Weekly Roundup: Health care news and notes

February 20, 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 financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach more than $1 trillion a year by 2050. [The Washington Post]
  • Studies suggest patients already at the hospital are at least three times as likely to die from a heart attack. [The Wall Street Journal]
  • Medicare patients are paying the difference when hospitals buy doctor’s offices. [The New York Times]
  • Study: smoking is even worse than previously thought. [The New York Times]
  • Too many patients, too few doctors: Is this the foundation for the patient-centered medical home? [MedPage Today]
  • Are you Choosing Wisely? State campaign explains that sometimes good medicine is about what not to do. [Business Wire]
  • Atul Gawande discussed end of life care in a Frontline episode, entitled “Being Mortal.” [PBS]
  • Are patients and providers in sync with patient engagement? [HIT Analytics]
  • The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol. [The Washington Post]
  • Quitting smoking has been just fine for CVS Health. [Bloomberg Business]
  • A student’s health insurance cost would be less than paying the fine for going uninsured [The Los Angeles Times]
  • New research shows that shorter shifts for medical residents do not appear to improve fatigue levels or patient care. [CBS]
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