Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• Recent studies show that time spent on smartphones impacts sleep, self-esteem, relationships, memory, and more. The use of our favorite devices can also cause elevated levels of cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone. Increased stress levels can have dangerous effects, including an increased risk of serious health problems and a shorter lifespan. Read More
• On April 19, CMS proposed increasing payments to skilled nursing homes by 2.5% in 2020. This new structure for the SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program will calculate Medicare payments based on the patient’s condition and care received, rather than the amount of care provided, more closely aligning with value-based care models. Read More
• The FDA has approved an AI-powered wearable device that patients can use to track multiple vital signs, including heart rate and oxygen saturation. Clinicians can receive real-time updates with highly accurate analytics, allowing them to monitor patients’ health and intervene when needed. The company has partnered with large health systems worldwide to assist in delivering home health care, aiming to decrease readmissions and preventable deaths. Read More
• Social factors such as food security and access to transportation have been proven to impact health. Health systems are trying to address patient populations struggling in these social and environmental areas to deliver successful care and improve patient outcomes. Read More
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