Tripp Logan, PharmD, vice president of Logan & Seiler Inc. in Charleston, MO, and senior quality consultant for MedHere Today Consulting in Nashville.

Understanding Facebook Live and How to Leverage It for Your Pharmacy

Social media platforms are always updating and enhancing their design or functionality. Perhaps you’ve seen the new LinkedIn format or tried Instgram story creation, but even if you haven’t heard of these, you’ve likely watched or just noticed a Facebook Live video on your feed.

Collaborative Diabetes Model Saves Health Costs

The Diabetes Intensive Medical Management (DIMM) clinic, managed as a collaboration between a pharmacist and an endocrinologist with the help of pharmacy students, is a project of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego.

FDA Clears New Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test System

The system and test kit were cleared for the identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing of pathogens directly from positive blood culture samples. The blood culture kit is indicated for susceptibility testing of specific pathogenic bacteria commonly associated with bacteremia, the leading cause of sepsis.

Little Warning of CKD Progression in Proton Pump Inhibitor Users

St. Louis—In patients using proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), chronic kidney issues often occur without the warning of an acute presentation, a new study cautions.

Medicare Services position pharmacists in new revenue-generating models

Certain patients at Chickahominy Family Physicians in Quinton, VA, know they can expect a call from pharmacist Michelle Thomas every month. During the call, she goes over their medications and asks questions about their chronic conditions.

Offering HPV Vaccinations in Pharmacies Improves the Numbers, Reduces Future Cancers

The CDC has recommended routine vaccination of human papillomavirus (HPV) in all children ages 11 or 12 since 2011 with a goal of 80% coverage by 2020. However, uptake has been slow due to stigma associated with the sexual means of HPV transmission. Only 42% of girls and 28% of boys 13 to 17 years old received the three-dose series by the end of 2015.

Considering Specialty Pharmacy? Make Your Move

The specialty drug market continues to boom, but some believe the window for chain and independent pharmacies to enter the space—if they haven’t already—could be closing soon.

Optimizing Carousels Increase Patient Care and Workflow Efficiency

In health-system pharmacies, carousels serve as the primary engine for medication distribution and workflow. In fact, pharmacy technicians often pick more than 85% of medication doses from carousels and will spend many hours each day working with the systems.

No Neurological Effects With Very Low Cholesterol From PCSK9 Therapy

Despite concerns that taking PCSK9 inhibitors to achieve very low levels of cholesterol could led to adverse events such as memory impairment or nervous system disorders, that does not seem to be the case according to a recent study.