Category Archives: Health Care: Costs

Nurse Workforce Data Now Available Quarterly

Newswise — For many years, key national data on the registered nurse (RN) workforce has only been made available yearly, and was often a year out of date when it was released. That has now changed. Quarterly data on trends … Continue reading

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ER patients are regarded as ‘symptoms’ and are shunted around the department as ‘production units’.

The healthcare work of providing care at Emergency departments is medicalized and result-driven. As a consequence of this, patients are regarded as “symptoms”, and are shunted around the department as “production units”. These are the conclusions of a thesis presented … Continue reading

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Obesity-attributable absenteeism among US workers costs the nation more than $8 billion annually

November 21, 2014 — A study conducted by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health shows that obesity costs the U.S. $8.65 billion per year as a result of absenteeism in the workplace -more than 9% of all … Continue reading

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Irregular heartbeat ER visits soaring in US

Emergency room visits for atrial fibrillation have increased significantly in the United States — causing a major healthcare burden, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common kind of arrhythmia … Continue reading

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Biggest corporate wellness lawsuit ever

Honeywell is not the first employer to be sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission due to a wellness program, but it is the biggest. The EEOC filed its third suit Monday against the company, in part because employees can … Continue reading

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Obesity-Related Work Absences Are ‘Financial Drain’ for States

Newswise — November 13, 2014 — Obese workers miss more work days, and those absences carry high costs at the state and national level, according to a study in the November Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of … Continue reading

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6 Trends in Translational Science that Will Improve Your Health

Translational science, also known as bench-to-bedside research, aims to translate biomedical discoveries into useful applications and treatments, such as a drug, device, diagnostic or behavioral intervention, that impact health and health outcomes. At UC San Francisco, my colleagues and I … Continue reading

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CDC issues ‘Essentials’ to ‘interact positively with children’

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers helps parents interact positively with children. It provides proven answers to common challenges so moms, dads, and caregivers can help two- to four-year-olds grow up happy and healthy. Communicating with Children: Learn skills like … Continue reading

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Millions in Unused Medical Supplies Sitting in U.S. Operating Rooms

Newswise — A Johns Hopkins research team reports that major hospitals across the U.S. collectively throw away at least $15 million a year in unused operating room surgical supplies that could be salvaged and used to ease critical shortages, improve … Continue reading

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Paperwork consumes one-sixth of US physicians’ time and erodes morale: Study

The average U.S. doctor spends 16.6 percent of his or her working hours on non-patient-related paperwork, time that might otherwise be spent caring for patients. And the more time doctors spend on such bureaucratic tasks, the unhappier they are about … Continue reading

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Hospitals with aggressive treatment styles have mixed results

Hospitals with aggressive treatment styles, also known as high hospital care intensity (HCI), had lower rates of patients dying from a major complication (failure to rescue) but longer hospitalizations, writes Kyle H. Sheetz, M.D., M.S., of the Center for Healthcare … Continue reading

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How doctor’s office waiting times can be reduced

Newswise — Using a pain clinic as a testing ground, researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a management process first popularized by Toyota in Japan can substantially reduce patient wait times and possibly improve the teaching of interns and … Continue reading

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Does seeing the doctor more often keep you out of the hospital?

J Health Econ. 2014 Aug 15. pii: S0167-6296(14)00099-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2014.08.003. [Epub ahead of print] Does seeing the doctor more often keep you out of the hospital? Kaestner R1, Sasso AT2. Author information 1National Bureau of Economic Research, Institute of Government … Continue reading

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