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Kentucky law grants prescribing authority to nurses
By Andis Robeznieks | July 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A new Kentucky state law that expands prescribing authority for advanced practice registered nurses took effect Tuesday, the same day that a study was published touting the benefits of having nurses manage care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
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Johnson & Johnson sees earnings jump roughly 13% in Q2, led by new products
By Jaimy Lee | July 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Johnson & Johnson, the world's largest healthcare company, had a better-than-expected second quarter, reporting that global sales of its medical devices, drugs and consumer products rose 9% to $19.5 billion and net earnings jumped roughly 13%.
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Phoenix Children's and Arizona Blues team up to curb obesity
By Bob Herman | July 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In a rare direct payer-provider partnership, Phoenix Children's Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona are launching a medical home program this month to curb and prevent childhood obesity.
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NQF's Cassel seeks to build consensus for quality measures
By Dr. Christine Cassel | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
I am often asked to address the challenges that the growth of measurement and accountability requirements pose for the important goal of healthcare quality improvement. My thinking here has evolved over time.
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Older Americans see growing rate of chronic disease
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The prevalence of chronic diseases among older Americans continues to rise despite a reduction in some of the behaviors associated with developing such conditions, according to a new report.
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FDA may be set to move on voluntary sodium guidelines for food makers, restaurants
By Steven Ross Johnson | June 18, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration will soon look to set voluntary salt guidelines for food makers in an effort to limit the amount of sodium consumed by the public, according to reports.
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Vital Signs
'Bionic pancreas' helps Type 1 diabetics in initial study
By Sabriya Rice | June 17, 2014
A “bionic pancreas"—a device created by connecting a cellphone to a glucose monitor—showed great potential in helping people with Type 1 diabetes maintain control of their blood sugar, according to two randomized studies published June 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Information
Sanofi, Medtronic join on diabetes drugs, devices
By Associated Press | June 14, 2014
French drugmaker Sanofi and U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic have joined in a project to develop new combinations of drugs and devices for diabetes care.
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Ohio State Wexner affiliates with border health system
By Bob Herman | June 14, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus has signed an affiliation agreement with Ohio Valley Health Services & Education Corp., a two-hospital system based on the Ohio-West Virginia border.
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Vital Signs
Hospitals need to look beyond CMS for quality, safety issues
By Sabriya Rice | June 13, 2014
Of 86 potential inpatient complications identified in a new report, only 22 are tracked by the CMS, meaning that hospitals may want to look beyond CMS measures while making quality and safety improvements.
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