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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.

The Forum features up-to-date, useful information on the ACA and healthcare changes, trends and how to improve patient outcomes.

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The Fall Forum will feature the first Annual Innovation Awards for the NAMCP Medical Directors Institute, AAMCN and AAIHDS. If you are interested in applying for this award, please contact Katie Eads at keads@namcp.org or 804-527-1905 and we will send you an application.
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GENOMICS


Tiny, vast windows into human DNA
The New York Times
In the history of biology, two little animals loom large. In the early 1900s, scientists began studying Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly. Research on these fast-breeding insects revealed that genes lie on chromosomes, which turned out to be true for other animals, including us.
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Bipolar disorder genes uncovered
PsychCentral
Novel genes have been identified as possible contributors to bipolar disorder. The condition, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a chronic and devastating psychiatric illness, affecting 0.5-1.6 percent of the general population across their lifetime. Its causes are not yet fully understood, but genetic factors are thought to play a large role.
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Gene clues to glaucoma risk
AFP via Yahoo News
Scientists said they had identified six genetic variants linked to glaucoma, a discovery that should help earlier diagnosis and better treatment for this often-debilitating eye disease. A trio of studies published in the journal Nature Genetics by separate groups of researchers found telltale variants on genes that also play a role in regulating cholesterol in cells and in an age-related arterial disease, atherosclerosis.
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BIOTECH/DIAGNOSTICS/PERSONALIZED MEDICINE


Why Google wants to map your body with its Baseline Study
The Motley Fool
Google is a company built on providing information to make our lives easier. While that information included search histories, maps and cloud-based software in the past, the search giant recently launched a new Google X project to better understand the human body. The project, known as the Baseline Study, will organize data from accumulated genetic profiles.
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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE


Stem cell industry's 'huge development' in Bay Area
SFGate
Almost three years after a Bay Area company shut down the world's first clinical trial of a therapy using embryonic stem cells, another local company is reviving the therapy. The treatment drew international attention in 2010, when Geron in Menlo Park began testing it in patients with severe spinal cord injuries. But it scrapped the project a year later because of a lack of funds — a move seen as a major blow to the nascent field.
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Research making ALS less of a mystery
CBS News
Ed Tessaro, 68, just joined the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the social media fundraising phenomenon that has brought in over $100 million in donations to fight ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. But Tessaro's challenge is different than most. Tessaro has been fighting the disease for more than five years. "My arms and legs are weaker, when I walk I'm pretty much at risk," Tessaro told CBS News. "That's really the only bad news. I'm breathing at 100 percent of normal, which is great news."
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EMERGING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES


Device could quickly deliver wide-ranging medical info
Boston Herald
A Cambridge company is attempting to create a real-world version of the famous tricorder on “Star Trek” — an instant scanning and analysis device that would be able take crucial vitals, as well as run dozens of medical tests — on one drop of blood, telling the user within minutes whether they have a cold, the flu, or something more serious like a heart abnormality.
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Can surgeons be trained using gaming technology?
Medical News Today
Thiss month saw the first ever "virtual reality operation," conducted as part of research into how the Oculus Rift headset may benefit surgical training. We examine this and other unexpected collaborations between surgery and gaming technology.
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Hackers are homing in on hospitals
MIT Technology Review
Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting the computer networks of hospitals — one recently announced theft involved data from 4.5 million people who had received treatment from Community Health Systems, a company that runs more than 200 hospitals.
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FDA: NEW TREATMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY


Treating sleep apnea: FDA approves new device
Medscape
Sleep apnea is common. More than 18 million adults have it. Although loud snoring is the symptom that bed partners complain about most, excessive daytime sleepiness is the symptom most experienced by those who have it. In sleep apnea, the airway becomes blocked or totally collapses. Breathing starts and stops. Pauses in breathing can last seconds to minutes.
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VentiRx's motolimod receives FDA Fast Track designation for ovarian cancer treatment
News-Medical.net
VentiRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company committed to the development and commercialization of novel Toll-like receptor 8 immunotherapies, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Fast Track designation to the investigation of motolimod when administered in combination with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin for the treatment of women with ovarian cancer whose disease has progressed on or recurred after platinum-based chemotherapy.
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Bipolar disorder genes uncovered
PsychCentral
Novel genes have been identified as possible contributors to bipolar disorder. The condition, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a chronic and devastating psychiatric illness, affecting 0.5-1.6 percent of the general population across their lifetime.

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Our genes determine the traces that stress leaves behind on our brains
Medical Xpress
Our individual genetic make-up determines the effect that stress has on our emotional centers. These are the findings of a group of researchers from the MedUni Vienna.

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A gene that makes you need less sleep?
The New Yorker
Since June, 1957, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been monitoring America’s health habits, tabulating things like whether we smoke, drink, or sit around all day, and how many of us visit our doctors regularly and take our medications at the prescribed times.

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ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS


This ACO shows results
Healthcare IT News
In a region dominated by one insurer and teeming with health systems, accountable care models are gaining provider acceptance but still accumulating evidence. Almost four years after introducing accountable care contracts, Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross is touting some positive clinical and financial improvements, with participation now including 90 percent of the region's delivery systems.
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MANAGED HEALTHCARE NEWS


Get ready for health insurance enrollment
The Wall Street Journal
If you get health insurance through your workplace, you'll probably have a chance this fall to make important decisions about your coverage and costs. Because many corporate health plans hold their annual open-enrollment periods in October and November, many employees can expect to get a packet of benefits, or instructions for making elections online, as well as updates on changes to their plans required by the Affordable Care Act.
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Don't trap people In Medicaid
Forbes
Are you worried that Obamacare will lead to a two-tiered healthcare system, with some people getting quicker care and better care than others? Guess what? For millions of Americans that has already happened. Although the new health reform law is giving generous subsidies to low and moderate income families, there are two broad categories of people who do not have access to subsidized private insurance in the Obamacare exchanges.
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High health plan deductibles weigh down more employees
The New York Times
Anita Maina was working on an arts and crafts project she found on Pinterest — creating a table out of wood and cork — when she ripped off a fingernail while removing staples from a piece of wood. “It is one of those things that really hurt, and I thought I should go to urgent care,” said Maina, 27.
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