November 2012

Angioplasty Rate Affected by Reporting Requirements

BOSTON — Mandatory public reporting appears to make it less likely that patients entering hospitals with heart attacks receive angioplasties, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the VA Boston Healthcare… Read More

Plagued by VA Claims Backlog, Texas Funds Own Program to Speed Process

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Frustrated by the high level of backlogged VA claims in the state, Texas has developed “State Strike Force Teams” to gather required paperwork on claims to speed processing, officials from the state told Congress recently.… Read More

Duodenal Switch May Be More Effective Surgical Procedure

FORT LEWIS, WA — Is the duodenal-switch (DS) procedure better than the commonly-used gastric bypass (GB) in prompting weight loss and control of coexisting conditions, especially for the super-obese? An Army study published recently in the Archives of Surgery suggests… Read More

Obesity Appears to Affect Response to MRSA Antibiotics

SAN FRANCISCO — While non-obese patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pneumonia respond to both of the antibiotics vancomycin and linezolid, obese patients are best treated with linezolid, according to a VA researcher. Presenting at the annual Interscience Conference on… Read More

Effects of Gastric Bypass Surgery Last Over Time

SAN ANTONIO — Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery resulted in significant weight loss for severely obese patients, and the weight loss was sustained for an average of six years after the surgery, according to a new study. Patients who had the… Read More

VA, DoD Still Struggle to Electronically Transmit, Share Healthcare Information

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — Barriers to information technology (IT) compatibility between VA and DoD are endemic to joint healthcare projects across the country, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation. The report lists problem areas, the worst being… Read More

IG Report Points to Lack of Responsiveness by Iowa City VAMC Management

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — While medical care has not been compromised in the Iowa City VA Healthcare System, a “pervasive lack of support for staff problem-solving” could threaten patient safety, a recent investigation concluded. The findings were part of… Read More

Invasive Fungal Infections Complicate Treatment, Increase Mortality of IED-Wounded Servicemembers

By Brenda L. Mooney BETHESDA, MD – Invasive fungal wound infections are on the increase in military personnel wounded by improvised explosive devices, leading to significant morbidity and even death in some cases where the victims initially survived. David R.… Read More