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3 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2017

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Apr 19, 2017 6:30:00 AM

As 2017 takes shape, the healthcare industry is looking at a massive upheaval: The end of, or changes to, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), new technology advances, likely new healthcare legislation and changes in patient care.

To give you a clearer picture of what the year could bring, we identified three healthcare trends to watch.

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Topics: Hemodialysis

An Interview with Vascular Access Coordinator Joan Covert

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Apr 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Joan Covert had been working as a dialysis technician when her friend told her she might be a good fit for a newly vacant vascular access coordinator position at their clinic. Since taking the position five years ago, she has seen it evolve as patient needs and technology change.

We sat down with Joan to learn why she loves being a vascular access coordinator and what you should consider if you want to be one.

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Topics: Hemodialysis

4 Interesting Stats on Physician Burnout

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Apr 12, 2017 6:30:00 AM

In just four years, physician burnout has increased by 25 percent. What’s behind the rise? Medscape recently surveyed physicians and found that the feelings are connected to many healthcare reform issues.

Here are four stats on physician burnout to know:

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Topics: Cardiothoracic, surgeon burnout

Vascular Access Coordinator Interview: Forest Rawls

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Apr 10, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Forest Rawls had his first kidney care experience while serving in the U.S. Navy as a transplantation technician in 1974. He held the following positions, operating room technician, plasmapheresis technician, hemodialysis technician, tissue bank technician and as a tissue and organ harvest procurement team member — but it was kidney care that really stood out to him.

Now, he’s a vascular access coordinator with Emory Healthcare Dialysis Clinics, a position he intends to hold until he retires.

We sat down with Forest to learn why he loves being a vascular access coordinator and what you should consider if you want to be one.

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Topics: Hemodialysis

Does Physician Gender Influence Patient Outcomes?

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Apr 5, 2017 7:00:00 AM

You’ve probably seen the headlines:

“Female Doctors May be Better than Male Doctors”

“Having a Female Doctor Might Save Your Life”

“New Study Says Female Doctors Save More Lives than Male Doctors.”

The study that spawned the above headlines was conducted by a team of Harvard researchers who sought to answer the question: Does physician gender influence patient outcomes?

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Topics: Outcomes

First Successful Heart Surgeries Performed Over Century Ago

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Apr 3, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Over 100 years ago, two surgeries performed in Norway and Germany, respectively, marked the beginning of cardiac surgery. Until that time, the heart was considered sacrosanct and was not to be violated by surgeons’ hands.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic, cardiothoracic surgery

Kidney Care News to Know From March

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Mar 29, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Fresenius, Cigna Partner for Collaborative Care

The national program aims to lower the cost of care for patients with end stage renal disease undergoing dialysis while also improving quality. The program will be part of Cigna’s Collaborative Care, a value-based model that uses incentives to engage healthcare providers.

Fresenius Medical Care North America will still be paid for the dialysis services it provides to Cigna patients and Fresenius Health Partners will assume separate responsibility to manage medical costs and improve patient outcomes.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

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Topics: kidney care

U.S. Tops World for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Cost at $75,345

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Mar 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM

The International Federation of Health Plans was founded in 1968 by a group of health insurance industry leaders, and is now the leading global network of the industry, with 80 member companies in 25 countries. Its goal is to assist in the maintenance of high ethical and professional standards throughout the industry.

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Topics: CABG Surgery

French President’s Assassination Leads to Development of Suturing Techniques Used to Reconnect Blood Vessels

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM

When a major blood vessel is severed, death will occur if the bleeding isn't stopped and circulation restored. This was the case in 1894, when the fifth president of the Third Republic of France, Sadi Carnot, was attacked with a knife in the abdomen that left his portal vein severed. The surgeons who treated the president felt that the vein was too large to be successfully reconnected. Consequently, the vein bled out and the president died as a result of his wounds. This left a deep impression on a young French medical student at the University of Lyon, Alexis Carrel (1873-1944).

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Topics: Clinical Trends

Life Expectancy in the US

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Mar 20, 2017 6:30:00 AM

The statistics alarm. Despite being one of the world's wealthiest nations and one which spends more than any other country on healthcare, the United States trails most other industrialized countries and even Cuba in life expectancy. According to the UN's World Population Prospects of 2015, the US, with an average life expectancy of 78.88 years, ranks 43rd in life expectancy at birth. American males are expected to live to 76.47 and females to 81.25 years.

"Some people need health care some of the time, but all people need health and wellness all the time."

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Topics: Clinical Trends