Clinical Updates

Clinical Updates



Obesity, type 2 diabetes tied to jump in NAFLD cases

At the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians. Younossi and other researchers conducted a meta-analysis of studies in 20 countries, which was published in Hepatology Communications and found that the global prevalence of NAFLD is 24%, but nearly 75% of patients with the disease are obese, and 58% of people with diabetes also have NAFLD.

Study: Insect consumption may improve gut inflammation

Research suggests that eating crickets may improve inflammation in the gut and its overall health, according to a study led by Valerie Stull, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The investigators looked at whether cricket consumption was tolerable and safe and changed markers of inflammation or lipid metabolism, and they assessed whether insect fibers such as chitin — the chief component of a cricket’s exoskeleton — could work as prebiotics.

Report: Medicaid could save over $4.8B with fully electronic transactions

Medicaid could save over $4.8 billion per year if all of the program’s claims processes were to become fully electronic, according to a report from the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare. The move could save payers $6.84 per transaction, the report estimates.


CDC looks at patient health data exchanged by physicians

CDC researchers found that referrals, laboratory results and medication lists were the most common types of patient health information sent by office-based physicians, while they most often received lab results, imaging reports and medication lists. The findings in National Health Statistics Reports, based on 2015 National Electronic Health Records Survey data, also showed that lab results were the most commonly electronically integrated data, while medication lists were the most commonly searched data in the EHR.


Using analytics to incentivize value-based health care

Value-based care encourages medical professionals to prioritize outcomes and efficiency with preventative health care, but the strategy can be difficult to incentivize for health professionals. Analytics could help solve this problem by collecting patient data, indicating where there are gaps in the patient’s care and creating priority and outreach lists, says Jennifer Carney of Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization.


Health data access remains a challenge for patients

Patient access to health records remains a challenge, with a survey finding that 63% of Americans are unaware of where their health care data is stored or who has access to it. The CMS has launched the MyHealthEData Initiative for Medicaid and Medicare’s EHR programs, and the agency has started using Medicare Blue Button 2.0, a new software protocol for developers.


Compiled By Tarun Kothari MD





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