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Government changing how it spends $3T on healthcare
FoxBusiness
Get ready for another round of battles over medical coverage and payment systems between the government, healthcare providers, and consumers — or is it really just one continuous battle? The government has been attempting to switch Medicare payments from the traditional fee-for-service format to a plan that compensates health providers based on outcomes.
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If you don't have health insurance, you may have to pay a penalty
The Washington Post
A “teachable moment” is one way to describe the consternation that people may feel when they file their taxes this spring and realize they may owe a penalty for not having health insurance. According to a new survey, the number of people who may need to be schooled is substantial: 44 percent of uninsured people who may be subject to the penalty say they know nothing or only a little about the penalty they may face.
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Beware of ICD-10 shortcuts: The case against crosswalking
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ICD-10 is inherently more sophisticated and specific than ICD-9, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's more complicated. So, why are healthcare professionals pulling their hair out over the mandatory transition to these new codes? Because learning ICD-10 is like learning a new language. If we were going into this with a clean slate — like a newborn babe — perhaps it wouldn't be so tough to learn the language. Unfortunately, the U.S. healthcare industry has relied on ICD-9 codes for more than 30 years.
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Lessons learned from an ACO's successes, struggles
FierceHealthcare
Given the Department of Health and Human Services' recent announcement that it plans to speed up its plans to shift to value-based payment models, it's more important than ever for providers to shift their priorities from volume to value. To that end, the CEO of one of the first accountable care organizations to form has advice for health leaders to map a way forward.
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FDA rejects Pacira's application for expanded use of pain drug
Reuters
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc. application to expand the use of its post-surgery pain drug, Exparel, sending the company's stock down more than 16 percent.
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Actavis wins FDA approval for a new 'superbug' antibiotic
FierceBiotech
Actavis won the FDA's blessing for a new combination antibiotic treatment targeting drug-resistant infections, setting the stage for a showdown with Merck and its $9.5 billion splash into the field. The drug, Avycaz, is a combination of the approved cephalosporin agent ceftazidime and avibactam, a new beta-lactamase inhibitor designed to help the former ingredient escape the defenses of dangerous pathogens.
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GENOMICS & BIOTECH
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Researchers identify genes responsible for lung tumors
Medical Xpress
The lung transcription factor Nkx2-1 is an important gene regulating lung formation and normal respiratory functions after birth. Alterations in the expression of this transcription factor can lead to diseases such as lung interstitial disease, post-natal respiratory distress and lung cancer.
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Scientists identify specific gene mutations associated with peanut allergies
Fox News
An estimated 2 to 10 percent of U.S. children affected by peanut allergies will not grow out of the potentially life-threatening allergy, and they have no known treatment at their disposal. But a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University have identified specific gene markers associated with the condition, and say their findings may offer a basis for future detection and medication.
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'Big brain' gene found in humans, but not in chimps
NBC News
A single gene may have helped pave the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of neurons found in a key brain region. This gene seems to be uniquely human: It is found in modern-day humans, Neanderthals and another branch of extinct humans called Denisovans, but not in chimpanzees.
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PREVENTION & WELLNESS
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US public sees ill health as resulting from a broad range of causes
Medical Xpress
A new poll finds that more than 6 in 10 people living in the U.S. are concerned about their future health. Nearly 4 in 10 said that they had one or more negative childhood experiences that they believe had a harmful impact on their adult health.
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Scopes in UCLA superbug case linked to unreported deaths in other states
Bloomberg Business
Medical scopes suspected of spreading deadly bacteria are under scrutiny since an outbreak at UCLA Medical Center emerged this month. But problems with the devices were recorded years ago: The same type of scopes was implicated in a previously unreported outbreak of antibiotic-resistant superbugs six years ago in Florida that affected 70 patients, including 15 who died.
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Minimally invasive migraine treatment 'reduced painkiller use in 88 percent of patients'
Medical News Today
At the Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting, clinicians from Albany Medical Center and the State University New York Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York, explained how the new treatment — image-guided, intranasal sphenopalatine ganglion blocks — provided ongoing relief to migraine patients.
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ONCOLOGY
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New cancer treatments target disease-causing mutations
PBS Newshour
Some cutting-edge research is giving new hope to cancer patients. Researchers are zeroing in on the causes of specific cancers and are finding dramatically different ways to fight the disease.
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Lycopene may ward off kidney cancer in older women
Medical Xpress
A higher intake by postmenopausal women of the natural antioxidant lycopene, found in foods like tomatoes, watermelon and papaya, may lower the risk of renal cell carcinoma, a type of kidney cancer.
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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
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Study: Suicide in fast rise among some Americans
Newsweek
Suicide rates for adults between the ages of 40 and 64 has risen sharply in recent years — and astronomically since 2007 — leading researchers to believe that the U.S. economic downturn has played a significant role in the increase, a study released says.
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High school athletes need more help with mental health issues
Reuters
While concussions and physical injuries in high school sports are commanding more attention, young athletes still aren't getting enough help with mental health issues such as depression, bullying, substance abuse, and eating disorders, experts say. New guidelines released this morning at the sixth Youth Sports Safety Summit in Dallas, hosted by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance, urge coaches and parents to be more vigilant in watching for signs of mental distress.
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