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Managed care organizations look for ways to rein in Medicaid costs
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Physicians who already have had to spend recent time learning the ins and outs of new Medicaid managed care organizations' medical policies and claims payment rules could face another wave of delays and hassles as a consequence of MCOs' growing pains. All but three states enroll Medicaid beneficiaries in managed care. More than half of the roughly 60 million Medicaid enrollees are assigned to an MCO that is supposed to coordinate and pay for their care. 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.


Supreme Court healthcare decision could affect millions
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For most Americans, the Supreme Court's ruling on President Barack Obama's healthcare law will be largely an academic exercise with political fallout. For millions of people, however, the law already is affecting their pulse rates and pocketbooks, and a decision to strike it down could come with a medical or financial cost. Among the decisions the justices might render, such as upholding the law or striking down the mandate that most Americans get health insurance, tossing out the entire law could have the greatest impact. More

Survey: Half of employers will offer workers cash instead of health plan
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A new J.D. Power and Associates survey says nearly half of employers plan to change the way they provide health insurance to workers — offering them a set amount of cash to buy their own plan rather than providing coverage and charging employees a portion of the premiums. More

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FDA panel backs Onyx drug for advanced blood cancer
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A federal panel of cancer specialists unanimously recommended approval of an experimental drug from Onyx Pharmaceuticals for patients with advanced blood cancer. The Food and Drug Administration panel voted in favor of carfilzomib as a treatment for patients with advanced forms of multiple myeloma that hasn't responded to other drugs. More

FDA regulators face daunting task as health apps multiply
Kaiser Health News via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are 40,000 medical applications available for download on smartphones and tablets — and the market is still in its infancy. But that growth is in the cross hairs of new regulatory efforts from the Food and Drug Administration. Some apps even replace devices used in hospitals and doctor's offices, such as glucometers and the high-quality microscopes used by dermatologists to examine skin irregularities. More


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Regular exercise may lower breast cancer risk
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University of North Carolina researchers have found women who exercised about two hours a day five days a week were about 30 percent less likely to develop breast cancer than less active women. The intensity of the exercise didn't seem to matter; all it took was moderate physical activity, which could include gardening, walking or doing household chores, for the women to benefit. More

Experts: Science lacking on 9/11 and cancer
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Several experts say there's no hard evidence to support the federal government's declaration that 50 kinds of cancer could be caused by exposure to World Trade Center dust. The decision could help hundreds of people get payouts from a multibillion-dollar World Trade Center health fund to repay those ailing after they breathed in toxic dust created by the collapsing twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. But scientists say there is little research to prove exposure to the dust plume caused even one kind of cancer. More

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AMA: Require obesity education for children
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The American Medical Association has put its weight behind requiring yearly instruction aimed at preventing obesity for public schoolchildren and teens. The nation's largest physicians group agreed to support legislation that would require classes in causes, consequences and prevention of obesity for first through 12th graders. More

Method fights UTIs without antibiotics
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A potential new approach for treating urinary tract infections without traditional antibiotics is being reported in ACS' Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. It involves so-called FimH antagonists, which are non-antibiotic compounds and would not contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance bacteria. More

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Twins raised separately offer experiment in genetic distinctions
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In early 1979, a pair of identical twin brothers who had been separated at four weeks were reunited after 39 years. Both named Jim, they discovered that they smoked the same brand of cigarettes, vacationed in the same town and both called their dog "Toy." Struck by the story, psychologists started studying separated twins that same year. As most would expect, identical twins raised apart have virtually identical heights as adults. Some findings seem obvious: Genes, but not upbringing, have a pretty big effect on personality traits like ambition, optimism, aggression and traditionalism. Other findings perennially cause outrage: The IQs of separated identical twins are almost as similar as their heights. More

New method generates cardiac muscle patches from stem cells
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A cutting-edge method developed at the University of Michigan Center for Arrhythmia Research successfully uses stem cells to create heart cells capable of mimicking the heart's crucial squeezing action. At 60 beats per minute, the rhythmic electrical impulse transmission of the engineered cells in the study is 10 times faster than in most other reported stem cell studies. More

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Heart attacks can trigger post-traumatic stress
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When people think of post-traumatic stress disorder, they're apt to picture combat veterans or the victims of violence and sexual assault. But new research suggests post-traumatic stress is also common following another kind of harrowing experience: heart attacks. More

US helps doctors track patients' prescription drug use
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President Barack Obama's administration is launching a pilot program to make it easier for doctors, pharmacists and emergency departments to access patients' prescription drug records, aiming to stem a rising tide of deadly abuse. Overdoses from prescription drugs are now the leading cause of accidental deaths in the country, eclipsing car crashes and the combined impact of cocaine and heroin abuse. More

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