Managed Care e-News
Mar. 5, 2013

'Sequester' cuts to hit healthcare hard
Los Angeles Times
As the Obama administration begins to implement $85 billion in cuts to federal spending this year, no part of the budget other than defense will take a bigger hit than healthcare. And the so-called sequester appears likely to have a disproportionate effect on areas of the health system already hobbled by years of retrenchment or underfunding, including public health and medical research.More

Insurers rush to provide Medicare Advantage coverage, despite Obama pay cuts
Though private health plans are complaining about proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage plans, more insurance companies are still flocking to the government health program to offer more products and services to seniors. The health insurance industry and its lobby are upset at the Obama administration's proposal to cut payments to Medicare Advantage plans next year, with reports saying a cut of 7 to 8 percent in payments could lead to higher premiums, reduced services to seniors or less access to the plans.More

Another big step in reshaping healthcare
The Wall Street Journal
Hospitals and health insurers are locking horns over how much healthcare providers will get paid under new insurance plans that will be sold as the federal health law is rolled out. The results will play a major role in determining how much insurers will ultimately charge consumers for these policies, which will be offered to individuals through so-called exchanges in each state.More

FDA advisers vote to reject approval of Depomed's menopause drug
Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended the agency reject a drug made by Depomed Inc. to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes associated with menopause. The panel of advisers voted 13-1 that company failed to prove convincingly that the drug worked. More

Final draft standards released for mobile apps
Happtique, a New York-based developer of mHealth solutions, on Feb. 27 unveiled the final draft of standards that will be used to certify mobile applications through the Happtique Health App Certification Program. Those standards, which had been fine-tuned since their draft release last June, will be used by organizations designated as HACP partners to assess operability, privacy, security and content.More

Working out before bedtime may mean better sleep
CBS News
The best way to ensure a good night's sleep might be breaking a sweat. The National Sleep Foundation's 2013 Sleep in America poll showed that people who reported exercising said they snoozed better than those who didn't work out, even if they got the same amount of shut-eye each night.More

US baby's cure from HIV raises hope, new questions
The remarkable case of a baby being cured of HIV infection in the United States using readily available drugs has raised new hope for eradicating the infection in infants worldwide, but scientists say it will take a lot more research and much more sensitive diagnostics before this hope becomes a reality.More

Lipid nanoparticles act as ideal vectors in gene therapy
At the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Basque Public University the pharmacokinetics, nanotechnology and gene therapy research team is using nanotechnology to develop new formulations that can be applied to drugs and gene therapy. Specifically, they are using nanoparticles to design systems for delivering genes and drugs; this helps to get the genes and drugs to the point of action so that they can produce the desired effect.More

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Study: Why some cancer vaccines fail
In the quest for better cancer medicines, vaccines that treat rather than prevent disease are getting a lot of attention. More than 90 clinical trials have tested therapeutic vaccines in cancer patients, but the results have been a mixed bag. A recent study in mice suggests that changing a traditional ingredient in the vaccines could make a big difference.More

Colorectal cancer awareness month kicks off with giant, inflatable colon in Times Square
ABC News
As Randi Eisenshtat smiled and posed for a photo at the exit of a giant inflatable colon in Times Square, she turned to her brother and chastised him, giggling. "It's not funny!" Eisenshtat, 26, shouted over her shoulder. "My brother was making farting noises. He's very mature."More

Loophole for mental healthcare
Even if you get insurance under the new healthcare law, that's no guarantee you'll be able to pay your shrink. With mental health on the front burner since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, Democrats have pointed out that the Affordable Care Act expands access to mental healthcare in several ways. It will get coverage for more people, either through private plans or Medicaid — and the benefits will have to include mental health.More

ADHD reaches beyond childhood
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is often considered something children outgrow. But researchers say the disorder can carry over into adulthood. A new study published in this week's Pediatrics journal finds that about a third of those diagnosed as children continue to have ADHD as adults, and more than half of those adults have another psychiatric disorder as well.More