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Study: Hospice care saves money, reduces hospitalizations

When patients receive hospice care, their hospitalization rate decreases and they incur fewer health costs, according to a new study from the Journal of American Medical Association.

AAMC: Integrate training on treating LGBT patients into med school classes

In an effort to reduce treatment disparities, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) this week released its first guide on how to educate medical students about diagnosing, treating and caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients, gender-nonconforming patients and those born with differences in sex development (DSD).

Pediatric emergency telemedicine: 5 barriers to success

Telemedicine is an underused technology in pediatric emergency settings, where it could "in theory, improve the quality of... care at small hospitals, facilitate effective triage... and reduce costs by eliminating unnecessary transport," according to researchers from RAND and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, whose work was published this month in  Telemedicine and e-Health.

UPMC Health Plan edges out Highmark on low premiums

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan decreased its premiums significantly for policies being sold on the federal exchange this upcoming enrollment period, reports the  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Ebola watch: Michigan health system sets policy to pay quarantined nurses

Nurses who work for the University of Michigan Health System will receive pay for time off if they are put in quarantine as a result of treating patients with Ebola, the  Detroit Free Press  reports.

4 causes for optimism in healthcare

Despite ongoing regulatory and reimbursement challenges within the healthcare industry, several features of the current landscape are cause for cautious optimism, argues an article in  Hospitals & Health Networks.

Better continuity of care could lead to lower mortality, cardiovascular events

Better continuity of care could mean lower risk of cardiovascular mortality and events as well as reduced healthcare costs, according to a South Korean study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Holistic-focused wellness programs helped lower employees' health risks

Prudential Financial has implemented wellness programs, with a strong emphasis on holistic care, that have significantly lowered employees' health risks and decreased stress and depression among its workers.

How health IT can help to keep patients insured

Health information technology--in particular, electronic health records and health information exchange--can be a conduit for keeping patients insured, researchers from Oregon Health & Science University and Kaiser Permanente Northwest's Center for Health Research maintain in an article published in the November/December issue of the  Annals of Family Medicine.

EHR analysis can flag undiagnosed diabetes

In a paper urging the use of electronic diabetes registries, researchers illustrated that analysis of coding in electronic health records and the use of algorithms to sort through biochemical data can flag a significant number of people with undiagnosed diabetes.