Americans increasingly paying medical bills through crowdfunding, study shows
Twenty-seven percent of the over 1 million fundraisers on GoFundMe from May 2010 to December 2018 were held to help patients cover medical costs, according to research published Jan. 11 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Source: Becker's Hospital Review
Early, Large LDL Reduction Tied to Lowest Event Rates After MI
In registry data covering more than 40,000 patients with myocardial infarction followed for almost 4 years, those with the largest early reductions in LDL-C appeared to reap the greatest reductions in adverse cardiovascular events.Source: Medscape
Dr Manan Pareek Shares Data From the Cardiac Complications Registry in Patients With COVID-19
Providers need to focus on detecting and treating cardiovascular complications in at-risk patients, and not get lost in the fact they have COVID-19, said Manan Pareek, MD, PhD, FAHA, FESC, an internal medicine hospital resident at the Yale University School of Medicine.Source: AJMC
An ‘Epic’ pushback as U.S. prepares for new era of empowering patient health data
Epic, the largest electronic health record company in the U.S., launched an effort last week to persuade hospital CEOs across the country to fight recent efforts by the federal government to ensure that patients can easily access their electronic health data.Source: STAT
Study: Hospital readmission policy did not increase patients’ mortality risk
The Obamacare program intended to reduce the risk of patients being readmitted after hospitalizations for heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia has not caused an increase in mortality risk for patients in emergency departments or observational units, according to a new report.
Cardiologist Creates Podcast to Encourage Patients to Become More Involved in Health Care Decisions
Harlan Krumholz, MD, had been a cardiologist and professor of social and policy studies at Yale School of Medicine for years when Claudine Litman, a former designer and student, introduced him to Charles and Ray Eames’ philosophy for making iconic furniture: Never delegate understanding.Source: Stanford Medicine
Not so conscientious objection: When can doctors refuse to treat?
In overturning the Trump administration’s attempt to expand the so-called conscience rule for health care workers this week, a federal judge has brought renewed attention to a long-simmering debate in medicine over when doctors can decline to provide treatment to patients without abdicating their professional responsibilities.Source: STAT
Text Messages Show Promise as Next Step for Improving Heart Health in China
Motivational text messages are a well-liked, feasible new way to provide additional support to Chinese patients with heart disease, reports a preliminary study by researchers at Yale and in China. However, the study did not prove that these targeted text messages led to an improvement in blood pressure control amongst the recipients, the intended outcome.
Why Shared Decision Making Should Apply to Informed Consent
When clinicians engage in shared decision making, it can help to bolster the patient-physician relationship. In order to truly honor patient preferences, we have to create a culture where shared decision making is the norm.Source: Care for your mind