NCQA Adds New Distinction for Behavioral Health Integration

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is proud to announce a new behavioral health distinction for recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practices. Practices that earn NCQA’s Behavioral Health Integration Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration have the right resources, protocols, tools and measures in place to care for the needs of patients with behavioral health conditions. This distinction helps practices provide comprehensive whole person care that acknowledges the behavioral health needs of the individual beyond the core requirements of NCQA PCMH Recognition.The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is proud to announce a new behavioral health distinction for recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practices. Practices that earn NCQA’s Behavioral Health Integration Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration have the right resources, protocols, tools and measures in place to care for the needs of patients with behavioral health conditions.

Read More

 

Study: Doctors may prescribe double the number of opioids than what patient needs after hysterectomy

Researchers at the University of Michigan tracked opioid use in roughly 100 women two weeks after undergoing a hysterectomy for benign reasons. Women were commonly prescribed about 40 hydrocodone pills, but on average, had nearly 22 leftover, according to the findings published in the December issue of The Green Journal, the official publication of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The study contributes to the efforts of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (Michigan-OPEN), which aims to halve both the amount of opioids prescribed to Michigan surgical patients, and the number of patients who still use opioids months after surgery.

Read More

Female Parkinson’s disease patients less likely to receive caregiver support than men

Female Parkinson’s disease patients are much less likely than male patients to have caregivers, despite the fact that caregivers report greater strain in caring for male patients. The findings come from a large study reported today in Neurology by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Care provided by family and friends to people with Parkinson’s disease is an important source of support, and our findings show that women living with Parkinson’s are less likely to receive this support than men,” said study lead author Nabila Dahodwala, MD, associate professor of Neurology at Penn Medicine. “We need strategies to improve women’s access to this support.”

Read More

Do High-Protein Diets Aid Satiety and Appetite Control?

Satiety, defined as the state of feeling completely full, is influenced by various factors such as the endocrine system, the gastrointestinal system, and the cognitive system. A diet rich in proteins seems to influence some of these systems, making protein the most satiating macronutrient, followed by carbohydrates and fats.

Researchers have shown a strong association between satiety and high-protein diets, but there are not many studies that compared high-protein diets with normal-protein diets. This comparison could be of significance since different types of proteins induce distinct effects on satiety.

Read More