Commentary: Mild cognitive impairment: a practice guideline update – Clinical Advisor (free)
“For patients diagnosed with MCI, clinicians may choose NOT to offer cholinesterase inhibitors”.
“If clinicians choose to offer cholinesterase inhibitors, they must first discuss with patients the fact that this is an off-label prescription not currently backed by empirical evidence”.
2 – Association of Cardiovascular Risk With Inhaled Long-Acting Bronchodilators in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Nested Case-Control Study – JAMA Internal Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)
Commentaries: Starting new COPD inhaler tied to heart attack risk – Reuters (free) AND New Use of Long-Acting Bronchodilators in COPD Tied to Increased Cardiovascular Risk – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND COPD patients beginning inhaler therapy at greater short-term risk for CVD – Cardiovascular Business (free)
3 – Myeloablative Autologous Stem-Cell Transplantation for Severe Scleroderma – The New England Journal of Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)
Commentaries: ACA Pay-For-Performance Programs Not Living Up To Expectations – MedicalResearch (free) U.S. Researchers: Change or End the Current Pay-for-Performance System – Physician’s First Watch (free) AND Impact of US Pay for Performance Programs ‘Limited And Disappointing’ Say Experts – ScienceNewsline (free)
Related: The Effects of Pay-for-Performance Programs on Health, Health Care Use, and Processes of Care: A Systematic Review – Annals of Internal Medicine (free) AND Pay-for-performance fails to perform – Harvard Medical School, via ScienceDaily (free) AND Value-Based Purchasing: Time for Reboot or Time to Move On? by Ashish K. Jha, MD – The JAMA Forum (free)
8 – Association of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Implementation With Readmission and Mortality Outcomes in Heart Failure – JAMA (link to abstract – $ for full-text)
Commentaries: To Fix the Hospital Readmissions Program, Prioritize What Matters – JAMA Forum (free) AND Readmissions reduction program linked to increased mortality for heart failure patients – Cardiovascular Business (free) AND Going the Wrong Way: ACA’s Readmission Reduction Program Linked To Increased Heart Failure Deaths – MedicalResearch (free) AND Hospital quality-control program tied to rise in heart failure deaths – Reuters (free)
Original article: Delayed antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory infections – Cochrane Library (free) AND Summary: Delayed antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory tract infections – Cochrane Library (free)