June 2014

What the Affordable Care Act Means for Physicians: A Q&A with Avik Roy

June 30, 2014

Quick Consult

Avik Roy, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Opinion Editor of Forbes, and Editor of The Apothecary blog about healthcare and entitlement reform, breaks down the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act for internists.

Benefits of Azithromycin Outweigh Risks in Elderly Hospitalized with Pneumonia

June 30, 2014

Cardiology

Among patients aged 65 years or older who are hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia, azithromycin lowers the risk of 90-day mortality in exchange for slightly increased odds of myocardial infarction compared to other antibiotic regimens.

Preventive Implantable Cardioverter-defibrillators Improve Survival in Heart Failure Patients

June 23, 2014

Cardiology

A retrospective cohort study of Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart failure with a left ventricular ejection fraction between 30-35% found improved 3-year survival rates among those who received a prophylactic implantable cardioverter-defibrillators compared to those with no ICD.

EMR-based Approach to Opioids Offers Peace of Mind to Prescribers

June 25, 2014

Pain Management

Although many primary care physicians remain uncertain of how to best help patients in pain manage their opioid prescriptions, new research shows a standardized protocol based on electronic medical records can get patients the assistance they need while providing peace of mind to prescribers.

Tackling the Tricky Trio of Pain, Diabetes, and Sleep Dysfunction

June 18, 2014

Pain Management

Although clinicians are increasingly forced to face the 3-headed monster of comorbid diabetes, sleep disturbance, and pain, the healthcare community is only beginning to understand how the conditions overlap.