September 29, 2004

National Business Group on Health Forms Committee to Foster Evidence-Based Health Benefit Design

Linking Benefits to Medical Treatments with Demonstrated Effectiveness Called an Important Step Towards Promoting Quality and Efficiency in Health Care
WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 09/27/2004 -- The National Business Group on Health announced today that it has formed the National Committee on Evidence-Based Benefit Design. Committee members will recommend ways employers can use health benefit design to promote greater use of evidence-based treatments and procedures, thereby improving the value of their health care investment and enhancing employees' health and quality of life.

"So much of the medical care delivered today is neither recommended nor based on scientific evidence," explains Helen Darling, President of the National Business Group on Health. "It's time for that to change. We have an opportunity to promote evidence-based medicine and in turn, value and effectiveness in health care. We can modify coverage policy and financial incentives to reward excellent care."

Article from: market Wire

Posted by gruwell at 12:17 PM

Score One for the Patient: Information Therapy Conference Promises to Revolutionize the Role of the Patient in Health Care

September 27, 2004 08:00 AM US Eastern Timezone

Information Therapy Conference

PARK CITY, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 27, 2004--The future of health care will be built around informed patients encouraged by their doctors to share in treatment decisions and to actively participate in their own care. That is the take-home message on the opening day at the third annual Information Therapy Conference in Park City, Utah. Information therapy (Ix) is the prescription of specific, evidence-based medical information to patients, caregivers, or consumers at just the right time to help them make a specific health decision or behavior change.

Nearly 200 conference attendees, who range from physicians to health plan executives, are hearing from speakers about the benefits of the informed patient and how leading organizations gain value by offering Ix(R) services. Each perspective points out how information prescriptions for patients are making a difference. Hospitals, clinics, and health plans all provide better service and care when consumers make better health decisions.

Article from: Business Wire

Posted by gruwell at 12:15 PM

Cracking down on medical trials

Sep. 27, 2004. 01:00 AM

Doctors need to have unbiased data on effectiveness of new drugs, says medical ethicist Arthur Schafer

North Americans consume a lot of pills: pills for high blood pressure, low libido, high cholesterol, acid reflux, arthritic pain, and depression.

We take prodigious quantities of pills because our doctors have been persuaded and have, in turn, persuaded us, that these pills work.

Doctors get their information about what works and what doesn't from a variety of sources, including what they were taught 20 years ago at medical school and what they were told last night by a paid consultant of some drug company after a fancy-free dinner.

Article from: Toronto Star

Posted by gruwell at 12:10 PM

September 28, 2004

New HIVMA Guidelines Highlight Important Changes in HIV Care

26 Sep 2004

New guidelines on managing HIV have been published recently in Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID) and are available free online to all HIV care providers via the journal's electronic edition. The guidelines, developed by the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of IDSA, summarize important changes in the way HIV/AIDS should be managed.

The success of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has extended the life of those infected with HIV and changed HIV/AIDS into a chronic disease that requires long-term management in the context of a person's overall life and health, the guideline authors say.

Article from: Medical News Today

Posted by gruwell at 2:21 PM

September 20, 2004

Testing, testing: For doctors, it never ends

More physicians are finding that board recertification has evolved into a continuous certification process.

By Damon Adams, AMNews staff. Sept. 27, 2004.

Family physician Tony Golden, MD, has been through board recertification three times. He isn't sure he can stomach a fourth one.

"I've seriously questioned doing it again," said Dr. Golden, who practices in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Board-certified family physicians go through recertification every seven years, but Dr. Golden and other doctors are facing a new era in recertification. In 2000, medical specialty boards agreed to transition their recertification programs into maintenance-of-certification processes, which focus on continuous lifelong learning.

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September 1, 2004

March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center launches new PeriStats Web site


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., AUGUST 17, 2004 - The March of Dimes announced today that it has released a complete redesign of its popular PeriStats Web site, offering the most current and detailed maternal and infant health statistics available in the United States. Funding was provided by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health through a 2-year grant collaboration with the New York Academy of Medicine.

The new PeriStats Web site offers state-specific perinatal data, including detailed data for the largest cities and counties in the United States, and is available free of charge at Founded on research aimed to understand how different audiences use health-related data, the new PeriStats system was designed to compile vast amounts of information, and make it useful and accessible for health professionals, researchers and the news media. Despite the large volume of information, all data is available within two clicks of any Web page.

March of Dimes Link

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