Hits and Misses

iStock_000004347437XSmallSome children now eligible for adult organ transplants.

Number of induced labors for early-term deliveries dropped 12 percent, 2006-2012.

Medical privacy: Let patients opt out of HIPAA and manage their own data.

36 percent increase in global use of antibiotics “alarming“.

Medicare expanding telehealth coverage to include wellness, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis.

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  1. Jacob S. says:

    There’s an article in Modern Healthcare this morning about a scope-of-practice case that will be heard by the Supreme Court on Oct. 8. Do you have any background or insight about that case that you could share?

    http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20140715/BLOG/307159998

  2. Jordan says:

    Nice! Getting rid of unnecessary regulation and opening up more children to life-saving procedures.

    “Some children now eligible for adult organ transplants.”

    • Ava says:

      I understand the thought process behind the original regulation, but I agree with you. Some children grow faster than others; why not give them a chance to get adult lungs if they’ll work?

    • Matthew says:

      This is also opening the door to saving more lives of children. Yes, the article points out that one child getting the adult lungs is one less adult who may not get one. But it also works the other way around as well.

  3. Perry says:

    “Medical privacy: Let patients opt out of HIPAA and manage their own data.”

    Good idea, HIPAA is a huge pain.

    • Jay says:

      HIPAA may be a pain and is just more regulation in patient-doctor care. However, patients wanting to manage their own data and actually should do it. Wouldn’t managing their own data be biting off more than they can chew in many cases?

  4. MrFreedom says:

    The CMS is now wanting more telehealth services for Medicare patients – Wow, it is really surprising that the government is finally getting with the times and pursing innovative techniques that should have been tried long, long ago.

    • Bill B. says:

      But are Medicare patients going to be able to keep up with the times and understand how to telehealth services?

      Seniors and technology are like water and oil.

  5. Steve says:

    I too have noticed the increasing tendency to overuse antibiotics even in my personal experience. I think its because we are so used to having immediate action taken on all of our other needs that we, as patients, want the quick fix instead of waiting on our body’s natural defenses. But, this is a troubling trend indeed.

  6. Buddy says:

    “36 percent increase in global use of antibiotics “alarming“.”

    It’s just a matter of time before all of us develop an immunity to the antibiotics we have and we need to research to find more effective antibiotics.

    • Devon Herrick says:

      There are theories that all the increased use of antibiotics is partially what is making us fat. Most antibodies are use in agriculture, where their use is known to boost weight gain in farm animals. Why would these not have the same effect on humans?