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National health care spending slowed in 2017

2017 Saw Slowing in National Health Care Spending

Slower growth in health care spending mainly due to use and intensity of goods and services
Both short and long sleep duration and poor sleep quality are associated with increased odds of recurrent falls in women

Sleep Length, Quality Linked to Risk for Falls, Fractures

Women with less than five, more than 10 hours of sleep, poor sleep quality at increased risk for falls
Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is down with just days left to sign up

Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act Down From Last Year

In most states, Saturday is the sign-up deadline for coverage beginning Jan. 1
After implementation of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education diversity accreditation standards

U.S. Medical Schools See Increase in Diversity

More female, black, and Hispanic matriculants seen after diversity accreditation standards implemented
Policies for paid childbearing or family leave for residents are lacking at top-ranking medical schools and may be exacerbated by lack of direction from specialty boards

Paid Childbearing Policies Lacking for Residents

Policies optimizing competing goals and defining training competency needed
For individuals with asthma

PM2.5 Exposure Linked to Asthma Rescue Medication Use

National 1 µg/m³ drop in PM2.5 concentration would result in economic benefit of nearly $350 million
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals outperform non-VHA hospitals for 14 of 15 outcome measures in 121 regions

Veterans Health Administration Hospitals Outperform Non-VHAs

When 121 regions were considered together, VHA care was better for 14 of 15 outcome measures
Stress related to use of health information technology is common and predictive of burnout among physicians

HIT-Related Stress Linked to Burnout Among Physicians

Odds of burnout up with report of poor/marginal time for documentation, time spent on EHR at home
Rural residence and poverty are risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Rural Residence, Poverty Are Risk Factors for COPD

Among never-smokers, rural residence, neighborhood use of coal linked to risk for COPD
A lack of preventive care in infants and children is associated with an increased rate of unplanned hospital admissions

Lack of Peds Preventive Care Ups Unplanned Hospital Admissions

Infants and children lacking vaccinations, development checks more likely to be admitted