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Sep. 9, 2014

Fall Managed Care Forum 2014


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.

The Fall Forum will be held Nov., 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.

Click here to see the agenda, speakers, register and for more information on the conference.More

WHO: Ebola spreads exponentially in Liberia, many more cases soon
Reuters
Liberia, the country worst hit by West Africa's Ebola epidemic, should see thousands of new cases in coming weeks as the virus spreads exponentially, the World Health Organization said on. The epidemic, the worst since the disease was discovered in 1976, has killed some 2,100 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria and has also spread to Senegal.More

Companies race to adjust healthcare benefits as Affordable Care Act takes hold
The Washington Post
Large businesses expect to pay between 4 and 5 percent more for healthcare benefits for their employees in 2015 after making adjustments to their plans, according to employer surveys conducted this summer. Few employers plan to stop providing benefits with the advent of federal health insurance mandates, as some once feared, but a third say they are considering cutting or reducing subsidies for employee family members, and the data suggest that employees are paying more each year in out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.More

Why do so many people have the wrong kind of health insurance?
Forbes
Of the 8 million people who obtained health insurance through the new exchanges, how many still have their insurance? Apparently, the Obama administration doesn’t want you to know the answer to that question. It hasn’t released any official numbers since May. And it’s becoming increasingly clear why. Large numbers who initially signed up have since dropped out.More

Medicare ACOs see benefits despite issues
MedPage Today
Participants in Medicare's accountable care organization programs have had their share of frustrations, but their enthusiasm for the ACO concept does not appear to have dimmed. "We see healthcare moving from a 'volume' world to a 'value' world, and the only way we can engage with providers and consumers is by engaging in these programs," Matt Horn, director of the Medicare Pioneer ACO program at Banner Health in Phoenix, said in a phone interview.More

4 questions to predict whether ACOs can succeed
FierceHealthcare
Accountable care organizations are widespread throughout the healthcare industry and many experts hope they can significantly help improve quality care while driving down costs, especially as federal officials predict rising spending growth for the next several years.More

Merck wins US approval for melanoma immunotherapy
Bloomberg
Merck & Co. won U.S. approval to bring to market the first in a new line of cancer-fighting treatments that use patients’ own immune systems against the disease. The Food and Drug Administration cleared Keytruda, known chemically as pembrolizumab, to treat advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, according to a statement today from the agency. The medicine is the first in an emerging class of drugs that target a protein called PD-1 to boost the immune system and fight cancer cells that manage to evade the body’s natural defenses. More

FDA: Psoriasis treatment choices improving
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
A growing knowledge of the skin disease called psoriasis is leading to greater treatment choices, including personalized therapies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports. Psoriasis is an immune system disorder that causes overproduction of skin cells, resulting in scaling, pain, swelling, redness and heat. More

How soy supplements may affect breast cancer genes
LiveScience via Fox News
Taking soy protein supplements may lead to some concerning genetic changes for women with breast cancer, a new study suggests. In the study, half of 140 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer took soy protein powder and the other half took a placebo for between seven and 30 days before they had surgery to remove their cancer.More

New mechanism in gene regulation revealed
Phys.org
The information encoded in our genes is translated into proteins, which ultimately mediate biological functions in an organism. Messenger RNA plays an important role, as it is the molecular template used for translation. Scientist from the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technische Universität München, in collaboration with the Centre for Genomic Regulation and colleagues in Grenoble, France, have now unraveled a molecular mechanism of mRNA recognition, which is essential for understanding differential gene regulation in male and female organisms. More

Study finds: HPV vaccine cut rates of genital warts 61 percent
TIME
The HPV vaccine is working for young women in Australia, suggests a new study published in the journal PLOS One. Researchers analyzed a database of more than 1 million patients and found that since Australia began providing the HPV vaccine free to women ages 15-27 in 2007, the rate of genital warts fell 61 perenrcent from four years before the vaccination program began.More

Additional food regulations can help curb diabetes
By Archita Datta Majumdar
According to the "National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014," about 9.3 percent of Americans, or 29.1 million people, have diabetes. This is quite an alarming figure, and has been on the rise. Despite increasing awareness of diabetes, obesity, and the importance of healthy diet and lifestyle choices, much needs to be done to prevent these figures from causing more havoc in our lives. More

WHO: Ebola spreads exponentially in Liberia, many more cases soon
Reuters
Liberia, the country worst hit by West Africa's Ebola epidemic, should see thousands of new cases in coming weeks as the virus spreads exponentially, the World Health Organization said on.More

Mental health: Living with anxiety
The Huffington Post
As part of a week-long series about mental health in America, HuffPost Live takes a deep dive into anxiety. We speak with people who grapple with it on a daily basis and hear their stories.More

Study: Walking a mile a day can cut risk of dying from cancer by 40 percent
The Guardian
People with two of the most common forms of cancer can cut their risk of dying from the disease by as much as 40 percent simply by walking for a mile a day, Macmillan Cancer Support has claimed.More

When cancer is in your genes
U.S. News & World Report
In many families, cancer genes are passed down through generations like an unwanted heirloom. But thanks to ever-improving genetic testing, doctors are able to identify these genes better than ever before — and offer patients treatment options to not only stop cancer from setting in, but to stop the gene from being passed on as well.More

Childhood kidney, thyroid cancer rates up
HealthDay News via WebMD
Although the overall rate of cancer in American children and teens remained stable during the last decade, rates of thyroid cancer and kidney cancer seemed to be on the rise, a new study says. The rate of thyroid cancer saw annual increases of nearly 5 percent and a specific type of kidney cancer, called renal carcinoma, had average increases of 5.4 percent per year, according to the study.More

Seeing aging as positive may improve mental health
Medical News Today
A new nationally representative study of older military veterans finds that poor mental health is linked to negative age stereotypes, and those who view getting old as positive appear to have a lower risk of experiencing post-traumatic stress, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. More

Understanding suicide and its aftermath
West Hawaii Today
The day 33-year-old Jordan Resh died, his twin brother Ian Resh had no inkling anything was wrong. Just as they always had, their morning routine began with two cups of coffee, breakfast, watching television and joking around. Ian then drove their mother to a doctor’s appointment in Keauhou. A phone call later, Ian screamed so loud he could “hardly hear another sound.” More