February 2017 Briefing - Ophthalmology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Ophthalmology for February 2017. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Strategies Suggested to Protect Practices From Hackers

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Steps should be taken to protect medical practices, including small practices, from hackers, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Task Force Recommends Vision Screening in Children 3 to 5

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young children should be screened at least once for amblyopia before they turn 5 years old, according to a draft recommendation statement issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

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Physician Burnout Eroding Sense of Calling

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For physicians across specialties, burnout is associated with reduced odds of a sense of calling, according to a study published online Feb. 8 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Supreme Court Rules Patient Safety Data Subject to Litigation

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Supreme Court of Florida has reversed a District Court of Appeal decision deeming information related to patient safety unprotected from litigation discovery, according to a report published from the American Medical Association.

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Retinal OCT Measures Tied to Intracranial Pressure in Children

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Peripapillary retinal optical coherence tomography (OCT) measures are associated with intracranial pressure in children, according to a study published online Feb. 23 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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$20 Million Awarded for Quality Payment Program Training

FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About $20 million has been awarded to 11 organizations for the first of a five-year program to provide training and education about the Quality Payment Program for clinicians in individual or small group practices, with up to $80 million to be invested over the remaining four years, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Cyberattacks Remain Serious Threat to Health Providers

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cyberattacks remain a serious threat to small providers as well as big institutions, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Health Information Theft a Pressing Concern for U.S. Patients

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Forty-four percent of U.S. adults are worried about having their personal health care information stolen, according to findings from the Xerox eHealth Survey published Feb. 9 in HIT Consultant.

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Diet, Tobacco Counseling Feasible During Optometry Visits

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many adults expect their optometrist to ask about smoking and diet habits, and most feel comfortable discussing these issues with their optometrist, according to a study published online Feb. 17 in Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics.

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One in Four Ocular ER Visits for Nonurgent Conditions

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-quarter of enrollees in a U.S. managed care network who visit the emergency department for an ocular condition have a nonurgent condition, according to a study published online Feb. 1 in Ophthalmology.

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CMS Rule Set to Stabilize Small Health Insurance Markets

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a rule in relation to new reforms intended to stabilize individual and small group health insurance markets for 2018.

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Health Care Spending Expected to Grow 5.6% Annually to 2025

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health care spending is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.6 percent from 2016 to 2025, according to a report published online Feb. 15 in Health Affairs.

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Patient Complaints of Surgeon Attitude Tied to Worse Outcomes

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients treated by surgeons with a history of patient complaints regarding their personalities or attitude are at increased risk of surgical and medical complications, according to a study published online Feb. 15 in JAMA Surgery.

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Orbital Cellulitis Reported After Use of Facial Soft-Tissue Filler

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Delayed and recurrent orbital cellulitis following use of facial soft-tissue filler is described in a case report published online Feb. 10 in Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology.

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Total Retinal Blood Flow Lower in Diabetic Macular Edema

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Total retinal blood flow (TRBF) is significantly lower in eyes of patients with diabetic macular edema (DME), according to a study published online Feb. 9 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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RT Dose Main Risk for Radiation-Induced Optic Neuropathy

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The main risk factor for developing radiation-induced optic neuropathy (RION) is radiation dose, with no indication of other significant risk factors, according to a study published online Feb. 9 in Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology.

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Anterior Segment Parameters Tied to Gonioscopic Angle Closure

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Baseline anterior segment parameters are associated with development of incident gonioscopic angle closure after four years, according to a study published online Feb. 9 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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More Children Suffering Ocular Burns From Detergent Pods

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young children are suffering vision-threatening burns from the chemicals inside liquid laundry detergent pods in increasing numbers, according to a research letter published online Feb. 2 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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