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Readmission rates may skew hospital quality measurements

August 31, 2015

Readmission rates were an ineffective measure of a hospital’s quality because they did not take into account readmissions from different hospitals, resulting in a large number of unaccounted for readmissions, according to recent research.

“Without different-hospital readmissions data, hospitals cannot track their readmission performance accurately over time, conduct meaningful hospital comparisons, or anticipate rates that could be used to assign financial penalties,” Alisa Khan, MD, MPH, of the division of general pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and colleagues wrote. “As increasing attention is directed toward improving quality by reducing readmissions, readmissions should be enumerated accurately — namely, different-hospital readmissions should be included in readmission rate calculations.”

Victoza will not be expanded for type 1 diabetes use

August 30, 2015
Novo Nordisk does not intend to submit an application to expand the label of Victoza for use in type 1 diabetes, following phase 3a trial results that showed a…
In the Journals

Arsenic exposure linked to early puberty, obesity

August 29, 2015
Exposure to low levels of arsenic through drinking water in utero resulted in signs of early puberty and obesity as adults in female mice, according to recent findings…
In the Journals

Top 5 online obesity stories

August 28, 2015
Endocrine Today has compiled a list of the top five obesity stories posted in the last month.Healio.com/Endocrinology readers were interested in long-term follow-up of…
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FDA: DPP-IV inhibitors may cause severe joint pain

August 28, 2015
The FDA recently a warned that the medications Januvia, Onglyza, Tradjenta and Nesina may cause joint pain that is severe and disabling, according to a press release. It…
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Real-world Use of Anti-VEGF Therapy

Real-world Use of Anti-VEGF Therapy

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.

Anti-VEGF is well established as first-line therapy for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME) and age-related…
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VIDEO: Chef integrates food and medicine in promotion of cardiometabolic health

VIDEO: Chef integrates food and medicine in promotion of cardiometabolic health

August 10, 2015
NEW ORLEANS — Chef Leah Sarris, program director at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane…
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Assessing Cornerstones for Successful Weight Loss

Assessing Cornerstones for Successful Weight Loss: Building a Foundation that Really Works

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., US Region and Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc.

Obesity has increased dramatically in the past 2 decades and is now considered a health care epidemic in the United…
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