Health Care Providers & Specialties

Family Medicine SmartBrief

News for family physicians

Family Medicine SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: AAFP American Academy of Family Physicians

Most states not ready to fund Medicaid parity program

7/31/2014

  • Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Six states and Washington, D.C., have indicated they will fund a program that provides higher reimbursements for primary care physicians treating Medicaid patients when federal funding expires in 2015… Read More

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief

News for physicians caring for the seriously ill

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

AAHPM acquires Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

7/29/2014

AAHPM is pleased to announce that it assumed ownership of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (JPSM) on July 15. The journal was previously owned and managed by the US Cancer Pain Relief Commit… Read More

AANP SmartBrief

News for nurse practitioners

AANP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Nurse Practitioners

New Ky. law on NP prescribing goes into effect

7/31/2014

  • Nurse.com

Kentucky nurse practitioners with four years of collaborative experience with a doctor can now prescribe routine drugs on their own under a law that took effect on July 15. The law "will make health c… Read More

AAP SmartBrief

News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

AAP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Academy of Pediatrics

Review finds limited data on long term risks or potential benefits of e-cigarettes

7/31/2014

  • BBC

A review of published research shows rapid rise in use of e-cigarettes. E-cigarette use is common among people who already smoke conventional cigarettes, but there is no evidence that youths who exper… Read More

American College of Cardiology Quality First SmartBrief (A Service of the PINNACLE Network)

Quality care news for cardiologists and other medical professionals

American College of Cardiology Quality First SmartBrief (A Service of the PINNACLE Network)

Published in partnership with: American College of Cardiology

Experts develop best hand hygiene practices for hospitals

7/31/2014

  • Healio (free registration)

A report in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology lists hand hygiene best practices that hospitals can use to prevent infections. Along with practical recommendations, the experts ca… Read More

ANA SmartBrief

Nursing news and information

ANA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Nurses Association

UCLA to use apps for treatment of addictions

7/31/2014

  • Health Data Management

UCLA has launched a program that creates online and mobile applications to help patients with addiction or depression and their therapists monitor treatment progress and easily seek help. The initial … Read More

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief

News for the orthotics, prosthetics and pedorthics profession

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association

Number of candidates surges for bundled Medicare payment contracts

7/31/2014

  • Modern Healthcare (free registration)

The CMS has added 4,100 additional health care providers eligible to enter into bundled-payment contracts under Medicare, which nearly triples the number of medical groups and hospitals that are candi… Read More

ASDS Skin Source SmartBrief

News for and about dermatologic surgeons

ASDS Skin Source SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Atrophic scars respond to fractional laser plus poly-L-lactic acid

7/29/2014

  • Healio (free registration)

Atrophic scars caused by surgery or acne improved with topical poly-L-lactic acid after treatment with an ablative fractional CO2 laser, researchers report in the journal Dermatologic Surgery. Scars i… Read More

ASNC SmartBrief

Nuclear cardiology news

ASNC SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

Post-discharge discovery of infant heart defects less common but still occurs

7/29/2014

  • MedPage Today (free registration)

More than 10% of critical heart defects in newborns were discovered after hospital discharge in 2009, according to a Massachusetts study. Nevertheless, such delayed diagnoses were down from 17.1% in 2… Read More

Animal Health SmartBrief

News for animal health professionals

Animal Health SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Veterinary Medical Association

Colo. expands quarantine to prevent spread of vesicular stomatitis

7/31/2014

  • Journal-Advocate (Sterling, Colo.)

Colorado agriculture officials announced 21 quarantines are in effect across the state amid a growing outbreak of vesicular stomatitis among horses. State veterinarian Keith Roehr said the condition i… Read More

AWHONN SmartBrief

News on the health of women and newborns

AWHONN SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Association of Women's Health, OBG and Neonatal Nurses

Study shows prevalence of cancer at time of hysterectomy using morcellation

7/28/2014

A new study adds fuel to growing concerns that minimally invasive hysterectomy using power morcellation can spread undetected cancer in a woman's abdomen and pelvis. Morcellation involves using a devi… Read More

DiabetesPro SmartBrief

News for diabetes health professionals

DiabetesPro SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Diabetes Association

GSK announces Tanzeum availability in the U.S.

7/30/2014

  • Drug Store News

GlaxoSmithKline announced the availability of its type 2 diabetes drug Tanzeum in U.S. pharmacies. The medication is a once-weekly, prescription injectable therapy to be used as an adjunct to diet and… Read More

NANN SmartBrief

News for neonatal care professionals

NANN SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Scientists probe possible connection between phthalates, preterm birth

7/30/2014

  • Chronicle of Higher Education (free content), The

Scientists in Puerto Rico are investigating whether there is a link between phthalates and the island's high rate of preterm births. The Protect study is recruiting 2,000 expectant mothers. Nearly 20%… Read More

PCNA SmartBrief

News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

PCNA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

Pa. outreach effort takes on familial hypercholesterolemia

7/30/2014

  • LancasterOnline (Pa.)

Lancaster General Health and the University of Pennsylvania are conducting outreach programs to find and treat people, especially those of Pennsylvania Dutch or Amish heritage, who have familial hyper… Read More

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief

News and information about plastic surgery

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief

What makes a belly button beautiful?

7/29/2014

  • Modern Medicine

A vertical ratio of 46:54, midline horizontal position and oval shape are among the factors that make a belly button attractive, researchers report in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. No hooding or supe… Read More

SCAI SmartBrief

News for invasive and interventional cardiologists

SCAI SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions

Docs revisit highlights of SCAI meeting

7/29/2014

  • Cardiology Today's Intervention magazine

Meeting attendees who participated in the first Cath Lab Leadership Boot Camp at SCAI 2014 reported a relevant experience focused on negotiating finances, guideline adherence, inventory and other topi… Read More

Critical Care SmartBrief

News for professionals in critical care medicine

Critical Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society of Critical Care Medicine

Early antibiotics for pneumonia may help reduce ICU mortality

7/29/2014

  • MedWire News (U.K.)

Earlier antibiotic use and combination treatments for pneumococcal pneumonia were linked to reductions in ICU mortality from 32.5% in 2000 to 2002 to 17.5% from 2008 to 2013, researchers in Barcelona,… Read More

SNMMI SmartBrief

Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging news

SNMMI SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

FDA proposes device user fee reductions for FY 2015

7/31/2014

  • MassDevice.com (Boston)

The FDA's device center has issued a proposal to lower the medical device user fees for fiscal year 2015 by 3% across the board. The reductions would apply to premarket approval, 510(k) clearance and … Read More

AJMPlus

News for physicians

AJMPlus

Published in partnership with: Elsevier

Diagnosing dysglycemia in adolescents with polycystic ovary syndrome

7/30/2014

  • Journal of Adolescent Health

Both glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C) and oral glucose tolerance test are useful for identifying adolescents with polycystic ovary syndrome with dysglycemia and may identify different populations of girls … Read More

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief)

Professional practice news

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief)

Published in partnership with: National Certification Corporation

Atlanta-area hospital emphasizes nursing certification

7/2/2014

  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content), The

Eastside Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer Stuart Downs said the Atlanta-area hospital has set a goal of increasing the number of its nurses who are certified from 14% to 20% this year. Director of… Read More

American Pain Society SmartBrief

Research and trends in pain-related topics

American Pain Society SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Pain Society

Mass. bill would mandate coverage of inpatient addiction care

7/30/2014

  • Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

A Massachusetts bill would require insurers to cover inpatient treatment for drug addiction. The bill has met opposition from insurers and the state's chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medi… Read More

Ultrasound SmartBrief

Sonography industry news

Ultrasound SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Study: Stroke patients' ability to pay linked to type of imaging they receive

7/29/2014

  • AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

The type of imaging used to evaluate patients diagnosed with acute ischemic stroke varies with socioeconomic status and insurance coverage, according to a study in the American Journal of Roentgenolog… Read More

ANA Nurse CareerBrief

Nursing career news

ANA Nurse CareerBrief

Published in partnership with: American Nurses Association

Why it's time to end "physician-centric" health care system

7/28/2014

  • MedPage Today (free registration)

U.S. health care needs to let go of its physician-centric system and fully adopt team-based approaches that respect each profession's knowledge and abilities, says Mary Chesney, director of the Univer… Read More

Chiropractic Today powered by SmartBrief

News for Chiropractic Professionals

Chiropractic Today powered by SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Chiropractic Association

New app aims to help kids fight obesity

7/31/2014

  • Health Tech Zone
  • TechCrunch

A mobile application was unveiled by Kurbo Health to educate children about how a healthier diet could help them lose weight and prevent obesity. Considered to be the first mobile weight-loss program … Read More