The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday reported that many pregnant and breast-feeding women in the United States may be lacking iodine in their diets, which is an essential element for their babies’ brain development, according to a new policy statement, “Iodine Deficiency, Pollutant Chemicals, and the Thyroid: New Information on an Old Problem,” published in the June 2014 issue of Pediatrics.
Nowhere is the value of solid preparation and training more evident than in the fast-evolving world of health care and community pharmacy.
The rapid expansion of pharmacy-based clinical care programs and patient engagement efforts has elevated the need for pharmacists to mentor student pharmacists as preceptors. And it’s made student participation in pharmacy practice rotations and residencies a critical part of the professional education process, as those students prepare for a career in a reforming health system in desperate need of expanded front-line patient care services from pharmacists.
A series of new clinical studies released Tuesday found that Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions’ Clinical Pathways program reduces the cost of cancer treatment, improves clinical care and shows promise for guiding treatment of other high-cost, complex diseases beyond cancer.
As healthcare reform takes hold and millions of previously uninsured Americans come into the fold amid the backdrop of a growing physician shortage, thousands of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in retail-based health clinics are demonstrating the vital role that they play in today’s healthcare system to expand access to high-quality, affordable health care. To recognize the best of the best, DSN Collaborative Care magazine — in partnership with the Convenient Care Association — each year hosts the annual Clinician Awards for Retail Excellence, or CARE Awards. The CARE Awards honor the “unsung heroes” who work each day to help further the cause of retail-based health care.
Allergy season is at full strength, and it already seems to be one for the record books. Many patients are turning to their pharmacist to ask about the symptoms they are experiencing and why they feel so much worse than in years past. The answer — simple to some and hard to believe for others — is climate change.
As one of a handful of founding officers at Take Care Health Systems — now known as the Healthcare Clinics at Walgreens — and the first chief nurse practitioner officer in the convenient care industry, Sandy Ryan’s role in the industry’s growth has been significant, to say the least.
With rising temperatures and an increase in rainfall throughout much of the country comes a predicted increase in mosquito and tick populations, which means a heightened threat of the transmission of such common diseases as Lyme disease, as well as such viruses as West Nile and many others.
The 7th annual Retail Clinician Education Congress was held from May 12 to 15, and the program lineup was outstanding this year. From clinical sessions featuring healthcare experts in the industry, such as Alan Agins and Wendy Wright, to executive and leadership sessions featuring Dan Gilman from the Federal Trade Commission and Debra Richman from Harris Interactive, conference attendees had an enriching and educational experience.
The recent American Academy of Pediatrics-issued policy statement opposing retail clinics is disheartening to those of us practicing in this setting. The AAP’s commitment to the medical home model of care for children is the crux of the opposition.
The mere phrase “malpractice lawsuit” has struck fear in the hearts of many healthcare providers, and for good reason.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011 estimated that by age 65 years, most physicians (75% in low-risk specialties and 99% in high-risk specialties) will have faced a malpractice claim.
Despite clear evidence of ineffectiveness, guidelines and more than 15 years of educational efforts stating that the antibiotic prescribing rate for acute bronchitis should be zero, the rate was about 70% from 1996 to 2010 and increased during this time period, according to a study in the May 21 issue of JAMA.
Teva Pharmaceutical on Friday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of QVAR (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) with a dose counter for the treatment of asthma in patients 5 years of age and older.
More than 10 million Hispanics are eligible to gain health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, representing unparalleled opportunity for businesses aiming to succeed in the emerging health economy focused on delivering consumer-centered care, according to "Hispanics: A growing force in the New Health Economy," a new report from PwC's Health Research Institute.
AsthmaMD recently launched its first retail product, the AsthmaMD Peak Flow Meter. The AsthmaMD Peak Flow Meter works with the newest AsthmaMD app and MyAsthmaMD secure cloud portal for physicians to help asthma patients more accurately track symptoms and medication adherence to preempt an attack.
Citing the need for a one-year transition period for states to implement the July average manufacturer price-based federal upper limits, or FULs, nine Senators are urging Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to consider the challenges that states will face when the final Medicaid AMP-based FULs are published.