AMA/AHA hold leadership conference on new models of care   10/10/2013
The American Medical Association and AHA this week convened a joint conference in Washington, their first in nearly 40 years, to discuss new models of care. Separate panels focused on the financial, cultural and operational considerations of these new models, with a wide variety of organizations from across the country describing their specific models. “In the areas of quality, safety and appropriate use of resources, we are getting better at a faster rate than ever before -- and this takes partnership,” AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock said in opening remarks. Proceedings from the joint conference will be published next year.
CDC: Acute hepatitis outbreak linked to use of nutritional supplement   10/10/2013
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week alerted health care providers to an outbreak of acute hepatitis related to a nutritional supplement used for weight loss and muscle building. All but five of the 29 patients reported using the OxyELITE Pro nutritional supplement within 60 days of illness onset. Eleven patients were hospitalized, one patient died and two received liver transplants. The cases were reported in Hawaii, but CDC is working with state health departments to determine if the outbreak is national in scope. Clinicians evaluating patients with acute hepatitis should ask about consumption of dietary supplements, and report patients meeting the case definition to the local or state health department and Food and Drug Administration’s MedWatch program.
Increasing Medicaid eligibility under ACA would boost Alabama economy   10/10/2013
Alabama would create between 24,600 and 51,900 new jobs and $2.8 billion to $5.9 billion in new business activity annually through 2020 by choosing to cover between 234,455 and 494,629 low-income uninsured adults under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a report released yesterday by the Alabama Hospital Association. Prepared by researchers at the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research, the report builds on a 2012 study by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health by providing industry-level economic impact information, including jobs by industry. “We understand the Governor’s desire to explore options that best fit Alabama, but we are also hopeful that as the efforts to reform the system continue to progress, this report, coupled with the UAB study, will be helpful in underscoring not only the potential for additional insurance coverage for many working Alabama adults, but also the tremendous number of jobs that would be created that could significantly boost the state’s economy,” said AlaHA President Michael Horsley.