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Smoking’s Toll on Health Is Even Worse Than Previously Thought, a Study Finds

Smoking’s Toll on Health Is Even Worse Than Previously Thought, a Study Finds | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
A new analysis suggests that an additional 60,000 deaths a year in the United States are linked to smoking.
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Smoking is a hard habit to break. Here are more reasons to quit released by a new study:

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CDC Features - Increase expected in medical care costs for COPD

CDC Features - Increase expected in medical care costs for COPD | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
Reduce medical costs for COPD, invest in programs that prevent tobacco use.
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The health and financial cost of COPD ...

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Evaluating GlaxoSmithKline’s COPD Unbranded Website | PM360

Evaluating GlaxoSmithKline’s COPD Unbranded Website | PM360 | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
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Challenged by COPD? Here's a resource ...

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COPD Together – A Resource for Caregivers

COPD Together – A Resource for Caregivers | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
COPD Together is an online resource for COPD caregivers. Learn more about COPD and what you can do to care for someone living with this condition.
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CareTogether support for the caregivers who provide care for friends and loved ones who are diagnosed with COPD. 

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Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek Diagnosed with COPD | COPD Foundation Blog

Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek Diagnosed with COPD | COPD Foundation Blog | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
Leonard Nimoy, famously known for his role on Star Trek as Spock, announced last week that he has COPD. I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have
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Follow Leonard Nimoy on Twitter. He gets it!

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Real-world evidence shows importance of treatment choice in risk of COPD ... - PR Newswire (press release)

Real-world evidence shows importance of treatment choice in risk of COPD ...
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Wow!  A 70% increase in #COPD associated pneumonia in the Advair group vs Symbiacort.#epatient

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Abraham Verghese: A doctor's touch | Video on TED.com

Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch.
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Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are merely data points, and calls for a return to the traditional one-on-one physical exam.

In our era of the patient-as-data-point, Abraham Verghese believes in the old-fashioned physical exam, the bedside chat, the power of informed observation.

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In hospital under 'observation' care? It can cost you

In hospital under 'observation' care? It can cost you | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
Days spent in the hospital under 'observation care' might not qualify under federal law for Medicare's nursing home coverage.
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Advocates for seniors say the distinction is not fair to patients. They're taking their argument to federal court in Hartford, Conn., Friday for the first hearing on a lawsuit seeking to have Medicare eliminate the observation label. Government lawyers argue in court filings that Medicare considers observation care an outpatient service, but if elderly patients think they should have been admitted to the hospital, they should file an appeal.

 

Yet, federal records and interviews with patients and advocates across the country show that many observation patients who call Medicare about the billing problem find out there is nothing that Medicare can do to help — as Frarie's and other persistent families have learned first-hand.

 

"People are often told there is nothing to appeal," said Judith Stein, executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, which is representing 14 seniors in the lawsuit.

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An Endgame for Tobacco?

An Endgame for Tobacco? | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
Novel, even radical proposals stimulate new thinking and dialogue around "endgame" strategies for tobacco prevention and control.
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What would it take to reduce or entirely eliminate cancer-causing illnesses and deaths? Some ideas via @RWJF #copd

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These Ex-Facebook Guys Want To Help You Find Cheaper Drugs

These Ex-Facebook Guys Want To Help You Find Cheaper Drugs | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
We've all been guilty of chasing a good deal. You've probably wasted time looking for the cheapest airplane ticket or driven across town just to cash in on that Groupon deal. Former...

 

Former Facebook engineer Scott Marlette thinks you'll do the same for prescription drugs. His startup, GoodRX, is the first prescription drug price comparison tool that mines data from every single pharmacy in the United States.

 

"GoodRx will have an impact on buying prescriptions the same way Expedia and Travelocity has changed buying airline tickets," he added. Consumers find the cheapest prescription drugs, so they don't have to leave their doctor's office and feel like ...

 

Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-02-16/tech/31063964_1_prescription-drugs-drug-costs-health-insurance#ixzz28qS3eNZZ


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A Randomized Trial of an Interactive, Mobile Text- Messaging Program to Promote Smoking Cessation in U.S. Adult Smokers

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medicine 2.0

2012

boston

 

A Randomized Trial of an
Interactive, Mobile Text-
Messaging Program to Promote
Smoking Cessation in U.S. Adult
Smokers

 

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Pt. Communities « e-Patient Dave

Pt. Communities « e-Patient Dave | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it

e-Patient Dave

A Voice of Patient Engagement

 

Patient Communities

Reorganized June 17, 2012

 

There are many, many more communities than the few listed below. Post them in a comment, and I’ll add them here when I can.

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Awaiting The Court Ruling, A Consumer Guide To Health Reform Law - Kaiser Health News

Awaiting The Court Ruling, A Consumer Guide To Health Reform Law - Kaiser Health News | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it

The Supreme Court is expected to rule within a week on some key constitutional challenges brought by states against the 2010 health care overhaul law. The decision will have sweeping ramifications for consumers, state officials, employers and health care providers, including hospitals and doctors.

 

While some of the key features don't kick in until 2014, the still-controversial law has already altered the health care industry and established a number of consumer benefits.

 

Here's an FAQ about some of the law's provisions that are already up and running as well as major features of what's to come, if the law stays in place.


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COPD Social Media - Influencers And Hashtags

COPD Social Media - Influencers And Hashtags | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
COPD thought-leaders and COPD related healthcare social media twitter hashtags. Discover who to follow and where the healthcare discussions are taking place.
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Catch up on #COPD and join the conversation on Twitter:

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What is COPD - COPD Symptoms - COPD Stages | COPD.com

What is COPD - COPD Symptoms - COPD Stages | COPD.com | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common lung diseases. There are two main forms of COPD: Chronic bronchitis & Emphysema.
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So impressive! Just had to post it ...

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CDC Features - Your New Year Quit Smoking

CDC Features - Your New Year Quit Smoking | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
Planning ahead can help make your healthy resolution a reality.
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WooHoo! You can do it! Quit smoking 2015 via CDC ... Do it for YOU.

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Hospital Infection Rates Down, But Patients Still Dying Of Preventable Causes - Kaiser Health News

Hospitals and nursing homes have been trying to cut facility-acquired infection rates, which has worked better for some conditions than others.
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Still a lot of work to be done on inpatient safety.

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Faces Of COPD | COPD Foundation Blog

Faces Of COPD | COPD Foundation Blog | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
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Faces of COPD

Although it's the third leading cause of death in the U.S., COPD is still unknown to many people.

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How Nicotine Affects People - Infographics Showcase

How Nicotine Affects People - Infographics Showcase | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
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Reasons to quit smoking ... all in one visual.This says it all.

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Measuring patient engagement: What would Ken Schwartz think?

Measuring patient engagement: What would Ken Schwartz think? | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
Maybe the incentives and payment widgets that shape and constrain a clinician’s time need some doctoring of their own.
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Ken Schwartz died of lung cancer in 1995 at age 40, less than a year after his diagnosis. But his legacy lives on in the foundation he started shortly before his death, the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dedicated to strengthening the relationships between patients and caregivers, it also stands as a poignant testament to the power of the human touch, and human kindness, in affirming our basic humanity.

 

Read his story.  What would he think?

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Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Homepage

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Homepage | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world.
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Don't stop. Then you don't have to try to stop.

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Infographic: Primary Care for the 21st Century « Healthcare Intelligence Network

Infographic: Primary Care for the 21st Century « Healthcare Intelligence Network | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it

Monday, October 8th, 2012
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Healthcare Intelligence Network

 

Primary care in the United States is moving toward a new, team model of care centered around the patient and led by the primary care physician.

 

The aim of this model of care, the patient-centered medical home, is to increase the quality and cost-effectiveness of care. Learn more about the structure of this model of care, why it's needed and what the healthcare system will need to support this model of care.


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This month’s star resource is a long-time favorite of ours:Epocrates

This month’s star resource is a long-time favorite of ours:Epocrates | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it

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http://www.thepatientreport.com/Resources.html

 

Have a pill in hand but don't know what it is? Resources #Epocrates

 

Read the same information your doctor does. T

 

Here is valuable information here---such as what to do if you miss a dose.

 

Patients and families may have difficulty when one medication can be used for different needs or when they have more than one pill for the same problem. Don't assume. Check to be sure.

 

is user-friendly. You won’t go there and get lost.The information included is what your doctor uses. Epocrates is used bydoctors, nurses, P.A.s and others every day. If they trust it, you can.It always is current. With new generics coming into use all of the time, that’s a big help.The pill images are superior: color, size and markings.Epocrates continuously works to make the site better.

Resource: epocrates.com


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"Patient Engagement is the Blockbuster Drug of the Century" - Forbes

"Patient Engagement is the Blockbuster Drug of the Century" - Forbes | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it
The insight of the year goes to Leonard Kish, a health IT strategy consultant, for making that statement regarding patient engagement.

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Safe Skyping: The Evolving Doctor-Patient Relationship | The Health Care Blog

Safe Skyping: The Evolving Doctor-Patient Relationship | The Health Care Blog | CareSwap_COPD | Scoop.it

Skype and videoconferencing have surpassed the tipping point of consumer adoption. Grandparents Skype with grandchildren living far, far away. Soldiers converse daily with families from Afghanistan and Iraq war theatres. Workers streamline telecommuting by videoconferencing with colleagues in geographically distributed offices.

 

In the era of DIY’ing all aspects of life, more health citizens are taking to DIY’ing health — and, increasingly, looking beyond physical health for convenient access to mental and behavioral health services.

 


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