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Mirage News: Patients Stick with Smartphone Activity Trackers Longer Than Wearable Devices

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“Doctors who want to track their patients’ physical activity might have more luck doing it with smartphones than wearable fitness devices, according to a new Penn Medicine study. The data showed that patients who used smartphones were 32 percent more likely to send in their daily step counts six months after being discharged from the hospital than those who used a wearable fitness tracker. Since smartphones have become near-ubiquitous, these findings — published in JAMA Network Open — signaled to researchers that it is possible to track physical activity on a wider level, which could improve efforts to remotely monitor patient behaviors.”

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The Philadelphia Inquirer: To Increase Disposal Of Leftover Opioids, Give Parents A Bag Of … Coffee Grounds?

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“The idea — validated by a University of Michigan study — is that parents will be nudged to trash, rather than stash, leftover opioid pills that could tempt misuse among teens or even tots. All the parents have to do is mix the pills with the coffee grounds, then throw the baggie in the garbage, as public health officials recommend.

A third of parents who were given a baggie along with the prescription promptly disposed of leftover pills (and emailed a photo to prove it), compared with 19% of parents who went home without a baggie, the Michigan researchers found. The disposal rate was even better — 39% — for parents in the baggie group who also read blunt online warnings about children overdosing and even dying after pilfering pills.”

Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer

Times Now: Discussing Smoking-risks With Network Boosts Intent To Quit, Suggests Study

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“In a study based involving a group of smokers and non-smokers, researchers have found that awareness among smokers and their assessment of smoking’s risks became more accurate by discussing their ideas with other people.

The study was conducted by doctoral candidate Douglas Guilbeault and Professor Damon Centola who found that most people, smokers and non-smokers alike, were nowhere near accurate in their answers to the question, how many people will die from tobacco use in developed countries in 2030? And other questions about smoking’s health effects. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.”

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Philly Voice: Looking To Begin Tracking Your Physical Activity? Choose A Smartphone Over A Wearable, Penn Researcher Says

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“To anyone looking to begin tracking their physical activity: Hold off on purchasing a wearable device. Just go with a smartphone.

That’s the advice of Dr. Mitesh Patel, director of Penn Medicine’s Nudge Unit, a behavioral design team that examines the ways behavioral economics and psychology can be used to improve health care outcomes.”

Read more at Philly Voice, PennMedicine News, Beckers Hospital Review, News-Medical.Net, MedicalXpress

Cancer Therapy Advisor: The Unexpected Costs of Cancer Treatment: Out-of-Network Billing

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“Beyond oncology, cancer patients often interact with specialists that have high rates of out-of-network billing, such as anesthesiologists, pathologists, radiologists, and assistant surgeons. “All of these specialties are generally specialties that the patients don’t choose,” said Nathan Shekita, an MBA/MPH candidate at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, in an interview with Cancer Therapy Advisor. These specialists often work at facilities that are otherwise in network, so patients have no reason to suspect they’ll be treated by an out-of-network provider. In a recent Health Affairs study, Shekita and coauthors reported that at hospitals in 1 insurer’s network, claims from the aforementioned 4 specialties were out of network approximately 5% to 12% of the time.5″

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HBR: How Digital Design Drives User Behavior

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Penn News Today: Philadelphia Looks To Evidence-based Insights To Inform Policy

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“Philadelphia city employees as well as researchers from Penn and other institutions around the city and country gathered on Jan. 24 for a conference aimed at providing evidence-based insights from social science that could be put to work to benefit the city.

The GovLabPHL conference, “Bridging Evidence and Policy in Philadelphia,” was a daylong event hosted by Penn’s Fels Institute of Government and sponsored by the City of Philadelphia and the School of Arts and Sciences.”

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Beckers Hospital Review: ICU End-of-life Care Rated Better Than In Other VA Hospital Units

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“Families of patients who died rate the quality of end-of-life care in the intensive care unit higher than in other hospital units, according to a study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Researchers from Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine analyzed clinical data and bereavement surveys from the family members of more than 28,000 patients who died in Veterans Administration acute care hospitals between 2010 and 2016. The patients received care in and outside the ICU, and some received care in both.”

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The LA Times: The American Dream May Help The Poorest Among Us Live Longer. Here’s Why

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“For Americans who live in communities where prospects for economic advancement are scant, life is not only bleak — it’s shorter too.

New research has found that people who live in counties with more opportunities to improve their lot in life can expect to live longer than those who live in counties where it’s virtually impossible to get ahead.”

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Modern Healthcare: Joint Replacement Bundled Payments Losing Their Appeal In BPCI Advanced

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“Analyses of CMS data on Medicare’s largest bundled-payment demonstration suggest providers may have reached the limit of their ability to streamline joint replacement procedures.

While the joint replacement bundle for hips and knees has been one of the most popular of Medicare’s Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Advanced program, providers are shifting to bundles for medical and chronic conditions like sepsis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

On total joints, participants already may have done all they could to make care more cost-effective by reducing use of post-acute skilled nursing care, said Dr. Amol Navathe, assistant professor of health policy at University of Pennsylvania who studies bundled payment models.”

Read more at Modern Healthcare