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Insurers' efforts to delay law compliance could affect premiums, benefits
Kaiser Health News
Regulators in some states are trying to prevent insurers from getting around the health law by extending potentially cheaper, but more limited policies for another year, but other states are giving the firms leeway. At issue are rules that take effect Jan. 1, which require insurers to cover a set package of benefits, such as prescription drugs, maternity care and hospitalizations, and which limit or bar their ability to vary premiums on age, illness or gender.
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Healthcare inefficiencies: Who is to blame?
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
There are many inefficiencies within the healthcare system. Some people think insurance companies are to blame. Maybe it's the lawyers and their lifeblood of filing lawsuits. Others blame the doctors for getting paid too much. We're all to blame for our part in this big mess. But we need to look ourselves in the mirror — not as insurance companies, lawyers or doctors, but as citizens, as human beings and accept blame for our indiscretions.
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Doctors unite to fight national trend toward hospitals buying physician groups
Orlando Sentinel
Since January, at least 114 Florida doctors have traded their independence for steady paychecks from hospitals. The move, part of a nationwide trend, has wide implications not only for doctors but also for patients' pocketbooks.
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Federal judge strikes down restrictions on morning-after pill
NPR
A federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., has ruled that the morning-after pill for emergency contraception must be made available over the counter to girls 16 and under. The ruling could end a more than decade-long battle over how easy or difficult it should be for teenage girls to obtain emergency contraception. The ruling would also make it easier for older women to obtain the drug because it wouldn't have to be kept behind drugstore counters anymore.
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1st magic mushroom depression trial hits stumbling block
Reuters
The world's first clinical trial designed to explore using a hallucinogen from magic mushrooms to treat people with depression has stalled because of British and European rules on the use of illegal drugs in research.
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PREVENTION & WELLNESS
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Researchers: Cut salt, add potassium, live longer
USA Today
If people cut their salt intake and increased their intake of potassium by eating more fruits and vegetables, millions of lives around the world could be saved every year, new research says. These dietary changes would lower people's blood pressure, which would reduce their risk of having a stroke or heart attack, according to the findings published on bmj.com.
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Study: Experimental sleep drug may cause fewer side effects
Reuters
A study in rats and monkeys suggests an experimental Merck & Co. sleep drug may help induce sleep without causing the memory loss and attention problems sometimes seen in the commonly used drugs Ambien and Lunesta, company researchers said.
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Researchers identify mutation that causes short-sightedness and hearing loss
Medical Xpress
Researchers have identified a new disorder caused by a genetic mutation that leads to short-sightedness and deafness. They say the new link between the two sensory problems could lead to better understanding of the disease mechanism of each.
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Not enough younger black women referred for BRCA testing
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Only one-third of black women aged 50 years or younger who met national guidelines for genetic testing for breast cancer had been referred for such testing or for genetic counseling, a small study revealed.
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Healthcare inefficiencies: Who is to blame?
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
There are many inefficiencies within the healthcare system. Some people think insurance companies are to blame. Maybe it's the lawyers and their lifeblood of filing lawsuits. Others blame the doctors for getting paid too much.

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Medicare revises readmissions penalties — Again
Kaiser Health News
In its effort to crack down on repeat hospitalizations, Medicare has its own readmission: for the second time in six months, it has erred in calculating penalties for more than 1,000 of the nation’s hospitals.

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California gets fed nod for largest 'dual eligible' plan
Dow Jones Newswires via Fox Business
California has secured federal approval for the largest state-based program yet aimed at testing a new way to care for people on both the Medicare and Medicaid government health programs.

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In an effort to enhance the overall content of Managed Care e-News, 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 and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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ONCOLOGY
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Study: Smokers have worse colon cancer prognosis
Reuters
Smokers are less likely to be alive and cancer-free three years after having surgery for colon cancer than people who have never smoked, according to a new study. Out of about 2,000 people who had part of their colon surgically removed, researchers found 74 percent of those who had never smoked were cancer-free three years later, compared to 70 percent of smokers.
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Immune therapy offers hope in ovarian cancer
MedPage Today
A novel two-step immunotherapy process appears to be effective in nearly three-fourths of women with advanced ovarian cancer, a researcher said. The process begins with treatment with a personalized vaccine derived from the patient's own dendritic cells, according to researchers.
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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
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Computer exercises may offer new hope for Alzheimer's patients
Medical News Today
An emerging technology using focused computer brain exercises may offer new hope to Alzheimer's patients and their families. The NeuroAD system works like this: patients solve challenging computer exercises ranging from identifying colors, shapes, letters and animals to solving memory games. Simultaneously, the very same regions of the patient's brain responsible for memory and learning receive electromagnetic stimulation, which reactivates brain cell activity.
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