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NAMCP Medical Directors Institute Releases New Dossier Templates
The NAMCP Medical Directors Institute has simultaneously released the NAMCP Medical Technologies Dossier Template and the NAMCP Medical Diagnostics Dossier Template, which provide medical directors and manufacturers with a dossier template formats for either medical devices or diagnostics that accounts for evidence-based development approaches and unique aspects of each of these technology types (instead of having to attempt to follow drug-based formats that are often not ideal for these types of health technologies). NAMCP developed this format at the request of its membership because a consistent format for presenting information about medical devices and diagnostics hasn't been made available to the managed care community.

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Journal of Managed Care Medicine new website released
The Journal of Managed Care Medicine (JMCM) has released its new website at www.jmcmpub.org. The website features current issues, past issues, supplements and much more. Be sure to visit the website for updates on the latest topics in managed care medicine.

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GENOMICS


Whole-gene scan analyzes mystery illnesses in kids
NBC News
A new kind of genetic test that analyzes all of a person’s genes can provide a diagnosis about a quarter of the time for patients whose conditions have baffled doctors, scientists reported. And for young children with mysterious developmental delays, the test gives a diagnosis more than 40 percent of the time.
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Massive study reveals schizophrenia's genetic roots
Scientific American
Schizophrenia is a distressing disorder involving hallucinations, delusions, paranoia and agitation. It affects around one in 100 people in the U.S., with symptoms usually first appearing between the ages of 16 and 30. Its causes have long been debated, particularly regarding whether genetics plays a role. It is known to be highly heritable, but small sample sizes and other methodology hurdles stymied early attempts to discern a genetic link.
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Where genes and genealogies diverge
Forbes
A little more than half way through her new book, The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures, Christine Kenneally writes, “I once read that the flow of genes through time is like a great river, and individual lives are just eddies in the stream."
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Most respond well to genetic testing results
Medical Xpress
People at high risk for psychological distress respond positively to receiving results of personalized genetic testing, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. More than 60 percent of subjects in the genetic study wanted information about their test results, which detailed the risks for lung, prostate and colorectal cancers, Type 2 diabetes and heart attack.
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Next-generation sequencing at the heart of personalized cancer treatment
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
There is little doubt that the future of solid tumor cancer treatment will be increasingly precise and tailored to individual patients based on specific predictive biomarkers. Next-generation sequencing technologies, which have become more refined in just the past few years, are a leading breakthrough that has allowed researchers and molecular pathologists alike to shift from querying single genes to panels that can simultaneously examine 40, 50, to even hundreds of genes in one run.
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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE


Advances in muscular dystrophy treatments from targeting endogenous stem cells
Medical Xpress
In the past few months significant insights into the molecular controls of damaged tissue and how to manipulate them for better regeneration has been revealed for treating rare muscular disorders, which also extends to the larger number of more common degenerative diseases.
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Stem cell research breakthrough may eliminate need for organ transplants
Medical Daily
A team of researchers has successfully grown functional human intestinal cells using stem cells. This breakthrough suggests that in the near future people may be able to keep a reserve of spare body parts harvested from their own cells and eliminate the need for organ transplants.
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Paralyzed man walks after nose cells placed in spine
Chicago Tribune
A man paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack is walking again after undergoing surgery using cells responsible for the sense of smell, marking an advance in the search for treatments for spinal injuries. Darek Fidyka, 38, received the cells after failing to recover from a stabbing in the back in 2010, according to University College London, whose doctors developed the procedure.
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EMERGING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES


Global telemedicine technology market to hit $43B by 2019
FierceHealthIT
Spurred by drastic growth in "telehome" technology adoption, the global telemedicine tools market will likely reach $43.4 billion within five years, according to a new report published by Wellesley, Massachusetts-based BCC Research. The market for telehome technologies, or tools that enable outpatients to receive telehealth services, is predicted by BCC to grow from $6.5 billion in 2013 to $24 billion by 2019.
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Computer-assisted coding market 'ripe' for growth as ICD-10 looms
FierceHealthIT
As hospitals prepare to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding by October 2015, computer-assisted coding tools will become increasingly important, so much so that, according to a new HIMSS Analytics report, they have the highest growth potential out of 25 support service applications.
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FDA: NEW TREATMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY


FDA panel unanimously backs Novartis' psoriasis drug
Reuters
An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unanimously recommended the use of Novartis AG's anti-inflammation drug in patients with a type of psoriasis, paving the way for its approval. The panel voted 7-0 in favor of the drug's use in plaque-psoriasis, the most common form of the painful, unsightly skin condition.
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Chimerix gets FDA OK to test drug for Ebola
The Associated Press via USA Today
A North Carolina drug maker plans to test its experimental antiviral drug in patients who have Ebola, after getting authorization from regulators at the Food and Drug Administration. Chimerix said that it has received FDA clearance to proceed with a trial examining the safety and effectiveness of its brincidofovir tablets in patients who have the virus.
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ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS


PPACA initiative will give $114M in upfront investments to ACOs
Becker's Hospital Review
CMS has announced a new initiative available to Medicare Shared Saving Program accountable care organization that will provide upfront investments in infrastructure and redesigned care process to help ACOs provide high-quality care. The initiative, called the ACO Investment Model, will provide up to $114 million in upfront investments to as many as 75 ACOs.
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CMS to invest $114 million to boost rural ACOs
FierceHealthIT
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is making $114 million available to encourage Accountable Care Organizations in rural and underserved areas to take on greater financial risk. Seventy-five ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program will be awarded the upfront investment through the ACO Investment Model, according to an announcement.
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MANAGED HEALTHCARE NEWS


Why health insurance companies are doomed
Fortune
Massive political contributions notwithstanding, competition among health systems and pressure to reduce costs will put an end to health insurers as we know them. It’s that time of the year. No, not Halloween, but something almost as scary — open enrollment season. It’s time to choose among the many plans offered through the various health exchanges as part of Obamacare, among the variety of Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans offered by private insurers as part of Medicare, and, for the 62 percent of employees who are have the opportunity, time to sign up for an employer-sponsored health insurance plan.
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Why are healthcare workers getting infected with Ebola? We were not prepared
By Joan Spitrey
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, died Oct. 8. Shortly after, a nurse named Nina Pham was diagnosed with the Ebola virus, followed recently by a second nurse who is also infected. With the current infections of two direct caregivers, questions have surfaced regarding the preparedness of our hospitals and healthcare staff in the United States. Although the likelihood of any of us caring for an infected patient is slim, for the sake of our patients, our families and the public we must be educated and prepared.
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FAST FACTS
"The largest waterborne disease outbreak in United States history occurred in 1993 in Milwaukee when over 400,000 people became ill with diarrhea when the parasite Cryptosporidium was found in the city's drinking water supply."


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