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First Woman President of National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:36 PM

Donna L. Craft, DC, of Brooklyn, Mich., was elected president of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) at the NBCE annual meeting on May 2, 2014.

Dr. Craft becomes the first woman elected president in the organization's 51-year history. She previously served as NBCE vice president in 2012-2013, treasurer in 2010 and secretary in 2005-2006.

Senate Considers HHS Nominee
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:31 PM

A Senate committee considered Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's nominee for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary.  

Republican senators on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee  offered their opinions.  "Ms. Burwell has proven herself as an effective and dynamic manager, with experience and skill in leading a wide range of organizations," committee chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said in his opening remarks. "She is an impressive nominee and eminently qualified to serve as the next secretary of Health and Human Services."

When Hospitals Buy Practices, Insurers, Patients Pay the Piper
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:01 AM

A new study gives ammunition to what health economists and health insurers have argued for years: When hospitals buy physician practices, the result is usually higher hospital prices and increased spending by privately insured patients.  The study was based on an analysis of 2.1 million hospital claims from workers of self-insured employers between 2001 and 2007. The analysis by Stanford University researchers found prices were most likely to increase when hospitals bought physician practices, as opposed to hospitals forming looser contractual relationships with physicians.

HHS Says ACA Saved $4 Billion and 15,000 Lives
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:45 AM

Hospital-acquired infections and other harms that befall inpatients dropped 9% in 2011-2012, preventing nearly 15,000 deaths and saving about $4 billion, the Obama administration announced.  In addition, hospital readmissions for Medicare patients dropped to 17.5%, in 2013.  The decline in infections, adverse drug events, falls, and other hospital-acquired conditions also avoided 560,000 patient injuries, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Murder: Another Ambien Side Effect?
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:34 AM
Forensic psychiatrists have found it challenging to unravel the role of zolpidem (Ambien) in several brutal murders committed against loved ones.  The cases may be the most extreme examples of an already known side effect of zolpidem -- that, even at recommended doses, people using the drug may get out of bed and do things while still effectively asleep, and don't remember it the next day.

Numerous reports have described people fixing meals, having sex, and even getting into their cars and driving away in the middle of the night, with no later recollection. A few "Ambien zombies" have wrecked their cars and even killed people in accidents.  But in at least three cases, a person with no apparent motive and no history of violence brutally murdered a spouse or close friend in the wee hours after taking more than the recommended dose of zolpidem along with other psychotropic medications.

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