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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), previously known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), is a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and health insurance portability standards.
  • Teddy Bear Patrol Comforts Kids During Emergency Situations
    CBS Denver

    Teddy Bear Patrol Comforts Kids During Emergency Situations

    DENVER (CBS4) – Emergency situations can be very frightening for children, and the Teddy Bear Patrol provides stuffed animals to help comfort kids in those situations. “A teddy bear provides a sense of comfort to kids. It gives them the opportunity to think, 'Hey, maybe this will be okay,'” said Dr. Jeanne Floerke, a pediatric psychologist at Rocky Mountain Pediatric Hospital for Children. The flashing lights and strangers that they're faced with can be confusing, and children often don't know what to expect when it comes to medical procedures. “Often what happens is first responders will show kids what's going to be done to them by demonstrating on the teddy bear, so kids find that soothing.

  • Medscape

    A Radical Change to Nursing Board Exams

    The nursing profession faces a massive problem. For decades, nursing education has focused on teaching students all of the content they would need to know—disease categories, symptoms, treatments, etc—but hasn't connected this abstract knowledge to practical application. A lack of situational teaching in clinical settings has led to inadequate skills in critical thinking and decision-making on the part of novice new graduate nurses. This in turn has resulted in an epidemic of poor clinical judgment among novice nurses, preventing them from making the best decisions for their patients and incurring huge costs to the institutions where they work for longer orientation periods and malpractice lawsuits.

  • Doctor accused of botching plastic surgery had dubious credentials on website bio
    Miami Herald

    Doctor accused of botching plastic surgery had dubious credentials on website bio

    Doctor accused of botching plastic surgery had dubious credentials on website bio Before Dawn Bumphus ended up in a South Florida hospital clinging to life following a “Brazilian buttlift” procedure, she had chosen her Miami surgeon with care, picking a doctor whose website biography noted several impressive-sounding qualifications. Dr. Harry Intsiful, known as “Dr. Slimthick” on Instagram, was listed on the website for New Life Plastic Surgery as the chief of plastic surgery at Coral Gables Hospital, the first-ever fellow in aesthetic and breast reconstruction surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and an assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the

  • Buttigieg Caters to the Abortion-Rights Constituency
    National Review

    Buttigieg Caters to the Abortion-Rights Constituency

    ‘They’re so busy attacking Planned Parenthood. I’d like to know what they think of unplanned parenthood, because there’s going to be a lot more of that if they keep this up,” intoned South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, swiping at GOP politicians during a town hall in Iowa on Wednesday afternoon.Perhaps his moronic attempt at wordplay could be forgiven considering the presidential hopeful’s audience: The town hall was hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice America, one of the most prominent pro-abortion groups in the country. And it’s not powerful in the abortion-advocacy world alone. Like Planned Parenthood, NARAL exercises a high degree of influence over the Democratic party; its support or lack thereof can make or break a candidate.Buttigieg’s half-baked dud of a laugh line, then, was an effort to ally himself with a core constituency of the Left — progressive, abortion-minded feminists — and to prove that, even as a white male with all sorts of privilege to disavow, he understands their concerns. Unfortunately for the mayor, that decidedly not-clever comment was the high point of his speech, which droned on for about 20 minutes and took his audience through a highlight reel of the GOP’s supposed animosity toward women and their freedoms.One has to feel a bit of pity for him. After getting a bump in the polls during March and April, Buttigieg has since run out of steam, languishing in the second tier behind Senators Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) — both of whom have considerably more feminist bona fides than he does, starting with the simple fact that they’re both women.Capturing the NARAL vote is considerably easier for anyone who can’t be told, “No uterus, no opinion.”Even so, the mayor can’t be accused of failing to try. His remarks on Wednesday ran the gamut from pandering to pathetic, as he called himself a feminist and insisted that “men running for president [must] be twice as vocal about this issue at this time.”Throughout the primary thus far, though, Buttigieg has shied away from questions about when and whether he’d limit abortion in any way, instead punting to vague platitudes about “trusting women.” He tried this again in the town hall: “If we mean business when it comes to freedom, that means defending reproductive freedom and the rights of women to make their own health-care decisions.”But, of course, abortion isn’t a “health-care decision” at all, as much as supporters of the “right to choose” would like us to believe it is. Abortion is a medical procedure that ends a distinct human life. Any policy conversation that ignores the central question of whether this particular type of killing ought to be legal ignores the heart of the controversy.Thus far, and likely by design, Buttigieg’s attempts at conversing about abortion have been nothing but dodges. “Even among people who have different views about where to draw the line, we have reached a decision about who should draw the line,” he said, invoking polls that show majority support for the Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade. A Harvard graduate, Buttigieg is surely intelligent enough to know that support for Roe — a widely misrepresented and misunderstood ruling — is not the same as support for taxpayer-funded abortion on demand, the federal abortion policy he advocates.But Buttigieg knows his crowd. He knocked Vice President Mike Pence for his pro-life views, begging the audience, “Please don’t judge my state by our former governor.” He attacked the Trump administration for “forcing Planned Parenthood to withdraw” from the Title X family-planning program, a malicious twisting of the facts designed to hide Planned Parenthood’s dedication to profiting from abortion.And he had lots of promises for viewers, vowing to “ensure access to abortion care and proactively expand access to reproductive health,” eliminate the Hyde amendment that prohibits direct federal funding for abortion, and appoint judges “who understand that reproductive freedom is an American right.”But the most egregious part of his speech came at the end, when he distorted the story of an abortion controversy during his time as mayor. Last spring, as a Whole Women’s Health abortion clinic tried to open in South Bend — delayed by an ongoing health-and-safety investigation of its clinic in another state — a local pregnancy-resource center sought to open a new location next door.The Women’s Care Center (WCC) was founded in South Bend in 1984 to offer resources to help women with unexpected pregnancies carry their children to term, and today it operates the largest network of pregnancy-resource centers in the country. In every city where the WCC has a location, it opens next to an abortion clinic, so that pregnant women who don’t want an abortion will know there are other options.As mayor, Buttigieg vetoed the WCC’s request to open next to the Whole Women’s Health clinic, claiming that it would endanger the community. Here’s how Buttigieg characterized the incident in his speech on Wednesday:> For several years we’ve gone without a provider at all in my community, and then a Whole Women’s Health clinic sought to open in South Bend, the first to make abortion services available since 2015. I know how important this is in our area, even as the state puts up all kinds of invented licensing and bureaucratic hurdles to block them. And no sooner did they get established than we had a crisis-pregnancy center propose to move into a location immediately next door. They already had half a dozen locations in our area, but it had to be here, this new one, right smack next door. They insisted that the law be changed on zoning to allow them to do it on a residential property. By a one-vote margin, the council voted to send it to my desk.He went on to insinuate that allowing WCC to locate next door would lead to women being traumatized, despite the fact that there has never been an instance of violence or confrontation at a single WCC location.In the end, though, the moral of his story wasn’t about the abortion clinic or the Women’s Care Center; instead, it was a tale of his own heroism. He was, he assured his audience, “under extraordinary pressure to sign off on changing the law to facilitate the crisis-pregnancy center,” because according to him, WCC supporters “were among some of the most powerful and popular people in the community.”“It was a lonely day in the mayor’s office,” Buttigieg lamented. “But it was very clear what to do. I got out the veto pen and did the right thing.”But was it really the right thing? Each WCC location offers free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, counseling, referrals for prenatal care, parenting classes, and children’s clothing, diapers, and toys, serving 26,000 women annually. As of April, more than 16,000 babies during the previous year had been saved from abortion at the Women’s Care Center.His veto wasn’t right for women and families in South Bend. But it was the right thing, surely, for his political aspirations. And his choice to use the incident as a stump-speech anecdote catering to NARAL’s voters reveals that he issued that veto caring much less about the fate of women in his city than he did about how his decision would affect his political fate.

  • The collapse of a hospital empire: Towns left in the wreckage
    Memphis Commercial Appeal

    The collapse of a hospital empire: Towns left in the wreckage

    SWEET SPRINGS, Mo. — The money was so good in the beginning, and it seemed it might gush forever, right through tiny country hospitals in Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and into the coffers of companies controlled by Jorge A. Perez, his family and business partners. It was his “secret sauce,” the rotund Miami entrepreneur would smilingly tell people in their no-stoplight towns. The money-making ventures he proposed sounded complicated, sure, but he said they would bring in enough cash to save their hospital and dozens, even hundreds, of good jobs in rural towns where gainful employment is hard to come by. And, in town after town, the people believed him. He offered what they could not resist:

  • PR Newswire

    Mount Sinai Researchers Lead Charge for Diversity in Science and Medicine

    Bolstered by data indicating that teams of diverse individuals fare better on complex tasks than homogeneous groups, a group of researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has teamed up to bring diversity--and the barriers that prevent it--to the forefront. Bolstered by data indicating that teams of diverse individuals fare better on complex tasks than homogeneous groups, a group of researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has teamed up to bring diversity—and the barriers that prevent it—to the forefront. The Mount Sinai researchers have created a robust report that details the challenges, opportunities, and suggestions necessary to mitigate bias and achieve greater levels of equity in clinical practice and research.


    Gambia: EFSTH Gets New Medical Equipment Worth D26 Million

    Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital over the weekend received new brand sophisticated medical equipment worth D26 Million. The items were presented by K.P.I. Health care, a private American company to EFSTH through the Minister of Health and Social welfare. The K.P.I. Company was the main supplier for the procurement of these items for the hospital through a bidding that KPI won to procure these medical items on behalf of the hospital. The presentation was attended by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Director of Health Promotion and Education Unit, Board members and senior management of the hospital. Speaking at the presentation Dr. Adama Sallah, Board

  • San Francisco, CA Patch

    Rheumatology Board Review and Clinical Update

    The diagnosis and management of difficult and unusual clinical problems will be emphasized; an overview of important advances related to clinical rheumatology will also be included. Lectures by distinguished clinician-professors will be supplemented by a detailed syllabus to emphasize the issues frequently covered by qualifying examinations, as well as a review of clinical and therapeutic updates. This course is presented by the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, and is sponsored by the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Price: Recertifying Physicians: USD 750.0 End Date and Time: On August 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm Category: Conferences | Science, Health and

  • Williamson Memorial Hospital Implements Paperless Registration Process with MEDITECH as a Service

    Williamson Memorial Hospital Implements Paperless Registration Process with MEDITECH as a Service

    Follow on Facebook and Twitter. As the 50-bed hospital reflects on its long-standing role in the community, it's also taking steps to ensure it's equipped to serve the residents of the Tug Valley Area for the next 100 years. The healthcare provider recently implemented MEDITECH as a Service (MaaS), a web-based electronic health record. Williamson Memorial Hospital (WMH) will officially celebrate its 100th anniversary on Oct. 3. It's an impressive milestone for any health care organization but especially for community hospitals like WMH, which statistics show are closing at an alarming rate. As the 50-bed hospital reflects on its long-standing role in the community, it's also taking

  • Times Record

    Senator: Fort Smith VA Clinic needs expansion

    A second push for more space at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Fort Smith is underway by an Arkansas lawmaker. U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, said Thursday at the Fort Smith VA Outpatient Clinic the need for more space is long overdue. While many veterans in the area make the drive to the VA facility in Fayetteville for certain care, there are about 15,000 veterans in Crawford, Sebastian and Franklin counties eligible to use the Fort Smith facility. “Here in Fort Smith we have a situation, for several years now, where they've been trying to increase the size and the ability to do more things,” Boozman said. “For one reason or another this is several years behind ... We've

  • EurekAlert!

    Child death rate linked to hospital preparedness for pediatric emergencies

    University of Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH, Aug. 23, 2019 - Critically ill children brought to hospital emergency departments that are ill-prepared to care for pediatric emergencies have more than three times the odds of dying compared to those brought to hospitals well-equipped to care for them, according to an analysis led by University of Pittsburgh and University of California-Los Angeles physician-scientists. The findings, published today in the journal Pediatrics, are the first to provide evidence from multiple states linking the readiness of hospital emergency departments to care for critically ill or injured children with outcomes, and could guide a variety of policy responses. "Pediatric care

  • WellSpan York Hospital creates dance video to distract from labor pain: WellSpan York (Pa.) Hospital has created a five-minute dance video for pregnant women in labor, according to a WPMT, Fox 43, a Fox-affiliated TV station.

    WellSpan York Hospital creates dance video to distract from labor pain: WellSpan York (Pa.) Hospital has created a five-minute dance video for pregnant women in labor, according to a WPMT, Fox 43, a Fox-affiliated TV station.

    WellSpan York (Pa.) Hospital has created a five-minute dance video for pregnant women in labor, according to a WPMT, Fox 43, a Fox-affiliated TV station. The video features physicians, nurses and staff members performing a choreographed dance that mothers-to-be can watch and dance along with in their hospital rooms. Often, hospital staff in the rooms also join in. "It gives you the chance to not focus only on the pain, and when you're on the bed it's easy to easy to focus on that," said Christa Bamburg, a midwife at the hospital.

  • The Chattanoogan

    Erlanger Express Clinics "Way Ahead Of Budget," CEO Spiegel Says

    After a "fiercely competitive" series of auditions, Morning Pointe Senior Living and the Morning Pointe Foundation announce that 10 finalists have been chosen for the “Seniors Got Talent” talent competition. These finalists will perform before a panel of judges at the “Seniors Got Talent” grand finale at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre in Chattanooga on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. ... (click for more) Rees Skillern Cancer Institute at CHI Memorial will host a PROMPT party on Friday, Aug. 30 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Rees Skillern Cancer Institute's Cancer Risk and Survivorship Center. PROMPT, which stands for Prospective Registry of Multiplex Testing, is a patient-driven registry that will help

  • Sanford Health fires surgeon amid federal investigation
    The Kansas City Star

    Sanford Health fires surgeon amid federal investigation

    Sanford Health fires surgeon amid federal investigation Sanford Health has fired one of its surgeons who is the subject of a federal fraud investigation, a month after three top hospital executives defended him against the allegations. Neurosurgeon Wilson Asfora owns a company that sells devices used in spine surgeries. Two Sanford doctors in 2016 filed a lawsuit accusing Asfora of illegally profiting by using those devices in unnecessary spine surgeries at Sanford Health in violation of anti-kickback laws. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating. Asfora's attorney, Steve Landon, told the Argus Leader this week that the surgeon's termination is effective Sept. 24. "Dr. Asfora received

  • For animal lovers, veterinary tech makes rewarding career choice
    Houston Chronicle

    For animal lovers, veterinary tech makes rewarding career choice

    Caption Close Many people consider their pets to be family members, so it's no surprise that they would seek the best of care for their animals should they become sick or injured. In such cases, they will receive care in part by veterinary technicians. Although they do get to spend quality time with pets, veterinary technicians also are responsible for performing medical procedures, from laboratory tests to assisting with surgical procedures and communicating information to the veterinary clinic or hospital team and to the pet owners. No matter their tasks, veterinary technicians are an important part of a veterinary medical team. Vet techs work under the supervision of veterinarians, performing