December 2010 - FRMC

Volume
7
Issue 11
December 2010

FEATURES

Kerri Fitzgerald

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that premiums for employer-based healthcare continue to increase due to the economy. | Read More
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Kevin L. Carter

Myelofibrosis, a Philadelphia chromosomenegative myeloproliferative neoplasm, is characterized by progressive anemia, bone marrow fibrosis and splenomegaly, and produces debilitating symptoms. | Read More
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Kevin L. Carter

Women who have inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes have substantially elevated risks of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, with a lifetime risk of breast cancer of 56% to 84%.  | Read More
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Tori Socha

Delivering evidence-based therapies to patients with heart failure has proven a challenge to healthcare practitioners. The rates of nonadherence to drug therapies prescribed to treat heart failure range from 30% to 60%, and the rates of nonadherence to recommendations for changes in lifestyle range from 50% to 80%. The higher rates occur in more socioeconomically disadvantaged subgroups, according to researchers. | Read More
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Articles

Tori Socha

Some health plans encourage their members to choose physicians who provide high-quality care, but most patients do not have access to physician quality measures. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality advises patients to consult state medical boards and gather information on training and board certification as a way to evaluate quality of care provided. Healthgrades.com gives “recognized doctor” and “5-star doctor” designations to physicians who are board certified, have never had their license revoked, and are free of disciplinary actions or malpractice claims. | Read More
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