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This document provides the final text of regulations governing employee protection (retaliation or whistleblower) claims under section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act, which added section 18C to the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide protections to employees who may have been subject to retaliation for seeking assistance under certain affordability assistance provisions (for example, health insurance premium tax credits) or for reporting potential violations of the Affordable Care Act's consumer protections (for example, the prohibition on rescissions)...
October 13, 2016: Federal Register
Christopher Varga, Isaac Luria, Nikolaus Gravenstein
BACKGROUND: Air injection is carefully avoided during IV solution administration; however, ambient air is dissolved in all liquids used for intravenous (IV) therapy. A portion of this gas will come out of solution in the form of bubbles as the solution is warmed to body temperature in a fluid warming system and/or within the body. We sought to quantify the proportion of the gas theoretically dissolved in room temperature crystalloid and 4°C blood products that comes out of solution in the IV tubing on warming to 37°C...
October 3, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Tabassum Firoz, Marianne Vidler, Prestige Tatenda Makanga, Helena Boene, Rogério Chiaú, Esperança Sevene, Laura A Magee, Peter von Dadelszen, Khátia Munguambe
BACKGROUND: Mozambique has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. The main influences on maternal health encompass social, economic, political, environmental and cultural determinants of health. To effectively address maternal mortality in the post-2015 agenda, interventions need to consider the determinants of health so that their delivery is not limited to the health sector. The objective of this exploratory qualitative study was to identify key community groups' perspectives on the perceived determinants of maternal health in rural areas of southern Mozambique...
September 30, 2016: Reproductive Health
Maxence Guesdon, Eric Benzenine, Kamel Gadouche, Catherine Quantin
Administrative records in France, especially medical and social records, have huge potential for statistical studies. The NIR (a national identifier) is widely used in medico-social administrations, and this would theoretically provide considerable scope for data matching, on condition that the legislation on such matters was respected.The law, however, forbids the processing of non-anonymized medical data, thus making it difficult to carry out studies that require several sources of social and medical data...
October 6, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Abdelhamid M Alsharif, Michelle Potts, Regina Laws, Amado X Freire, Ibrahim Sultan-Ali
OBJECTIVES: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a prevalent disorder that is associated with multiple medical consequences. Although in-laboratory polysomnography is the gold standard for the diagnosis of OSA, portable monitors have been developed and studied to help increase efficiency and ease of diagnosis. We aimed to assess the adequacy of a midlevel provider specializing in sleep medicine to risk-stratify patients for OSA based on a chart review versus a comprehensive clinic evaluation before scheduling an unattended sleep study...
October 2016: Southern Medical Journal
Masahiko Funada
The number of law-evading chemical substances that pose serious health risks to humans is increasing worldwide, including Japan and the Western world, and their abuse is becoming a serious social problem. Analysis of the chemical substances in these herbal products revealed the presence of synthetic cannabinoids. This review summarizes the pharmacological actions and dangers of chemical substances contained in law-evading herbal products by focusing on synthetic cannabinoids as a group of chemical substances contained in these products...
October 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
Ravi Gondhalekar, Eyal Dassau, Francis J Doyle
A novel Model Predictive Control (MPC) law for an Artificial Pancreas (AP) to automatically deliver insulin to people with type 1 diabetes is proposed. The MPC law is an enhancement of the authors' zone-MPC approach that has successfully been trialled in-clinic, and targets the safe outpatient deployment of an AP. The MPC law controls blood-glucose levels to a diurnally time-dependent zone, and enforces diurnal, hard input constraints. The main algorithmic novelty is the use of asymmetric input costs in the MPC problem's objective function...
September 2016: Automatica: the Journal of IFAC, the International Federation of Automatic Control
António Amorim, Manuel Crespillo, Juan A Luque, Lourdes Prieto, Oscar Garcia, Leonor Gusmão, Mercedes Aler, Pedro A Barrio, Victor G Saragoni, Nadia Pinto
Communicating and interpreting genetic evidence in the administration of justice is currently a matter of great concern, due to the theoretical and technical complexity of the evaluative reporting and large difference in expertise between forensic experts and law professionals. A large number of initiatives have been taken trying to bridge this gap, contributing to the education of both parties. Results however have not been very encouraging, as most of these initiatives try to cope globally with the problem, addressing simultaneously theoretical and technical approaches which are in a quite heterogeneous state of development and validation...
September 7, 2016: Forensic Science International. Genetics
Regina Schoenfeld-Tacher, Lori R Kogan
Given the unique nature of programs in professional veterinary medicine (PVM), the increasing numbers of students requesting accommodations for emotional support animals (ESAs) in higher education settings is of growing interest to student affairs and administrative staff in PVM settings. Since the legislation pertaining to this type of support animal differs from the laws governing disability service animals, colleges and universities now need to develop new policies and guidelines. Representatives from a sample of 28 PVM programs completed a survey about the prevalence of student requests for ESAs and service animals...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
Madeline Lemke, Kaitlyn Beyfuss, Julie Hallet, Natalie G Coburn, Calvin H L Law, Paul J Karanicolas
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend 28 days venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) following major abdominal surgery for cancer. Overall adherence with these recommendations is poor, but little is known about feasibility and tolerability from a patient perspective. METHODS: An institution-wide policy for routine administration of 28 days of post-operative LMWH following major hepatic or pancreatic resection for cancer was implemented in April 2013...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Benjamin P Falit, Hubert Y Pan, Benjamin D Smith, Brian M Alexander, Anthony L Zietman
Examinations of the US radiation oncology workforce offer inconsistent conclusions, but recent data raise significant concerns about an oversupply of physicians. Despite these concerns, residency slots continue to expand at an unprecedented pace. Employed radiation oncologists and professional corporations with weak contracts or loose ties to hospital administrators would be expected to suffer the greatest harm from an oversupply. The reduced cost of labor, however, would be expected to increase profitability for equipment owners, technology vendors, and entrenched professional groups...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Hrishikesh Chakraborty, Robert Neal Axon, Jordan Brittingham, Genevieve Ray Lyons, Laura Cole, Christine B Turley
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate differences in hospital readmission risk across all payers in South Carolina (SC). DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: South Carolina Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office (SCRFA) statewide all payer claims database including 2,476,431 hospitalizations in SC acute care hospitals between 2008 and 2014. STUDY DESIGN: We compared the odds of unplanned all-cause 30-day readmission for private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, uninsured, and other payers and examined interaction effects between payer and index admission characteristics using generalized estimating equations...
September 28, 2016: Health Services Research
Richard Cramer, Michel Vols
Hoarding is an internationally recognised disability. Those who suffer from hoarding behaviour can be comfortably brought within the definition of disability found in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and should be provided with "reasonable accommodation" where doing so does not place an unjustified burden on others. However, hoarding also poses a threat to public health, and hoarders' behaviour may infringe on the rights of their neighbours and landlords. Thus, through their behaviour, hoarders may ultimately come into conflict with various areas of law, including neighbour law, housing law as well as administrative law...
September 21, 2016: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
J F C Loo, H C Kwok, C C H Leung, S Y Wu, I L G Law, Y K Cheung, Y Y Cheung, M L Chin, P Kwan, M Hui, S K Kong, H P Ho
Sepsis by bacterial infection causes high mortality in patients in intensive care unit (ICU). Rapid identification of bacterial infection is essential to ensure early appropriate administration of antibiotics to save lives of patients, yet the present benchtop molecular diagnosis is time-consuming and labor-intensive, which limits the treatment efficiency especially when the number of samples to be tested is extensive. Therefore, we hereby report a microfluidic platform lab-on-a-disc (LOAD) to provide a sample-to-answer solution...
September 2, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Corey S Davis, Scott Burris, Leo Beletsky, Ingrid Binswanger
The opioid overdose epidemic claims the lives of tens of thousands of Americans every year. Opioid overdose is reversible by the administration of naloxone, a pure antagonist now available in formulations specifically designed and labeled for layperson use. Despite broad support for layperson access to naloxone from professional organizations, health officials, and clinical experts, qualitative studies suggest that some providers have concerns about legal risks associated with naloxone prescribing, particularly co-prescribing naloxone to pain patients...
September 20, 2016: Substance Abuse
David H Epstein, Ashley P Kennedy, Melody Furnari, Markus Heilig, Yavin Shaham, Karran A Phillips, Kenzie L Preston
RATIONALE: In rodents, antagonism of receptors for corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) blocks stress-induced reinstatement of drug or palatable food seeking. OBJECTIVE: To test anticraving properties of the CRF1 antagonist pexacerfont in humans. METHODS: We studied stress-induced eating in people scoring high on dietary restraint (food preoccupation and chronic unsuccessful dieting) with body-mass index (BMI) >22. In a double-blind, between-groups trial, 31 "restrained" eaters were stabilized on either pexacerfont (300 mg/day for 7 days, then 100 mg/day for 21 days) or placebo...
September 5, 2016: Psychopharmacology
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This final rule modifies the TRICARE regulation to reduce administrative barriers to access to mental health benefit coverage and to improve access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment for TRICARE beneficiaries, consistent with earlier Department of Defense and Institute of Medicine recommendations, current standards of practice in mental health and addiction medicine, and governing laws. This rule seeks to eliminate unnecessary quantitative and non-quantitative treatment limitations on SUD and mental health benefit coverage and align beneficiary cost-sharing for mental health and SUD benefits with those applicable to medical/surgical benefits, expand covered mental health and SUD treatment under TRICARE to include coverage of intensive outpatient programs and treatment of opioid use disorder and to streamline the requirements for mental health and SUD institutional providers to become TRICARE authorized providers, and to develop TRICARE reimbursement methodologies for newly recognized mental health and SUD intensive outpatient programs and opioid treatment programs...
September 2, 2016: Federal Register
Lubin Lobo Pacheco, Robert Jonzon, Anna-Karin Hurtig
BACKGROUND: Swedish law entitles asylum seekers to a voluntary health assessment and to "health care that cannot be postponed". The last expression suggests, however, restrictions on the entitlement, and what it may or may not include remains ultimately a decision for health professionals in the specific case. Indeed, the health assessment constitutes the sole active effort from Swedish authorities to fulfill this right. This study was therefore aimed at assessing how the information, procedures and services related to the health assessment are accessible and acceptable to fulfill the right to health of asylum seekers, from their own perspective...
2016: PloS One
Thomas W Elwood
The era of the Obama Administration draws to a close at the end of 2016, leaving behind a signature achievement in the form of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that became law in 2010. Beginning with that year, I have contributed an annual essay to the Journal of Allied Health describing various aspects of this legislation. The current essay initially will start down that same path, but then take a sharp detour to discuss related aspects of what is occurring in the broader health domain.
2016: Journal of Allied Health
Francisco Coppola, Leonel Briozzo, Fernanda Nozar, Verónica Fiol, Diego Greif
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the attitudes and behavior of gynecologists in Uruguay with respect to the right to conscientious objection that is included in the law concerning voluntary termination of pregnancy. METHODS: The relevant laws and decrees, academic articles, legal or administrative claims, and the positions published by the institutions representing physicians or by groups of gynecologists were analyzed. RESULTS: In general, the institutions positioned themselves in favor of correct application of conscientious objection and the immense majority of gynecologists followed this conduct...
August 2016: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
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