Health plans and providers play a critical role in maintaining U.S. vaccination rates and can help reverse the recent MMR vaccination-rate decline, a factor responsible for the recent re-emergence of measles.
In what is being called a first-of-its-kind joint effort, the Texas Medical Association and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas are launching a resource initiative to assist independent physicians with providing accountable care.
High-dose inactivated influenza vaccinations from community pharmacists during 2012-2013 flu season were more effective than standard-dose inactivated flu shots in patients 65 years and older, and helped in the prevention of influenza-associated hospitalizations, according to a comparative effectiveness study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and FDA undertook a study to determine the most commonly implicated active ingredients responsible for childhood poisonings that required emergency hospitalization in the hope of identifying prevention and intervention strategies. Buprenorphine and clonidine were the most common of 12 active ingredients that were found in 45.0% of these hospitalizations.
Private physicians and hospitals could be treating more veterans in the near future, as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is working to alleviate its overburdened healthcare system amid reports of mismanagement that has led to backlogged treatment.