Choosing Wisely – a parody of the infectious Pharrell Williams song “Happy” produced by James McCormack — makes the case for choosing wisely when it comes to making health care decisions and if you choose wisely it will make you happy.
An initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, Choosing Wisely is working to spark conversations between providers and patients to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time.
Participating organizations have created lists of “Things Providers and Patients Should Question” which include evidence-based recommendations that should be discussed to help make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on a patients’ individual situation.
To learn more about the Choosing Wisely campaign go www.choosingwisely.org.
From the National Cancer Institute
Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a younger age from cancer and many other causes including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, according to a new study.
The study, led by researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, found that people with class III (or extreme) obesity had a dramatic reduction in life expectancy compared with people of normal weight. The findings appeared July 8, 2014, in PLOS Medicine.
Six percent of US adults are now classified as extremely obese
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Angela Allen’s struggle to ease her neck pain has been a huge pain in the neck.
Her regular spine doctor does not accept the new insurance she bought through the federal health marketplace.
Allen, who has two slipped disks in her neck vertebrae, said the closest specialist she found who would see her and take her insurance works 34 miles away in another county.
She belatedly learned that her physical therapist also is out of network and she owes $900. “It’s been a nightmare,” said Allen, a 42-year-old office manager.
Yet these restrictions carry an enviable price tag. At $187 a month, Allen’s policy is cheaper than almost any other midlevel, or silver, plan in the nation. Continue reading
The insurers say they’re in compliance with the law.
From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Each year, the U.S. spends nearly $9,000 for the health of every American — far more than what the governments of other countries spend on the health of their citizens – yet life expectancy and health outcomes are generally worse for Americans than for citizens of other developed nations in North America and Europe. Continue reading
Studies show that enrollees with mental illness, who also have chronic physical conditions, account for a large share of Medicaid spending.
From the Office of Research on Women’s Health
Puberty is the set of physical changes that occur when a person becomes sexually mature. Puberty usually occurs between ages 10 and 14 for girls and ages 12 and 16 for boys.
In girls, the first sign of puberty is often breast development. Other signs are the growth of hair in the pubic area and in the armpits. Sometimes acne appears and, eventually, menstruation begins. Continue reading
By Katherine Kahn
Health Behavior News Service
Psychological distress in people with disabilities is associated with increased prevalence of other chronic conditions and reduced access to health care and preventive care services, finds a new study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.
- Almost one in three adults with a disability report experiencing moderate to serious psychological distress.
- Chronic illness is more common in adults with both disabilities and serious psychological distress.
- Adults with disabilities and psychological distress report reduced access to health care and preventive services.
Approximately 30 percent of adults with disabilities reported having moderate to serious psychological distress, with over 12 percent reporting serious psychological distress.
By Jake Grovum
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in a case brought by home health care aides in Illinois casts doubt on labor agreements between such workers and state governments in nine other states.
It also closes off—or at least complicates—one of labor’s clearest paths to reversing a decades-long trend of declining ranks and shrinking clout.
The petitioners in Harris v. Quinn were home health care aides who did not want to join a union, though a majority of their co-workers had voted to join. Continue reading