Health Problems

National survey of emergency dept management of self-harm highlights successes, room for improvement

Approximately half a million patients in the United States arrive in emergency departments (EDs) after deliberate self-harm annually. In the short term following the ED visit, these patients are at high risk for repeated self-harm and suicide. In a study published March 13 in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital describe the results of […]

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How to pay for national pharmacare

A new analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.180897 outlines the potential government cost of a national Canadian pharmacare program and sets out approaches to shifting the funding for drugs in Canada to realize billions in savings. “We believe there is a compelling argument for the federal government to raise the incremental revenues needed […]

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National provider identifiers are vulnerable to theft

(HealthDay)—National Provider Identifiers (NPIs) are vulnerable to identity theft, according to an article published in Physicians Practice. Thousands of health care providers’ NPIs are stolen each year and are used for further fraudulent schemes, including Medicaid and Medicare fraud. NPIs are vulnerable because they are not confidential and are publicly available on the National Plan […]

Pet Care

ASPCA Helps People and Pets at National Night Out

Left to Right: The ASPCA’s Susana Villa and Miguel Torres with Cindy Birchall and her dog, Blanche, at the East L.A. National Night Out event. For the third straight year, ASPCA representatives joined police officers to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7. ASPCA staff and volunteers participated in a total of 16 events […]