Rachael Zimlich, RN
Rachael Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Medical Economics.
Parental knowledge, physician support key to HPV vaccine uptake
Parental knowledge and provider support are key factors in increasing acceptance and uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among parents of boys, according to a new report.
Adults know needed vaccines, but skip them anyway
A new report says the key to increasing adult vaccine compliance may lie in a simple suggestion from a physician.
Researchers: Pneumonia vaccine could use improvement
U.K. researchers say more research and funding is needed for a more successful alternative to prevent pneumonia infection.
Why are teens not being treated for opioid use disorders?
While opioid use disorders among teens and young adults are increasing, the number of youths who receive medication to treat opioid use is decreasing, with significant inequalities among population types.
Preemies can be just as kindergarten ready as their peers
A new study reveals that premature infants perform nearly as well as their full-term peers by their school years, and that those who don’t aren’t as far behind their peers as previously thought.
OME management often strays from guidelines
Most physicians are not adhering to recommendations on otitis media management, according to a new report from the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF).
Tympanostomy tubes improve short-term hearing but lack long-term benefit
Tympanostomy tubes are widely used in pediatric care, taking first place as the most popular ambulatory surgery. However, new research reveals that tube placement provides just short-term hearing improvement and has little impact on quality of life.
How to boost your Star ratings
The Stars ratings are meant to ensure that every health plan is providing adequate services for members. For payers, meeting these ever-changing measures can be a challenge.
Provider relations are key when incentives are absent
In lines of care where improved outcomes aren’t paired with bonus payments, motivating providers and members to close gaps in care can be difficult.
How one health plan aims to improve quality
Developing and carrying out a unified strategy for quality improvement can be difficult. CareSource is outlining its goals and supporting the front lines to initiate change.

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