PROFNET EXPERT ALERTS: Family Medical History / Electronic Medical Records / Skin Cancer

Saturday, November 14, 2009 General News
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1. BEHAVIOR: NEW STUDIES OF GRATITUDE. DR. BETH ERICKSON, Ph.D., speaker andauthor based in Edina, Minn., can discuss the vital role gratitude plays inour physical and mental well-being: "In a study, Dr. Robert Emmons and Dr.Michael McCollough focus on gratitude as an emotion. Further, Emmons andMcCollough show that gratitude can be taught and learned, practiced andapplied. Gratitude implies that we recognize the help we get from others. Theresearchers note, no matter how much we do for ourselves, we can remain awareand acknowledge whenever someone else has helped us. As Thanksgiving Day drawsnear, many persons prefer to count their blessings, rather than lament thepresent-day economic woes. They realize that doing so can actually havesignificant benefits. And it is possible to be happy despite a negativeclimate." Erickson can explain recent research on gratitude to the averageperson, and discuss how the process of gratitude can benefit individuals interms of healthy adjustment, and overall mental and physical well-being. NewsContact: Jackie O'Neal, Phone: +1-609-334-8621(11/13/09)

2. HEALTH: FATTY FISH AND SKIN CANCER PREVENTION. JOSHUA FOX, M.D., medicaldirector at ADVANCED DERMATOLOGY in New York and Long Island, and aspokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology: "New studies reveal thata diet high in omega-3 oils -- the kind that come from oily fish and fish oilsupplements -- can help prevent skin cancer by boosting the immune systemenough to fight off the damaging effects of overexposure to the sun. The sun'sultraviolet (UV) rays are a major source of DNA-distorting, cancer-promotingcell damage. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UnitedStates today. More than one million skin cancers are diagnosed each year.Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for some 68,800cases of skin cancer in 2009, and most (about 8,650) of the 11,590 skin cancerdeaths this year, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation." News Contact:Melissa Chefec, Phone: +1-203-968-6625 (11/13/09)

3. HEALTH: USING QUALITY DATA TO LOWER HEALTHCARE COST AND IMPROVE OUTCOMES.DR. RICHARD GILBERT, CEO of SOUTHEAST ANESTHESIOLOGY CONSULTANTS in Charlotte,N.C., is available to discuss ways to use data-driven quality measures toimprove outcomes: "The state of healthcare in the United States is becomingincreasingly complex. By using a standardized quality improvement process, youget immediate feedback and physicians can use that to address concerns andimprove upon performance. 'Real-time' data gathering helps quickly changebehaviors to positively effect outcomes." Gilbert recently presented at aninternational conference hosted by Johnson & Johnson on "Can a Data-DrivenContinuous Quality Improvement (CQI) System Change Clinician Practice toReduce Medical Errors, Improve Outcomes and Lower Healthcare Costs?" He earnedhis M.D. from USC San Francisco's School of Medicine and his MBA from DukeUniversity's School of Business. News Contact: Allison Aiken, Phone: +1-704-374-9300 (11/13/09)

4. HEALTH: ADVANTAGE OF MULTISPECIALTY GROUP/MEDICAL HOME. ROBERT W. BRENNER,M.D., MMM, chief medical officer of SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP, Berkeley Heights,N.J.: "There is a definite trend in the United States, particularly new to theEast Coast, where smaller group practices are unable to afford theinfrastructure that is necessary to comply with regulations, manage qualityand have electronic health records. The result is a coalescence of smallerphysician practices into larger physician practices, some single specialty andsome multispecialty. The advantages of a large, multispecialty group are theability to coordinate care, share data and information, have the economy ofscale to afford some of the infrastructure necessary to keep up qualitymanagement, more sophisticated electronic health records and so forth. It isvery clear to patients and physicians that coordinating care through eitherteams of practicing teams, disease-oriented practices, centers of excellenceor even formation of patient-centered medical homes, affords many advantagesin terms of covering the outcomes for the patients." Brenner is available tospeak on the electronic health record, group medical practice and patient-centered medical homes. News Contact: Maureen Bennett, mbennett@smgnj.comPhone: +1-908-277-8834 (11/13/09)

5. HEALTH: NEW LAW LIMITS FAMILY MEDICAL HISTORY QUESTIONS. RUSSELL GULLY,attorney in the Dallas office of THOMPSON & KNIGHT: "Under a new federal law,effective Dec. 7, health insurers can no longer request information on anindividual's family medical history as part of the enrollment process. TheGenetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, or GINA, imposes a host of newrestrictions on the use of health risk assessments commonly used by insurancecompanies to underwrite group plans and target particular conditions. The lawis quite broad in its definitions. When referring to family members, theregulations are not just referring to those covered by the plan, but a widerange of individuals who may not even be full-blood relatives. These riskassessments can be used after enrollment, but any financial incentive orpenalty to the employer or the individual is prohibited." News Contact: BarryPound, Phone: +1-800-559-4534 (11/13/09)

PROFNET is an exclusive service of PR Newswire.To submit an Opportunity by e-mail: profnet@profnet.comTo consult the ProfNet Experts Database: contact ProfNet by phone: +1-800-PROFNET, ext. 1To share a thought on ProfNet Expert Alerts: profnetalerts@prnewswire.com1. Behavior: New Studies of Gratitude 2. Health: Fatty Fish and Skin Cancer Prevention 3. Health: Using Quality Data to Lower Healthcare Cost, Improve Outcomes 4. Health: Advantage of Multispecialty Group/Medical Home 5. Health: New Law Limits Family Medical History Questions


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