7 states sue over Bush rule on health workers

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Seven states sued the federal government Thursday over a new rule that expands protections for doctors and other health care workers who refuse to participate in abortions and other medical procedures because of religious or moral objections.
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed the lawsuit in federal court in Hartford on behalf of the states.
They claim the federal rule, issued by the Bush administration Read the rest of this entry »

Jail earns accreditation for mental health services

Those are among new standards that have earned the jail accreditation by the country’s leading advocates of jail health care.
That represents a turnaround for the county-run institution where, just three years ago, three mentally ill inmates died.
Now, 200 or more people each month get treatment for problems ranging from substance abuse to schizophrenia — people who previously fell through the cracks, officials say.
“This is Read the rest of this entry »

Panel Supports FDA Approval of Prasugrel

SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 4 — An FDA advisory committee voted unanimously to recommend that prasugrel (Effient) be approved for preventing thrombosis in high-risk acute coronary syndrome patients after percutaneous coronary intervention.
If the FDA follows the panel’s recommendations, as it usually does, the drug will be the first within-class competitor for clopidogrel (Plavix).
The Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee voted 9-0 Read the rest of this entry »

MVP Health Care Activates Landacorp's maxMC Medical Management

Landacorp is a SHPS company. Its patient-focused solutions for health
plans and health care delivery organizations include comprehensive
Internet- and Windows(R)-based medical management software that improves
health outcomes while helping manage and prevent costs. SHPS provides a
broad range of innovative health management tools, resources, and
services that empower consumers to make wise health care decisions. Read the rest of this entry »

NYC Mom Sues Hospital After Losing Both Hands, Feet in Medical

NYC Mom Sues Hospital After Losing Both Hands, Feet in Medical ‘Mistake’
Saturday, November 22, 2008
A New York City woman is suing a local hospital after her lawyer says a “medical mistake” led to the removal of both her hands and her feet, the New York Daily News reported.
Quadruple amputee Tabitha Mullings was released from Brooklyn Hospital Center Friday, where she originally was admitted two months ago for a kidney stone.
Mullings was Read the rest of this entry »

Newborn Hospital Deaths Highest for Those Without Insurance

The study, published in a recent issue of the
, also found that children who were transferred between hospitals died in greater numbers than those who stayed in one hospital.
“As health-care providers and institutions expand their efforts to meet the needs of severely ill children and their families, they need to be aware of the higher mortality rates among the youngest children, those without insurance coverage and those who are transferred from Read the rest of this entry »

One-Quarter of Biologic Drugs Have Had Safety Issues

TUESDAY, Oct. 21 (HealthDay News) — New research shows that almost one-quarter of biologic therapies approved in the United States and Europe since 1995 have been the subject of at least one safety-related regulatory action in the decade since they were approved.
Eleven percent, including Remicade (infliximab), used to treat Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis, and Avastin (bevacizumab), used to treat cancer, have been issued a “black box” Read the rest of this entry »

Catalyst Health Solutions Named Again to Washington Business

Catalyst Health Solutions, Inc. (formerly HealthExtras, Inc.) is built
on strong, innovative principles in the management of prescription drug
benefits and provides an unbiased, client-centered philosophy resulting
in a year-over-year client retention rate of more than 98%. The Company’s
subsidiaries include Catalyst Rx, a full-service pharmacy benefit
manager serving more than five million lives in the United Read the rest of this entry »

Some simple steps can keep a woman's heart healthy for life

While more women now know that their number one health risk is heart disease, medical studies continue to show that women and their doctors aren’t taking this killer disease seriously enough. “Death rates from heart disease and stroke aren’t falling for young women,” says Noel Bairey Merz, MD, medical director of the Women’s Health Program at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center in Los Angeles. “And sometimes, Read the rest of this entry »

Doctors tally the economic value practices bring to communities

Around the country, physicians are letting their communities know that their practices don’t only keep bodies healthy, they also keep economies healthy.
Medical societies locally and nationally are presenting economic impact studies showing that physician practices pump billions of dollars into local and state economies through payrolls and purchases of local goods and services. Among the latest are the Metropolitan Medical Society of Greater Kansas Read the rest of this entry »