FALLS CHURCH – Top medical news headlines from Noblis Health Innovation for Tuesday, August 17. Click on the underlined item for the actual link to the story:
- Recalls Surge in 2009: CNN’s Parija Kavilanz reports that drug recalls hit all time high in 2009.
- Study: Texting improves medication adherence in teens with diabetes: A small pilot study at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that sending text reminders to adolescent diabetes patients about their insulin treatments improved treatment adherence and blood glucose levels.
- Pennsylvania ramps up incentive payment system: Pennsylvania’s Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP) will launch an application it hopes will streamline and secure the tracking of payments to Medicaid providers that meet criteria for financial incentives outlined in new federal meaningful use rule.
- Communication problems suggest patients, doctors often aren’t on the same page: When it comes to communicating with patients, doctors aren’t doing as well as they give themselves credit for, according to findings from a study published in the August Archives of Internal Medicine.