Rachael Zimlich, RN
Rachael Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Medical Economics.
Tympanostomy tubes improve short-term hearing but lack long-term benefit
Tympanostomy tubes are widely used in pediatric care, taking first place as the most popular ambulatory surgery. However, new research reveals that tube placement provides just short-term hearing improvement and has little impact on quality of life.
OME management often strays from guidelines
Most physicians are not adhering to recommendations on otitis media management, according to a new report from the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF).
How to boost your Star ratings
The Stars ratings are meant to ensure that every health plan is providing adequate services for members. For payers, meeting these ever-changing measures can be a challenge.
Provider relations are key when incentives are absent
In lines of care where improved outcomes aren’t paired with bonus payments, motivating providers and members to close gaps in care can be difficult.
How one health plan aims to improve quality
Developing and carrying out a unified strategy for quality improvement can be difficult. CareSource is outlining its goals and supporting the front lines to initiate change.
Low CAHPS scores? Try this
Low CAHPS scores are a problem for health plans, but they don’t give much information in terms of how plans can improve. Drill down surveys might be the answer.
Simplify gaps in care and improve member compliance
Data is key to helping providers increase member compliance, and technology has made this delivery simpler and more effective.
CDC recommends cholera vaccine for certain U.S. travelers
The federal agency supports a vaccine fast-tracked by the FDA for adults traveling to one of the more than 50 countries where cholera is endemic.
Cost, perception remain barriers in pharmacy-based vaccination
Pharmacies can help reach populations that have difficulty in using traditional channels for vaccines, but obstacles remain.
Why do so many kids die so soon following a cancer diagnosis?
While improvements have been made to childhood cancer mortality rates, a recent research study aims to identify how many children die before being able to start treatment, and what interventions can be put in place to improve their chances.

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