March 6, 2015
The health care industry is one that begs discussion — it’s personal, it’s social, and it impacts us all. Every week we come across hundreds of articles, tweets, updates, and briefs. We thought you’d like to read some of what we’re seeing right now, and start a conversation. Tune in Fridays for your weekly dose of all things North Carolina health care news related.
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Innovation and Trends
- Ability to repair cartilage with stem cells steps closer (Medical News Today, 03-04-2015)
This work represents an important step forward in treating cartilage damage by using embryonic stem cells to form new tissue.
- The next marketing frontier: Your medical records (Wall Street Journal, 03-03-15)
When Allan Treadwell views patient charts on his computer, a yellow alert sometimes pops up—a handy feature that tells him when a patient is due for vaccines for hepatitis B, influenza or other ailments.
- Quality measures making a difference (Healthcare IT News, 03-03-2015)
Health IT, aligned incentives help spur big gains over past decade, says CMS.
- GAO to HHS: Keep working on HealthCare.gov improvements (Modern Healthcare, 3-05-2015)
HealthCare.gov still has issues that need to be addressed to ensure long-term functionality, despite the series of fixes HHS already has made to the site
Health and Fitness
- Peanuts may be good for your heart (New York Times, 3-04-2015)
Eating peanuts may lower the risk for cardiovascular disease and death, a large study suggests
- Is ‘the dress’ white and gold or blue and black? (Science Daily, 03-02-2015)
Visual perception expert weighs in.
- As supreme court weighs health law, G.O.P. plans to replace it (New York Times, 03-06-15)
The legal campaign to destroy Obama’s health care law may be nearing its conclusion, but as the Supreme Court deliberates over the law’s fate, the search for a replacement by Republican lawmakers is finally gaining momentum.
- FAQ: What are the penalties for not getting insurance? (Kaiser Health News, 03-04-15)
If you’re uninsured, you may have questions about possible penalties for not having coverage
- U.S. Doctor Shortage Could Hit 90,000 By 2025 (Forbes, 03-03-15)
The nation’s shortage of doctors will rise to between 46,000 and 90,000 by 2025 as the U.S. population grows, more Americans gain health insurance and new alternative primary care sites proliferate.
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