Top stories in health and medicine, March 20, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Folate Supplements Cut Strokes in Hypertension. Folic acid supplements significantly decreased risk of first stroke in those with hypertension.
  2. Patients Will Record Encounters, and Docs Must Adjust. Physicians must accept the possibility that every conversation with a patient may be secretly recorded by the patient.
  3. Legalities of Body Cams Raise Many Questions. With any new proposed use of technology comes a new need to review potential regulations and laws. Video recordings of patient interactions would be no exception.
  4. Focusing Care on Patients Who Need It Most: Easier Said Than Done? Now that our accountable care organization has ramped up the hiring of care coordinators across our system, they have refocused their efforts on figuring out the complex issue of what makes a high-risk patient — that is, who needs care management?

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