Tag: LSPA

The Costs of Antibiotic Resistance and the Need for Antibiotic Stewardship
August 18, 2014 - 1:45 pm, by
After suffering from a nasty cold for more than a few days, many of us think about checking in with our doctor just to be sure that it’s not something worse. The result on those visits is, all too often, a simple confirmation of what you already knew: you have a cold. You’ll get better....
Return-on-Investment of Workplace Health Promotion Programs
August 18, 2014 - 1:40 pm, by
Recent healthcare reforms in the U.S. and abroad have emphasized the value of meaningful and effective preventative care and health promotion. Corporations are taking note, and, as a result, there has been a significant rise in the number of corporate wellness programs popping up. Under recent healthcare legislation in the U.S., there are tax incentives...
E-Cigarettes and Tobacco Policy
July 7, 2014 - 1:37 pm, by
1. What is an E-Cig? The “e-cig” is an electronic cigarette that is used to simulate the experience of smoking that has a cartridge with a heater that vaporizes liquid nicotine instead of burning tobacco. Having become a seemingly overnight sensation, governments in both Europe and the United States are struggling with how to regulate...
Nutrition Policy & Food Labeling in the U.S.: A Review & Update
July 6, 2014 - 1:31 pm, by
The Organic and natural food industry has boomed in the last few decades, moving from a small niche market to a $30 billion dollar industry. Across the United States, people are growing more concerned by the possibility that their food choices could negatively affect their health and are responding by buying more products with labels...
Current Topics in Public Health: Heroin’s Revival
February 6, 2014 - 1:19 pm, by
Heroin has a new face. According to statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it’s a white male in his 30s and 40s. Surprisingly, heroin use has grown in recent years, sounding alarms among community leaders, public health officials and law enforcement. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National...
Value-Based Purchasing for Hospital Services in the U.S.
January 15, 2014 - 1:05 pm, by
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program is an incentive-based repayment plan linked to the quality of care hospitals provide to Medicare patients. With VBP, hospitals are held accountable for both the quality and cost of their services, and must reach specified performance measures to be rewarded. CMS continues to...
Reshaping the Clinical Laboratory in the Era of Patient-Centered Outcomes, Accountable Care Organizations, and Pharmacogenomics
December 2, 2013 - 12:59 pm, by
In recent years there has been renewed attention devoted to coordination of medical care services across the continuum of care, particularly in the area of prevention, monitoring, diagnostics, and disease management. This is not entirely new to the U.S. In the early 1990s, as managed care began to widen its reach and increase market share,...
How Big a Problem is Health Care Fraud and Abuse, and How Can We Detect It?
October 22, 2013 - 12:54 pm, by
According to the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, the estimated annual costs of health care fraud in the U.S. are more than $70 billion, or about 3% of total national health care expenditures. This is an amount large enough to wipe out the savings from many...
U.S. Health Care Costs: Disentangling Underlying Trends from the Effects of the Affordable Care Act
August 2, 2013 - 12:40 pm, by
During the health reform discussions leading up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), there was a lot of talk about the costs of health care services in the U.S. Some argued that the legislation did not go far enough in controlling the underlying upward trends in health care costs, while others argued...
Women and the Affordable Care Act
July 20, 2013 - 12:44 pm, by
Women make about 80% of the health-care decisions for their families, utilize more health care than men, and are the more likely to be the care givers when a family member becomes sick. Females of all ages accounted for 60% of all expenses incurred at doctors’ offices in 2004. According to the Bureau of Labor...
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