San Diego, CA - New measures that look at the quality of care provided by hospitals to stroke patients may wind up negatively affecting stroke care, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association said in a statement.
The stroke outcome measures, which profile hospital performance for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, look at whether patients die or were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. But they do not consider the stroke’s severity, even though that determination is essential to outcomes, said the AHA.
Nashville, TN – On February 3rd, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivered his fourth State of the State address to the legislature.
The highlight of the speech was the Governor’s plan to revive – and expand – a proposal from former Governor Bredesen to offer free college tuition to graduating high school seniors going to community or technical colleges.
In 2007, Governor Bredesen proposed using lottery funds to guarantee a free community or technical college degree for any graduating senior with a ‘C’ average or higher. The plan ultimately failed to receive the support of the Republicans in the State Senate. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Health reports more Drug Dependent Newborns in State already than in all of 2011
TDH Projects 33 Percent Increase by End of Year
Nashville, TN – In just slightly more than nine months this year, more babies in Tennessee have been born dependent on drugs their mothers took during pregnancy than in all of 2011.
By the first week of October, 643 babies were born dependent, compared with 629 for all of 2011.
Analysis Found Expensive Care Doesn’t Mean Better Care
Yonkers, NY – For the fourth year in a row, Consumer Reports published rankings of hundreds of health insurance plans across the United States to help consumers determine which ones may be best for them.
This marks the first time the organization took additional steps to identify plans that both provide high-quality care and avoid costly care.
The rankings data and the “Best Value” designation come from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a respected non-profit health care quality measurement group. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Health initiative resuces use of Antipsychotic Drugs for Nursing Home Residents
Nashville, TN – Tennessee nursing homes have exceeded the national goal of reducing antipsychotic drug use for residents living with dementia in nursing homes. As a result, Tennessee has moved from leading the nation in such use in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 48th for the first quarter of 2013.
“We can all be pleased with Tennessee’s clear evidence of improvement in the wise use of these powerful medications by our committed nursing homes and caregivers,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “While there is much work left to do, it is appropriate to celebrate the initial success of this initiative and thank the dedicated stakeholders who are collaborating with each other and our department toward healthier aging in Tennessee.” «Read the rest of this article»
House Bill 1117/Senate Bill 1200 Adding Offenses To the Victims Compensation Fund
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts from House District 67 generously takes the time to provides the readers of Clarksville Online with updates on issues which are currently on the legislative agenda for the Tennessee House of Representatives which may be of interest to the residents of Clarksville-Montgomery County.
Groundbreaking on new State Veterans Home in Montgomery County
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder joins the Tennessee State Veterans Homes Board in celebrating the announcement from U.S. News & World Report 2013 which names the Tennessee State Veterans Homes in Knoxville, TN and Murfreesboro, TN among the best in the country.
U.S. News rated more than 15,000 nursing homes using data research on nursing home safety, health inspection and staffing. The source of the data originates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – If you like political drama, you’re in luck. It seems like just yesterday the news was filled with references to the fiscal cliff. Now, coming to theaters everywhere, is “sequestration.” Look for more political confrontation to unfold as sequestration gets under way.
What exactly is sequestration?
“Sequestration” refers to a series of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to federal government agencies that are scheduled to take place in fiscal years 2013 through 2021. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – House and Senate Democrats pushed in a Tuesday press conference for a full debate and an up or down vote on a bill to allow Tennessee to expand Medicaid.
“Unfortunately, this General Assembly has been in session for more than a month now, and we’ve spent most of our time on trivial matters,” House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh said. “Whether we expand Medicaid affects the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans and has profound implications for our states budget.” «Read the rest of this article»
Haslam highlights state’s successes, lays out strategies to address challenges in 2013 address
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Monday night delivered his 2013 State of the State address before a joint session of the General Assembly, contrasting Tennessee with Washington, D.C. and other states across the country that have struggled to keep their fiscal houses in order.
“Unlike the news coming out of our nation’s capital and so many other states around the country, good things are happening in Tennessee,” Haslam said. “We have a long history of fiscal restraint that crosses party lines. We have been deliberate about not spending money we don’t have and in making a concerted effort to save for the future…And now we are well-positioned to continue to invest in a thoughtful, strategic manner.” «Read the rest of this article»
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