|Want to Live to be 100?
Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, dean of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Glassboro, New Jersey and director of the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging, recently presented on “Aging Successfully and Living to be 100,” at American Osteopathic Association’s OMED 2014, the Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition in Seattle.
Ski Bunnies and Hikers Beware!
Nearly 40 million tourists visit recreation areas above 7,800 feet in the Western United States each year. People from lower altitudes traveling to these areas are at increased risk of high altitude-related illness, so preparation is key, says Melissa Tabor, DO, an AOA board-certified physician in family and osteopathic manipulative medicine.
How to Improve Recovery and Long Term Effects of Concussions
A concussion, considered a traumatic brain injury or TBI, is most common in children and teenagers, and can take longer to recover from than adults. One DO proposes that OMT can reduce recovery time and long term side effects of concussions, which are often under-diagnosed and can cause serious health problems later in life.
Studies Show Physician Empathy Increases Patient Satisfaction and Outcomes
Is empathy a core component of “evidence-based medicine?” One prominent researcher and author in the area of empathy in patient care argues that the answer is unequivocally “yes” and says that it can and should be evaluated, taught and sustained, as studies show a high correlation between patient satisfaction and outcomes with empathy scores.
Top Five Warning Signs of Internet Pornography Addiction
With Internet usage skyrocketing to three billion users worldwide this year—nearly 40% of the world population from 1% in 1995—mental health professionals are struggling with an issue that has risen just as quickly: Internet pornography addiction, one of the most common addictions today.
Leading Medical Groups Urge Congress to Stop Steep Medicaid Cuts
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Physicians (ACP) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) convene today in Washington, DC to urge Congress to extend current-law payment parity for primary care and immunization services under Medicaid for at least two years.
American Osteopathic Association Installs Cleveland Clinic Executive Robert S. Juhasz, DO, as President
Robert S. Juhasz, DO, an AOA board-certified internist, has always strived for professional growth, working his way up from an after school job as a dishwasher to president of what is now Cleveland Clinic’s South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Today, Dr. Juhasz takes his drive for excellence to the next level as he begins serving as the 118th president of the American Osteopathic Association.
American Osteopathic Association Reminds Patients that Symptom-Checker Medical Websites and Apps Should Not Replace Physician Visits
According to a September 2013 survey released by Makovsky Health and Kelton, the average American spends about 52 hours each year on the Internet looking up health information. While medical websites with symptom-checker tools— such as WebMD, Isabel Symptom Checker and EverydayHealth— can provide valuable health information to patients, they should not be used as a replacement for a visit to the physician. Members of the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) House of Delegates voted to educate patients about the importance of seeing a physician when in need of a medical diagnosis instead of solely relying on medical websites or cell phone and tablet computer apps to self-diagnose illness or injury.
American Osteopathic Association Supports Transparency in Medical Costs
Being hospitalized for a medical procedure can be a stressful event but for many patients the financial burden of unexpected costs associated with care can add undue stress. To better educate patients, the American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates approved a policy advocating hospitals and other sites of medical services to provide patients in advance of scheduled procedures an estimate of all costs involved in their care, such as laboratory fees and medications, and whether it is covered by their insurance.
American Osteopathic Association Calls for Eliminating Unsolicited Requests to Purchase Medical Equipment
Companies that supply Durable Medical Equipment, like diabetic testing supplies and braces, often contact consumers directly about purchasing such supplies even if a physician has not authorized such use. The American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates voted to support efforts to eliminate unsolicited requests from companies that supply Durable Medical Equipment unless such equipment has been prescribed and discussed between the physician and the patient.
AOA Implores Congress to Remain Focused on Permanent Medicare Physician Payment Reform Despite Passage of Temporary SGR Fix
The AOA is disillusioned by the Senate’s shortsighted decision today to advance the "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014.” By approving the 17th temporary Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) patch in 11 years, Congress chose a fiscally irresponsible path that does nothing to ensure long-term access to quality health care for millions of seniors on Medicare. Despite this setback, the AOA strongly urges members of the House and the Senate to take steps now toward advancing the legislation embraced by the Senate Finance, House Ways & Means, and Energy & Commerce Committees by Democrats and Republicans alike that offers an improved system that values quality of health care over quantity.