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Fall Managed Care Forum 2014

The Fall Forum will be held November, 12-13, 2014 at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada for medical directors, nurses and administrators.

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GENOMICS


Newly discovered gene mutation raises breast cancer risk to 35 percent by age 70
Healthline
Mutations in two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, were known to raise a woman's risk of breast cancer long before Angelina Jolie’s now famous double mastectomy. But now, mutations in a third gene called PALB2 have been shown to increase breast cancer risk by almost as much.
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An easier way to manipulate malaria genes
R&D Magazine
Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria, has proven notoriously resistant to scientists’ efforts to study its genetics. It can take up to a year to determine the function of a single gene, which has slowed efforts to develop new, more targeted drugs and vaccines.
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Is musical talent rooted in genes?
LiveScience via Fox News
Practice doesn't always make perfect when it comes to becoming the next Mozart, a new study suggests. Researchers compared pairs of identical twins, and found that no matter how hard one twin had practiced up until that point in their life, the other twin who had practiced much less still had an equal level of ability in certain musical skills.
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BIOTECH/DIAGNOSTICS/PERSONALIZED MEDICINE


Why sex differences in basic research matter in the clinic
Medscape
Medicine as we know it revolves around the concept of the standard of care: The best course of prevention or treatment for the general population. If that doesn't work, physicians and their patients move on to the next prevention or treatment plan, and then the next.
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Better clinical trial designs could lower development costs and yield more new drugs
Forbes
In order to reduce the diversity gap between men and women and among various subpopulations represented in clinical trials, and to moderate the costs of these studies, we need to innovate in trial design. In other words, we need to think outside the box.
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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE


A stem cell study shows promising results for severe stroke patients
The Washington Post
An injection of stem cells into the brains of recent stroke victims might help their long-term recovery, according to a promising but preliminary study out of the United Kingdom’s Imperial College London. A strokes occurs when there is an interruption or reduction of blood flow to the brain.
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Cancer stem cells: An elusive target
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Even though CSCs may represent the link between the primary tumor and metastatic progression, there is much disagreement in the role these cells play in vivo in tumor progression, and much controversy exists as to the bona fide nature of these cells within a tumor — is this a distinct cell class within a tumor resistant to therapy or do these cells represent a fleeting phenotype?
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EMERGING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES


An aging America: The future of healthcare depends on telehealth
By Karen R. Thomas
As a country, we are living longer and in greater numbers. The number of people over the age of 65 in America is predicted to rise to nearly 80 million by 2040, according to the Administration on Aging. When that happens, there will be more people living in our country who are over the age of 65 than at any point before in history, a fact that has many wondering if the U.S. healthcare system will have the resources, systems and integration to care for such a substantial older adult population.
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Deloitte: Global e-visits to reach 100M by year's end
FierceHealthIT
This year could be the inflection point in adoption of e-visits as technological advances and pressures to reduce costs and improve care boost the option, according to a Deloitte report. Deloitte predicts there will be 100 million e-visits globally during 2014, potentially saving more than $5 billion over the cost of in-person visits.
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Secure mobile technology replaces overhead paging at reading health system
Health IT Outcomes
Keeping staff in contact with each other had become a real challenge at Reading Health System. Even if they were in the same facility, doctors and nurses struggled to communicate with each other using landlines and overhead paging systems.
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Is musical talent rooted in genes?
LiveScience via Fox News
Practice doesn't always make perfect when it comes to becoming the next Mozart, a new study suggests.

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Child abuse impacts how children's genes are activated
Science World Report
Child abuse may not just impact a person emotionally; it may also influence their genes.

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Is there a happiness gene?
LiveScience via Yahoo News
One secret to happiness may lie in genes, a new study suggests.

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FDA: NEW TREATMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY


FDA allows limited use of Ebola drug, stock spikes
CNNMoney
Canadian biotech firm Tekmira Pharmaceuticals announced that the Federal Drug Administration knocked down a key barrier to its medicine, TKM Ebola, reaching some patients. The FDA moved the drug from a "full hold" to a "partial hold," which means Tekmira can use the drug in limited experiments.
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AIDS activist takes up a new fight: Defending FDA
The Associated Press via ABC News
As an AIDS activist in the early 1990s, Gregg Gonsalves traveled to Washington to challenge the Food and Drug Administration. Gonsalves was part of the confrontational group AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, which staged protests outside the FDA's headquarters, disrupted its public meetings and pressured its leaders into speeding up the approval of experimental drugs for patients dying of AIDS.
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ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS


Medicare offers waiver of 3-day rule for some ACOs, bundled payments
Modern Healthcare
The average number of days that patients spend hospitalized has gradually declined, as medicine and technology improve and policymakers pressure hospitals for more efficiency. That trend, however, is at odds with Medicare rules in place since that program began requiring a three-day hospital stay before the CMS will pay for skilled-nursing care.
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5 things to consider when planning ACOs
FierceHealthPlayer
When insurers and providers create new accountable care organizations, there are certain considerations they should keep in mind to help guarantee the programs' success, according to a new blog post in Health Affairs. One of the biggest problems in setting up a new ACO is that neither payers nor providers can appropriately invest in necessary features, including technology and personnel, without guaranteeing participants will see meaningful, measurable gains in their care, as well as lowered costs.
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MANAGED HEALTHCARE NEWS


Over 300,000 must prove eligibility or lose healthcare
The New York Times
More than 300,000 people who bought subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act could lose it next month if they do not provide proof that they are living in the United States legally, the Obama administration said. The administration has been trying to resolve questions about the eligibility of hundreds of thousands of people who signed up for private health plans through the new insurance exchanges and qualified for federal subsidies to help with the cost.
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More Obamacare woes: Congress must act to block health insurance bailout
Fox News
As evidence mounts of a looming taxpayer-funded bailout of health insurance companies under Obamacare, the urgency grows for Congress to take this possibility off the table for good. As expected, Obamacare's costs are rising, and health insurers are passing them along to patients in the form of higher premiums and deductibles.
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Is Ebola airborne? Canadian study shows deadly evidence
By Lauren Swan
The Ebola outbreak continues to grow worse every week, and now the relief organization Samaritan's Purse has implied there are actually more than 3,400 infected in West Africa. Both Sierra Leone and Liberia are in a state of emergency, involving the military for Sierra Leone and the retraction of civil rights for 90 days in Liberia. Meanwhile, the CDC and medical journals continue to push the ideas that Ebola is difficult to catch and can only be transmitted through touching bodily fluids. It turns out that may be false.
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FAST FACTS
"Seizures can be caused by a number of factors, including epilepsy or fever, and most seizures stop themselves, according to the National Institutes of Health."


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