Atrial fibrillation in post-surgical cardiac patients drives up costs; Majority still oppose ACA

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> A new study of cardiac surgeries at Virginia hospital linked incidents of postoperative atrial fibrillation to higher treatment costs and longer lengths of stay, Healio reported. Article

> A majority of Americans still oppose the Affordable Care Act, although that is skewed by objections from Republicans and independent voters, according to a bipartisan poll. More than 80 percent of Democrats approve of the law, according to Fox News. Article

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> In the face of a looming primary care shortage and an ongoing rural health crisis, many healthcare programs invest in training nurses to work in underserved areas with the help of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For example, HHS recently awarded a $600,000 grant to students pursuing master's degrees in the University of Maine's Family Nurse Practitioner Program, according to the Bangor Daily News. Article

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> Technology to power population health management is improving, but still has a ways to go to truly fulfill its promise, according to three panelists who will be speaking at the Health IT Summit in Seattle next week. Article

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