Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• One of the more promising opportunities for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in reducing health care costs is associated with population health. Population health is an ever-moving target and this is where AI would be most beneficial because machine learning can spot trends and patterns that may be missed by physicians. Read More
• Mergers in health care can pose safety risks to patients because business considerations drive these mergers and as a result, clinical consequences become low in priority. Identifying risks before and during the merger process, such as handling new patient populations, understanding the varied platforms and protocols, and considering the risks of doctor relocations, can help avoid problems that could potentially impact patients. Read More
• Currently, Medicare reimburses audiologists for diagnosing hearing loss in older adults but not for providing assistance on how to adjust and use them. In a bill that was recently introduced, Medicare would pay audiologists for such services where most elderly patients are not able to afford such services. Read More
• One of the leading causes of illness and death in young children is acute respiratory infection of the lungs and airways and can often be a result of air pollution. In a recent study, scientists found that beginning the second week after pollution levels increased, there was a corresponding increase in respiratory infections. Read More
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