Archive January 2010

NationsHealth, Inc.

Jan31

NationsHealth, Inc. (NationsHealth) is a mail-order pharmacy retailer. The company is engaged in direct-to-home supply of diabetes supplies, prescription medications and other health related products. NationsHealth operates its business in two segments including, medical products and insurance services. The company also offers services that include marketing, insurance agent training and licensing, member enrollment and service, […]

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT DOCUMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS

Jan31

2/1/2010 – WASHINGTON (AFNS) To expand health care to a record-number of veterans, reduce the number of homeless veterans and process a dramatically increased number of new disability compensation claims, White House officials here announced Feb. 1 a proposed $125 billion budget next year for the Department of Veterans Affairs."Our budget proposal provides the resources […]

Health and Human Services Department Documents and Publications

Jan31

HHS Activates Additional Components of National Disaster Medical System to Help U.S. Hospitals Treat Survivors of Earthquake in HaitiAs part of the ongoing medical response to the Haiti earthquake, USAID,…the agency…coordinating the US Government response, announced…today that the…U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…(HHS) has activated additional components of the National…Disaster Medical System (NDMS)… to […]

[MEA]-News Briefs

Jan31

Four physicians honored for end-of-life careA surgeon and a pediatrician are among the four American physicians have been named as recipients of the first Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards.The awards were given by the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the doctor-patient relationship at the end of life, in partnership with The Hastings Center […]

[HPR]-Will EMRs help verbal order compliance?

Jan31

Will EMRs help verbal order compliance?The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2007 stipulated a five-year period in which verbal orders must be "dated, timed, and authenticated promptly by the prescribing practitioner or another practitioner responsible for the care of the patient, even if the order did not originate with him or her. […]

[IDA]-Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid Galactomannan for Diagnosis of Pulmonary Aspergillosis

Jan31

Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid Galactomannan for Diagnosis of Pulmonary AspergillosisAbstract & CommentaryBy Dean L. Winslow, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Chief, Division of AIDS Medicine, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center; Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, is Associate Editor for Infectious Disease Alert.Dr. Winslow serves as a consultant for Siemens Diagnostics, and is on the speaker’s bureau […]

[TMA]-Bacterial Co-infection in H1N1 Influenza

Jan31

Bacterial Co-infection in H1N1 InfluenzaBy Carol A. Kemper, MD, FACPDr. Kemper is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University Division of Infectious Diseases, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.Dr. Kemper does research for GSK Pharmaceuticals, Abbott Laboratories, and Merck. Physician Editor Stan Deresinski, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Stanford, Associate Chief of Infectious Diseases, Santa […]

[IDA]-Updates By Carol A. Kemper, MD, FACP

Jan31

UpdatesBy Carol A. Kemper, MD, FACP, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University, Division of Infectious Diseases; Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Section Editor, Updates; Section Editor, HIV, is Associate Editor for Infectious Disease Alert.Anthrax-laced HeroinSource: A ProMED-mail post, January 6, 2010, www.promedmail.orgEleven heroin users in Northern England and Scotland, as well as a possible […]

[IDA]-Persistent Infection with West Nile Virus

Jan31

Persistent Infection with West Nile VirusAbstract & CommentaryBy Dean L. Winslow, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Chief, Division of AIDS Medicine, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center; Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, is Associate Editor for Infectious Disease Alert.Synopsis: West Nile Virus (WNV) RNA was demonstrated by reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR) in the urine of five […]

[HPR]-Signing, dating, and timing your verbal orders: Are you in compliance?

Jan31

Signing, dating, and timing your verbal orders: Are you in compliance?Suggestions from the fieldIt’s nothing new. Compliance with verbal orders has been a struggle for hospitals for more than 25 years. Many experts Hospital Peer Review spoke with compare verbal-order compliance to hand-washing compliance. It’s behavioral. It’s something we know we have to do. And […]