Weekly Roundup: Health care news and notes

March 13, 2015 · NCQA

Every Friday NCQA gives a rundown of some of the health care news stories from the past week. Here are some of our picks for this week:

  • The extra cost of extra weight for older Adults. [Kaiser Health News]
  • The Infectious Diseases Society of America released a list of instances when taking antibiotics can be avoided. [Modern Healthcare]
  • Early results show a 40 percent reduction in activities of daily living reduction for community-dwelling older adults. [Journal of American Geriatrics Society]
  • One study suggests that behavioral therapy and caregiver intervention outweigh antipsychotic drugs for dementia patients. [NPR]
  • CMS data reinforces that process measures are easier to improve on than clinical outcome measures. [Modern Healthcare]
  • Men’s Health Magazine identified steps for patients to identify whether an MRI or CT scan is necessary. [Men’s Health]
  • Patients overestimate benefits of treatments, screenings and tests while underestimating harm. [JAMA]
  • There are signs of progress for childhood obesity with rates trending downward in some states. [Robert Wood Johnson Foundation]
  • A new survey found that most doctors give in to parents’ requests to alter vaccine schedules, despite their knowledge that these decisions put children at risk. [The New York Times]
  • The Association of American Medical Colleges reported that US will face a shortage of 90,000 physicians by 2025. [The Washington Post]
  • Is a ‘Medical Home’ in Your Future? [U.S. News & World Report]
  • Two studies report improved stroke treatment times through the usage of mobile stroke units. [HealthLeaders Media]
  • The Bureau of Economic Analysis showcased the most common diseases that health care dollars go towards. [The Wall Street Journal]
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts vastly expands quality-based payment systems. [The Boston Globe]


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