This week, breast cancer researchers from around the world identified 72 new gene mutations – and 65 of these are common among women with breast cancer.This is important research because the BRCA1 and BRCA2 risk mutations, which are present in less than 1% of women, only account for a fraction of all inherited breast cancers.… Read more
For both dentists and orthodontists, it can be challenging to ensure that patients practice good dental hygiene on a daily basis. That’s why National Dental Hygiene Month is a great time to do that.
Start conversations about the Daily 4: 1) brushing, 2) flossing, 3) rinsing, and 4) chewing. Encourage patients to incorporate these four components of proper oral health maintenance into their daily routine.… Read more
During last year’s flu season, fewer than half of Americans (40 percent) received the flu vaccine,1 resulting in 25 million illnesses, 310,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths.2 Despite the risk of becoming seriously ill from a respiratory illness—and recommendations from the CDC and physicians to get immunized—the majority of Americans still opt out.… Read more
Various estimates put the annual cost of hospital readmissions in the tens of billions of dollars. Many of the readmissions that occur in the U.S. each year are avoidable, and hospitals have been taking steps in recent years to reduce readmissions whenever possible. Unfortunately, a lot of unnecessary financial burden still exists as a result of preventable readmissions.… Read more
Managing a patient’s transition from health facility to home can have great benefits for all. CMS provides reimbursement incentives. Patients get better. Patient satisfaction levels soar. The cost of care decreases. Patients have a better and healthier life.
Transitional Care: Promise vs Reality
The reality of what happens when patients are discharged can be a nightmare for caregivers. … Read more
Many practices who offer or support immunization services can take advantage of the momentum generated with this national observance to encourage patients of all ages to stay up-to-date on the vaccinations recommended for them.
The good news is the National Public Health Information Coalition has made it easy for you! Go to https://www.nphic.org/niam to download some free resources that will educate and motivate your patients including:
- Vaccine information by age
- Sample news releases, articles & social media posts
- Links to web resources from the CDC
- Logos, web banners, posters and graphics
All free of charge!… Read more