Managed Care e-News
Sep. 23, 2014

Journal of Managed Care Medicine new website released

The Journal of Managed Care Medicine (JMCM) has released its new website at 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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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 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

West Africa's future darkening as Ebola cases skyrocket
By Lauren Swan
The WHO and CDC are estimating the total death toll of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to end somewhere around 20,000, but others have predicted over 4 million. Food prices are rising quickly, and quarantines are being imposed for entire counties in an effort to gain some kind of control over the disease. The truth of it is that the situation in West Africa is worse than ever, and the window to stop Ebola has likely closed. Some speculate that the latest death toll, 2,630 dead and 5,357 infected, is actually a sign that we are gaining some kind of footing in fighting the viral outbreak. However, the numbers are misleading. More

US: We'll pay for health insurance
World: Not us

There's a world of difference between Americans and the rest of the planet on the question of the government paying for health insurance — but the gap is even bigger within the U.S. between Democrats and Republicans. Americans, to a striking degree, are less inclined than citizens of other countries to say that the "government" should be responsible for providing healthcare coverage, according to data compiled for CNBC and Burson-Marsteller by market research firm Penn Schoen Berland.More

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In an effort to enhance the overall content of Managed Care eNews, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NAMCP, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

Children's health insurance at a crossroads
The New York Times
Federal financing for a beneficial health insurance program for low-income children, known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP, will run out next year unless Congress agrees to extend it. Bills are pending in both the House and the Senate to extend financing for four years, to 2019. Congress should approve the extension in the lame-duck session after the midterm elections so that families and state officials will know what the future holds.More

CMS: ACOs improve quality, save money
Bloomberg BNA
Accountable care organizations created under the Affordable Care Act are meeting their goals of improving patient care while saving Medicare money, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Sept. 16. ACOs in the Pioneer ACO Model and Medicare Shared Savings Program generated more than $372 million in total program savings for Medicare ACOs, the agency said in a fact sheet. More

ACO programs save Medicare more than $800M, data show
California Healthline
Sixty-four of the 243 Medicare accountable care organizations that launched in 2012 have saved enough to earn bonuses, according to financial performance results released by CMS. The results are from two ACO programs that began in 2012: the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the CMS Innovation Center's Pioneer ACO program.More

Testosterone replacement therapy comes under scrutiny; FDA advisory panel rejects new drug
The Plain Dealer
Concerned about the increased risk of heart attack or stroke, an advisory committee for the Food and Drug Administration recommended that drugs designed to boost levels of testosterone in the body should be used only by men with specific medical conditions affecting the testicles, and not for those who are simply being treated for the "Low T" condition.More

Treating migraines: More ways to fight the pain
Thought there was no hope for treating your migraine headaches? Don’t give up. In the past year, the Food and Drug Administration has given adults new options for treating migraines by allowing the marketing of two prescription devices for such headaches. More

FDA panel backs limits on testosterone drugs
The New York Times
An expert panel voted overwhelmingly for the Food and Drug Administration to impose strict new limitations on the multibillion-dollar testosterone drug industry, recommending that the agency tighten labels for the medicines so they are not prescribed to men who only have problems related to aging, such as low energy and libido. The F.D.A. often takes the advice of such panels.More

Modifying your genes could modify your future fitness
The Globe and Mail
Skipped the gym yesterday? Oops — now your unborn kids, and their kids, are going to struggle with weight and cholesterol for their entire lives. If only you’d spent more time practicing tennis, they’d inherit your devastating passing shot. Or maybe not.More

Mutations in gene linked to brain development 'may be a cause of autism'
Medical News Today
Rates of autism have increased significantly in recent years, with 1 in 68 children in the U.S. diagnosed with the disorder, compared with 1 in 150 back in 2000. Increasingly, research suggests severe cases of autism may stem from gene mutations that develop in the egg or sperm, rather than mutations that are inherited from parents. These are known as de novo mutations.More

Battling superbugs with gene-editing system
In recent years, new strains of bacteria have emerged that resist even the most powerful antibiotics. Each year, these superbugs, including drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis and staphylococcus, infect more than 2 million people nationwide, and kill at least 23,000. Despite the urgent need for new treatments, scientists have discovered very few new classes of antibiotics in the past decade.More

West Africa's future darkening as Ebola cases skyrocket
By Lauren Swan
The WHO and CDC are estimating the total death toll of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to end somewhere around 20,000, but others have predicted over 4 million.More

WHO: Ebola spreads exponentially in Liberia, many more cases soon
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

Solidarity vs. solitary: Why collaboration means better healthcare
By Karen R. Thomas
Historically, healthcare has been adept at achieving highly focused and specialized solutions. However, some critics consider the segmented way that healthcare establishments have operated in the past far too solitary for today's wider and more inclusive care goals. More

Experts: Give flu shot to kids 6 months and older
HealthDay News via WebMD
Pediatricians are urging that all children aged 6 months and older be vaccinated for the upcoming flu season. The American Academy of Pediatrics updated their influenza vaccine recommendations to advise that the youngest kids should have two initial doses of vaccine to build immunity. More

The quest for new antibiotics turns back to nature, genetics
By Rosemary Sparacio
With antibiotic resistance becoming an increasing problem in medical treatment, the search is on for new antibiotics, new sources for those antibiotics and new mechanisms. For thousands of years people have used products found in nature for their medicinal properties. A return to nature may be the next area in which we find antibiotics. Smaller pharmaceutical companies are still pursuing research and manufacturing, and they are submitting regulatory documents for new antibiotics to the FDA for their approval. But perhaps more promising is the work being done to look for novel mechanisms and to explore different areas in the search. More

A cancer battle we can win
The New York Times
The war against cancer can be confusing, with providers, insurers and policy makers debating the effectiveness of treatments, prevention programs and research. But there is one significant victory within our grasp. There is, increasingly, a consensus that CT screening for lung cancer can save thousands of lives each year.More

'Avatar' mice help develop new cancer treatments
The Boston Globe
Some of the most important occupants of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center live in cages in a gleaming tower near Longwood Avenue. They are furry little mice, in varieties of white and brown and black, with long pink tails. And they could play a vital role in the search for cures for cancer. Beth Israel Deaconess has been studying cancer in the thousands of rodents housed in its facilities, and now the medical center is poised to expand that research, using a new type of lab mouse that can host human cancer cells. More

Drugs for anxiety, sleep linked to Alzheimer's disease
By Denise A. Valenti
Drugs used to modify behavior in young or middle-aged adults may have serious consequences in later life. Recent research has demonstrated that extended use of benzodiazepine drugs — commonly used for the management of anxiety and sleep dysfunction — increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The longer the drugs are in use for a patient, the greater the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. A major concern with the Alzheimer's-type dementia associated with the benzodiazepines is that the pathology may not be reversible. More

This phone app knows if you're depressed
MIT Technology Review
Many smartphone apps use a device’s sensors to try to measure people’s physical well-being, for example by counting every step they take. A new app developed by researchers at Dartmouth College suggests that a phone’s sensors can also be used to peek inside a person’s mind and gauge mental health.More