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Outpatient Reports
Pain medicine spending for outpatients triples in 10 years

According to a new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report, the nation spent $13.2 billion on outpatient prescription pain medicines in 2006, three times more than in 1996. More

Outpatient visits for certain conditions on the rise
Outpatient visits to hospitals and other medical providers for high cholesterol grew 300%; kidney disease, 112%; and diabetes and thyroid disease, 96% between 1996 and 2006, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. More

Insurance Reports
Uninsured hospital stays rise 34% in decade’s time
The number of uninsured hospital stays increased 34% between 1997 and 2006 to more than 2.2 million per year, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Insurance often fails cancer patients
Cancer patients often find it difficult to find or maintain adequate and affordable health coverage, according to a recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and American Cancer Society. More

CDC: 17% of Americans have high-deductible plan
According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, an estimated 17% of Americans under age 65 with private health insurance had a high-deductible health plan in 2007.

Other Studies
Study points to racial disparities in care
African American heart attack patients who live in highly segregated areas are more likely than Caucasians to be admitted to hospitals with lower survival rates, according to an online study published by Health Affairs. More

One in 10 adults experiences serious mental distress
According to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 24.3 million U.S. adults experienced serious psychological distress in 2007, and only 45% of them received mental health services.

Local surgery for primary metastatic breast tumors reduces risk of death
Local surgery on the tumors of patients with metastatic breast cancer appears to significantly reduce the risk of death, according to findings presented at the Society of Surgical Oncology 62nd Annual Cancer Symposium.




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    Earning a living while wearing pajamas sounds great, but how do you get started on a career as an online nursing instructor? Click here to find out.

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  • Cholecystectomy: Take a look at two options
    By Bernadette R. Thomas, RN, CNOR, BSN
    Open surgery or laparoscopy? Click here to find out how to care for a patient who's undergoing either type of surgery.



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