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Posted on 09. Jun, 2010 by Editor.
Moderate and heavy drinking might accelerate HIV disease development on patients who consume two or more alcoholic drinks every day, says a study in Miami.
The research — published online in the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses — found that of the 231 HIV-positive individuals who were monitored during a 30-month period, 54 percent consumed alcohol. Among this group, 23 (more…)
Posted on 02. Jun, 2010 by jan.mater.
The feds are attempting to limit the amount of bounty that the so-called RAC “bounty hunters” are able to collect, to the delight of many providers.
Posted on 02. Jun, 2010 by Editor.
Compared to other types of cancer, malignant gliomas or primary brain tumor has huge effects on a patient’s personality, language function, and overall functionality. Yet people afflicted with brain cancer assess their well-being more optimistically than their caregivers do, a recent study by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has found.
One reason may be because a caregiver knows more about the patient’s clinical state than the patient himself. Another (more…)
Posted on 26. May, 2010 by Editor.
A study in Europe cries foul over government regulations restricting access to opioid-based drugs such as morphine. Curbing the availability and access of the painkillers violates a patient’s human rights, reported the authors of the study.
Posted on 19. May, 2010 by Editor.
Families and health care providers should consider palliative sedation as an option for imminently dying patients with intolerable pain, and unresponsiveness to other interventions, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) maintains.
Posted on 19. May, 2010 by Editor.
New York state’s Washington County has launched a new palliative care program that will keep chronically ill patients out of hospitals and in the comforts of their own homes.
Since it’s October start, 21 residents have been accepted into the program. Ann (more…)
Posted on 12. May, 2010 by jan.mater.
If you submit claims to Medicaid, get ready for another set of eyes looking over your shoulder.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) calls for every state Medicaid program to contract with at least one Recovery Audit Contractor to review claims. That totals a minimum of 56 Medicaid RACs, points out consultant Tom Boyd with Rohnert Park, Calif.-based Boyd & Nicholas. (more…)
Posted on 12. May, 2010 by Editor.
Each member of a palliative care team should take up roles outside of their niche by looking after a patient’s physical, as well as psychological, social and spiritual needs, a speaker at a recent American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Assembly said.
Tim Ford, MA MS CT at VCU Massey Cancer Center, Richmond, VA, introduced the importance of “transdisciplinary” (TD) approach to palliative care, as opposed to the more traditional “interdisciplinary” (ID) approach. In TD, a clinician providing palliative care to a patient functions as a generalist while (more…)
Posted on 05. May, 2010 by jan.mater.
Just because an item in OASIS C asks about pain doesn’t mean your response should note how much pain your patient experiences. Sometimes, the point is simply whether you’ve asked the right questions.
For completing OASIS C, you should consider pain as “the fifth vital sign,” notes Rebecca Friedman Zuber, a Chicago-based regulatory consultant. A patient’s pain levels throughout treatment are as important as their blood pressure or temperature. (more…)
Posted on 28. Apr, 2010 by jan.mater.
Palliative radiotherapy can ease pain for last-stage cancer patients, and help them maintain a good life despite their often slow and agonizing battle with the disease. However, most of the patients do not benefit from getting radiation therapy, a research in Germany revealed.