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Medicare spotlights hospitals with especially costly patients
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The government has identified hundreds of hospitals whose Medicare patients are incurring especially high bills, a first step toward using bonuses and penalties to encourage more efficient care. The new Medicare figures show wide variance among hospitals around the country, even ones just a few miles apart. More

What is the Health Economic Impact of a Non-Invasive Prenatal Test?

Learn About Bridgehead International’s report, authored by Susan Garfield, on the clinical and economic utility of this test in this quarter’s JMCM, entitled “Clinical and Cost Consequences of Incorporating a Novel Non-Invasive Prenatal Test into the Diagnostic Pathway for Fetal Trisomies.


Employers shift more health costs to workers
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Increasingly, small employers are offering health insurance plans that require workers to pay more for tests, treatments, and doctor visits. An analysis by the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy found 27 percent of people in Massachusetts who got insurance through the small-group market at the end of 2010 were in a plan with a lower "actuarial value," meaning the deductibles and copayments were among the highest on the market. More

Study: Privately insured children get more care in ED
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Emergency departments are required to treat everyone who comes through the doors, but that doesn't mean they treat everyone the same way. Insurance coverage may play a major role in the kind of care a young patient receives, according to a study published in the most recent edition of The Journal of Pediatrics. More

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FDA leans on device makers to cut X-ray does for children
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The Food and Drug Administration has a proposition for the companies that make X-ray machines. Make sure your new equipment has settings and instructions that minimize radiation hazards for children, or the agency will look to slap a label on the machines that recommends they not be used for children at all. More

Gilead's pill wins US panel backing to prevent HIV
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Gilead Sciences' HIV drug Truvada won the backing of a U.S. advisory panel as the first medicine to keep healthy people from getting the virus through sexual activity. The panel of doctors, researchers and patients voted that Truvada, currently marketed to treat those infected with HIV, is safe and effective as a form of prevention in high-risk individuals, including gay men whose partners have the disease. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide soon and doesn't have to follow the panel's recommendation. More

FDA advisers recommend approving Arena weight-loss drug
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The diet drug choices available to desperate dieters may be expanding soon. A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted to recommend approval of the new prescription diet drug lorcaserin. It marks the second obesity drug this year the FDA advisory committee has recommended for approval. More


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Review: Physical activity cuts mortality for cancer survivors
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Physical activity correlates with reduced all-cause and breast and colon cancer-specific mortality, according to a study published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Based on consistent evidence from 27 observational studies, researchers found physical activity correlated with reduced all-cause, breast cancer-specific, and colon cancer-specific mortality. More

Report: 32 percent of young white women do indoor tanning
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Despite years of warning about the hazards, about a third of young white women use indoor tanning equipment, increasing their risk of deadly skin cancer, says a study. It's the first major federal assessment of indoor tanning use in more than a decade. White women, ages 18 to 21, have the highest rate of indoor tanning with 32 percent saying they did indoor tanning at least once in the past 12 months. More

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Unintended consequence for dialysis patients as drug rule changes
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A shift in 2011 by the federal government in how it pays for drugs to treat dialysis patients may have had an unintended and potentially dire consequence, according to new research: a significant jump in blood transfusions for patients who now may not be getting enough of the medications. More

Seniors need vaccines other than flu shot
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Vaccines and immunities — including shingles, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis — wear down as people age, U.S. health officials say. Dr. Andrew Kroger of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said many older people don't realize they might need vaccines besides their annual flu shot. More

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Centenarians among the fastest-growing demographic groups in US
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The raw number of centenarians in America is increasing. In fact, they are one of the fastest-growing demographic groups in the country. Genetic analysis of centenarians demonstrates that multiple genes — including variants of the FOX3 and APOE genes — may also confer protective benefits. More

Genetic test identifies eye cancer tumors likely to spread
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Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a genetic test that can accurately predict whether the most common form of eye cancer will spread to other parts of the body, particularly the liver. In 459 patients with ocular melanoma at 12 centers in the United States and Canada, the researchers found the test could successfully classify tumors more than 97 percent of the time. More

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Prenatal smoking tied to worse asthma in children
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Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy may have a tougher time controlling their asthma than other children do, a new study suggests. The findings, from a study of nearly 2,500 U.S. children, add to evidence that prenatal smoking may affect children's future lung health. More

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"Asthma, commonly seen in children, is a leading cause of school absences, according to the National Library of Medicine. The most important thing a family can do to help an asthmatic child is to eliminate tobacco smoke from the home."
 
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