August 2013 Briefing - DermatologyLast Updated: September 02, 2013.
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Dermatology for August 2013. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Final Rules Issued for Individual Shared Responsibility Mandate
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Starting 2014, the individual shared responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act, which calls for each individual to have basic health insurance coverage, will be implemented, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Health Care Savings With Early Accountable Care Organizations
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Early accountable care organization initiatives correlate with lower spending for elderly Medicare beneficiaries, but not necessarily with improved quality, according to a study published in the Aug. 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Online Dermatology Education Effective Among Students
FRIDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- An online dermatology curriculum significantly improves dermatology knowledge among medical students taking an introductory dermatology clerkship, according to research published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Vitamin D Supplementation Beneficial in Atopic Dermatitis
FRIDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D may influence atopic dermatitis, and supplementation is associated with reduced disease severity, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Implications, Solutions for U.S. Health Disparities Discussed
TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Research on health disparities in the United States, the policy implications of these disparities, and suggestions for improvement of disparities are discussed in "Health Policy Brief: Health Gaps," published Aug. 15 in Health Affairs.
CDC Estimates 300,000 Cases of Lyme Disease in U.S./Year
TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- An estimated 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, according to a report presented at the 2013 International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases in Boston.
Increasing Operating Costs Top Concern for Medical Practices
TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The top five concerns of medical practice executives all relate to financial management, with dealing with increasing operating costs reported as the most difficult daily challenge, according to a report published by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).
Early-Life Probiotics Reduce Allergies, Not Asthma
TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Probiotic exposure in early life may reduce total immunoglobulin E level (IgE) and protect against atopic sensitization, but does not seem to protect against asthma/wheezing, according to a meta-analysis published online Aug. 19 in Pediatrics.
Combo Pulsed, Non-Ablative Laser Treatment Is Safe
TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- For facial rejuvenation, a combination treatment of an optimized intense pulsed light source and a non-ablative fractional laser is safe and effective, according to a study published in the September issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.
Expansion of Pharmacists' Practice Will Benefit Patients
MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The expanding scope of pharmacists' practice will potentially improve patient care but has implications for physicians, according to an article published online Aug. 19 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.
Prevalence of Indoor Tanning Quantified for Young Women
MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- For non-Hispanic white females, the prevalence of indoor tanning is about 30 percent for high school students and about 25 percent among 18- to 34-year-olds, according to a research letter published online Aug. 19 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
HHS Awards $67 Million to Marketplace Navigators
MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- $67 million is being awarded to Navigator grant applicants and their staff, who will serve as an in-person resource for those requiring additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in Health Insurance Marketplace plans, according to a report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
IOM Describes Themes Relating to Patients' Role in Health Care
FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Themes and messages relating to the role of patients in informed care decisions, knowledge generation, and value improvement were discussed at the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Workshop Proceedings, according to a report published Aug. 15 in conjunction with the transcript of the proceedings.
Childhood ADHD Linked to Atopic Diseases, Impetigo
FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- For boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the likelihoods of asthma, impetigo, and any antihistamine drug prescriptions are independently increased, according to a study published in the August issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Age-Linked Variation Noted in Melanoma Management
THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Age-related variation is seen in the characteristics and management of melanoma, according to a study published online Aug. 14 in JAMA Dermatology.
Involved Patients Have Better Health Care Experiences
THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Health care providers and patients shape the care experience, and strategies to improve care interactions should also help patients ensure that their needs are met, according to research published in the July issue of Health Affairs.
Doctors Pessimistic About Future of U.S. Health Care
THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians report concerns regarding health care delivery and the future of health care, according to survey findings published by athenahealth.
Nontreatment, Undertreatment of Psoriatic Disease Quantified
THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Nontreatment and undertreatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, including severe disease, is widespread in the United States, according to research published online Aug. 14 in JAMA Dermatology.
Physicians Should Consider Social Media As Public Space
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A new approach is needed for resolving the physician online identity crisis, according to a viewpoint piece published in the Aug. 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Medicare Reimbursement Drives Procedural Over Cognitive Care
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians treating Medicare patients are reimbursed three to five times more for performing common procedures versus providing cognitive care, according to a study published online Aug. 12 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
New Initiative Announced for Patient-Doc Collaboration
TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- A new Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare (CPPH) has been launched to advance physician-patient collaboration, according to a report published by the American College of Physicians (ACP).
Perceived Doc Verbal Abuse Impairs Nurses' Work Attitude
TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- For registered nurses (RNs), perceived verbal abuse by physicians correlates with less favorable work conditions and attitudes, according to a study published in Nursing Outlook.
U.S. Hospitals Up Exchange of Electronic Health Information
MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Between 2008 and 2012, hospitals significantly increased their exchange of electronic health information with other providers, according to research published in the August issue of Health Affairs.
Guidelines for Post-HIV Exposure Management Updated
MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Management and prophylaxis recommendations have been updated for health care providers with occupational exposure to HIV, according to guidelines published in the September issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Medical Center Farmers Market Aids in Medical Home Goals
MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- A seasonal farmers market at a medical center can support the institution's commitment to the goals of the medical home, according to a study published online Aug. 1 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.
Physicians' Malpractice Concerns Predict More Testing
FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians' concerns about malpractice risk predict more aggressive diagnostic testing practices in office-based care, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.
IPAs and PHOs Viable Option for Small Independent Practices
FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- For small and medium-size independent practices, sharing care management and information technology resources with other practices through an independent practice association (IPA) or physician-hospital organization (PHO) is a viable alternative and may improve care for patients with chronic conditions, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.
Comorbidity Increases With Increasing Severity of Psoriasis
THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with psoriasis, major medical comorbidity increases with increasing severity of disease, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in JAMA Dermatology.
Review Looks at Antibiotic Rx in Ambulatory Settings
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Most ambulatory care antibiotic prescriptions are for broad-spectrum agents, which are commonly prescribed for conditions for which antibiotics are rarely indicated, according to research published online July 25 in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.
AMA, AHA Call for Realignment of Meaningful Use Stage 2
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) and American Hospital Association (AHA) are calling for additional flexibility in the timing of the adoption of stage 2 meaningful use of electronic health records, according to a letter written to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Participation Increases in Online CME Activities
MONDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- The number of physicians and non-physicians participating in continuing medical education (CME) has increased, especially in online activities, according to a report published by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
Skin Cancer May Develop During Laser Removal of Tattoo
FRIDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Malignant melanoma may develop on a preexisting nevus within a tattoo that is being removed with laser therapy, according to a case report published online July 31 in JAMA Dermatology.
FDA Warns of Serious Skin Reactions to Acetaminophen
FRIDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen has been linked to rare but serious skin reactions, according to a drug safety communication released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Nonsentinel Lymph Nodes Key Factor in Melanoma Prognosis
FRIDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Nonsentinel lymph node (NSLN) positivity is a significant prognostic factor in patients with stage III melanoma, associated with shorter overall and disease-specific survival, according to research published online July 31 in JAMA Surgery.
After Facelift, Patient Looks Younger But Not More Attractive
THURSDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Aesthetic facial surgery is effective for modestly reducing patients' apparent age, but does not improve their objective attractiveness, according to a study published online Aug. 1 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
Quality Improvement Model Cuts Pressure Ulcer Rate in PICU
THURSDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- A collaborative quality improvement (QI) model can effectively reduce the rate of pressure ulcers (PUs) in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), according to a study published in the June 1 issue of Pediatrics.
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