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WellPoint to buy Amerigroup for $4.5 billion
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Health-benefits provider WellPoint is set to pay $4.5 billion for managed-care company Amerigroup, a move into the burgeoning Medicaid market. Amerigroup shareholders will receive $92 a share in cash. The transaction should close in the first quarter of 2013, WellPoint says. The deal is expected to give WellPoint access to Medicaid customers in 19 states, servicing some 4.5 million people. 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.


Aetna, doctors face off over costs
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California physician groups sued health insurer Aetna for a slate of business practices the doctors say limit patients' choices, the latest salvo in a classic standoff between managed-care and medical practices. In February, Aetna sued some of the same doctors bringing the allegations, saying the physicians schemed to inflate their bills to the insurer for a raft of services by nearly 800 percent, raising healthcare costs for members. More

Louisiana officials sketch out Medicaid payment cuts
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The Louisiana health agency has detailed Medicaid payment cuts, expected as part of implementing the state operating budget that went into effect recently, to a range of healthcare providers and the private insurers that run Bayou Health, the managed-care portion of the giant government insurance program for the poor. More

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Insurers not paying when patients leave hospital against advice is myth
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If you're a physician telling patients that insurers won't pay if they don't follow doctors' orders, a study says you should stop — because it's not true. An analysis of data on 526 patients leaving against medical advice from University of Chicago hospitals shows not a single claim was turned down for insurance payment because the patient self-discharged. More

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Company studying OxyContin's effect in children
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The maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin confirms that a clinical trial is currently underway to measure the opioid's effects in children. Although doctors can prescribe OxyContin off-label to pediatric patients, the drug — which was overwhelmingly tested in adults — is not approved for use in children by the Food and Drug Administration, and Purdue Pharma says it is not seeking that approval. More

FDA approves 1st rapid, take-home HIV test
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The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first over-the-counter HIV test, allowing Americans to test themselves for the virus that causes AIDS in the privacy of their homes. The OraQuick test detects the presence of HIV in saliva collected using a mouth swab. The test is designed to return a result within 20 to 40 minutes. More


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Ineffectiveness of cancer drugs may be due to healthy nearby cells
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Researchers and doctors have consistently been baffled by cancer cases in which treatments conducted kill the cancer cells in the laboratory, but provide only partial results in patients, with the cancer returning in as little as a few months. The answers do not lie in the cancer cells themselves, but in the healthy cells in the environment next to them. More

Exercise may reduce risk of breast cancer, whatever your age
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Yet another study has found that being physically active reduces breast cancer risk. That's the good news. The bad news is that weight gain can cancel out the benefits of physical activity, according to a recent study designed to try to sift out what women can do to improve their chances of avoiding breast cancer and to quantify just how much exercise can help reduce a woman's risk. More

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Pfizer pulls breast, colon health claims from Centrum labels
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Pfizer, accused of deceptive advertising, has agreed to remove the "breast health" and "colon health" claims from the labels of Centrum vitamins. "Breast health" and "colon health" appear on different Centrum products. Other Centrum vitamins have labels claiming they promote "heart health," as well as having wording that implies the vitamins provide an energy boost. More

Growth hormone tied to higher eye pressure in children
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Short children treated with growth hormone may have slightly increased eye pressure compared with children not on the therapy, according to a small study from Israel. High eye pressure has been linked to glaucoma, a disease that may lead to blindness. But experts said the new findings shouldn't cause alarm, because eye pressure in the study was still within the normal range. More

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Study: Women with larger breasts have higher risk of breast cancer
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Women with a large bust may be more likely to develop breast cancer, according to scientists. A study of 16,000 women found genetic mutations associated with breast size were also linked to the disease. More

From a vial of mom's blood, a festus's entire genome
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The days of pregnant women having a 3-inch-long hollow needle jabbed into their abdomens may be numbered. For the second time in a month, scientists have announced that a simple blood test, rather than more invasive tests such as amniocentesis, can determine a fetus's genetic make-up, identifying mutations causing any of about 3,000 inherited disorders that arise from a glitch in a single gene, such as cystic fibrosis. More

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Schizophrenia, autism may be linked in families
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Families with a history of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are also more likely to have a child with autism, new research from Sweden and Israel suggests. Researchers found that kids whose parents or siblings had been diagnosed with schizophrenia were almost three times more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder, including autism and Asperger syndrome. More

Antidepressants 'fall' through doughnut hole
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Depressed Medicare beneficiaries in the so-called coverage doughnut hole were more likely to cut back on their antidepressants than those who had full insurance coverage, a study found. Seniors taking heart failure drugs and diabetes drugs also were just as likely to reduce their monthly prescriptions while in the doughnut hole, researchers said. More

FAST FACTS
"A child with growth hormone deficiency usually has a growth pattern of less than 2 inches per year, according to WebMD. In many cases, the child grows normally until he or she is about 2- or 3-years-old; then, signs of growth delay begin to show."
 
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