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Insurers invoking all-product clauses to fill exchange plan networks
Pamela Lewis Dolan
Some physicians are experiencing confusion and surprise by learning they are contracted to accept patients covered by insurance exchange plans despite the fact they rejected offers to participate in those plans. Plans are invoking what is known as an “all-product clause.” This is a provision many physicians may not be aware are present in their contracts, but essentially force physicians contracted in a particular payer plan to participate in all of the plans offered by that payer in the state, including those offered through the exchanges.
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Healthcare's next innovation? The answer is in the data
As the healthcare industry goes digital, all of those doctor visits and other health-related transactions are creating terabytes of highly valuable data. In too many places, however, that data isn't shared as widely as it could be. Outdated systems and processes limit availability to the department that generated the data.
Government expands help for buying health insurance
The Washington Post
With just a month left for Americans to select health plans this year through new insurance marketplaces, the Obama administration is bending some rules to prevent people from being stranded without coverage because of state-run exchanges riddled with computer problems. In states with dysfunctional insurance marketplaces, the government will for the first time help pay for certain health plans that consumers buy on their own.
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Group wants heart attack warning on testosterone
The Associated Press via ABC News
A consumer advocacy group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to add a bold warning label to popular testosterone drugs for men in light of growing evidence that the hormone treatments can increase the risk of heart attack. The group Public Citizen says the agency should immediately add a "black box" warning — the most serious type — to all testosterone medications and require manufacturers to warn physicians about a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death with the treatments.
Critics oppose FDA approval of painkiller Zohydro
A new narcotic painkiller is due to come on the market in March, and critics want the FDA to reverse its approval of the drug, Zohydro ER. They claim it could become the next OxyContin, another opioid that's become a popular drug of abuse. Critics of the FDA's ruling include attorneys general from 28 states and FED UP!, a union of consumer groups, addiction treatment providers, drug and alcohol prevention programs and other interested groups.
Could new hepatitis C drugs bust state budgets?
Two new medications to treat the deadly epidemic of hepatitis C promise millions of Americans a better chance of a cure, shorter periods of treatment and fewer side effects than older drugs. They also threaten to bust state budgets and raise private insurance rates.
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Sequencing genes can pinpoint rare illnesses — Might it also help with other problems?
New Scientist via The Washington Post
Born prematurely, Lillian Yuska struggled to feed, and she suffered from chronic gastrointestinal problems and repeated infections. After years of shuttling her from specialist to specialist, Lillian's parents turned to cutting-edge technology: They had their daughter's genetic code mapped. This genomic sequencing, which began when Lillian was 4, revealed that she had tricho-hepato-enteric syndrome-2, a condition caused by a gene mutation that disrupts gut function and immunity. Only six other children worldwide are known to have the condition.
Viruses in 700-year-old human feces have antibiotic resistance genes
Medical News Today
Though digging through a latrine from the 14th century is not the most glamorous of tasks, scientists have found viruses that contain genes for antibiotic resistance in fossilized human feces from ancient Belgium. The feces are from a time long before antibiotics were used, and the investigators say it provides evidence that the human gut has remained unchanged after centuries.
Rare mutation kills off gene responsible for diabetes
The New York Times
A new study based on genetic testing of 150,000 people has found a rare mutation that protects even fat people from getting Type 2 diabetes. The effect is so pronounced — the mutation reduces risk by two-thirds — that it provides a promising new target for developing a drug to mimic the mutation's effect.
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Smoking tied to changes in the structure of teen brains
Young smokers who have smoked more cigarettes have clear differences in their brains compared to lighter smokers, according to a new study. "Earlier studies of older participants showed that the smokers had structural differences in various brain regions," said senior author Edythe D. London.
Study: Children sleep better when parents establish rules, limit technology and set a good example
Although sleep problems persist among many American children, parents can make a difference by setting boundaries around electronics use, enforcing rules and setting a good example. These are the latest findings from the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep in America poll, an annual study that began in 1991. The 2014 poll took a deeper look into the sleep practices and beliefs of the modern family with school-aged children.
6 tips for reducing your risk of kidney disease
One in three Americans is at increased risk for kidney disease due to high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney failure. In honor of National Kidney Month in March and World Kidney Day on March 13th, the National Kidney Foundation encourages everyone to learn about these bean-shaped organs and how to keep yours healthy.
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Should pharma be criticized for investing too much in fighting cancer?
Earlier in the year, Helen Thomas of Wall Street Journal wrote on the "Heard on the Street" column about the large and highly concentrated investments that the biopharmaceutical industry is making in oncology research. Citing data from a Barclays analysis, Thomas voiced the following concern.
Microwaving tumors: New procedure knocks out kidney cancer without surgery
As the war on cancer rages on, new technology is making it easier for doctors to remove tumors without invasive surgery. When Rory Kleinman, 42, sought medical attention for stomach issues in 2012, he had no idea that routine scans would reveal a more serious problem. "What happened was they were looking for something specific to do with my stomach, and through an MRI they then saw something — a nodule on my liver — and so they had me do a subsequent MRI to check that," Kleinman told Fox News.
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Roche drug fails to help lung cancer patients in study
Roche Holding AG will stop an advanced test on an experimental lung cancer drug because it wasn’' effective enough, throwing the once-promising therapy's future into question. The 499-person study had evaluated Roche's MetMab drug combined with Tarceva in patients with non-small cell lung cancer, the Basel, Switzerland-based drugmaker said in a statement today. An independent data monitoring committee recommended that the study be stopped, Roche said.
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Waiting room test can help diagnose depression and anxiety, offering doctors fuller patient profiles
While endowing doctors with their own iPads may cause unnecessary distractions — time that could be better spent looking for nonverbal cues to patients' emotional states — giving the patients themselves the devices may do doctors some favors. A new study from King's College London has shown that waiting room assessments can screen for anxiety and depression, finding information that can then be sent straight to the patient’s doctor.
Depression as risk to heart health
High levels of depressive symptoms are common among heart disease patients. Rather than a side effect of heart problems, depression may be a serious risk factor.
A recent review of research found that depression after acute coronary syndrome was associated with all-cause death, heart-related death and non-fatal negative outcomes.
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