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Standardizing demographic data can improve the accuracy of patient matching

Standardizing Demographics Ups Accuracy of Patient Matching

Standardization of address and last name improved sensitivity from 81.3 to 91.6 percent
Foreign-body ingestions are common in children aged younger than 6 years and have increased over time

Foreign Body Ingestions Increasingly Common in Young Children

Annual rate increased significantly from 9.5 to 18 per 10,000 children from 1995 to 2015
For patients with cystic fibrosis

Cytomegalovirus Linked to Faster Progression of Cystic Fibrosis

Faster progression to end-stage lung disease observed among patients with CMV IgG positivity
For physician mothers in procedural specialties

Domestic Responsibilities Tied to Physician Mothers’ Satisfaction

Being responsible for at least five tasks linked to desire to change career for moms in procedural specialties
An estimated 4.0 million new pediatric asthma cases could be attributed to ambient nitrogen dioxide pollution annually

Four Million New Peds Asthma Cases Attributed to NO2 Annually

Burden of new pediatric asthma cases accounts for 13 percent of global incidence
The same services are more expensive when performed in outpatient versus office settings

Same Services More Expensive in Outpatient Than Office Settings

2009 to 2017 also saw increase in proportion of services performed in outpatient settings
Continued smoking among patients with cancer and the associated increase in attributable first-line cancer treatment failure is tied to significant incremental costs for subsequent cancer treatments

Continued Smoking Among Cancer Patients Ups Costs by $3.4B

Estimates based on additional treatment following higher failure risk for first-line cancer treatment
The latest edition of the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria has been released and includes 188 diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics

New, Revised Topics Released in ACR Appropriateness Criteria

New topics relate to clinically suspected vascular malformation of extremities, gestational trophoblastic disease
In 2017

CDC: TB Incidence Declined Slightly in United States in 2017

Number of cases, disease incidence decreased globally, but more progress needed to meet targets
Preventive drugs are frequently used in the last year of life among older adults with cancer

Preventive Drugs Often Used in Last Year of a Cancer Patient’s Life

Preventive drugs, including antihypertensives and statins, frequently continued until final month of life