Insurance coverage of CT screening for lung cancer is expanding, with changes coming to both private insurance and Medicare. Beginning January 1, 2015, private insurance will cover low-dose CT screening for lung cancer in high-risk individuals, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. In November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a proposal to cover CT screening for lung cancer. Medicare coverage could begin in mid-2015.
The National Jewish Health Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories were recently licensed to conduct testing on specimens from the State of Rhode Island. The license, issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health, is valid until December 30, 2015.
National Jewish Health has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.
Flu season is around the corner for most of the country, and now is the time to get prepared. National Jewish Health Infection Preventionist Marie Fornof, RN, BSN, CIC, answers some common questions regarding this year’s flu season.
National Jewish Health has seen a significant surge in urgent care visits and hospital admissions due to worsening asthma among children with respiratory infections. Pia Hauk, MD, Clinical Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics at National Jewish Health, offers recommendations to help asthma patients avoid complications from respiratory infections.
The Office of Professional Education at National Jewish Health received two awards at the annual meeting of the Colorado Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (CACME). National Jewish Health won the “Best Practice in Collaboration Award” for a partnership with the North American Quitline Consortium on the Beyond the 5 A’s: Improving Cessation Interventions through Strengthened Training. Additionally, the institution received the “Best Practice in Research Award” for the research conducted in year one of The Wellbeing Campaign.
Like more than 20 million other Americans, John Brugger has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. He snored, tossed and turned and struggled to breathe during the night, which often left him not only exhausted the next day but also raised his risk of heart attack, stroke and car accidents. Fed up, Brugger went to his doctor, who suggested he use a CPAP machine, which delivers air through a face mask while he sleeps to keep his throat open with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).
Twenty-five National Jewish Health physicians have been named "Top Doctors" in the 2014 ranking of Denver-area physicians by 5280 magazine. Top doctors are those named most often by 9,700 Denver metro-area doctors who were asked, specialty by specialty, which physicians they would trust to treat themselves or a loved one.
More than 120 golfers and guests raised a record-breaking $170,000 for Morgridge Academy for chronically ill children at the sold-out National Jewish Health Golf Classic on Aug. 3-4, 2014. The event, presented by RE/MAX and sponsored by Shanahan’s, featured dinner at Shanahan’s, Denver’s most celebrated steak and seafood restaurant, followed by a day of golf at the exclusive Sanctuary golf course in Sedalia, Colo.
Falling down is no joke. Trips, slips, stumbles and other missteps among people over 65 lead to more than 2.3 million injuries, 662,000 hospitalizations and more than 20,000 deaths each year in the United States. One in three elderly adults fall each year, but they are not alone. One in five middle age adults (54-64) fall each year, and more than one in six young adults (21-45) fall each year.