Hospitals often reap profits in places where many patients carry medical debt : Shots

Aerial view of downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Some hospitals in Texas and around the U.S. are seeing high profits, even as their bills force patients into debt. Of the nation’s 20 most populous counties, none has a higher concentration of medical debt than Tarrant County, home to Fort Worth.

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Aerial view of downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Some hospitals in Texas and around the U.S. are seeing high profits, even as their bills force patients into debt. Of the nation’s 20 most populous counties, none has a higher concentration of medical debt than

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Intervention Reduces Aspirin Use in Patients with AF, VTE Taking Warfarin, Improves Outcomes

A multicenter aspirin deprescribing intervention substantially reduced excess aspirin use amid sufferers addressed with warfarin for atrial fibrillation (AF) and/or venous thromboembolism (VTE) who had no obvious sign for concomitant antithrombotic therapy.

The “deimplementation” program was related with a almost 50% decrease in over-all aspirin use throughout 6 anticoagulation clinics which in change was connected to substantially less bleeding gatherings and a minimize in wellness care use, without an maximize in thrombotic results.

Analyze authors, led by Geoffrey D. Barnes, MD, MSc, assistant professor, cardiovascular medicine and vascular drugs, College of Michigan Health and fitness System, compose that aspirin is

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Probiotic Supplements Found to Ease Parkinson’s Constipation in Trial | Use of Supplements ‘Significantly’ Improves Patients’ Quality of Life

Probiotic supplements had been found to simplicity several actions of constipation in people today with Parkinson’s sickness in a modest medical trial.

In accordance to scientists, the use of these types of nutritional supplements also “significantly” enhanced excellent of existence for clients with constipation issues.

“In this study, multi-strain probiotics were being applied to address [Parkinson’s] constipation for 12 months and uncovered that it was powerful in improving the constipation signs and symptoms and stool regularity of the sufferers,” the team wrote, incorporating that these findings are “consistent with the outcomes of a number of other trials of probiotics for

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Maimonides Hospital Power Struggle Boils Over as Patients Young and Old Endure ‘Traumatizing’ Care

On one side are allegations of mismanagement, self-enrichment and poor performance putting Brooklyn residents in danger.

On the other is a dismissal of these complaints as a disinformation campaign — spread by mailers, leaflets and on social media — meant to disparage the quality of care.

In politics, this would be business as usual.

But this fight is happening over Maimonides Medical Center — Brooklyn’s largest safety-net hospital, in Borough Park.

Caught in the middle of the drama that’s been unfolding publicly since February are patients at the 700-bed facility and their family members, some of whom shared horrible recent

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Not as advertised: Lawmakers, patients place responsibility for diminished retiree health care access ‘at the feet of the state’

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — For the first time in a decade, and the second time ever, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) is in the bidding process to select a handful of health insurance plans for retired state workers enrolled in Illinois’ Medicare Advantage program. The new contracts — CMS expects to finalize by October open enrollment — are under consideration at a time when seniors enrolled in an existing plan through Aetna lost access to their doctors, and are delaying critical care and seeing unexpected medical bills.

That snowballed when Carle Health and Aetna Medicare terminated a

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Patients fill ERs due to shortage of mental health services

Patients in need of mental and behavioral health care services are filling Pennsylvania emergency rooms and hospitals have nowhere to send them.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The pandemic’s toll on mental health is bringing renewed focus to the lack of treatment options. Statewide and beyond there is a mental health crisis.

Patients in need of behavioral health care services are filling Pennsylvania emergency rooms and hospitals have nowhere to send them.

“It is heartbreaking. Folks are staying in the emergency room because there isn’t psychological help,” said Heather Tyler, Vice President of State Legislative Advocacy for the Hospital and Healthsystem Association

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How Mobility Is Taking Care of Patients and Providers

Enable Mobility Anywhere for Clinicians

The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly expanded telemedicine access, but it also stoked interest in the value of mobile technologies within the walls of clinical settings, says IDC Research Director Mutaz Shegewi.

“Mobile solutions can provide ubiquitous access to diagnostic test results and medical databases, enable clinicians to see and add documentation to electronic health records from anywhere, and can facilitate rapid videoconferencing for physicians,” Shegewi says.

Some 79 percent of healthcare organizations support smartphones, the top supported device since 2012, according to a 2021 survey from healthcare communications company Spok. There’s also more support for

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As hospital systems grow in CT, rural patients lose services

This is the second in a two-part series examining the consequences of the consolidation of hospital systems through mergers and acquisitions. Last Sunday: How rising health care costs weigh on CT small businesses and nonprofits.

On a Sunday evening in February, Bea Trotta’s 94-year-old mother started having trouble breathing at her home in the northwestern corner of the state. She felt exhausted.

An ambulance drove her 30 minutes to the nearest emergency room, at Sharon Hospital, where she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Her heart wasn’t pumping enough blood to keep her body functioning.

When Trotta arrived at the

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How to Relieve the Pressure of High-Deductible Healthcare on Patients

Patient deductibles are likely to continue rising in coming years, and healthcare providers will have to implement strategies to continue providing patients with the best possible care.

Healthcare patient deductibles continue to skyrocket. Research shows that 53% of American workers had high-deductible health plans in 2020, a 34% jump from 2015. Over the past decade, the average deductible rose from $991 to $1,669. Rising healthcare deductibles are increasing out-of-pocket costs and putting financial pressure on patients trying to make important medical decisions. The impact of high-deductible healthcare is not going away anytime soon.

It’s time to understand what can

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