Americans have shorter average life expectancy than those in other wealthy nations and are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors such as consuming high-fat, high-calorie diets, according to a report released by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Researchers also said the U.S. fared poorly on metrics such as infant mortality, teen pregnancy, and obesity and diabetes when compared with 16 other countries.
Almost every state is exploring policy frameworks aimed at addressing care access, coverage, quality, cost control and delivery system transformation, says John Colmers of Johns Hopkins Medicine. To help lay the groundwork for accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes, Colmers recommends that states assume the roles of regulators, data holders, purchasers, market enablers and conveners.
Tressa Springmann was appointed chief information officer at nonprofit provider LifeBridge Health in Baltimore. Springmann, who held the same post at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, will be responsible for boosting EMR implementation efforts at LifeBridge.
A fund totaling $400 million will be provided by the Federal Communications Commission to assist rural care facilities and hospitals in building or adding to telehealth infrastructure. Nonprofit hospitals are eligible to boost their broadband networks so they can enable clinics to be linked to urban health facilities, exchange EHRs and facilitate remote consultation with specialists. Hospitals can apply for funds at the end of the summer.
InnoPharma received federal approval for its acetylcysteine injection to help prevent liver damage following excessive acetaminophen ingestion. Acetylcysteine is the generic version of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals' Acetadote.